Home sick from work. Acid reflux, bowel flowing, etc. On the minus, exhausted and ill. On the plus… Star Trek TNG Marathon, woo! Lots of really great episodes… and a lot of reminders of how totally loaded down with technobabble the show was. Even more than frickin’ VOYAGER, man! 2/3rds of the eps deal with transporter accidents, strange emissions, warp bubbles, or the sensor arrays. Do a comparison without the veil of nostalgia and you’ll see that they really trimmed that stuff down in Voyager… it’s still there and it’s still overdone but they don’t lay it on like spackle.
Now, the evil bit of my post. I’ve been hooked on Yahoo! Pool lately. It’s fun as hell and a good time waster… but good god, the people you meet there… just sickening. They seem to fall into two categories.
A) Sexist bastards who want to know where you live and if you have a boyfriend and if you’ll screw them. (Ignoring the complete physical impossibility of said sexual encounter over TCP/IP.) I’ve taken to using a female nick and cute little face icon just so I can yell at them when they hit on me… 80% of the people I’ve played against have indeed tried to flirt. (And usually they can’t play pool worth shit.) Oh, and if you say ‘NO, I don’t want to have sex with you’ you’re automatically a faggot and a towelhead. Speaking of which…
B) Racist freaks who scream about killing ragheads and raping their women and don’t quite differentiate between ‘Muslim’ and ‘Terrorist’. We’re talking DOMESTIC racism and racism against foreigners. The scary part? One of them was a US Marine who damn near ordered me to respect him and not ‘correct’ him when I said that ‘ragheads’ is a bad naughty word. Good god, THESE are the people defending my country?
If you want a scraping from the bottom of the barrel of what this country — and in a lot of cases, this PLANET — can provide you need look no farther than your local chatroom. Look at the Yahoo message boards on their legitimate Reuters news posts. Look just about anywhere on the internet… you’ll find extremely troubling persons. A lot of it is probably the “Hey, I’m anonymous, I can say anything I want and nothing bad will happen to me.”
And then Jay and Silent Bob buy a lot of plane tickets… >:)