Thursday, July 5, 2012

Read Stuff, You Should

Happy Birthday to Ron Moore. Among other things, First Contact is probably the second best of the Star Trek movies, isn't it?

Holiday over, good stuff still to come:

1. Andrew Sprung's Shakespeare theory of what the Chief Justice was up to. Poetic!

2. Very good summary of something that I've certainly been guilty of being sloppy about: the margin of error. From Carlisle Rainey. Highly recommended for those who read polls, and especially for those who talk about them.

3. How well do you know the ACA? Kaiser has a fun quiz.

4. I like this one about Iran as the most dangerous enemy the US has, from Michael Cohen.

5. And Suzy Khimm on Medicaid and state budgets.


  1. First Contact is the best Next Gen movie, which means it can be no more than fourth from the bottom of the list.

  2. I trust that you'll remember Jonathan Frakes' (60th!) birthday when it rolls around in a few weeks. He had a lot to do with the success of First Contact (and might have been able to make Insurrection a success as well, if it hadn't had such a troubled script).

  3. Well, I'd call it the 3rd best. It simply cannot compete with VI and II; those are head-and-shoulders above the rest.

    As Chris G said, it's the best Next Gen, but the movies have really not been very good.

  4. Replies
    1. Yeah. Khan is a great movie; nothing else comes close. VI was fine, very watchable; IV was OK, although my sense is that it doesn't really hold up well. I think First Contact is a better movie than the others (Khan excepted), but obviously which you enjoy more depends on which cast you enjoy more and by how much, and that's just taste.

      I'm still bitter about the incredibly stupid mistake at the core of the Kirk/Picard movie (in which Picard is the one to instinctively rebel against paradise and Kirk is the one who "gets" non-linear time). I choose to believe that Moore had nothing to do with that.

  5. I liked the goofy whale one!

    On another note: loved that Kaiser quiz. I'm terrible with stuff like this, but proudly got 10 out of 10. Hope this is one of a myriad of ways to get the word out on what is ACTUALLY in the ACA. And glad to see there was a "death panel"-ish question in there.


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