June 17th, 2008


The world's still here.

Gay marriages begin as California ruling takes effect

I was reminded about yesterday being the day by reading an entry on a friend's LJ, so naturally I made sure to stop by my army surplus store on the way home so that I could stock up on ammo, water, and canned goods. After all, this was The Day the Earth Would Come to A Screeching Fucking Halt, right?

(BTW, that's the proposed title for the Keanu Reeves remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, but that particular bit of cinematic blasphemy is a topic for another day.)

Anyway, same-sex marriages became legal in California at 5:01pm Pacific Time on Monday, and since then an unknown number of couples have finally been allowed to avail themselves of the rights they should've already had in the first place. Zombies were not forced from Hell in order to wander the earth, and the moon did not fall from its orbit, nor did any other sort of fire and damnation rain down from the heavens. 

(Fred Phelps was unavailable for comment.)

Naturally, various mobs of intolerant bigots protest groups are already putting into motion assorted legal challenges in the hopes of repealing this new law. Apparently, they're unaware of or unwilling to fathom the simple fact that denying a subset of the citizenry such liberties as are enjoyed by others undermines the very principles on which this country was founded, and pretty much punches any notions of equality and justice for all right in the testicles.

Fuck them. They'll all be dead someday. Hopefully soon, but only after much pain and suffering from some type of festering anal fissure.

In the meantime, I offer "Best Wishes!" to all who will benefit from this landmark measure. Hopefully the rest of the country will follow in your stead and wake the hell up, to include those states with "marriage protection amendments" to their state constitutions (Including, sadly, Missouri) getting bitch-slapped with a clue-by-4.

Edited to add: Peter David has his own take on his blog. The comments section is also worth reading: Click me!

How's this for being a tease?

I just saw what is -- essentially -- the cover for the fourth Star Trek: Vanguard book. It needs a couple of small tweaks, but other than that it's pretty much done.

And it's Frikkin' Awesome. 

Not the "Okay, that's pretty neat so I'll use 'Awesome' in a hyperbolic sort of way" Awesome. 

Rather, it's the "ZOMFG!!!! Pepper needs new shorts!!!!!" kind of Awesome.

Now, we just need to write the book, and we're all set.

Ah, memories.

I got a fun e-Mail during lunch, asking me if I knew anything new about the alleged Star Trek novel project about which I spoke at some length back in April.

In addition to asking me about the book's current status (about which I know nothing, by the way), my e-Mailer also stroked my ego by letting me know how much she enjoyed the LJ post I made that day. After a brief back-n-forth, she reminded me about a post I made on TrekBBS a long time ago, in a message board topic where the thread's original poster was lamenting the state of Star Trek books as yet another symptom in the ongoing cancerous death throes of the Star Trek franchise. You know:

Anyway, there was much back and forth about how creatively unfulfilling the poster believed the books had become, and how they hated the inter-novel continuity and how they'd prefer just a plain and simple standalone book without wondering if or how it fit in with all the other Trek books out there.

To be honest and fair, this is not at all an unreasonable request, but it was the poster's confrontational attitude throughout the proceedings -- which, admittedly, were exacerbated by the fact that several of the board regulars, including me, felt like we were getting dissed by a guy who, by his own admission, didn't really read the books all that much, but still had firmly made up his mind -- that finally prompted me to go hog wild in the thread. After some digging, I found the post I made, so I thought I'd dust it off and post it here, mostly for my own amusement. 

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Yes, this is how I spend my lunch breaks....

George W. Bushisms for June 16 and 17.

June 16th:
"I'm also mindful that man should never try to put words in God's mouth. I mean, we should never ascribe natural disasters or anything else to God. We are in no way, shape, or form should a human being play God."
-- Appearing on ABC's 20/20; Washington, D.C.; January 14, 2005

There's actually a nice quote buried somewhere in there. Too bad he doesn't actually practice what he attempts to preach.

June 17th:
"Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."
-- CNN online chat; August 30, 2000

Caught red-handed while quoting from the Conservative Manual of Etiquette and Style.... 

217 days to go!

Assorted happenings, and a request!

Looks like the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine, #12 (US)/#139 (UK), is starting to show up on newsstands, even though I've not yet received my subscriber or contributor copies. In addition to the engaging articles and features you'll find from other, more talented writers, Kevin and I also kick in a (hopefully) fun little piece highlighting Star Trek's Top 10 modes of time travel. It's a sure bet you'll want to clip this bit and stick it into whatever Frommer's tour guidebook you're carrying around this summer. Elsewhere, I received notification today that The Best of the Bubbas of the Apocalypse, a new trade paperback anthology featuring a whole butt-load of BubbaGoodness, as well as my entry, "Jack and the Weird-Ass Box" (previously published in Yard Dog Press' Houston: We've Got Bubbas!), is listed at Amazon.com as in stock and shipping. What...you haven't ordered yours yet?

Cover for The Best of the Bubbas of the Apocalypse

And finally, a check of SciFi.com shows that an all-new Star Trek: The Next Generation trivia quiz is up. Quiz #2 is a primer on Captain Picard. Enjoy!

Now, you're probably wondering why I really called you here this evening. I have a special request! 

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The Dark Knight trailers....sort of.

Okay, so maybe you've seen the trailer for the forthcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins with Christian Bale reprising the title role and the late Heath Ledger in (I believe) his final performance.

If not, here it is:

Now, have you seen the trailer's dialogue, music, and sound FX mixed with footage from the 1990s animated Batman series?

Or, perhaps a version with Batman Legos?

Or, what about my favorite, the 1960s TV series with Adam West?

Glad to be of service.