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Zachary Quinto as Spock in the 2009 Star Trek film

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I re-watched the JJ Abrams Star Trek movie the other day, and it is better the second time around I suppose. I’m not saying that I now find it enjoyable, in fact quite the opposite. I really don’t like it, but at least I don’t despise it. I know, a lot of people love it! Most people think it’s the best thing since sliced bread, and I am thrilled that they enjoy it. I however, do not.

So, why do I dislike the movie? To begin with, it makes no sense! Don’t get me wrong, I am not stupid, or ignorant to Sci-Fi plotlines, I get what they were trying to do, and if it were in an original setting, I wouldn’t have an issue with it.
To begin with, it’s established that when Nero and Spock travels back in time, they cause the timeline to split, and create an alternate reality. I get that, and I understand the multiverse. Hell, I theorised about the multi-verse before I even knew there was a name for it, So I get it! I really do. However, it has already been established in Star Trek, that time travel does NOT create alternate timelines, it modifies the prime timeline.

Let me give some examples!

1) In the movie First Contact, When the borg traveled to the past, the Enterprise followed after them, and got caught in the wake of space/time. Before they slipped back into earths past, they saw that the earth had been assimilated, but they weren’t affected cause they were in the wake. That alone, says that prime space/time is modified from the actions of time travel.

2) There is a Temporal Integrity Commission, whose purpose is enforcing the Temporal Accord treaty, which basically prohibits the use of Time Travel to change history. There’s a set of rules and procedures apparently in place so you don’t contaminate the timeline. Now, I ask you, why would any group go through all that trouble, if changing the timeline had no affect on the timeline? If it just created an alternate reality, then the point of this group is moot and pointless.

I could give several other instances, but you get what I am saying!

I am also sure that there are other instances in Trek history, where traveling back in time created a split timeline, though off-hand I can’t think of one, other than the JJ Abrams movie, but like I said, I am sure they exist.

I realise Star Trek is fiction, and I shouldn’t think too much into it. It just seems like a show that created the Klingon Language, would have some rules regarding how time travel works and affects the timeline in place! Maybe I am missing something? I am not the most avid Star Trek fan, So it is entirely possible that I missed an episode or three that actually does help all that make sense.

Tomorrow is May 21st, and if you have been watching the news, or paying attention to those people on street corners with cardboard signs, you also are aware that tomorrow is also the day of the Rapture. Apparently, the rapture is the begining of the end. It’s apparently the day that the “Chosen” are taken up into heaven and the rest of us little peons will be stuck down here on earth.

What happens to the folks stuck on earth? Well, from my limited understanding, we are tortured. Earthquakes, floods, and zombie apocalypse. Other than the zombie thing, I thought we were already experiencing all that! Anyway, that’s supposed to continue for 5 months. Then on October 21st, God (Or maybe Jesus, I forget which)will just grow bored with torturing his little ant colony, and smite us.

Plenty of excitement to go around! It all starts tomorrow, May 21st! Oh crap, I just realised. I don’t know what Time Zone the Rapture is going by. Maybe it’s already started?

Ok, before i end this post, obviously I am not a believer in the Rapture. I know there is a small number of religious fanatics that either believe it, or claim to believe it so they can be on TV. Is that it though? I mean, not a lot of people believe in it right? It’s not like most religious people believe this?

If you are believer in the May 21st Rapture, I want to know! If you are a religious person and you didn’t believe in the rapture, I want to know! Just leave me a comment!

Logo of the PlayStation Network

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It’s been nearly a month since PSN was hacked and taken offline. SOE has stated, that PSN as well as their other MMORPGs, will remain down, until they are confident that this does not happen again, and of course people are complaining about it left and right.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t enjoy the outage anymore than you. I do however understand the need for, and realise that the world doesn’t revolve around me and my gaming needs. I would like to hop on to PSN and play a little Black-Ops, I would like to Download the next chapter of the episodic Back to the Future Game and I would like to play EQ2. However, I also would like my information secured, and I believe that takes priority.

Many people however don’t feel that way. Whiners and cry babies, who are fed up with the online outage are trading their PS3s in for an Xbox 360. Smart move? Not really, I mean the system hasn’t even been down a full month, and while it is frustrating, if it’s a system you enjoy, then just wait it out.

This may come as a shock to some gamers, but there are games that can be played offline. Even the games you play online, probably has a single player campaign mode. So play it to hold you over, get better at the game. If all else fails, pick up a book and have a read. That’s what people used to do once upon a time.

It’s nearly 2 A.M., and though I went to bed hours ago, I find myself awake, and unable to sleep. The reason? I got to thinking about things that bother me. In fact, it bothered me so much that it prevented me from sleeping.

I got to thinking about my greatest fear, and if you ask anyone who knows me what my greatest fear is, you will receive on out of two answers. The first being “Dogs” and the second being “Death”, both of them rank high on my fear list, though they are not my strongest fear. In fact, unless someone who knows me reads this blog, they won’t know my biggest fear, since it’s not something I talk about very often.

My biggest fear? Well, it sounds corny, and is embarrassing to admit, but my biggest fear is the fear of being alone. Like I said, Stupid and Corny.

It’s just that I have very few people here in my life, and while I value my privacy, I don’t want to spend my life alone. It’s just that I have lost most everyone in my life. I have lost my father, my Uncle, My wife, and many more. In fact, I have lost so many people, that the only ones who are physically here in my life, are my mother and my grandmother, and when they are gone, I will have nobody.

I know, it’s stupid. Other people have found themselves alone, and people manage just fine. Still, it’s not something I want to do. I don’t want to lose everyone that I love, and I know that it’s inevitable.

It scares me, more than anything. Stupid fears.