This. Why can’t we have more of this?

Yes, another review of the latest entry into the Star Trek universe. It wasn’t until the end of the initial set of episodes that I flushed out my thoughts. I had to get over the joy of having new Star Trek before I could really put it all together.

And while I think Discovery is great science fiction, it is missing the heart of Star Trek.

What lies ahead is devoid of spoilers. It contains impressions and generalities. I’m not going to spoil the series for you.

And yes. It is worth watching.

The Beginning

I loved the first two episodes. What…


A young boy came to his father one day…

Son: Dad, I’ve been hearing a lot about politics lately but I really don’t understand what they’re all talking about with deficits and budgets and all that stuff.

Dad: Well son, let me try to explain it to you. For instance…I run and oversee our household…Call me MANAGEMENT. Your mother is the administrator of the money so lets call her GOVERNMENT. Since your mom and I both take care of you and your needs so let’s call you THE PEOPLE. We will call our hard working maid the WORKING CLASS, and…


Attached is some correspondence which actually occurred between a London hotel’s staff and one of its guests. The London hotel involved submitted this to the Sunday Times. No name was mentioned.

— — — —

Dear Maid,

Please do not leave any more of those little bars of soap in my bathroom since I have brought my own bath-sized Dial. Please remove the six unopened little bars from the shelf under the medicine chest and another three in the shower soap dish. They are in my way.

Thank you,

S. Berman

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Dear Room 635,

I am…


After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a “gripe sheet,” which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas’ pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. [Note: Problem & Solution]

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident…Enjoy!


A lady walked into a pharmacy and told the pharmacist that she needed some cyanide.

The pharmacist said, “Why in the world do you need cyanide?”

The lady then explained she needed it to poison her husband.

The pharmacist’s eyes got big and he said, “Lord, have mercy — I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband! That’s against the law! I’ll lose my license, they’ll throw both of us in jail and all kinds of bad things will happen! Absolutely not, you can NOT have any cyanide!”

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture…


How one trailer gave us hope that it was safe to love Star Wars again

A few weeks ago the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was released. I saw it. You saw it. We all saw it. I showed it to my kids. I told everyone who ever cared about Star Wars to watch it. Then we watched it again.

Then I took my oldest son to the theater to watch the new Avengers movie. They played the trailer. The minute I saw “Lucasfilm” on the screen, I excitedly pointed to the screen and got quiet. I hadn’t seen the trailer on the big screen yet. …


When You Can’t Read Them All, Where do You Start?

I’ve read a lot of science fiction over the years. Hundreds if not thousands of books. Most of them interesting, many of them great, and a few that were better off as trees.

One thing that I learned early is that I’ll never be able to read them all. Even keeping up with what is published every year can be tricky. That doesn’t even count the years of great science fiction from before I was old enough to read.

For years I’ve wanted to try and read all of the essential…


Personal decisions made during Lent and other periods of fasting set the tone for life

Yes, I am talking about religion, or to be more precise, my faith. No, I am not trying to convert you or say that your beliefs are wrong. I am sharing an important part of my life because I find myself explaining it every year to friends old and new.

I’ve debated writing this, or anything about religion. I don’t like it when people get preachy with me and I try to respect that desire in others. Do unto others and all that rot. …


For geeks of the 60s and 70s, we all wanted to be Kirk but we were all versions of Spock

Leonard Nimoy is dead.

Spock. Spock is dead. I know that it isn’t fair to his memory to equate him to one role but he will always be Spock to me. Even when he narrated In Search Of…, while I knew it was Leonard Nimoy, I was listening to Spock.

I grew up on the original series. Star Trek had been part of my life for 10 years when The Next Generation started. I had watched and bonded with the character through the original Star Trek. Relived their willingness to push the boundaries of known space in The Animated Series…


Whom Gods Destroy reminds us that even Kirk has heroes. A look at the fabled Garth of Izar, the hero of Star Trek: Axanar

Sitting in front of twitter recently, I saw something cross my path, Star Trek: Axanar.

Now being a Trekker, I wanted to know what Axanar was. What I found was extraordinary. It is a fan movie being produced that highlights the first Klingon war, also known as The Four Years War.

What a boring name for a war. Why not The 1st Klingon War or The War Against Federation Aggression? But I digress.

There is a prelude video available that was put together like a documentary. I watched it and was simply blown away with the casting and quality. …

Laurence Hart

I am me, myself, and I. I want the world to be a better place & I have opinions on how. Actually, I have opinions on everything. Working on a more human picture

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