Star Trek

I love the Iowa City Public Library. It has cool stuff, like a full set of “Star Trek: The Original Series” on DVD. Lore and I have just finished watching the first season. I haven’t seen it in a very long time (reruns on broadcast TV became scarce after “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), and Lore had never seen any of it. Lore loves Spock.

The new “Star Trek” movie this summer renewed my interest in the original series. Because of the film’s focus on the relationship between Kirk and Spock, I wanted to go back and see how the characters were originally developed. I thought the movie made Spock a little more of a cowboy than I remembered him to be, but so far the first season shows him to be a more complex figure than the popular caricature.

Best episodes from season one:

  • Space Seed
  • The Corbomite Maneuver
  • The Man Trap
  • Balance of Terror
  • A Taste of Armageddon

Daddy long-legs season

It’s daddy long-leg season. I was watching one forage through a labyrinth of vines. They must not see very well because this one felt around with it’s forelegs before moving forward. For all that, it moved through at a quick pace. It didn’t find anything, though. I was rooting for it to come across some live prey to see what it does with those long chelicerae. A few days before one appeared to be eating some of the vegetable matter from a broken stem. All that fang for a salad.

I have a photo of one from a few years back:

Red daddy long-legs on a wooden post.
Daddy long-legs

Women, rarely behaving

Lore presented me with a grammatical puzzle. A friend wrote the following sentence on Facebook:

Women who behave rarely, make history.

This did not make sense to me at first. I thought the comma was unnecessary and that the sentence should be written:

Women who behave rarely make history.

I assumed “rarely” was meant to modify “make”, but her friend meant for it to modify “behave”, as in “behave unusually”. “Rarely” is not the best word precisely because the sentence would be confusing without the comma, which does not belong in the first place.

District 9

I was vacillating about which movie I wanted to see last night. The choice was between “Extract” or “District 9”. I guess I was in the mood for a good alien movie.

“District 9” reminded me of “Cloverfield” in the way it was filmed with hand-held cameras, but it had a better story. And because it involved a lot of xenophobia, inhumane treatment, and very graphic violence, it also got into my discomfort zone a lot more than other similar movies.

Towelhead

Alan Ball, who wrote “American Beauty” also wrote and directed “Towelhead”. He apparently likes writing screenplays about statutory rape. “Towelhead” is a creepy and unpleasant movie about the sexual misadventures of a 13 year old girl and the adults who maltreat her. Where “American Beauty” had a well-crafted story, “Towelhead” is just a peep-show into the lives of some very troubled characters.