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What Michael is Reading #3

Over the last few months I have begun writing the background chapters for my doctoral dissertation.  The way I write is that I read a ton, think for a few weeks, and then write WAY more than I should, removing the excess in editing.   522 more words


The Bundy Ranch and the Right

I understand and appreciate anarchists’ rejection of a hierarchical society. In fact, by rejecting class society, which puts a small minority of filthy rich at the top, who own and control the government, policies and policy makers and leaves the majority poor and powerless, I, too, reject hierarchy – socioeconomic hierarchy that is, which is the hierarchy that really matters and which gives rise to police brutality, widespread government spying and, at times, leads to a police state, in order to keep the ruling class rich and in power, not to mention all the injustices that accompany such wealth and power inequality. 866 more words

Star Trek TNG: A British Tar

Data, Worf, and Captain Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation decided to join the singing party. They don’t sing as well as Seven of Nine, but they’re doing their best.


Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection (First Contact / Generations / Insurrection / Nemesis) [Blu-ray]

First Contact After an epic battle against the Borg (cybernetically-enhanced life forms), Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise follow the Borg Sphere back into the 21st century to prevent the Borg from contaminating Earth’s timeline and preventing Earth’s first contact. 109 more words

“. . . A type of that twin entity which springs From matter and light . . .”

My students are writing this semester on my favorite class topic, “Writing about the grotesque.” Flannery O’Connor’s essay on the subject, her story “Parker’s Back,” the Robert Louis Stevenson story “The Body Snatcher,” the 1956 film… 1,086 more words


Preview photos of the Enterprise-E

Here are some photos of my Enterprise-E from Star Trek: First Contact. I am basing it off the Diamond Select Toys model starship. The model will be the same size as my Pegasus model. 41 more words


Matt Ferguson Partners With BYE BYE ROBOT For His STELLAR Star Trek: The Next Generation Lithograph Series

Some people just don’t know how to “take it easy” and one of those busy bodies is U.K. artist Matt Ferguson.  He has a full time day job, has participated in almost EVER single Poster Posse project and STILL manages to release additional art at an alarming rate! 396 more words