Jan. 3rd, 2019

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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

12. What are the five most important things on your bucket list?

I don't really have one.  I can say, for instance, that I'd like to publish a novel; but I'm not actively working on one, I'm working on other projects, so it doesn't seem like that should count.

EDIT 1/3/19: [personal profile] technoshaman mentioned languages, which I really should have thought of myself. Learn Lakota and learn Cherokee. At least enough to say "Look! Bouncing!" and "If you want to speak English, go back to England" in the latter.
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Day 3

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

Among my favorites is the episode "Darmok" from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It presents an alien race whose language is untranslatable because they speak in metaphor and allusion.  Within seconds I was yelling possible translations at the screen.  Some of these turned out to be accurate.  I'm pretty good at picking up languages on the fly, and I love xenolinguistics.  Other people have subsequently explored Tamarian grammar and vocabulary.  

I love this episode because it's one of the few that truly conveys a species that "thinks as well as a human, but not like  a human."  It leaves us with questions, not answers; puzzles, not solutions; and yet at the end of the episode ... Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel.

If you haven't seen it, watch it.  This episode works pretty well even out of context, and it's one of the greatest pieces of science fiction ever made.
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Works from 1923 have reached the public domain. Gems include Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet and The Chip Woman’s Fortune, the first drama by an African-American author produced on Broadway.

A substantial (but not complete) list is here.


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