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are you out of your vulcan mind?

today is the last day of the three-day visit of the dalai lama to this country. while criticized for this decision by the dutch parliament, our prime minister jan peter balkenende has declined to meet the religious leader to avoid harming dutch-chinese relations. of course, money makes the world go round, but that doesn't make balkenende's bowing to chinese pressure any less predictable. it all depends on how far you are willing to go if you don't want to jeopardise your country's economic interests..
it mostly sounds rather childish to me, and even back in elementary school i never believed in the - if you want to be friends with me, you can't be friends with her -

i watched the new star trek movie last week with a bunch of people.
(if you haven't seen it yet, you should probably read no further..)
i think it was really good. we do have to get used to the fact that most star trek stuff that we've previously seen, belongs to a different reality. this may have been just what star trek needed. you can't let guys like shatner or even nimoy come back forever, and i think this is quite a believable way to introduce new actors playing the roles of old characters. and additionally, this alternate reality thing opens up all sorts of possibilities for new story lines..

the big, clearly noticeable lettering on the phone thingy in the car that kirk as a kid is driving, tells us it's a nokia. i guess this is what one would call product placement? oh and uhura ordering three budweiser classics.. haha what was that all about?


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Jun. 5th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
It's sad how politics retain the aura of childhood pettiness. Unfortunately, that attitude seems to taint every facet of nation-politics.

I loved the new Star Trek! I'm glad some of the old baggage of previous incarnations has been jettisoned. It leaves untold directions that the story can go into now.
Jun. 5th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
I've heard somewhere that Star Trek's engine room scenes were shot in a Budweiser beer plant, so I guess they were just returning the favour? Whether or not Budweiser still exists hundreds of years from now is another thing. ;)
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's product placement. I hope it cost them a lot. Those are like Coke Classic but for adults. Maybe they sweeten them with high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar?
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Jun. 8th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
i've seen some of it on television. i'll try to get you a link to something..
Jun. 5th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
I agree about the childish politics and star trek. hmmm, I guess the budweiser was also a product placement thing, but maybe also a reference to coca cola and it's various flavors, and how the main line is "coke classic?"
Jun. 6th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Great Dutch tradition, economics before human rights. Without trade we wouldn't be where we are today. Remember the golden century (Balkenende sure does...)?

Times and times again one sees that the number of politicians you'd trust to babysit your child are extremely limited..
Jun. 9th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for adding me. Yes, I´m Norwegian :)
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
hoe gaat het met het kijken naar alle voorgaande star trek films? schiet dat al een beetje op? en is het een beetje leuk? :p
Jun. 12th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
ik moet bekennen dat ik nog niet eens ben begonnen. het gebeurt echter wel vaker dat ik het onverwachts te druk krijg voor dit soort dingen..
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