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Jeffrey Darlington
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Today in GPF History: Now THAT'S what you call a pounce!
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Today in GPF History: Trish soon finds out that Patty is less than thrilled to be working with her...
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Today in GPF History: While on their honeymoon cruise, Nick and Ki make quite an impression on their neighbors...
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Today in GPF History: Ki and Sharon check in with Fred in the middle of his "Dancing with the Stars" run...
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Today in GPF History: As Persephone confronts the Negaverse version of Pi and Plank, she gains the upper pseudopod...
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To all the SQL developers out there who make every single freaking join an OUTER join: you're officially on my list.
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So... I finally got a chance to see the new Star Wars trailer. I want to believe, I really do. Hearing Luke's voice over (stolen from Return of the Jedi, I would point out) and seeing Han and Chewie together again almost got me. But I've been burned by George Lucas and J.J. Abrams before. There were the Star Wars prequels. There was the train wreck that was Abrams' Star Trek.

I remain... skeptical.
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I wrote the following in response to a few friends' comments on Facebook, and it summed my feelings up pretty nicely. So I decided to cross-post it here as well:

My feelings regarding the Abrams Star Trek films are... complicated. In time, I've accepted them for what they are: glossy sci-fi action films with impressive special effects that happen to borrow characters and concepts from a franchise I have a long, close connection with. They're far from perfect: many of the characterizations are actually excellent, but they both (especially the second one) have logical flaws to don't jive even with the established film universe. But if you sit back and passively watch them, turning off your brain enough to "ride" it like a roller coaster, they can be fun.

But they're not the Star Trek I grew up with. There's no spirit of exploration, no moral quandaries about whether a more advanced civilization should assist a dying less advanced one, no mysteries solved through logic and science, nothing that actually makes me THINK about myself and my place in the universe. The roller coaster analogy is far more appropriate that I originally intended it to be; it's "Star Trek: The Ride", where you get a brief flavor of what it's based on, but it's mostly just cheep thrills, explosions, and special effects. Just like the overwhelming majority of Star Trek video games get reduced to starship combat, there's little of what actually made the original Star Trek what it was in it. The characters are there, the ship is there, the right technobabble buzz words are there, but the heart, the meat of it is gone.

The Star Wars prequels have a similar problem. Lucas had a back-story to fill, and that's exactly what he did... only he did it with flashy digital effects and wooden acting. The story worked well enough and could have worked better with a bit more polish and perhaps a more nuanced director. (Spielberg was rumored to have "volunteered" to direct at least one of the films, but Lucas wanted to do it himself.) I think Lucas was more enthralled by what he could do with the new FX toys in his toy box than with telling a fascinating, compelling story.

And now we have these two worlds merging. Lucas brings us the next phase of his epic story, with flashy "lens flares on everything" Abrams at the helm. There's no doubt I'm going to end up watching this movie; they might as well put the tickets on sale now because I know I'm going to buy one. But I'm keeping my expectations low. I had high hopes for both the prequels and the first Trek reboot and was deeply disappointed. Maybe if I expect less, of Star Wars VII, I'll enjoy it more.
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Today in GPF History: Nick's new job has more fringe benefits than he bargained for...
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After rereading this strip, I just had to add an Author's Note about how dated it's become! Premium subscribers, if you've already checked this out today, you might want to go revisit it!
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In case you didn't notice, GPF moved to a new server yesterday. Please let me know if you encounter any problems.
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Today in GPF History: Fooker has a casual conversation with a sociable, yet hungry, bear...
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Today in GPF History: Yes, webOS as a smartphone OS was destined for greatness...
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Today in GPF History: The Inexplicable Speck! introduces an "unknown element" into the Gamester's plan...
General Protection Fault comic for Saturday, April 9, 2005: Gamester: He believes he's created a 'pocket universe,' but he's established a link with a pre-existing one his subconscious has already tapped into. Call up that sphere. // [[The Gamester stands at a large glowing pinkish sphere, while a smaller greenish one comes towards Mischief. The man-sized flea in a super-hero costume stands in the background, watching, apparently forgotten.]] // ...
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GPF Cartoonist Dude
Skills
Writing cryptic, overly complicated plots and tech and relationship humor; making readers cry and curse my name
Employment
  • GPF Comics
    GPF Cartoonist Dude, 1998 - present
    Creator, author, artist, web designer, software engineer, programmer, DBA, sys admin, tech support, customer support, gopher, whipping boy, scapegoat, supreme deity, evil cartoonist
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Male
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Creator of General Protection Fault, the Comic Strip
Introduction
Creator of "General Protection Fault", one of the Web's longest continually running comic strips. Other words used to describe me: father, husband, author, cartoonist, programmer, software engineer, DBA, sys admin. There are a few other terms some select folks use, but most of those aren't printable on a public forum.
Bragging rights
I've been running GPF virtually non-stop since 1998, for over 16 years.
Education
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology
    Computer Science, 1992 - 1997
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1-304-207-0473
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P.O. Box 75112 Charleston, WV 25375