Posted by Jarsto in SciFi
2015-06-18 | No replies »

Okay, so why this post? Well I’ve got something to complain about. Arguably it’s my own fault for reading reviews of Sense8 (I’ll freely admit I’m a fan, possibly approaching full-on fanboy territory), but some of them are really bugging me. Because some reviews are complaining about things that aren’t a matter of taste, but a matter of attention to detail while watching.

So rather than respond to every review I’ve decided to collect my complaints about their complaints in this single post. Warning: complaints and minor spoilers ahead.

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Posted by Jarsto in SciFi
2015-06-17 | No replies »

After seeing a number of discussions about the talents of the various sensates, some of them general others concentrating on Riley specifically, I decided to write this little (hopefully) funny post to show what I think about that. Not exactly spoilers for the show, but this is based on my views after watching all of season 1 twice now.

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Posted by Jarsto in SciFi
2015-06-12 | No replies »

Netflix_Sense8_promo_artI’ve watched Sense8 roughly 1.09 times now. (That is to say I’ve watched the whole thing once and the first episode a second time.) I’ll try to keep this spoiler free as much as possible, but there will be some discussion of the first episode. Don’t worry though, for this series that hardly counts as spoilers, there’s way too much happening for episode one to give a lot of it away. A separate more ‘spoilery’ post may well follow.

Just in case anyone has been living under the internet equivalent of a rock… Sense8 is a new Netflix Original sci-fi series created by:

  • J. Michael Straczynski (aka JMS, aka ‘The Great Maker’), creator of Babylon 5, comic book author and film & tv writer & producer extraordinaire and
  • the Wachowskis (aka the Wachowski Siblings, aka Lana and Andy Wachowski), creators of The Matrix, film & tv writers, producers & directors extraordinaire.


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Posted by Jarsto in SciFi
2015-06-05 | 2 Replies »

So I’ve been listening to the Downbelow Podcast a lot lately. My friend Jan aka The Babylonlurker managed to get me back into podcasts so aside from now listening along I’ve been listening to some of the backlog of episodes I’d missed before.

One thing that struck me were a few discussions (around Passing Through Gethsemane among other episodes) about the speed (or lack of speed) of computer information searches; basically Babylon 5’s google.

Now it’s likely the correct explanation is one mentioned on the podcast: things happen ‘at the speed of plot’, but what kind of sci-fi geek would I be if I settled for that…

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Posted by Jarsto in Games
2015-02-26 | No replies »

Are games (meaning computer/video games) art? Are they, or can they be, high art?

You may have seen those questions before. I certainly have. A few articles they popped up in recently got me thinking about them a bit. So for better or worse: here’s my take.

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Posted by Jarsto in Games, History
2013-12-20 | No replies »

One of my computer games of the year for this year has to be Total War: Rome II. And while I haven’t gotten around to playing it myself yet I already love what I’ve seen of the new expansion for it: Caesar in Gaul.

Caesar in Gaul is a specific campaign, on a smaller map than the main game, that seeks to mimic Julius Caesar’s conquest of Gaul. Also unlike the main game – where every turn lasts a year – it’s turns last half a month. Which brings me to the thing I absolutely love about it.

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Posted by Jarsto in History, Technology
2013-09-19 | No replies »

Okay, so I’m pulling out my history geekcard as well as my tech geekcard this time. It might seem strange, but thinking about history got me wondering: can we spot any technologies around today that aren’t going to make it? Even though they’re still developing in parallel with the technologies that will replace them?

What’s that got to do with history? Well technically it’s more about pre-history. Back when life seems to have been simple enough that we can name vast eras after the ‘best’ technology people had discovered as yet.

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Posted by Jarsto in Technology
2013-09-15 | No replies »

True there are plenty of posts about the Raspberry Pi already out there on other blogs. But I love these little machines so much I couldn’t resist adding yet another. I currently have two of them, both the 512MB model Bs, and they’re definitely making more hours than any other computer I own (including my phone).

The reason for this is that the RasPi is just the ideal workhorse. It takes very little power, and can do an awful lot of the routine stuff I’d otherwise leave my computer running for.

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Posted by Jarsto in SciFi
2013-09-10 | No replies »

The idea for this monologue came from yesterday’s post discussing Starfury vs X-Wing. I found myself writing it almost without thinking about it this afternoon.

Ah good, come in quickly, the gap in the patrols isn’t that wide.

Yes I’ve been told, no names. Suits me just as well. I know rebel sign language, yes, never mind how. Let’s go straight to the hangar, shall we?

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Posted by Jarsto in SciFi
2013-09-09 | 2 Replies »

I’ve been meaning to get cosmicducttape.com up and running as my geek-blog for a while now, but somehow never seemed to get around to it. Seeing a recent discussion of Starfury vs X-wing on facebook – something I debated on SciFi Smackdown something like 6 years ago – I figured I might as well weigh in on this again. And since I generally don’t post anything on facebook, it seemed like the perfect topic to open this blog with.

Granted the blog looks – to my eyes – unfinished (still needs a custom theme for one thing) but it’ll do for now. So without any further ado: is the Starfury better than the X-Wing or not?

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