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I agree. Serialization--which can encourage very good storytelling--was difficult before modern viewing. I'd like to think that Exosquad could have secured a third season if it was aired today. And Babylon 5 would not have struggled so much to avoid cancellation.
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I agree. I encounter a lot of shortening, but not compression. There's a lot to be said for the Very Short Introduction series. I'm currently reading one on Carl Gustav Jung and have found it helpful. But it's simply not true to say that such books did not exist until recently.
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Yes, usefulness is the greatest concern of engines on Sodor. That's why I don't allow my kids to watch Thomas & Friends. The engines have a servile, rather than transactional relationship with Sir Topham Hatt. They are unsuitable role models for free men and women.
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Way back when, I unloaded trucks and drove a forklift for three years. Let me tell you: sitting down is awesome.

Winston Churchill was once asked for the secret to his success. He said, "Conversation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. Never sit down when you can lie down." He lived to the age of ninety, but that was probably caused more by the whiskey and cigars.
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That is one of my favorite Scottyisms. Another great one is from Star Trek III: "The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain."
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