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Scientific PROOF that HUMANS are DESIGNED for RUGGED INDIVIDUALISM: MEN’S SPERM!!!!

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DS9 Rewatch: “The Jem’Hadar”

The Dominion will not stand by and allow ships from your side to violate our territory.

— Third Talak’talan

I’m actually nearing the middle of the third season (“Second Skin” and “Civil Defense” are awesome) (and I love the B-plot in “Meridian” — no joke), but I’ve been musing over the second season finale from which the above quotation comes. In it, a vacationing Sisko and Quark have been apprehended after their first encounter with the Jem’Hadar — the shock troops of the Dominion. 

In their first opportunity at dialogue, the commanding Jem’Hadar (that’ll be Talak’talan) says the above words, seeing the Alpha Quadrant’s exploratory missions as a breach of sovereignty — and Talak’talan is right! Starfleet sees itself as a scientific institution, but of course underneath that technocratic portfolio is a military presence. In other words, the Dominion regard these self-styled explorers as imperialists, and considering human history of the same — the displacement and eradication of indigenous populations in the name of exploration and science and progress (not to mention the bottomless resource exploitation suggested by Grand Nagus Zek’s ballooning demands — from 10,000 vats of tulabery wine to 100,000 — in "Rules of Acquisition", initiated by the avatars of unbridled capitalism) — they’re not wrong to be suspicious. Roddenberry’s vision is an optimistic one (and maybe human civilization has capacity to quell its expansionist appetites), but it also ignores how often imperialism has been cloaked in exploration, and I’m quite impressed that DS9 manages to muddy the morals of the two sides like this in a more nuanced way (something along the lines of Battlestar Galactica, in fact). 

Confession…

lindyhopproblems:

"I went to my first swing social when I had only had 2 lessons of Jitterbug at the university swing dance club. I basically had zero knowledge of swing dancing other than the basic footwork of Jitterbug.

So people asked me to dance, and seeing that I was new, they asked politely asked if I know Lindy Hop first before dancing it with me. I did’t know what it was. I hadn’t even heard of it yet. So I said no.

The thing was, I didn’t know what I was saying no to. Because the music was loud and the person was a foot taller than me, I couldn’t hear clearly what was asked, but just enough to determine that it was something foreign to me.

So my confession is: for 2 weeks straight after this first social, I had thought Lindy Hop was called “Lily Pond” :S”

-Anonymous

Lily Pond, hm?

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(via Kranky reveals new synth-based Labradford side-project Anjou; stream a track now – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.)

I actually mentally checked today’s date to make sure this wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

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(via Kranky reveals new synth-based Labradford side-project Anjou; stream a track now – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.)

I actually mentally checked today’s date to make sure this wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

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So that’s what happened to Andrae, also, OMGGGGG.

So that’s what happened to Andrae, also, OMGGGGG.

Listening to “Halcyon + On + On” for the first time in ages, I felt my sphincter instinctively tightening in anticipation of the Bon Jovi sample… thankfully, I was listening to the Brown Album version.

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DS9 Rewatch, mid-season 2

I’ve just finished “Rivals,” which probably is my favorite so far of an otherwise dragging season, and I’m struck how out of step I am with most of the show’s writers and producers (whose opinions are available on Memory Alpha). The lighthearted episodes, or episodes where Sisko is getting his Mack on, seem to be uniformly derided, whereas po-faced efforts at Ethical Dilemmas (“Cardassians” and “Necessary Evil”, and “Duets” from season 1) have nary a bad word spoken against them. I’m the exact opposite, though, where the serious episodes grapple with serious issues in an ultimately pat and moralistic way that ignores a lot of real-world complications. (“Duets” in particular strikes me as a revenge fantasy, with emphasis on the fantasy.)

Instead, the more ridiculous episodes (against my better judgment I’m enjoying the Ferengi installments) have generally been more fun, and “Rivals” especially — Bashir’s racquetball onesie summarizes the campness that’s inherent to some of these concepts. I also really enjoy when Avery Brooks or Nana Visitor get to chew the scenery like the ravenously starved theater veterans that they were (and all of the Cardassians — how I light up when I get to hear Garak or Dukat monologuing!). Of course, knowing where this show ends up, and how much the darkness thrilled me the first time, I’m surprised by how much I look forward to the camp elements.

On the other hand, I also love the choice to make Sisko a parent — he’s the only captain to have a child (unless Archer has a family, I never bothered with Enterprise) — and the amount of unabashed affection that the Commander (no Defiant commission yet!) showers on Jake.

#sec20

#sec20

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We can be heroes, but we can’t all be doppelgangers for a young Bowie. Read more here!

We can be heroes, but we can’t all be doppelgangers for a young Bowie. Read more here!