Saturday, October 16, 2021

Some people see my Blog Pics, Some Don't - Technical Issues


My Oct 8 and the uploaded GIF I couldn't see

This is to document a technical issue I experienced from Out of the blue my pictures appeared selectively to various readers. It would have been simpler if everything was down, as catastrophic as that may be.

I couldn’t see it on desktop, I couldn’t see it on my mobile while on WiFi, but it is there if I am on data connection. Some friends can see it and some don’t, with no discernible pattern – at least in the Philippines – on who gets to see the pictures.

Friday, October 08, 2021

3 in If Wishes Were Horses (Deep Space Nine S01-E16)


From story to title, I always thought The Next Generation episode Where No One Has Gone Before was designed beautifully.  The USS Enterprise was thrown millions of light years away from Federation Space because of the Traveler who was powered only by thought. 

Simply put, to go where you haven't been you must first think. Imagination has always been the cornerstone of many science fiction stories. This episode, If Wishes Were Horses, will only be the latest in that long tradition. 

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Heretic (The Grail Quest)

Heretic is thematically in-step with the name of the series – the Grail Quest – but is it a case of too little too late? The Grail Quest is a 4 book series, Heretic is the 3rd; although I am not sure if the supposed last book, 1356, is a natural book 4 because some google searches only had the Quest up to 3 books. Maybe Cornwell saw Heretic extremely lacking and made a 4th book.

Thomas of Hookton got himself out of Edward III’s French Campaign. He’s not a deserter; he formally embarks on a quest for the grail, accompanied by Sir Guillaume, Robbie Douglas, and a small contingent of archers and men-at-arms from the King’s army. After 2 books of being a tourist in Edward III’s part of the Hundred Years War we finally focus on the grail.