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[Damar shouldn’t have died]
Just… why? Why did they have to kill him off?
There is actually a pretty simple answer to that and I don’t think you’ll like it…
"Damar had to be the first to die, because Casey Biggs played Travis in the IMAX Alamo movie, and Travis was the first guy to die at the Alamo," (Ira) Behr says, laughing.[ST DS9 Companion]
The producers and/or writers seemed to be great fans of that Alamo movie, and they got Casey Biggs for Damar because they liked him so much in that movie, if I remember correctly (I think I read about that in a magazine years ago, so I could be wrong).
#I always have to think of Moses and how he wasn’t allowed to enter the promised and because of past mistakes#… that might be the worst comparrison ever#I know you can’t actually compare those two#but still#Damar fought hard to free his people so that they could have a better future than being servants of the dominion#…I’m gonna stop now
I know you’re not comparing those two as in, like, relative virtue, or in a disrespectul way, but I think the writers might’ve had that in mind because it’s a really good parallel and a story that shows up again and again in stories of revolution
the other thing is that they wanted to complete Damar’s arc from mercenary toady to true patriot and there are two classic ends to that arc, martyr or king
having Damar as the new leader of Cardassia with a bright future ahead of him might’ve felt too pat and easy and he did have sins to pay for, plus even with his big turnaround I’m not sure he was the right kind of man to lead a nation — a rebellion, yes, but that’s different
and really, in some ways Damar had to die because life’s not fair and things don’t turn out the way they “should” and that’s something DS9 was doing when it could
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we just did our fantasy football draft and I’d say I did pretty well on every position except quarterback — every time it came around to me the available QBs were terrible compared to other players available, which I also needed
I ended up with Brian Hoyer for Cleveland and Shaun Hill for St Louis, which… trust me, my alternatives were worse
Hill was the backup Lions QB for a number of years and I have some confidence in his abilities, he’s not a great talent by any means but he’s consistent
Hoyer was the first of about seventeen Browns quarterbacks to get injured last year and I don’t know that they’ve shored up the offensive line so I may not have him for long, but he was really good when he played
otherwise I got what I believe to be solid players — I used an aggregate of mock and real draft results from a large fantasy league website, on the theory that if you get a large enough sample the average will be a pretty reasonable choice
what I hope for most of all is that I won’t have those players who score 20 points in one game and 2 in another, I’d rather have consistent medium scoring from everybody as much as possible
hard to say really and of course people get injured but we’ll see
people make a lot of posts about their favorite characters’ story arc being “no don’t do the thing” yet somehow I’ve never seen this ridiculous little shit
"Database core". Which is oddly fitting.
I don’t even know what that means in terms of aesthetic, but I’m concerned.
i was already that but fuck yeah
"Staircase core" NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
[mildly hysterical laughter] well that’s a touch too close to home
underwear punk HELL YEAH
THAT IS THE WORST THING I’VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE I’M GOING TO BURN MY HOUSE DOWN
Star Trek, Vulcan, and the Universal Translator
So in translation there’s a common issue where a word in one language can link many disparate ideas under a single word that in some way unifies the different ideas as being somehow related. In Sanskrit, for example, the word dharma can mean “law,” “teaching,” “thing,” or the totality of existence.
When translating, the translator has to choose between using the same word each time or to use a different word for the different meanings of the word. Either choice distorts the meaning, so no choice is inherently better or worse than the other.
I hypothesize that this is an issue with the Vulcan language and the word “logic.” I believe that there is a single word in Vulcan that can be variously, and accurately, translated as “logic,” “truth,” “common sense,” “good,” and “accuracy” among other things. The universal translator translates this word as “logic” in every instance, leading to the impression that it is specifically logic that Vulcans value, rather than the far more complex concept denoted by the actual word in Vulcan.
every time I see a male rapist talking about “I didn’t know that was rape, I thought rape was something else” I worry that people’s takeaway is going to be “this is what rape culture does to men, we need to teach men about consent” and not “rapists are filthy fucking liars”
this is what most people at my ~alma mater believe :)))))))))))))
i will literally never forget the first time i heard someone say “this is how pervasive rape culture is, some rapists don’t even know they’re rapists” with a straight face
def saw some people saying that after Steubenville and wanted to die forever
like those poor boys didn’t know :((( they’re victims of rape culture :(((((( what do you mean I’m being a rape apologist I’m not saying it wasn’t rape I’m just saying they literally couldn’t have known what they were doing was wrong :(((((((((
(ignorance of the law has never been a defense anyway but especially not when said ignorance is BULLSHIT BECAUSE THEY ARE LYING)