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While my alter ego is a super-powerful molecule, I am a few other things IRL

- I'm a Trekkie, obviously (friends got me into VOY, then DS9, and it just went on from there)
- Favorite show remains DS9, though I enjoy certain aspects of each one
- Technologist and writer by trade, and Star Trek is an inspiration for both
- Seeking to connect with like-minded Trek fans who continue to find great meaning in its message

Heard on a Trek podcast that James Frain plays Jarvis on Tron: Legacy, so I’m selectively watching parts of the film to see which role that was. The movie itself was meh, but damn the visuals and soundtrack were (and are) stunning.

While my alter ego is a super-powerful molecule, I am a few other things IRL

- I'm a Trekkie, obviously (friends got me into VOY, then DS9, and it just went on from there)
- Favorite show remains DS9, though I enjoy certain aspects of each one
- Technologist and writer by trade, and Star Trek is an inspiration for both
- Seeking to connect with like-minded Trek fans who continue to find great meaning in its message

Thunder is rumbling through NYC in real life as V'ger is unleashing its wrath on Earth in ST:TMP. The deep rumble I'm hearing here is lending a little extra dramatic oomph to the developments in the movie.

Settling in to get some quiet work done on a rainy day. Queuing up the old Star Trek movies, beginning with the very first one, to have on in the background while I'm working. V'ger awaits.

Also, Strange Days' focus on police brutality really struck me. Obviously they were talking about Rodney King at the time, which Gen Xers like myself remember, well, but the detail of using a new technology to record what happened and serve as evidence ended up being pretty much spot on for the social media era. (Again, though, it was isolated and not shared--given directly to the police commissioner rather than publicly shared to raise consciousness and awareness of the issue.)

So, from a pure VR standpoint, I personally find representations like you find in the Matrix (which came out a few years later) and Caprica more fascinating. It's the communities themselves, the shared spaces where people interact and share aspects or versions of themselves with others, that I find most interesting of all. Not so much the standalone, solo experiences.

Some reflections on last night's re-watch of Strange Days: the VR, while cool, didn't feel as exciting to me because it focused on standalone recordings of past experiences rather than inhabitable virtual worlds where you communicate with others. But I get why they did it in this movie--the point was to experience the physical and emotional sensations (positive & negative) of inhabiting another person's viewpoint and perspective. Also: MiniDiscs! I used them for about 5 minutes back in the day.

I’ve been wanting to re-watch Strange Days for some time now, and tonight’s the night. First time watching it since it originally came out. Having recently re-watched Caprica, I’m curious to see how these VR stories compare with one another.

Listening to Discovery podcasts I missed while S1 aired as I'm doing a little cleaning around the house. Playing the episodes in reverse order is kind of fun. You can hear major plot points dawning on them as they're wondering aloud: "Could it? Nah... but what if? Hm... maybe."

@deepspacenoob Thanks for the follow back! I just listened to the first episode of your podcast and thought it was great. What a fun idea! I've always thought it would be great to watch DS9 with someone who'd never seen it before and Deep Space Noob has some really smart and funny observations to share.

In more current Trek news, I've been encouraged to hear all the reports coming out of about how much of a cherry on top it is to have so many Trek fans among the Discovery cast. It adds a little extra something special to the whole experience knowing they're fans, too.

For some reason, had the desire to call up a couple of Voyager episodes the other day. I especially enjoyed re-watching The Omega Directive. Thus, the avatar. Now on Scorpion. I remember how thrilling that two-parter was when it aired. 15 Borg cubes coming right at you! "My god..."

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