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Me, Me, Me, Glorious Me.

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Hey, everyone. Shameless self-promotion time:

As you know, I used to run this site, and I retired going on two years ago. About 15 months back, I started my own site, "Kevin Long (Dot) Com." It's located (rather cleverly) at http://www.kevin-long.com

It's a pretty good site. It's smaller than Republibot, and it's less agenda-driven. It's things I find interesting, which may or may not be science fiction related. I also put up my original fiction there, new stories, and links to my books for sale.

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The Curious Case of “Lightyears,” a movie that was never made, and yet was made one-and-a-half times.

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Last week I reviewed the film “Imposter,” on Philip K. Dick’s short story of the same name. Despite being an amazing writer, beloved to people who hate him, a disturbing number of films based on his work are so relentlessly dull that they even be called “Awful.” They don’t even make that much of an impression. “Imposter” was another one of these. Predictably, the story behind the making of that film is much more interesting than the film itself. Lucky you, as I’m stuck for something to talk about this week.

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Tis the season of our disconnect...

I regret to inform you that R4 has temporarily been rendered impotent.

Oh. Wait.

I regret to inform you that R4's sumptuous broadband has been surplanted by the squeal of a 2.4 kpbs landline modem.
(Which is pretty much the same as internet impotence).

Until he gets the 'net equivalent of the little blue pill, the inmates now have control of the Asylum!

I was about to tell you all to spread anarchy- but you'd tell me to mind my own business...

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Thank a Veteran

On this day, please take some time and thank someone (or several someones) who served. I treasure most of the memories of my time in the service- and I'm very proud of my son and my nephew who are carrying on the family tradition (with more sons to join them within the next year or so).

Thank you Veterans. We couldn't do this... any of this... without you.

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You wanna' know why we need PBS? Here's why!

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Hi. Kevin Long here. I don't work here, but I'm pinch-hitting for Mama Fisi, who was supposed to have an article up but had some unavoidable behind-the-scenes stuff, and couldn't make the deadline.

Back during the presidential debate, our party's unfathomably bad choice for the candidate basically made it be known that, if elected, he'd shut down PBS. This is something we've heard again and again over the last 20 years from both parties. Even the Simpsons has commented on how the increasing plethora of education-based cable channels makes PBS basically irrelevant.

This is bunk.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY (Now Available On Mondays!): How Original Are You Allowed To Be?

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I like fan films. I like 'em a lot. There's an earnestness to 'em and a flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants DIY quality that is hard for me to ignore. It shines through the most awful acting, the most cardboard sets, the most poorly matted CGI. Have you noticed how similar a lot of them are, though? Of course, given their nature it's a kind of 'well, duh' thing to call them derivative. Even still, I find myself wondering exactly how original you can really get in these things before you lose your audience.

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A Long Line At The Complaints Department...

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As you may or may not be aware, I was ushered in this general direction at the behest of Mama Fisi. I'm sure you know that she's not one to give orders, but she's also not someone whose suggestions are easily refused. As to why I'm here, I'm as bewildered as you. I love to talk, but given an open-ended chance such as this I find myself with little to say. I've found an ear or two online for my own... diverse opinions and complaints. Apparently some of them were entertaining enough that I found requests for more cropping up before long.

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Why it was Inappropriate for NASA to name a Space Shuttle "Enterprise."

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Since last week's piece on how the Shuttles got their names, I've taken some flack (Mostly through Email) about whether or not it was inappropriate for NASA to name a shuttle after the Starship Enterprise. Most of this has revolved around two points: 1) It wasn't a real shuttle anyway, just a glider, so who cares? and 2) Trek has inspired people to become scientists and astronauts and blah blah blah blah. Here's my take on both of those:

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