Week in Review – July 31, 2016

Not often that the week in review falls on the last day of the month. I have a month in review to do after this! It’s been a very interesting week. A couple big things happened, both on YouTube and on this blog. It’s all fun stuff, though. I also upgraded my computer to Windows 10. No problems!

Reading

My month ended with Redemption Ark at 53%. I really need to try to finish it in August.

Writing

A lot of thoughts about it, but none happened.

Videos

In the past week, I did 10 videos. 8 on my main channel and 2 on my vlog channel. Something big happened. Two of my videos this past week went kind of viral. I took a couple videos of a big thunderstorm we had, as well as the flooding that resulted. Combined, the two videos amassed more than 2,000 views! The flooding video became my most popular video ever.

Patreon

Nothing yet.

Languages

I should be working on this, but I was so busy with other things.

The Blog

I started something exciting! Well, I’m excited about it. The Star Trek Project has begun, and I’ve reviewed the first episode of the original Star Trek. I’ll be doing every episode of every Star Trek series. I’m even doing a video version of it. I just haven’t edited the intro and first episode videos yet.

Studying

Nothing.

The Next Week’s Goals

Since it’s a new month, it’s a fresh start. I’m going to get to work on reviews. Really! And I’m going to get the Authors Answer index up-to-date. Also, I’m going to create a page dedicated to The Star Trek Project. I’m taking a couple days off from videos, as I did 10 in the past week. I’ll get the Star Trek ones done tonight or tomorrow, though. I’m looking forward to it! Feeling excited.

How was your week? Let me know in the comments!

Controversial Opinions?

Facebook shares, news articles, and Trump. What do they have in common? A good amount of anti-science garbage. There are times when you see your friends and family sharing things from David Avocado Wolfe or Food Babe, or you see news articles about the new Ark Encounter in Kentucky or Texas school boards trying to get Creationism in science textbooks, or you hear Trump talk about how climate change is a conspiracy or that vaccines cause autism, and you just want to slap some common sense into people.

So, here it is. Vaccines do not cause autism. There is no evidence. Climate change is happening. There’s a ton of evidence. There was no global flood in 2348 BC. There is no evidence, and a lot of civilisations were around at that time with no record of any such flood (not to mention they didn’t realise that they supposedly disappeared, when they most certainly did not). Non-avian dinosaurs did not live at the same time as humans. They predate modern humans by around 65 million years. Evolution happens. Yes, it has been observed (quite easy when you look at microbes). There’s no evidence of any kind of damage or sickness from eating genetically modified foods. Remember, pretty much all cultivated foods that we eat have been modified over centuries or millennia. You can’t avoid chemicals in food. Everything is made up of chemicals. Water is a chemical. Protein is a chemical. Want to avoid chemicals? Then don’t eat, drink, or breathe.

Anti-intellectualism is incredible strong, especially in the United States. Look at the Republican Party’s candidate for President. It’s a scary situation if he gets elected. People need to be educated. Science is something that doesn’t rely on emotion. The science doesn’t change if you believe it or not. It’s still true. A ball falls whether you believe it or not. The Theory of Gravity isn’t “just a theory.” Cells exist in your body, they divide, and they have a structure whether you believe it or not. Cell Theory isn’t “Just a theory.” Dinosaurs existed and they still exist in the form of birds whether you believe it or not. The Theory of Evolution isn’t “just a theory.” Scientific theories aren’t something you can dismiss as “just a theory.” They are an explanation of observable facts. They’re not a guess.

Don’t agree with me? That’s fine. You don’t have to agree with me. The science will still be true. It doesn’t need your approval to be true.

Star Trek S1E01 – The Man Trap

Star_Trek_TOS_logo.svgWelcome to the Star Trek Project! Getting back into watching Star Trek feels good! It’s been several years since I’ve been able to watch an episode, since it was not at all popular in Japan. So, I am watching every Star Trek episode in order of airing date and talking about my impressions of each episode. So, let’s get started!

Season 1, Episode 1: The Man Trap

Original Air Date: September 8, 1966

Stardate 1513.1

Planet: M-113

Featured Alien: M-113 Creature (Salt Vampire)

Main Cast: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Rand

Main Guest Characters: Professor Robert Crater and Nancy Crater

Things I Noticed

The first thing I noticed when I watched this is that it’s the remastered edition with new CG Enterprise and planet shots. I like it, actually. The old ones were not as visually pleasing, although I still liked them. I mean, they’re the original!

Watching this episode brought back many memories. And made me notice a lot of things. First of all, I noticed that Dr. McCoy is still using tongue depressors. Spock is also using a stylus. The technology seems a bit old.

Another thing I noticed is how the women are portrayed and the men’s reactions to them. With this being the year 2266, you’d expect some progress would’ve been made in gender equality. The men were awful, constantly staring and making comments on the women. There was a lot of sexual tension, and it seemed so unnatural. The show was at the very beginning, so I can understand some issues would happen. I don’t recall the blatant sexism in this episode being as prevalent in later episodes, though.

The interaction between Spock and Uhura was interesting. Uhura seemed to be coming on to Spock! This made me think about the Kelvin timeline movies, where Spock and Uhura are a thing. Did they get this idea from this episode? Did they notice that Uhura actually had an attraction toward Spock and explore that in the alternate timeline?

Another thing with women, and this has always bothered me about Star Trek, is that when there was a close-up shot of a female character, the picture was soft and fuzzy.

Also, there’s a lack of some main cast members, including Scotty. Chekov is introduced much later on, so I don’t expect him for a while. Nurse Chapel was never a main cast member, similar to Yeoman Rand. However, Rand is featured quite a bit in this episode.

My Impressions

For a first official episode of a TV series, it seems like we were just dropped into it without any introduction or anything like that. It doesn’t feel like a first episode at all. Of course, there were two pilot episodes, the first of which is featured in a two-part flashback episode, and the second pilot was actually aired as the third episode of the first season. But basically, we’re introduced to a crew that has been together for quite some time already. This is unique among the Star Trek TV series.

This is an episode that I was never in love with. I enjoyed watching it, as I always do, but it’s not one I got excited about watching after school. The characters behaviours aren’t established enough at this time. Spock is a bit too emotional at the end of the episode. However, we are pretty much shown that Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are the main trio of the show. But the sexism really struck me this time. It was surprisingly jarring.

Star Trek doesn’t start off very well. It was okay, I enjoyed it. But it doesn’t leave the best first impression, if you ask me.

Verdict

★★★

Your Voice

What did you think of this episode? Let me know in the comments below.

It’s Done – Windows 10

I’m taking you on a brief journey. 


It began innocently. 


But it sat at 0% for the longest time. 


It progressed, though. 


I turned off the new default features. But so far, it works! No issues at all. Occasionally it tells me it’s updating something, but that’s quick. I explored a bit. I saw an app in the Start Menu. Minecraft??? Probably not installed. And it’s a beta version. Wonder if I should try it. And then waste my time!

My only annoyance is that I can’t change the colour of the title bar of windows. Oh well. 

Posted from my iPhone SE.