For years, Microsoft has been compared to the Borg from Star Trek. However, with all the bruhaha regarding how they are coercing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10, I feel that a comparison to the Cybermen from Doctor Who was more apt.
I upgraded my two computers early, but left the other PCs in my household alone. I don’t think that Windows 10 in and of itself is a bad Operating System. However, I do know many who are hesitant to upgrade.
Also, speaking of cybermen, my cousin Sam dressed up as one for Halloween.
His older brother, Carl, was the 11th Doctor (complete with Fez and bowtie)
For those of you that haven’t noticed this little quirk about me, I dabble in writing the occasional fan-fiction story.
Recently, I put the finishing touches of a new Star Trek themed story: “Time Fall.” The plot of the story is this: A crew member unexpectedly disappears from the starship she was serving on, worrying her family and causing them to investigate what happened. As it turns out, she unexpectedly winds up in the past. (hence the title of the story) Meanwhile, the final frontier still has its share of bad guys, and they try to rear their ugly heads as well.
People who know me fairly well know I lean conservative on many issues.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I pretty much voted a straight GOP ticket…. with one exception.
I did not vote for Kobach in 2010. I felt back when he first ran that he was “damaged goods.” Needless to say, I still think he’s damaged goods.
In 2010, I voted in favor of then-incumbent Democrat Steve Six for the Attorney General race. I had no qualms with his job performance (especially after his two predecessors got into hot water). However, Republican Dereck Schmidt won that race. I have no qualms with Schmidt’s performance either. Thus, despite voting against him last time, I voted for him this time around.
Also on the ballot were some judicial retention issues. After a controversial Kansas Supreme Court decision on a Capital Murder case, a non-retention drive for the Supreme Court judges was started. I voted “No” on the Supreme Court drive and voted “Yes” on the other judges.
Finally, there was a ballot question asking to amend the state constitution to allow charity raffles. I Voted “Yes.”
For some reason, I feel the need to comment on a recent announcement involving a television program that I (and about 18 million plus) watch regularly.
In case you haven’t heard, CBS has announced that Cote de Pablo will be leaving the cast of NCIS. Although some have suggested that she is leaving on less-then-good-terms, the mainstream entertainment sites have not indicated as such, and have indicated that her character, Ziva David, will receive a proper departure.
I’ve seen a few fans of the show upset about the announcement. I am not one of them. However, I can somewhat understand the reason they are upset. One thing I’ve seen over the years is that some people are resistant to change, whether it’s a new computer program, being bought out to make room for a new highway, getting laid off, or something as simple as someone else sitting in your “usual spot.”
In the case of NCIS, I think the change, if executed properly, be a good thing. There will, no doubt, be a new character to fill the role that Cote is vacating. With this new character, there will be a changed dynamic. I am optimistic that the new character will bring a totally new dynamic with the existing cast, and that the cast will bring out the best in the new actress.
As for handling Cote’s departure, I hope they do not kill her character off. It’s not necessarily because I think the door should be open for her return, It’s just that they have used this technique twice to deal with a actress departure.
I’ve been working on a couple of things website-related lately.
First off, I’ve realized I’ve long neglected the License Plate section of Kansas Highways. I’ve updated the pages to reflect the current website layout.
The layout itself has been tweaked a little. For low-resolution screens (read, smartphones) the sidebar normally on the right-hand side of the screen is instead at the bottom of the page.
I’ve also been working on a more creative side. Over the past several years I’ve written a series of Star Trek themed fan-fiction stories. The creative juices for those stories have waned; however, I’ve been, in the past few weeks, found my mojo in the form of fan-fiction stories based on the current TV series NCIS. I’ve finished one story, and am well underway on a second. They can be found on My user page at fanfiction.net. At some point, I will also publish them here on my site.