The Continuity Problem

A question to ponder:

  • If I made a deal to create an identical copy of you and provide some additional value to that copy’s life, but in return you’d have to die, would you take me up on it?

Strange question, I know, but think about it. I promise there is a reason I’m asking you to contemplate suicide. Have an answer? Good.

  • Now, if the technology was in place, would you take advantage of teleportation?

My response here used to be a “hell yes”…at least until I realized this question is essentially the same as the fist, only with the “additional value” made explicit as super-fast travel. It speaks to a sci-fi inspired philosophical issue called the continuity problem.

startrektransporterIn Star Trek, when a character “beams up” they are disassembled particle by particle so their composition may be analyzed sufficiently by the computer in order to perfectly rebuild the character elsewhere. The information from this process is transferred to the destination and the person is reconstructed. This process is instant colloquially speaking, by scientifically it is not. Nothing can move faster than light even in the Star Trek Universe.* The particles and the information can only be said to move at a max-speed of photons–this means, for a short time. there is no you. After that short time, there is a you, just not the you. The pre-teleport you was deleted and the post-teleport you is a copy from the data of the pre-teleport you.
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Seriously, Dan Podcast 12: Live from JordanCon!

seriouslyDanLogoApril 18, 2014–Seriously, Dan conducted a live broadcast on WYXC AM 1270 from JordanCon in Roswell, GA. Focused on the work of Robert Jordan and open to all things related to Epic Fantasy, JordanCon 6 was a rip-roaring event with many fans of epic fantasy and the Wheel of Time Series. This week, Seriously, Dan was joined by Liz Bradley and we interviewed:

  • Writer Alex Hughes
  • Waygate Foundation representative Shannan Lieb
  • Bill Harrison of Venusian Airship Pirate Trading and Dragon Con
  • Regina Kirby of Dragon Con
  •  Robert Jordan fans Mary and Melissa
  • Dave Leach of Well Played in Atlanta

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Next on Earth Station One…

Next on ESO
Next week, The ESO crew takes a look at the history of animation from the earliest hand-drawn cartoons to the CGI shows of today. Plus, ESO brings you the usual assortment of Rants and Raves, The Khan Report, Shout Outs, Dr. Geek’s Moment of Science, The Geek Seat, a look back at 30 years of Power Pack, and maybe even a special guest or two. You get all this and more next week on an off the top rope episode of the Earth Station One podcast! Be there!

Are you an animation fan? If so, ESO wants to hear from you. Share your favorite animated shows/movies with ESO at,, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest. Who knows, we might just share yours on the show.

The ESO Pro Wras’lin Roundtable Episode 1 – The Streak

The ESO Pro Wras'lin Roundtable Ep 1The first episode of ESO-PRO is all about the Streak as Nicholas Ahlhelm, Alex Autrey and’s Jason Block sit down to talk about the legacy of Undertaker at Wrestlemania, the history of his legendary streak and its end at the hands of Brock Lesnar. We run down the highlights and the lowlights of the Undertaker’s 22 Mania appearances. Plus we talk about the loss of Ultimate Warrior.
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Earth Station Who Episode 66 – The City of Death

Earth Station Who Ep 66
Ah, Paris! The city of light, the city of love, and the city of…death? It is when Scaroth is in town! Mike, Mike, Jen, and the Phantom Troublemaker review one of the best stories of the Tom Baker years. That is, unless Inspector Duggan knocks them all unconscious.
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Movie Review: After The Sunset

After-The-Sunset-2004-Hollywood-Movie-Watch-Online1I strongly suspect that the main reason why AFTER THE SUNSET was filmed was so that the cast and crew could have one hell of a working vacation in The Bahamas.  The movie was filmed on Nassau and New Providence Island and showcases the gorgeous Atlantis Hotel and Resort.  The movie makes The Bahamas look so beautiful and so much fun that halfway through the movie I wanted to shut it off, wake up The Wife and go book a flight down there right away.   Which is part of the problem with AFTER THE SUNSET.  You’re so busy looking at the gorgeous scenery and the cast enjoying it so much you’re really not paying much attention to the story.  And with a killer cast like Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris and Don Cheadle you would think you’d be on the edge of your seat savoring the remarkable acting talent on the screen.

You won’t and I’m willing to bet you won’t even care.  AFTER THE SUNSET is such a lightweight movie and it’s obvious that the cast aren’t even going deep into the bag of acting tricks that they’ve all proved in the past they’re more than capable of.  There are no heavy performances in this one and no big scenes.  AFTER THE SUNSET is an amazingly laid-back movie with no more substance than cotton candy and it’s a movie you’ll be hard pressed to remember three days after you’ve seen it.  But while you’re watching it you’re enjoying what you’re seeing. Continue reading

The Oncoming Storm Ep 100: BF #100 – (100) Days of Podcasting

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Who’s ready to party, Doctor Who Spin Off Media style?!?

Break out the booze and party favors! Throw on your fancy dress! It’s time to celebrate! We’ve rolled out the red carpet for The Oncoming Storm’s 100th Episode! That’s right, in fine media tradition, we’re being all self congratulatory and self important as we toast the most important things in our lives… us! But since the listeners may want some actual content, we don’t stop there. Josh, Ashley, Rachel, and Sacha take a look at 100, the anthology release from Big Finish by Jacqueline Rayner. Robert Shearman, Joe Lidster, and Paul Cornell. How well do a bunch of single episodes work around the theme of 100? Join in on the party and find out! The Oncoming Storm… This time, we’re 100! Please excuse the self indulgence. We’re centenarians now. Sometimes you just have to let the old farts have their fun.


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Ratchet RetroCast Episode 28 – Elementary My Dear Ratchet!

Ratchet RetroCast Ep 28The Ratchet Retrocast goes to 221B Con to solve the case of just how much Sherlock Holmes has influenced pop culture! Listen as they recall their first Sherlock Holmes adaptation and their favorites along with a live audience. Meanwhile, the crew goes down to Fraggle Rock (clap clap!) in the Ratchet Retrospective and John returns to help Q and Ashley preview the Steampunk Empire Symposium. The game is afoot!
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Earth Station One Episode 210 – Wrestling in the Attitude Era

Earth Station One Ep 210Finally, the ESO crew has come back to pro wrestling! Mike, Mike and Nick Ahlhelm got more than two words for you regarding one of the most intense and exciting times in the history of the business. Nick, the host of the new ESO Pro podcast, falls victim to our own finishing move, The Geek Seat. We also take a moment to honor the life and legacy of the Ultimate Warrior. Plus, a preview of the upcoming Trek Trax convention in the Khan Report. And that’s the bottom line, ’cause ESO said so!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Wrestling in the Attitude Era
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Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter-movie-poster-03Two things before I jump into this review:

1) I’ve read on the Internet and heard from friends of mine about how historically inaccurate the movie is. Folks, if you’re expecting historical accuracy from a movie titled ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER then you most certainly are watching the wrong movie. You need to be watching 1940’s “Abe Lincoln In Illinois” starring Raymond Massey as Abe Lincoln. Seriously. It’s an excellent movie that I’ve seen about two or three times now on Turner Classic Movies. It’s well worth your time.

2) People complaining that the movie wasn’t like the book. Sigh. Folks, haven’t we grown past that by now? True, I haven’t read the book but now, having seen the movie I plan to. But from what I know of the book the only way it could have been done justice was as a six hour miniseries on HBO and Showtime. Would that have been better than the 1hr. 45 minute movie we do have? I dunno. But I do think it worth pointing out that the same guy who wrote the book wrote the screenplay. I like to think he’s an intelligent enough writer to have realized that novels and theatrical movies are two different mediums and what works for one may not necessarily work for the other. Bottom line is all I know is that I enjoyed and respected ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER the movie for what I got out of it: It’s a superhero movie in historical/vampire/horror movie drag. Continue reading