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Flying Gremlin 09-06-2021 08:02 PM


Originally Posted by Nate the Great (Post 82474)
PNQ: Favorite Asner role?

Easily Carl from Up.

Nate the Great 09-06-2021 09:18 PM

I only watched Up once. They were trying too much for a kids movie (I've noticed that Pixar tends to do that, with varying levels of success). And like everyone else, I would've rather have had the whole movie be the "Married Life" stuff. That scene still tugs at the heartstrings.

NAHTMMM 10-24-2021 01:49 AM


Originally Posted by Nate the Great (Post 82464)
PNQ: What's the first major world event you remember as a child?

Watching the 1992 presidential election returns on TV.


Originally Posted by Nate the Great (Post 82468)
PNQ: Do you think they'll eventually do a Kelvin-style reboot of TNG?

I think Hollywood will eventually do a reboot of everything that smells like they can make even a shred of money off of it.

Nate the Great 10-30-2021 03:24 PM

Regarding Colonel Kira being made a Commander in Starfleet...

PNQ: Shouldn't she be a Captain?

As an aside I decided to look up a chart comparing Army (i.e. Bajoran Militia) and Navy (i.e. Starfleet) ranks. Major is equivalent to Lieutenant Commander, which is odd is retrospect. I think Kira was in charge of the entire Militia within the Bajoran system (besides Bajor, of course).

Perhaps she was really a Lieutenant Colonel, which is equivalent to Commander. A full Colonel is equivalent to Captain. Memory Alpha confirms the Colonel/Captain thing and brings up Colonel West.

Then again, Colonel West wore uniform decoration above the level of a Captain (and again, insert Nate's theory that army-ranked people were really members of UESPA integrated into Starfleet).

Of course, I suddenly wonder why Bajor would use Earth rank titles anyway.

And while we're on this rank kick, I found myself wondering why the Romulan Commander would equal a Starfleet Captain and where the term "Sub-commander" came from.

Apparently for Sub-commander T'Pol it was declared that the rank was somewhere between Commander and Captain.

Memory Beta has a chart comparing Vulcan and Romulan ranks. Which is odd, you'd think they'd be the same. And don't forget, the Vulcans have their own fleet separate from Starfleet.

The Trek BBS forum has a nice conversation comparing Vulcan and Starfleet ranks.

Nate the Great 11-11-2021 01:20 PM

Inspired by a YouTube video...

PNQ: What does it mean to "prepare" to go to warp?

Sometimes the command is given, sometimes not. What does this entail?

It stands to reason that there are some systems that need to be switched on to activate warp drive, but how many need ten seconds to "warm up"?

Do the warp engines have a proverbial clutch? Does warp plasma not enter the nacelles until you actually go to warp?

If the warp core wasn't actually needed for anything except warp drive you could imagine "prepare to go to warp" meaning "activate the warp core using the slower and safer matter/antimatter injection process rather than the faster and more damaging one". And while I could see that in TOS, I'm pretty sure that in the TNG era you need an active warp core for most systems like the main deflector dish.

Nate the Great 11-14-2021 10:45 PM

So I'm binging Friends clips on YouTube, and a commenter compared David the Scientist Guy to Leonard from Big Bang Theory...

PNQ: Really?

It always offends me when people think that there's only one kind of nerd. There's not. And while the awkward may classify themselves like this, to the world in general there are only two camps, nerd and geek.

David is more socially awkward than Leonard, Leonard is more insecure than David. David is definitely closer to "nerd" and Leonard to "geek", but the complete picture is way more nuanced.

Nate the Great 11-22-2021 04:28 AM

I have Amazon Prime, so I get to stream things that I've never heard of. The shocking discovery for me is how much I enjoy Chinese historical romance dramas.

PNQ: What's a genre like that for you, where you quickly go from finding out about something to really liking it?

On the whole I don't even enjoy subs. It has to be something special for me to enjoy that sort of thing. I think my first real enjoyment at the sub experience was the uncut Cardcaptor Sakura. As for historical romance dramas, probably my earliest experiences were the works of Miyazaki.

DrWho42 11-25-2021 10:51 PM

okay, but what happened to the Avenues 1-4 in the television series Avenue 5?

Nate the Great 11-28-2021 02:39 PM

So someone beat the OOT demo within Smash Brothers Brawl in under five minutes, and someone on Twitter complained that speedrunners don't know how to have fun.

PNQ: Isn't this sort of thinking rather short-sighted?

I find it amazing how blind some people can be about other people's hobbies. People are different, and their hobbies are different. Just because I wouldn't find fantasy football fun doesn't mean that I bash people who enjoy that. I obsess about the minutiae of Treknology, but I don't bash people who don't.

Besides, when it comes to speedruns the fun doesn't just come from the final video, it's knowing HOW that final video happened. Where did this or that glitch come from? How can we apply it to this or that route? Could we combine it with a strategy that was eclipsed years ago, giving it new life?

Nate the Great 12-01-2021 03:35 AM

I found myself pondering Scotty's statement in The Voyage Home that the time travel "drained" the Klingon dilithium crystals.

PNQ: Opinions?

In TOS they were all over the map regarding what dilithium actually was or did in the engines. I don't think the modern concept of matter/antimatter reaction transformed by dilithium into warp plasma existed in final form until TNG.

It's true that in STIV the crystals weren't explicitly called "dilithium", but for the sake of argument let's say that they are, as all Alpha/Beta quadrant powers other than the Romulans operate on the traditional matter/antimatter technology.

Spock speaks of recrystallization. Scotty was concerned about fracture in the E-D crystals.

As an aside, the novel How Much For Just The Planet (which I highly recommend) goes into a bit of depth about how dilithium works. Dilithium crystals extend past the standard three dimensions into the higher realms, which is essential for matter/antimatter reaction. Presumably the portion of crystals lying in the higher dimensions can't interact with matter OR antimatter and in fact deflects the streams away from the portion in standard space. Thus if matter is "twisted" in one way and antimatter in another, perhaps regulated matter/antimatter collisions are even more powerful than the ordinary kind because they've been focused. Like how ordinary crystals disperse a light-beam into a full spectrum or condense a spectrum into a single white light beam.

Furthermore, let's consider how in TOS they're always looking for dilithium. The tech isn't good enough for a full match on the focused streams, you end up with a lot of excess energy that must be contained and then expelled as "exhaust". Furthermore, it could be that the extra unfocused energy is the part that decrystallizes the dilithium.

Think of it like a filter that gets gunked up. In TOS the gunk eventually makes the crystals unusable. In TNG we know how to prefilter the fuel AND create "backwash" to remove the gunk.

Furthermore, suppose that Klingon crystal tech is less advanced than the Federation. They need raw dilithium even more than our heroes because the gunk builds up faster. Furthermore, suppose that their supply is smaller than ours, so they have to build their ships to handle lower-quality dilithium. Plus, y'now, you have to imagine that they run their engines hotter than our heroes because of the need to be battle-ready 24/7 (or whatever the Klingon version of that expression is).

DrWho42 12-01-2021 06:18 AM

when will MST3K riff Plan 9 from Outer Space?

Nate the Great 12-06-2021 04:20 PM

A boy's mother has very strict rules about acceptable books for her son.

1. No princes or princesses.
2. No knights.
3. No dragons or other fantasy animals.
4. No talking animals.
5. No men that have to save women.

PNQ: How many books can you think of that meet these criteria?

One thing that springs to mind immediately about these criteria is the assumption of fantasy only. There are children's book genres other than fantasy, lady!

Let's get real, the big sticking point here is Point 5.

And since it's the Christmas season, I have to be reminded of Miracle on 34th Street here. Poor Doris...

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