The Puppy Kicker’s Prat

Every cliquish group has to have a prat. You know what they are like. They are the ones who go to the extra effort to make sure everybody knows that he is aligned with the “right people” by constantly maligning and disparaging the “wrong people” In this case, the Puppy Kicker’s biggest prat is Damien Walter. Now there has been a lot of competition for Puppy Kicker biggest prat, but through and through Damien has come through in his columns in the Guardian. His latest is no exception.

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Why Generation Ships Will NOT “Sink” A Failure To Communicate

Recently Sarah Hoyt published a post of mine:

While I was ecstatic to guest post on Sarah’s blog, File 770 reposted with their usual editorial style and Mike’s commenters behaved in their usually classy, hyper intelligent fashion, flinging their usual monkey poo. Because they didn’t actually read the links I posted they really had no way of knowing what I was talking about. I was directly referencing and being critical of the post that Mr. Robinson wrote, not the novel.  But if you didn’t read the posts there’s no way to understand that.  Thus the monkey poo.  That’s what happens when you don’t understand things.

Pixel Scroll 4/12/16 My Pixels Were Fair And Had Scrolls In Their Hair

Apparently when I tried to point out that I was using a professional perspective I was being pompous.

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Making BB8

BB8, the new Astromech Droid from Star Wars, The Force Awakens was a popular character from the second the droid appeared in a teaser trailer.  That popularity has only grown since and it’s inevitable that clever people would want to make their own.  Here’s a bunch of stuff on people making BB8.

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Saving The Enterprise

The model of the Star Trek ship, Enterprise is falling apart.  This model has been on display at the NASM for decades and the original glue that held it together is starting to fall apart.  Also the poorly done paint done during the restoration back in the 1990’s needs to be removed and the ship placed back as it was during the shooting of the TV show.  Earlier I posted about conserving the model at the Smithsonian in Tech Stuff 3 with these links.

Trek Core has a series of videos about the restoration.

More from Trek Core.

More pics at

And Popular Mechanics.

Pics from an earlier restoration

Models tend to have hard lives. Especially shooting models like the Enterprise. Consider what happened to the 2001 models after the shooting was over.  So having the Enterprise get the museum treatment is a good thing. Of course not all models, even Star Trek models get this level of attention. Consider the Enterprise’s Klingon nemesis.

Years ago, I discovered the shooting model for that ship suspended from the ceiling in the lobby of the Virginia Air and Space museum in Hampton VA.  As far as I know it’s still there, far from the attention that the Enterprise gets.