As a belated celebratory present to myself for selling FAIR COIN, I finally ordered a new netbook last month. My previous netbook was actually the first of the netbooks, the Eee 701 PC, which I purchased back in January of 2008. That was some time ago! I wrote the first draft of QUANTUM COIN on that, and two other novels after that, before finally retiring it. I still keep it around for some light web surfing and some potential emergency, but the mouse buttons are buggy, the software is outdated (I somehow broke the Synaptic Package Manager, so I can’t download anything), and the 7″ screen frankly isn’t cutting it anymore–certainly not for novel revisions. And until recently, there was no Scrivener for Linux, which was the real clincher for me.
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The third season of Star Trek sure is a roller coaster ride. One week we get a travesty like “And the Children Shall Lead,” and the next we have a quality episode like “Is There in Truth No Beauty?” (Also one of my favorite episode titles of the series.) The more I think about it, the more I feel like I should rate this one a bit higher than I do in this week’s Star Trek Re-Watch–this is just about as good as it gets from here on out, though there may be one or two better episodes ahead.
Not only was the story intriguing and actually surprising, but the episode features some of the best performances we’ve seen, primarily from Leonard Nimoy (trying to make up for sleepwalking through “Spock’s Brain“) and Diana Muldaur, who many Trekkies will remember as Dr. Katherine Pulaski from the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. (She was also on L.A. Law, which I’ve never seen, and provided the voice of Dr. Leslie Thompkins on Batman: The Animated Series.) Anyway, this episode is one of my few recommendations of the season, so please watch the episode (original | remastered) and let us know if you agree!