Monthly Archives: May 2015

Star Trek Continues: The White Iris

Star Trek: The White Iris
Star Trek Continues released their fourth episode online today: The White Iris

I’ve got my gripes, such as breaking the rules by having a holodeck on the Enterprise of the original series. They did a few other stupid things, but some are appropriate. It’s reasonable to do some stupid things if the 1960s TV series would have done them, too. After all, the premise of this show is to extend the original series with a similar look and feel.

This episode recreates more guest characters from the original series. I hope they continue to do more of that. The City on the Edge of Forever is begging for a full sequel of its own.

You can also catch it here on YouTube.

Or, if you’re new to Star Trek Continues, you can read my first post on the topic, which has links to the three earlier episodes.

Everything I Need to Know [On War] I Learned in Kindergarten

Glenn Reynolds links to PM’s 6 Reasons Why ‘Starship Troopers’ Is the New ‘The Art of War’. That’s too good not to link here.

Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, published in 1959, is aging remarkably well. The tome chronicles the early military career of Johnnie Rico, who fights alien arachnids while clad in a heavily armed exoskeleton. The troopers drop from orbit one by one to wreak havoc on whatever target the Sky Marshal deems worthy of the attention. It’s a cool adventure novel with a soldier’s eye view that doubles a treatise on modern warrior culture, the limits of military technology, and the awful glories of fighting infantry. There’s a reason military academies like West Point recommend cadets read the book.

Like Sun Tzu’s masterpiece, Heinlein’s abounds with quotable axioms. You may not hear overly intense car salesman quoting from Starship Troopers anytime soon, but here are six reasons why the book is a practical guide to 21st century warfare.

He’s right. Starship Troopers holds up very well today.

The Art of War often makes me think of those little books you find in the greeting card section of a store. It’s much more than that, and I apologize for not being able to resist this blog post’s title, but I still get that feeling.

If you haven’t read The Art of War, you can find it free on Amazon.com or Gutenberg.org or in free audio at Librivox.org.