Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
A mysterious entity is chasing the USS Enterprise. Kirk orders more speed. Scotty gives ‘er all he can. But the distance is still closing. Spock estimates they will be overtaken within the next two minutes. Everyone is now wondering: What is Captain Kirk going to do?
A mysterious entity is chasing the USS Enterprise-D. Picard orders more speed. La Forge gives it all he can. But the distance is still closing. Lt. Cmdr. Data estimates they will be overtaken within the next two minutes. Everyone is now wondering: How does this make the crew feel?
Disregarding the other obvious fact, that Alexander Courage music beats the hell out of the boring-trombone background music that seems to be blaring all the time, no matter what’s going on in Next Generation: This is something bigger than Star Trek. It’s everywhere. A scene can show 1) how characters react to things, 2) how situations change so that the story can be advanced, 3) both of those or 4) neither of those. The writers, directors and editors aren’t doing their jobs if they leave any of #4 in, and they should be going very, very lightly on #1.
One of the things that has been going awry in our culture since somewhere around the 1970’s is a subtle shift in cinematic drama, involving greater emphasis on how people feel. Before that there were a lot of problems, of course. The feminists had a point, a lot of the women weren’t being given proper respect. And, the fact is you can’t make a man go unconscious for an hour or two by karate-chopping him. But emotions were for pussies. If emotion was being shown on the old Star Trek, by and large it was one of two things: Spock was reacting to a germ or virus invading his Vulcan body, or Kirk was getting all pissed off because his crew was in imminent danger, or one of his strange-looking nameless skinny never-before-mentioned red-shirt guys got killed and he wasn’t getting the answers he wanted. Those, both, had to do with changing situations so the story could be advanced. The emotional display was an embellishment for other things that were happening in the scene, they were not the sole justifying purpose of the scenes themselves.
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