Month: Mar 2020

  • It is not ethical to pirate an author’s work without their permission

    I wanted to expand on a tweet I posted yesterday evening. The context is an on-going argument about changes Internet Archive made to how they allow people to borrow in-copyright books online in response to the Covid-19 crisis (see https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/30/internet-archive-accused-of-using-covid-19-as-an-excuse-for-piracy and IA’s explanation here https://blog.archive.org/2020/03/30/internet-archive-responds-why-we-released-the-national-emergency-library/ ) In response to an article on NPR about the […]

  • A general update

    I’m largely not covering the covid-19 pandemic here mainly because there’s so much coverage and I largely have nothing to add but here are some general updates. Australia has increased social distancing measures a notch and has now banned public gatherings of more than two people. The data here is suggesting that maybe (and it […]

  • A Picard viewing list

    With the final episode of Star Trek: Picard now released, I thought I’d go over a list of related episodes from past iterations of Star Trek. The majority of these are the episodes (or films) I have recently rewatched and reviewed. There are a few that I have included that I intend to rewatch soon […]

  • Picard: Et in Arcadia Ego Part 2

    Spoilers obviously for the end of the show. I shan’t hide that I’m disappointed that instead of plot twists and surprises we got an action movie followed by some thoughts on death. The lack of further twists leaves a whole heap of interesting ideas folding themselves back into plot holes. In exchange we did get […]

  • Add Commanding Authority to Your Online Meetings

    Many of you maybe enjoying the delights of video-conferencing from the comfort of your own shed, bedroom, bathroom or impromptu tree-house. Wherever you are hiding from the rest of the people in your house, it is important to project to your colleagues at work a sense of being-in-control, resoluteness and decisive decision making. Who better […]

  • Currently Reading: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

    This is proving to be every bit as good as people said it would be. An ambassador from a space habitat that controls access to a key navigation route is sent to the heart of a hegemonic empire. Mahit Dzmare has spent her life studying the literature of the not-so-benevolent Teixcalaanli Empire and is both […]

  • Sorry that you cannot go to Wellington, so here is my impression of it

    CoNZealand has announced that the 2020 Worldcon will be virtual: A very understandable decision. I think this could be an exciting and maybe even a positive step forward. The big challenge will be keeping the essence of the event while making it virtual. I don’t know if that is possible but that’s one of the […]

  • Trek Tuesday (but its Wednesday): Generations

    I didn’t intend to pair Picard episodes with older Star Trek stories but the first episode had me watching Star Trek: Nemesis and from there the logic of which episodes to watch was fairly easy to discern. Data, Maddox, Hugh, Seven of Nine, Icheb and Picard himself have key episodes that inform the Picard series. […]

  • Some colouring in activities!

    More things to occupy your time after the fold!

  • Sunday Beer: Batsquatch Hazy IPA

    I couldn’t find a quarantine themed beer, so here is a cryptid themed one from the USA. The batsquatch wasn’t invented for the beer but is a rumoured creature from the environs of Mount St Helens https://cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/Batsquatch