March 26th, 2013

TNG Rewatch

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "Emergence"

The Enterprise is ALIVE, I TELL YOU, ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! The TNG Rewatch has an "Emergence."

An excerpt:
If you want any more evidence that TNG had (you’ll pardon the expression) run out of steam, both in the writers room and in front of the camera, you need look no further than this dreary episode that has all the energy of a dead fish. Where early TNG would have had at least some awkward moralizing about the possibilities of a new life form, and middle TNG would’ve had some incisive philosophical and ethical quandaries, latter TNG can barely be arsed to make a fuss about the fact that the ship created a friggin’ lifeform! Aside from the occasional furrowed eyebrow at some of the holodeck combinations (like an Orient Express passenger repeatedly hitting the guy in armor with a gold chalice), nobody seems to be overly affected by this rather major thing that the ship is doing on its own.
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Tuesday's dead

Tonight is the last part of the black belt promotion. While not an official part of the promotion process, we always do one last round in our own dojo with all the students, not just the black belts, where candidates are tested one final time. It's an intense workout that everyone participates in (though it's harder on the candidates than anyone else). Afterward, we go to celebrate at a local Japanese restaurant where we eat, drink, and are merry. Usually this last bit is the Monday after promotion, but Shihan postponed it to tonight, since last night was the first night of Passover.

Today, wrenn had an interview with a headhunter that she was very happy with, and it should result in at least one interview with a company soon. Her six-month consulting gig is now approaching its fourteenth month, but -- while her boss is happy to have her as long as she wants -- they're not going to hire her full-time and she needs something with a salary and benefits. Good thoughts from everyone, please.

Elsewhere in my life, my parents finished paying off their mortgage last week. This week, right on schedule, the plumbing basically fell apart. Guys with jackhammers came today to tear the basement floor apart and see what lies underneath. Nice of it to wait until they could afford it with the mortgage payments off the books (and the plumbing was the first thing they were going to tackle with the "windfall," they just didn't think it would be this bad), but damn......

Work has been thin on the ground what with black belt stuff, and that changes tomorrow when I buckle down on The Project That Cannot Be Named (Yet). Dammit.
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