Star Trek Enterprise Designer Dies

“Walter ‘Matt’ Jefferies, the art director who designed the original Enterprise vessel for the first Star Trek series has died, the official website of the sci-fi series has announced.” –Star Trek Enterprise Designer Dies (BBC) True Star Trek nerds will know Jefferies from the eponymous “Jeffries Tube,” where Scotty was often found reversing the polarity of a thingy while staring into flashing lights. The photo in the above story is actually…

? [Slashdot Poll]

Slashdot Poll Yes. No. ! Worst Poll Ever. No, there’s been a worse one. No, there hasn’t. Yes, there has. No! Yes! No! –? [Slashdot Poll] (Slashdot) Nearly 70,000 people took the time to vote in this poll. This is beyond stupid — so far beyond stupid that it approaches significance. It’s impossible to deconstruct this poll because it has no content, but how many equally pointless polls have appeared in…

Easy Online Agonism?

“In watching the aftermath of the recent discussion of humanism and anti-humanism (now there’s a fine reductive binary that could use some deconstructing, no?) at Invisible Adjunct, I was startled by the apparent hostility of the fisking performed by Robert Schwartz. Certainly, others in the discussion engaged in a bit of fisking, but none to Schwartz’s degree. It got me thinking about fisking as a genre particular to the net,…