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Peeve Farm
Breeding peeves for show, not just to keep as pets
Brian Tiemann
Silicon ValleyNew York-based purveyor of a confusing mixture of Apple punditry, political bile, and sports car rentals.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009
21:09 - Spock Prime

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Boy. It isn't every day you see a franchise reboot movie that completely changes the historical events in the writers' bible and simultaneously leaves them all intact.

I don't know if I expected Star Trek to be some kind of elaborate re-enactment of the founding events in the original series or what, like Peter Jackson remaking The Hobbit into a dark, brooding, mucus-covered duology just to keep in stylistic line with the LotR movies. But this... this was something else again. A side-door escape route from the original storyline that gives everybody a fresh new backstory, yet still ends up with Pike in a wheelchair.

Nicely done, J.J. Abrams.

UPDATE: Entertainingly unfair plot summary by dorkafork over in the comments on VodkaPundit's spoileriffic post.

Incidentally, one thing that bugged me was Chekov. They actually went out of their way to get a Russian actor this time, and then proceeded to play up the ridiculous hammy accent. What, did they have to coach Anton Yelchin on how to do a "Star Trek Russian" accent? It's not like actual Russians have difficulty pronouncing "V", like in, um, Pavel...

Monday, May 4, 2009
19:25 - Modern inconveniences

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Just what we needed: a salt grinder.


Because salt tastes better when it's freshly ground.

I mean seriously, what the hell.


12:24 - Bad Chrysler. Bad!
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/court-docs-reveal-dodge-viper-falls-into-bad-chrysl

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Shame on you for producing such a naughty car as the Viper! Into the attic with it.

Section 2.15 Viper. (a) Subject to Section 2.15(b) below, notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, (i) Seller may, at its option, sell Intellectual Property and Purchased Inventories that relate solely to Vehicle Production (as defined in the Transition Services Agreement) and are not necessary or useful in any other line of business (the “Viper Assets”) prior to the Closing Date in an arm’s-length transaction to a party other than Purchaser on terms and conditions reasonably acceptable to the Purchaser, provided that the right of the Seller to sell the Viper Assets shall terminate on June 8, 2009 if no binding written agreement to purchase the Viper Assets has been executed and delivered by a bona fide purchaser at such time, and (ii) in connection with any such sale, Seller and Purchaser, as applicable, shall grant to the purchaser of the Viper Assets on terms and conditions reasonably acceptable to the Purchaser a non-exclusive license of other Intellectual Property of the Seller necessary for Vehicle Production as currently conducted.

Not that it surprises me; it's not like the Viper was ever a cash cow. But it was a halo vehicle, and halo vehicles are notoriously hard to assess in value, considering that so much of said value is distributed evenly over all the rest of the cars in a marque's lineup; that's how it works.

Ah well. It's not like you can't always rent one...



09:07 - Once bitten...
http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/01/problem-with-phone-orders.html

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Okay, I honestly don't care if this one is faked—the story's too good to be ruined even by a revelation of staging.

I haven't been paying proper attention to Cake Wrecks lately. I'll have to remedy that.

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