Doug Jones plays the remarkable character Commander Saru in Star Trek Discovery. This cosplay is an incredible homage to the character.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
There are, however, quicker ways to piss me off. The following phrases need to be forgotten to history and absolutely guarantee making me mad.
5. I’m Just Playing Devil’s Advocate
If you’re not Al Pacino or Keanu Reeves, I don’t want to hear it.
This is the preferred phrase for people who know they’re going to piss you off for fun. It’s a tell that they are arguing for the sake of arguing and that they don’t care about your feelings.
Don’t. Just don’t.
4. Do Your Research
Just like the image above. This phrase is used by people who fundamentally missed the point. Their idea of research is a good emotional Netflix or Youtube propaganda film or some conspiracy site. It’s not just an annoying phrase, but an indication that you’re probably dealing with someone with a huge ego that truly believes the bullshit coming from their mouths.
Don’t say it unless you want me to picture you with a foil hat. (and probably block, unfriend, etc.)
3. Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the fittest is a bullshit name for an incomplete theory that people have taken to mean that it’s okay if people die.
There’a great article from New Scientist that explains the flaw in this. Evolution myths: ‘Survival of the fittest’ justifies ‘everyone for themselves’
Evolution and survival are not streamlined to only the strong. It’s messy and random.
This phrase has been co-opted by business and competitions. More recently by jackasses that are trying to push a Eugenic point of view with regard to Covid-19.
Seeing as most of my friends and family would be considered weak by these people… Just don’t use the phrase.
We Have to Consider Both Sides
There’s so much emphasis on balance and respect when it comes to arguments. Not people, but arguments. There are extremes ON BOTH SIDES, you have to understand BOTH SIDES, BOTH SIDES are entitled to their opinions.
Stop, just stop. Yes, there are arguments that have complex issues where you need to look at both sides. But the moment someone starts to devalue another person’s life, I refuse to listen to both sides.
Giving a Nazi, or an Anti-vaxx person the same podium to speak validates their opinion. By saying, “Their are good people on both sides” you tell the world that it’s okay to hate others and want them dead if you’re nice about it.
The value of human life should not be a political issue.
Calm Down / Don’t Get Emotional
There’s a great theme that runs throughout Star Trek. That of the importance of balancing logic and emotion. We see it with Spock, Data, the Doctor, Odo, T’Pol, Burnham, and Spock again.
Wild unchecked emotion is destructive, unfettered logic is cold and heartless. But it seems that when talking to people about something you’re passionate about, the phrases ‘calm down’ or ‘don’t get emotional’ are the quickest way to dismiss your passion.
When talking about something you love or feel passionate about, you will be emotional and, in my opinion, you shouldn’t be calm.
It’s also a wonderful way to make anyone angry. It’s dismissive and condescending.
What common phrases do you think we should stop using?
Dear Imaginary Friends,
I have an unhealthy obsession. I’m a little ashamed of myself actually. I just can’t seem to stop… reading the comments online.
I know I really shouldn’t but there’s a weird fascination to seeing the worst of humanity interacting. I’m fascinated, repulsed, and I feel a little gross after.
My particular weaknesses are looking at comments on stories relating to Doctor Who, Captain Marvel, CW’s superhero shows, and Canadian politics.
The comments are a squirming cesspool of humanity’s worst qualities and worst arguments. One that I’ve heard a lot lately is that there’s too much politics in entertainment. Make me think of the old Peanut Butter cup commercials, “You got peanut butter on my chocolate.”
Unlike chocolate and peanut butter (yummy), the idea that you can have any form of entertainment devoid of politics is laughable. Even when you think something isn’t political, it is.
The reason most people don’t notice is that the politics align with theirs. If you’re a straight, white, cis, middle to upper class person, you won’t notice any politics in something like Friends, Big Bang, or How I Met Your Mother. You might glance over the commentary on sexism or classism in those shows as just normal everyday stuff. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
I can hear the “Well actually, it’s more blatant” and that’s bullshit. If you’re one of those people who thinks old shows didn’t make political comments, you weren’t listening. Star Wars, Diehard, North by North-West, all had political messages in them. It’s nearly impossible to separate politics from art because it’s impossible to separate belief from creation.
Those complaining that things have become too political aren’t complaining about politics. They’re complaining that they aren’t seeing their politics reflected back at them.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
I had a hard time finishing Star Trek: Discovery. That says a lot considering I’ve happily watched every Star Trek series to come out since TNG.
I have a lot of thoughts that I’ll share after the cut.
Due to the success of the first Star Trek cruise last year, they are having two consecutive cruises this year!
If you act fast enough (before July 31), you don’t have to pay a deposit or payment until August 15th! The cheapest inside cabins are waitlist only at this time, but there are still some reasonably priced cabins left.
There is also a contest to win a free cabin!
Prices on the website do NOT include air, but how fortunate – you know how to contact a travel consultant! 😉
So if you’re looking for something to do in early January 2018, love Star Trek, and enjoy cruising, this trip is for you!
Are you interested in taking the Star Trek Cruise? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nestled in Northwestern Germany is a major theme park that had not crossed my radar until recently, when they announced a new roller coaster based on Star Trek. Movie Park Germany‘s name speaks for itself.
Of course I would notice Star Trek. Read more about the ride here.
There are lots of other rides based on other movies (I noticed Dora the Explorer, Ice Age, Indiana Jones, and Walking Dead, among others).
Based on reviews, this theme park would be good for people who like movies and thrill rides. Think Universal Studios, but with more rides.
Visiting Movie Park Germany would be a nice little add-on to your European vacation if you are already visiting Belgium, Netherlands, or Northern Germany (and that area).
Are you interested in travelling to Europe? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. email@example.com
We asked Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) if she had ever had anyone tell her that they went into the medical field because of her portrayal of Dr Crusher. She said that there had been many stories like that, and that they were always the most precious to her.
She loved Keladry (of course!) and posed with the TARDIS for us!