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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Daddy Likes The Googie

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So my current obsession - and it has been for probably most of the last year - is a more or less extinct style of architecture/design with the unfortunate name of "Googie." (So labeled because the first known example of it is a Los Angeles coffee shop called "Googies") Also known as "Populuxe," and a variety of even worse names, it was an outgrowth of the Streamline Moderne movement which, depending on who you talk to, was either an outgrowh of Art Deco, or a subset of Art Deco, or a completely independent design school that was concurrent to Art Deco.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: The Tick: “The Big Leagues” (Episode 9, or possibly 7)

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Tick and Arthur are invited to join The Superhero League, which upsets Captain Liberty since they only accept white dudes. (And Arthur, who’s Jewish, yet surprisingly that doesn’t come up in this episode). The League is run by “The Champion,” a not-particularly-well-cast Superman type. Meanwhile, Cap decides to sue the League for discrimination, and ends up hiring a lawyer who is, in fact, the secret identity of The Champion. Hilarity utterly fails to ensue.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Babylon 5: “The Fall of Night” (Season 2, Episode 22)

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Following the Cylon sneak attack that destroyed their homeworld, the last battlestar, Galactica, leads a lonely quest to…oh, wait, I meant “Centauri” and not Cylon. And it’s a Narn heavy cruiser, not the other thing. Sorry.

Anyway, when the war ended, there was one Narn warship unaccounted for. It shows up at B5, exhibiting *really* bad timing.

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UNSOLD PILOTS: "Solarnauts" (1967)

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Thanks to Boing Boing, I found this resplendent little gem of goofiness.

It's called "Solarnauts," obviously, and it's kind of an example of what Gerry Anderson's shows would have been like if he hadn't been good with puppets, didn't have Shane Rimmer's phone number, and he hadn't had Derek Meddings around to build kickass miniatures for him. Of course this isn't an Anderson show, just a wannabe.

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Why it was Inappropriate for NASA to name a Space Shuttle "Enterprise."

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Since last week's piece on how the Shuttles got their names, I've taken some flack (Mostly through Email) about whether or not it was inappropriate for NASA to name a shuttle after the Starship Enterprise. Most of this has revolved around two points: 1) It wasn't a real shuttle anyway, just a glider, so who cares? and 2) Trek has inspired people to become scientists and astronauts and blah blah blah blah. Here's my take on both of those:

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