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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    I am glad to see that I am not the only person watching these videos. They are usually pretty interesting especially showing some of the more obscure ports, to me anyway, that he uses. I am somewhat concerned about his 'sea legs' though as he often mentions feeling a bit seasick in pretty mild seas. His train trip videos are also diverting.
    One of the reasons the videos work, but which is simultaneously rather upsetting, is the almost complete absence of other passengers due to Covid. I assume the ferries remain economically viable due to the heavy truck traffic. It appears the drivers have separate accommodations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    One of the reasons the videos work, but which is simultaneously rather upsetting, is the almost complete absence of other passengers due to Covid. I assume the ferries remain economically viable due to the heavy truck traffic. It appears the drivers have separate accommodations.
    I have been out of Internet range in the bush for most of the last 2 days so I am a bit late in responding. Yes, there is no way those ferries would still be running if they relied on passengers to cover the operating costs.

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    I saw one yesterday in which he was the ONLY passenger on a huge ship.
    When I worked for Boeing, I heard that airlines covered expenses on long-haul flights by carrying belly cargo. Passengers were gravy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I saw one yesterday in which he was the ONLY passenger on a huge ship.
    When I worked for Boeing, I heard that airlines covered expenses on long-haul flights by carrying belly cargo. Passengers were gravy.
    I also wondered if the long-haul truckers save a few bucks by sleeping in their cabs and so are staying below. Certainly in the US many trucks are equipped for sleeping and basic living but I'm not sure if that applies to the smaller vehicles used elsewhere in the world.

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    I just watched a couple more of his videos. One was a ferry in which he was surprised and disappointed that his "suite" didn't include a "bathroom". For which, read "toilet".
    I'm in my early 70's. My prostate demands that I have a toilet with a few meters of where I'm sleeping. And the white-footed kitty demands that I give her fresh water in the bathtub bowl every time I get up and go.
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    I don't think the Japanese long haul trucks travel the sort of distances that would require sleeping compartments. During the current unpleasantness a number of the major airlines are still flying to Australia but carrying no passengers at all but just relying on freight - these are not 'cargo' planes.

    At 67 I also like to be near a toilet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    I don't think the Japanese long haul trucks travel the sort of distances that would require sleeping compartments. During the current unpleasantness a number of the major airlines are still flying to Australia but carrying no passengers at all but just relying on freight - these are not 'cargo' planes.

    At 67 I also like to be near a toilet.
    Yeah, I'd have to have one of the deluxe rooms with a toilet as well.
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    In the ongoing Blakes 7 saga, it's episode 4 of season 2 and we're now on the third incarnation of Space Commander Travis, Blakes sworn enemy. The first one was ginger, the latter two have dark hair but there the physical resemblance ends.

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    I’m curious, has anyone here watched Another Life on Netflix? I’m asking because I was astonished to see it got a second season. Quite some time ago, I watched most of the first episode of the first season (which was as much as I could take) and this hour long show on YouTube talking about technical and plot problems:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UauWDakHQo0

    (titled “Netflix Made the Worst Show of 2021” - I agree)

    This YouTube show *about* the series was pretty funny and much better than the show it discusses, as they get into a number of absurdities that are fun to hear about but would be painful to actually sit through. This is a show that is so incredibly bad you are left to wonder if they were deliberately aiming for a cultish “It’s so bad it’s good” type show. Most people I’ve seen online discuss the many plot holes, but the technical/science issues were so bad I was having trouble following what was supposed to be happening. It’s like they threw in technical terms just for the sound but had no idea what the actually mean. And watching the first episode I repeatedly was left wondering why they doing this or that. They had a habit of not explaining any background details so as a viewer I was left guessing.

    As examples of what I’m talking about:

    The first episode starts out with an alien ship landing on Earth and sending a signal off into space, but it isn’t communicating and no aliens walk out. No dates are mentioned but from appearances it is the near future - houses look pretty much the same, there is little evidence of advanced technology.

    There is discussion of the signal and a mention that they should go out to the destination where it was directed.

    New scene: Inside a large spaceship. (There was no indication prior to this that they had this technology). Every few seconds there is a loud bang and everything shakes. Soon one of the crew is woken up from cold sleep. We hear from the ship’s computer that a bit into their flight that a “dark matter cloud” was detected in their path to the destination. The destination is mentioned but the distance is not. They are now near the Sirius system, and Sirius (I don’t think they mentioned if it was A or B) is throwing out “wobblies” that are causing the shaking. They need to change their course because of the dark matter and need to do a gravity assist around Sirius.

    Whew. Issues: It wasn’t initially clear if this was an FTL spacecraft or if it was slower than light sleeper ship expected to take a very long time to reach its destination.

    No distance was mentioned, but I looked up the star they referred to and it is roughly a hundred lightyears from the solar system. They finally mention they expect the flight to take six months, so they clearly have FTL, but there is no mention of an FTL drive.

    There is no mention of why dark matter would be an issue. There also is no mention of why they couldn’t detect it from Earth but could by eight lightyears from Earth. After all, the key point about dark matter is that there is no method yet to directly detect it. We only infer it based on indications there is more mass (and therefore gravity) than can be directly detected.

    There is no explanation for what is actually causing the “wobblies.” I can’t think of any reason a star should be dramatically shaking around a ship like that. There is no explanation of why they are doing a “gravity assist” (which I would assume is actually a powered flyby or Oberth maneuver). A gravity assist can make sense for changes in relatively low velocity travel but they have an FTL drive so it should be irrelevant.

    They go into a close orbit of the star for the gravity assist. This takes little time on screen, indicating the ship is capable of great acceleration, which also makes it unclear what the point is here. Anyway, as they get close, the wobblies get dramatically worse. They try to hold on long enough to complete the maneuver but they decide the unexplained wobblies will destroy the ship, so break from orbit. The wobblies go away in seconds. Obviously they can move *very* fast.

    This is about where I gave up. I did skip a bit and later there was a scene on Earth where an “expert” found the alien ship was emitting a low frequency sound at “ten hertz per second.”

    I also checked a later episode and the “dark matter cloud” actually was visibly dark and blocked light. The YouTube show showed other whoppers, like they land on a planet without space or isolation suits and promptly contract a lethal disease. Their medical expert is at a loss as to how to treat it but finds a solution at the last minute: They go into a close orbit near a star, stand in front of a window and soak up ionizing radiation. They are promptly cured with no radiation sickness.

    Again, one wonders if the writer was actually this ignorant or was doing this deliberately.

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    I vote for ignorant.

    Science fiction screenplays seem to be of two extremes; coherent, intelligent and more or less accurate (rare) or “we have $xxx for CGI so let’s throw a bunch of stuff on the wall” (much more common).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I’m curious, has anyone here watched Another Life on Netflix? I’m asking because I was astonished to see it got a second season. Quite some time ago, I watched most of the first episode of the first season (which was as much as I could take) and this hour long show on YouTube talking about technical and plot problems:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UauWDakHQo0

    (titled “Netflix Made the Worst Show of 2021” - I agree)

    This YouTube show *about* the series was pretty funny and much better than the show it discusses, as they get into a number of absurdities that are fun to hear about but would be painful to actually sit through. This is a show that is so incredibly bad you are left to wonder if they were deliberately aiming for a cultish “It’s so bad it’s good” type show. Most people I’ve seen online discuss the many plot holes, but the technical/science issues were so bad I was having trouble following what was supposed to be happening. It’s like they threw in technical terms just for the sound but had no idea what the actually mean. And watching the first episode I repeatedly was left wondering why they doing this or that. They had a habit of not explaining any background details so as a viewer I was left guessing.

    As examples of what I’m talking about:

    The first episode starts out with an alien ship landing on Earth and sending a signal off into space, but it isn’t communicating and no aliens walk out. No dates are mentioned but from appearances it is the near future - houses look pretty much the same, there is little evidence of advanced technology.

    There is discussion of the signal and a mention that they should go out to the destination where it was directed.

    New scene: Inside a large spaceship. (There was no indication prior to this that they had this technology). Every few seconds there is a loud bang and everything shakes. Soon one of the crew is woken up from cold sleep. We hear from the ship’s computer that a bit into their flight that a “dark matter cloud” was detected in their path to the destination. The destination is mentioned but the distance is not. They are now near the Sirius system, and Sirius (I don’t think they mentioned if it was A or B) is throwing out “wobblies” that are causing the shaking. They need to change their course because of the dark matter and need to do a gravity assist around Sirius.

    Whew. Issues: It wasn’t initially clear if this was an FTL spacecraft or if it was slower than light sleeper ship expected to take a very long time to reach its destination.

    No distance was mentioned, but I looked up the star they referred to and it is roughly a hundred lightyears from the solar system. They finally mention they expect the flight to take six months, so they clearly have FTL, but there is no mention of an FTL drive.

    There is no mention of why dark matter would be an issue. There also is no mention of why they couldn’t detect it from Earth but could by eight lightyears from Earth. After all, the key point about dark matter is that there is no method yet to directly detect it. We only infer it based on indications there is more mass (and therefore gravity) than can be directly detected.

    There is no explanation for what is actually causing the “wobblies.” I can’t think of any reason a star should be dramatically shaking around a ship like that. There is no explanation of why they are doing a “gravity assist” (which I would assume is actually a powered flyby or Oberth maneuver). A gravity assist can make sense for changes in relatively low velocity travel but they have an FTL drive so it should be irrelevant.

    They go into a close orbit of the star for the gravity assist. This takes little time on screen, indicating the ship is capable of great acceleration, which also makes it unclear what the point is here. Anyway, as they get close, the wobblies get dramatically worse. They try to hold on long enough to complete the maneuver but they decide the unexplained wobblies will destroy the ship, so break from orbit. The wobblies go away in seconds. Obviously they can move *very* fast.

    This is about where I gave up. I did skip a bit and later there was a scene on Earth where an “expert” found the alien ship was emitting a low frequency sound at “ten hertz per second.”

    I also checked a later episode and the “dark matter cloud” actually was visibly dark and blocked light. The YouTube show showed other whoppers, like they land on a planet without space or isolation suits and promptly contract a lethal disease. Their medical expert is at a loss as to how to treat it but finds a solution at the last minute: They go into a close orbit near a star, stand in front of a window and soak up ionizing radiation. They are promptly cured with no radiation sickness.

    Again, one wonders if the writer was actually this ignorant or was doing this deliberately.
    I was at a loss for how Another Life got renewed while Away was cancelled! What you've outlined above isn't nearly the worst of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    I was at a loss for how Another Life got renewed while Away was cancelled! What you've outlined above isn't nearly the worst of it!

    CJSF
    Well, as I said, I stopped watching by near the end of the first episode, aside from looking at a few minutes of a couple of much later episodes (I suspected the dark matter cloud would turn out to be literally dark, decided to check, and it was). I did see commentary about nonsensical plot items that were supposed to be just as bad as the scientific/technical ignorance, but I didn’t watch far enough to get into that and I more or less gave up on following the story in the first episode when so little was making sense anyway.

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    So I’m trying out the new Hardy Boys series on Hulu and I notice the woman who plays their grandmother looks very familiar but I can’t place her. I look up her name - it’s Linda Thorson, who played Tara on the Avengers in the late ‘60s. A bit of a shock, since she was quite young there, and that’s how I remember her. I’ve seen her once or twice as a guest star on shows since then, but much younger, I think in shows dating back to the ‘80s. The structure of her face was familiar, but the age difference was too much for me to recognize her without a hint. Also, it’s probably been 20 years since I last watched the Tara episodes on DVD.

    I’m not sure what I think of this series yet, but it’s rare and a bit of a shock to see the same person acting after only seeing them when they were so much younger. It almost feels like time travel.

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    I felt that way seeing Diana Rigg on Doctor Who!
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    What are you watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I felt that way seeing Diana Rigg on Doctor Who!
    Or in Game of Thrones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I felt that way seeing Diana Rigg on Doctor Who!
    I saw Diana Rigg occasionally on shows over the years, so I was able to watch her get older and it was not such a shock. No such luck with Linda Thorson. I do remember an occasion or two but long ago.

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