Neat little video for the Browncoats in your life:
Archive for category: Geekitude
I was listening to this week’s episode of War College, and they were discussing a new book Strategy Strikes Back. The authors were discussing how to use Star Wars as a lingua franca to discuss military matters. The point that was being made is that Star Wars is a multi-national, multi-cultural, and multi-generational experience that can act as a bridge. Particularly when talking to someone outside of one’s normal culture or even sub-culture.
I found this to be of particular interest as I’m a part of several sub-cultures that live outside mainstream culture. And even those sub-cultures don’t talk well to each other, such as taking atheism to a regular person in the gun culture or talking guns to other atheists. Or talking libertarianism to either. At least with Star Wars there are some touchstones that provide shared frames of reference.
At least it would be nice not to be talking past someone.
And yes, the post title is from a Star Trek TNG episode
Reason put out this article earlier this week on the dangers of Silicon Valley’s burgeoning ideological conformity. Let’s look at the first couple of paragraphs:
quote When it comes to software, Silicon Valley understands the threat of monocultures. If 100 percent of computers run the same code and malware authors discover an exploit, 100 percent of computers will be vulnerable to the same attack. Fortunately, the way to reduce such risks is straightforward: Increase diversity.
quote Alas, this insight seems limited to software. Technology executives have yet to fully recognize the risks posed by the potent political monocultures forming inside their own companies.
The problem is that so many who push “diversity” fail to understand what they need to diversify. For these tech companies – and other places pushing diversity for diversity (cough, universities, cough, literary circles) – they are mistaking the biological for the mental. In essence, they are saying because they have both golden labradors and chocolate labradors, they are diverse – and they don’t see the problem when large numbers of their dogs die off. For tech companies, the biggest threat from this failure to recognize they are not really diverse is going out of business because they’ve alienated enough customers.
However, the same issue is impacting the RKBA. I keep hearing how we do we get more women, POCs, young people, etc. involved in the gun rights battle. Too many times, I see the RKBA making the same mistake of substituting outward diversity with inward diversity. You can’t invite people with one breath, and with the next demand they immediately conform to every thing you believe outside of RKBA – such as God, abortion, economics, and/or the current issues of the day.
We’re not breeding stronger livestock, so we shouldn’t be looking for biological diversity. We’re trying to breed stronger ideas, so we need ideological diversity.
*Yes, I know the second Kingsmen comes out in September, but I won’t get to see it until October.
According to the YouTube video, this is Jon Bon Jovi’s very first recording.
Continuing Star Wars Day fun.
“A lot of Star Wars fans come up to me and ask me to say ‘Luke, I am your father.’ And I’ll remind them the quote is actually, ‘No, I am your father.’ Then I use the Force to choke them within an inch of their life while they weep and beg for forgiveness.
I love my fans.”
James Earl Jones, actor, voice of Darth Vader
My brother treated the family to one of the first screenings of the Star Wars. I will say the clampdown on details was a damned good thing, because it let the plot twists and turns hit with even more emotional punch. One of these nearly got my family killed as we were leaving the theater (I posted that over on the Book of Face, but I’ll probably do a quick post here later).
I will say this: in lesser hands, this movie would have just been a tribute film to the first Star Wars. We have all the elements – hero’s journey, lovable scamps, omnipresent evil force, awesome space battles. Except it wasn’t just a tribute. It was the melding of all we loved about the original with new themes and characters that make Episode VII more than the sum of its parts.
I look forward to seeing it again. And again. And again.
If you want to hear about probably my favorite cartoon series, here’s a damn good podcast episode.