Followup: Here is an article from May 1953 issue of Aviation Week talking about state-of-the-art computers being used to perform *thousands* of operations a second. (Mostly in the service of the military.)

"Remington-Rand says [it] will build six 1103s in 1954, confident that government and industry will quickly put them to work."

(Or just read it for the vintage ads.)

archive.org/details/Aviation_W

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Every damn part of this payment process feels like I'm being scammed. (I'm using Safari because the site wouldn't even load in Firefox with my privacy protections on.)

Babylon 5 Rewatch : S1E7 : The War Prayer #b5rw 

1. "All I could see was a shadow." 🤔

2. Oh. My. God. Didn't that sweater go out of style in the 1980s?

3. Kosh is watching Earth TV. "Studying"

4. Good bit from Molari. "My shoes are too tight but it doesn't matter because I have forgotten how to dance." The button on the scene is also very nice, with Vir not understanding the story and Londo's "No reason that you should."

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Babylon 5 Rewatch : S1E7 : The War Prayer #b5rw 

G'Kar's mob disperses… to beat the crap out of our Scumbag Earther—who then gets a visit from Ivanova's boyfriend to recruit for the Home Guard. It certainly seems very 2021 to have an ex who has been recently radicalized.

Ivanova does a quick turn and is happy to set up her ex. Holy crap the scene where Sinclair plays the bitter racist is dark and mean and believable. (Much more so than the sneering parody of the Scumbag Earther.)

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Babylon 5 Rewatch : S1E7 : The War Prayer #b5rw 

Back to the A-story, Garibaldi gets some face-to-face time with a properly awful Pro-earth dirtbag. G'Kar is inciting a riot, and that sets up an awkward but nicely real confrontation. On one hand, hell yeah, you can't expect folks to stand by and get killed by racist fanatics. On the other hand, Sinclair can't just have a riot that incites more violence.

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Babylon 5 Rewatch : S1E7 : The War Prayer #b5rw 

I like the B-story, it has a lot of little things going on. Vir pretending to be the ambassador to help the lovestruck kids. It shows the start of Vir's backbone and kindhearted subversiveness. And lets Peter Jurasik do his great work as the world-weary statesman fighting a battle between this duty and his soul.

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Babylon 5 Rewatch : S1E7 : The War Prayer #b5rw 

The B-Story: If you were wondering how much Shakespeare is an inspiration for the Centauri, here is a couple doing their damnedest to reenact Romeo And Juliette, on the run so they can marry against their family wishes. (Danica McKellar, Winnie from The Wonder Years!)

Oh, and while Ivanova is in the embarkation area, why not start her story: An old flame! I'm sure reestablishing their relationship will bring her lots of joy.

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Babylon 5 Rewatch : S1E7 : The War Prayer #b5rw 

Just five minutes into the episode and it starts to feel creepingly familiar to today. A "patriotic" group of Earth firsters called "Home Guard" are riling up folks.

As Sinclair says, "Pro-Earth? They're nothing but hate peddlers playing off fear and ignorance to turn human against alien." Anyway, he's against it.

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Babylon 5 Rewatch : S1E7 : The War Prayer #b5rw 

This does not go over well with Delenn. Violence against non-humans has been on the rise across Earth territories, with increasingly high-profile targets. Apparently it's to the point where Garibaldi is having trouble getting a handle on it. (Which is no surprise because as far as we've seen, B5 security is like just Garibaldi most days. Pretty good for a station of a quarter million people.)

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Babylon 5 Rewatch : S1E7 : The War Prayer #b5rw 

Delenn is having a very chill time with an old friend who is also one of the master poets of the Minbari, something of a Bashō. (Minbari draws a lot from Japanese culture.)

However there are folks who are not fans of her poetry. Wait, no. They object to her on a more fundamental level. Her existence.

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A single-serving site to show you what your writing looks like when stripped down to only its punctuation.

just-the-punctuation.glitch.me

(Pics compare my first and third novels. Honestly, they seem pretty similar/)

I think my phone is telling me it would like a battery replacement.

Babylon 5 Rewatch: S1E6 : Mind War #b5rw 

Satisfying in a "Here are some of the big pieces" way, and Bester is a fun bad guy, but sort of a middling episode otherwise.

Oh, and there was this SUPER AWKWARD scene that went on for HOURS. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE WORK CONVERSATION TALIA!!

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Babylon 5 Rewatch: S1E6 : Mind War #b5rw 

Meanwhile G'Kar sent some Narn backup to see after Sakai's safety, who pulled her ship out of the planet's atmosphere and tow it home.

Back on B5, she demands answers from G'Kar about what she encountered. G'Kar gives her a great talk about how there are beings billions of years old in this galaxy, and we're the ants to their boot.

We're in a lived-in galaxy and we're only starting to see the complications.

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Babylon 5 Rewatch: S1E6 : Mind War #b5rw 

Sinclair helps Ironheart gets away (off screen) just in time to turn into a Starchild and give Talia some super secret telepathic powers.

Sinclar also gets Bester over a barrel. Bester's mission went to hell and who would believe the lab rat turned into a Starchild? So Sinclair is willing to support a cover story as long as Bester tucks tail and goes away—for now!

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Babylon 5 Rewatch: S1E6 : Mind War #b5rw 

Ominous warnings about a dead planet? What could possibly—

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Babylon 5 Rewatch: S1E6 : Mind War #b5rw 

The second Big Thing is what Catherine Sakai is about to find while she does a survey of a dead system, Sigma 957.

G'Kar first gives her a a friendly warning, and then several ominous warnings to keep her away.

And, since we're only 14 minutes into the episode…

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Babylon 5 Rewatch: S1E6 : Mind War #b5rw 

Then there's this exchange...

A long time ago I read that JMS thought every script should have several qualities, one of them was an action scene, another was taking a moment to laugh. (Wish I could remember the rest.)

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Babylon 5 Rewatch: S1E6 : Mind War #b5rw 

This is a fantastic little exchange, the highlight of the episode to me.

After the Psi Cop mindfrak, Ivanova gives Talia a glass of water. Ivanova hates the Psi Corps like poison, but she doesn't hate Talia and can recognize her as a victim of the Psi Corps even if she is one of them.

And this might be the first time Talia sees it too.

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