Nu Trek turned our Trek Heroes into Teens with Problems

I’ve resisted writing about Star Trek (2009). Here’s why – to paraphrase Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory:

“It’s a [Star Trek movie]. Like pizza or particle accelerators even the stinky ones, still pretty good.” Trek is Trek, I say to my semi-Trekkie friends. They roll their eyes.

It’s a hard thing, rebooting a franchise. Continue reading Nu Trek turned our Trek Heroes into Teens with Problems

The Negotiation Styles of Star Trek Captains

I’ve been a fan of Star Trek for as long as I can remember, so it’s no wonder that whenever I have to make tough decisions – big or small, business or personal – I think about how my favorite Star Trek characters would react and try to incorporate their strengths into mine.

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An open letter to Floridian Jurors

Dear Floridian Jurors,

I won’t pretend to know what’s going on in your head, what evidence you were presented with, or how you came to your decision. But from an outsider’s perspective, you’re fucking nuts.

Just in case it isn’t presented to you at your murder trials (Zimmerman, Dunn): I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to the reasonable person test. Continue reading An open letter to Floridian Jurors

The best time to ask for help

… is right after you’ve made a substantial effort and hit a wall.

If you ask before you’ve made the effort, you risk wasting your help’s time on something truly menial.

If you ask before making a substantial effort, your help might think you’re incompetent, hopeless, or worse – lazy.

This holds true no matter what you’re doing – panhandling or production.

Bonus: rather than asking your help to solve the problem for you, what if you asked them to help you think of solutions you haven’t thought of yet?

Bringing Back Star Trek: Dimensions

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know reviving Star Trek: Dimensions is my annual New Year’s Resolution, right along with re-write Psychotic Resumes. I’ve said it so often it’s almost a joke now, but this time – it’s for real (both of ’em).

Star Trek: Dimensions

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“Over the next 100 pages, you’ll learn basic care for your Diaper Pail”

They don’t tell you when you’re having a baby just how much progeny-fatality-prevention-related stuff you will acquire. This stuff, purchased outside of the normal nerd procurement process, causes more stress and post-purchase regret than run-of-the-mill nerd-satisfaction stuff. Continue reading DON’T PANIC