Category Archives: Technology

The Best of Inventions

If you’ve read the Oz books, you might remember Smith and Tinker as the creators of Tik-Tok, as well as the Giant with the Hammer and, as per Rachel Cosgrove Payes, the Hundred-Year Alarm Clock. I’ve written about them before … Continue reading

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Automa-Tons of Fun

During a discussion of Ozma of Oz at the most recent OzCon International, Lee Speth proposed that, while Tik-Tok was not the first mechanical man in modern literature, he was perhaps the first artificial intelligence. L. Frank Baum himself had … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Doing It, the Jean-Luc Picard

We’re up to the Star Trek films using the cast of The Next Generation, where they drink Romulan Pepsi instead of Klingon Coke, and a British guy playing a French guy is the captain of the Enterprise. I think this … Continue reading

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Always Going Forward, ‘Cause We Can’t Find Reverse

My re-watch of the Star Trek movies has reached the end of the films starring the original cast. I’d seen these two before, but only once each a long time ago. For the most part, I think I have to … Continue reading

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Slide Some Oil to Me

I suppose Oz must use fossil fuels to at least some extent. I mean, the Tin Woodman carries around an oilcan in order to lubricate his joints and keep them from rusting. L. Frank Baum’s father became rich through oil … Continue reading

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There’s Klingons on the Starboard Bow, Starboard Bow, Jim

Continuing my Star Trek movie rewatch, here are my thoughts on the third and fourth ones. If you missed the first two, you can find them here. The Search for Spock – I don’t think this one has a particularly … Continue reading

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Let There Be Jobs

I found a link on Twitter to this article, which raises some points I’ve thought about before, and also some others I hadn’t really. I’ve considered before the possibility that there just aren’t enough jobs to go around in the … Continue reading

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