McGruber writes: Republican presidential candidate and Trekker Ted Cruz claimed in an interview with The New York Times Magazine that "It is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican and Picard is a Democrat.”
Cruz also stated a strong preference for Kirk: "Let me do a little psychoanalysis. If you look at ‘‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’’ it basically split James T. Kirk into two people. Picard was Kirk’s rational side, and William Riker was his passionate side. I prefer a complete captain. To be effective, you need both heart and mind."
William Shanter responded via Twitter: "Star Trek wasn't political. I'm not political; I can't even vote in the US. So to put a geocentric label on interstellar characters is silly"
Grady Martin writes: Toshiaki Endo, Japan's government-appointed parliament member in charge of planning for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has expressed hopes of supplying the Olympic/Paralympic village with foods grown in Fukushima, stating, "Using foods from Fukushima in the village is another possibility. I wish to strengthen ties with ground zero in numerous ways."
Dreben writes: "Interesting conversation with Apple support yesterday after my son purchased a new iPod Touch. They recommended I upgrade to Microsoft Vista, or if that weren't possible to Microsoft XP so that my son's new iPod could synchronize with iTunes. Our home has a fully functioning, what some might regard as robust intranet. However, Ubuntu Linux is what drives most all of it. I keep a functioning copy of Windows 2000 Pro SP4 operational so that if and when a need arises to do something in Windows we have this relatively stable platform accessible. Primarily it is used as a gaming console for WoW or when need be a host platform for running Windows applications with Wine.
Apparently iPod Touch drivers will not successfully recognize the iPod Touch on Windows 2000 and allow the installation to complete. I was floored when the (very nice) Apple support tech told me I had to purchase Vista or XP for us to be able to use our new iPod. My two-pronged rebuttal was to have Apple start supporting Linux if they're going to be developing external peripheral devices or make returning devices for a full refund easier. This is rediculous!
Anyone else have this experience? Any workarounds to be able to load audio/video to his new iPod Touch either with Linux or W2K?"