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About upnorth

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  1. I tend to agree about the writing, quite inconsistent so far. Episode four was all over the place in writing and was trying to cram too much unrelated stuff into one show. That said, I'm quite interested to see where Saru's storyline will go this season. It's been most interesting watching it develop so far. What was revealed in episode four will have far reaching ramifications for his entire species and could give the show some good material to explore in the future. I'm not at all convinced of the need for the new engineer character, Reno, aboard the ship. Considering the situation in which they found her, the only place she should be is on extended leave on Earth or at a star base for psychological evaluation. She certainly shouldn't be going right back to duty. I think they were just looking to create a crotchety and abrasive "Bones" McCoy type character for the show. I also agree with you that Spock's arrival will likely be anti-climactic as they've just been working it up far too much too soon.
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    What's your day-job?

    Discounting a variety of no skilled minimum wage jobs way back there.... I worked as a graphic designer for eight years in my native Canada before relocating to the Czech Republic in 2004 to become an English as a Second Language teacher. I'm currently trying to get out of the teaching field and into something else.
  3. Just watched episode 2 of the new season lastnight and some quite interesting things seems to be afoot. The "Red Angel" storyline is quite intriguing and I'm looking forward to seeing where they take it.
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    Retro Tornado

    Gorgeous! Looks just like a Tornado should.
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    Any Canadians here?

    Yes, the very same Upnorth.
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    Any Canadians here?

    I'm a Canadian expat. I'm originally from Edmonton, Alberta but I've been living in the Czech Republic for 15 or so years now. I don't get too homesick as the beer is great here, there's a very good coffee culture here as well and there's lots of lovely nature to visit.
  7. I agree with you on those points. Tilley is an annoying character and the only reason I can see for having her around aside of comic relief is to put her on a story arc that sees her put in a position where she is forced to "grow up" through some sort of unpleasant experience that scars her and takes her juvenile edge off of her permanently. She had a few close calls in season 1, but nothing that really got the job done. I think she has to lose something she really cares about and I suspect, going by hints dropped in this first episode of season 2, that Stamets will be part of that. It's quite clear that Burnham is intended to be that irrepressible, in-your-face, dominant personality who has no problem ruffling feathers to get what she's after. She's got more than enough ambition and drive to get to the captain's chair one day, but she needs to temper it with more self-discipline. I'm frankly surprised to see the lack of self-discipline in her given that the latter part of her upbringing was among Vulcans. Saru looks like he's going to develop a bit more authority in his personality this season, so that should be interesting to see. The Spock storyline should be interesting to watch unfold as well. I'm very intrigued by what having the Terran universe Georgiou return not only as an adversary, but as a member of Section 31 will do to the story. She's a wildcard that could take things in all kinds of directions. One character I would really like to see brought to the fore is Airiam, the robotic looking bridge officer. She's clearly high ranking enough that she gets some command time and you can't make such a striking looking character as that without an intriguing backstory to go with them. I've heard all kinds of theories as to what she is that range from an alien species to a human augment and even a synthetic-human hybrid. I'd love to know her story and find out what she really is.
  8. Hello all, Not so long ago, I finally went to the cinema and took a look at the Bohemian Rhapsody film. I've never been a particularly big fan of Queen or biopics, and I'm particularly leary of biopics about people who still exist in living memory. However, I have to say I enjoyed this one. The guys they got to play the band members were just spot on and the level of attention to detail in the Live Aid performance scene was phenomenal. I would say the Live Aid scene would be more than enough justification to see it on the big screen. A few historical details were put out of chronological order, but it wasn't so much so that it was overly bothersome.
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    What new stuff have you bought/been gifted?

    A couple of days ago, I went to the post office to take delivery of a set of Wolfpack 1/144 folded wings for Revell's E-2 Hawkeye kit. A couple of months ago, I picked up said Hawkeye kit at a nicely reduced price and decided to put the savings toward the wing fold option. I'll call that "Gift to self" this year.
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    Thanks. I'm not a gun person, but I grew up on the Canadian prairies where there are gun enthusiasts and hunters a plenty. Knowing the prevailing conservative attitudes in that region of the country, I'm not naive enough to think a blanket gun ban could ever work there. However, I have always felt that making firearms lisencing criteria more complex and categorized would be a better solution to reducing deaths and injuries due to carelessness through imposing a higher degree of accountability on firearms owners than a ban. Calibre and recoil force definitely has to come into play to make firearms licenses fully respectful. A person should have to show medically that they have adequate upper body strength to both hold the weapon level and steady while firing and to absorb recoil without taking personal injury. Giving prospective firearms owners a steeper learning curve and more stringent criteria to meet before they can legally get their hands on the particular weapon they'd like would likely create a greater appreciation in many owners of exactly what they have and the responsibility that comes with it.
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    I don't think it's enough for them to take special courses in how to drive more powerful cars, they should also have to be medically cleared to do it with regular testing of their cognitive functions and reflexes. The faster you go, the faster things happen and if your brain and muscles can't keep up with faster input you shouldn't be allowed to be at the wheel of such beasts. Cars like that need their own specific category when it comes to driving licenses. Having grown up in North America and seen all kinds of lunacy with regards to people trying to handle firearms that they clearly weren't up to the task of, I feel the same way about firearms licensing. I've seen people who had never fired anything bigger than a .22 calibre rifle or maybe a 9mm pistol be handed a .50 rifle to happily "have a go" with and be totally unprepared for the increased kick. Ignorance on their part for accepting the rifle and gross irresponsibility on the part of whoever gave it to them in the first place. Any group of machines or activities that needs to be licensed to operate or participate in needs a licensing system that is complex enough to show respect for the differences in power, complexity and difficulty between the different categories of things that particular system covers. (rant off)
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    Hawker Hunter crash

    Glad the pilot's alive. The plane itself had an interesting history from what I can find: Built as an F.6 in 1956 Carried s/n XG127 in RAF Service Converted to an FR.10 in 1960 Bought back from RAF and converted to F.58A in 1969 Put into Swiss AF service with s/n J-4101 in 1971 Put on Swedish civil register as SE-DXC in 1996 On Canadian civil register as C-JGMP in 2004 Put on US civil register as N323AX in 2005 A bit more indepth info and a few pics of it in Swiss AF service can be seen here: http://www.swisshunters.info/#4101
  13. What's been going on with recent AZ/KP releases? I was looking at the new ALCA kit in one of my local shops and the quality and finish of the kit seems way below the standard you guys have been working to for the last few years. The ALCA reminds me of the Czech limited run kits from the 1990s, not a 21st century kit.
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    Anybody else 'obsessed' with one particular aircraft ??

    The Herk ride wasn't too bad to be honest, they had it pretty well insulated against sound in the hold. They kept the big back door closed, but popped in the clear panels on either side door of the rear fuselage and we could all get a look out on the snowy Canadian prairie that way. The noisiest beast at the base I ever got a ride on was the Chinook helicopter. Of the five types of aircraft based there while I was growing up, it was the only one they handed out ear plugs for when my Air Cedet unit went for a ride on it.
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    Anybody else 'obsessed' with one particular aircraft ??

    Life's too short to get obsessed about much, that includes specific types of aircraft. I can say, however, that I've had a soft spot for the C-130 Hercules for as long as I can remember. I grew up with them flying frequently over my hometown in Canada as there was a squadron of them at the local air base and a company with locations at our interantional airport and (now sadly gone) municipal airport that had contracts to do servicing and upgrades on Canadian and international Hercules fleets. The Hercules was also the first military aircraft I ever got a ride in.