Category Archives: TV Shows

Stunted Future

Image by aussiegall via Flickr I’ve been watching Dr. Who a bit lately. My older daughter is quite a fan of the show and we’ve been catching an episode or two whenever she comes over. I have a lot of catching up to do as the current run has been around for five seasons now and I […]

The Singularity Goes Prime Time

This week’s episode of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory brings the idea of the technological singularity to one of the widest audiences it has ever reached. In the opening teaser, ubergeek Sheldon (Jim Parsons) explains to his longsuffering roommate and best fried Leonard (Johnny Galecki) that he is trying to determine how much […]

Why We Probably Won’t See a Star Trek Future

A nice summary of the reasons via Black Belt Bayesian, one of the highly recommended blogs on the Accelerating Future domain. I especially liked this point: Ideas have changed too little. In Star Trek’s society, as far as I know, there is no taboo of ours that has become universally accepted. Yes, the mores of […]

Why We Probably Won't See a Star Trek Future

A nice summary of the reasons via Black Belt Bayesian, one of the highly recommended blogs on the Accelerating Future domain. I especially liked this point: Ideas have changed too little. In Star Trek’s society, as far as I know, there is no taboo of ours that has become universally accepted. Yes, the mores of […]

Seinfeld, Superman, and the Singularity

Barry Mahfood runs a neat blog that provides “bite-size” reflections on the Singularity. His most recent post has to do with how useful a superintelligence would be for solving problems that we’re grappling with in today’s world. A good point, and what I like most about it is how he gets us there — via […]

When I’m Wrong, I’m Wrong

I grumbled to myself early in the season, complained openly at midseason, but for some reason never canceled my Tivo season pass and kept catching up on each episode of Lost. Okay, I was wrong. It’s still stupid not to know the difference between Thai and Chinese, but I’m ready to give the creators the […]

When I'm Wrong, I'm Wrong

I grumbled to myself early in the season, complained openly at midseason, but for some reason never canceled my Tivo season pass and kept catching up on each episode of Lost. Okay, I was wrong. It’s still stupid not to know the difference between Thai and Chinese, but I’m ready to give the creators the […]

Lost…Interest

[This is coming about 24 hours late thanks to the magic of Tivo, but just pretend that I'm writing it last night.] Wow, what can I say? Is J. J. Abrams beclowning only himself? Or is he beclowning an entire viewing audience? I think it ended for me tonight. I can put up with a […]

Goldberg’s Thoughts

I’ve been at a conference all week and so missed these comments from Jonah Goldberg on the BattsGac premiere. Interestingly, he uses an alternative abbreviation for the show’s title — “BSG.” How quaint.