New Star Trek

While I was home with my family, we decided to go see Star Trek: Into Darkness. Although I was glad to see a movie with my family, and the movie was very … shiny, I didn’t care for it much. I want to enumerate the reasons why! Lots of spoilers. TL;DR, Stargate Universe, which I’ve been watching lately, strikes me as more Star Treky than this movie. Ask me how. <rant> (more…)

Blue Boat Home

I mentioned in passing that I’m learning a new song – “Blue Boat Home” by Peter Mayer – for my singing lessons. I love the song, it’s probably one of my favorite Unitariany songs, though admittedly the version I’m familiar with is Priscilla Herdman‘s cello-heavy arrangement. To help me learn to sing more expressively, my teacher asked me to remember the song is poetry, and to “write a (more…)

Inky Poetry

I’m going to break this up into two posts, today and tomorrow. I like to write poetry and short stories, because any time I write more than a couple of pages of a story, I tend to kill my main character if not my entire cast. In fact, I think very few stories I’ve written have ended without them being dead. For some reason I find this really amusing – I like to think of it that I’m worse than Joss about that kind of thing. (more…)

My Favorite Movies

Like everybody else, I have some movies I love and can watch over and over again. Now I will inflict you with my opinions about them!

  • V for Vendetta: This movie is basically the perfect storm of my favorite elements in a movie. There is badass fighting, beautiful cinematography, characters with backstories, breathtaking charismatic writing, and a little romance. Then there are some (more…)

Twake Launches at TechCrunch NYC

There hasn’t been too much to write here because when I’m not at work, I’ve been working on a big secretive freelance project. And when I’m not doing either of those, I’ve been saving that time to relax and read the Song of Ice and Fire books.

So, on to my freelance project for a startup called Twake. (more…)

German TV

Lately I’ve been watching some German TV shows to keep up my language skills. My favorite so far is “Heute-Show” from the ZDF channel, which has the same premise as the Daily Show – political news review. Sadly, Heute-Show is only once a week, but the great commentary on the country’s politicians (more…)


I went to see Harry Potter 7 part 1 last night, which I was excited about even though I knew it would not be all that awesome. I was rather disappointed that despite being promised by my coworkers that there would be lots of people dressed up, I only saw a handful of people with Harry Potter glasses and scars much less anything serious. (more…)


As anyone who pays attention to Star Trek culture knows, one of the most important debates ever is which captain is the best. So here are my views on this matter. Also I am expanding it to “people in charge of space vessels on TV” since Nate always complains when the people I like are not technically captains. (more…)

Dove Commercial

I have been watching the Daily Show (because I’m more interested in spending my news-reading time on German news than American news, and it is a good reminder that I need to not take things so seriously) and variations of the Dove “Manthem” commercial have been shown frequently. (more…)