03/09/22 – The Impotence of Being Earnest

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, March 9, 2022.




I have finally finished eating all the leftover cake from my birthday. Yum! Now sadness.


  1. Jude

    Your title for this post reminded me of a science fiction story I read decades ago. Titled something like The Importance of Being Ernest or Let’s Be Frank. At the end of the story all people were clones of either Ernest or Frank.

  2. Coyoty

    “Why are you still there? Our missiles should have penetrated your shields!”
    “They couldn’t find us.”
    “They had to! They’re designed to home in on the shields! The missiles can’t miss!”
    “I just didn’t turn the shields on.”
    “(She’s good.)”
    “We didn’t think of that. How did you know they work that way?”
    “It’s what I would do if I designed shield-penetrating missiles.”
    “(She’s GOOD.)”
    “(Shut up.) Well, we can play that game, too. We’ll turn off our shields, so in case you did design shield-penetrating missiles, yours wouldn’t find us either.”
    “Oh, I already used them to find you, and I’m right behind you, and you’ve dropped your shields…”
    “(She’s *GOO

  3. Scorpinac

    Oh, please, like Choan didn’t predict that there could be weapons capable of penetrating their own shields. And she had how long to play with the stolen tech before this happened? The Stribs are in for a mass of disappointment.

  4. Just_IDD

    The solution to running out of cake is to go get more. But I’m weird and like cake without frosting, so buying that at a store is always fun.

    They always seem to think I’m requestIng it that way to payless because there is no frosting. Also most supermarket cakes are not baked at the supermarket, they are premade by one of 2 companies and frozen so I usually tell them to get the cake out of the freezer. Cake thaws pretty quick on the way home so usually its ready to eat in 15/20 minutes.

    1. Meran

      Best to learn to bake cake!

      I had to learn it twice… first the normal way, and then the celiac way. Good thing about cake: best ones are made with cake flour which is very light and gluten free cakes are made with the tenderest, softest flours around!

  5. Pete Rogan

    Nogg knows he’s terminally serious. That’s funny. Especially now.

    Looking forward to the next dead-serious thing Choan gets Nogg to say or actually do. He’s a practical-jokester’s best friend. Right up to the cream-pie mountain detonation. SSPPLLUUUUURRRRRRTTTTTTTT! Ah, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  6. Demarquis

    Well, somewhere there must be a species that looks like Nogg does, or where did he come from? By their standards of beauty, for all we know, Nogg is a veritable God.

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