Picture of a pendulum in a circular pit, by Mike Von

Societal Progress Is Not Linear

Nowadays, it can feel like the precious societal progress we thought we’d achieved has been inexorably slipping backwards. Extreme conservatism and hate in the US, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the unwillingness to act to ensure our species’ survival keep dealing blows to our image of an enlightened society. But such stumbles are nothing new, …

Oh, Picard

Now that the trailer for the second season of Star Trek: Picard is upon us, I feel the time is right to unleash a rant about my one big gripe with season one, which I enjoyed overall. So Timely Yes, more than a year after its release is when I decided to write this post. …

Star Wars: Franchise Fatigue Is Not the Issue

Last year, Disney decided to put the brakes on Star Wars, one of the biggest franchises in its portfolio. The stars stopped streaking as the hyperdrive shuddered to a halt. This move, namely slowing or stopping development on more prequel movies, is intended to fight what is referred to as franchise fatigue. But have fans …