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Tom Jackson: TBX meets the Star Trek test

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As someone who lives near a thoroughfare in a constant state of construction, I sympathize with anyone who looks upon the approach of road expansion with dread. It’s noisy. It’s dirty. It’s inconvenient. It’s hard on tires and suspensions. It impedes traffic in ways that seem to outweigh any eventual benefit. And all but the last is demonstrably true, because when that stretch of improved multi-lane boulevard opens, all smooth and wide and freshly striped, it is as if the…

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Gift guide: The season’s weird and wacky tech gifts

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Whether you’re shopping for a Trekkie, a tech-savvy fisherman or a paranoid chef, gadget gifts abound this year. They may be weird or wacky, but they are sure to be memorable as last-minute gifts for the geek who has everything. ___ FOODSNIFFER ($130) ‘Tis the season for overeating, leftovers and food poisoning. Got friends who like to shove meat to the back of the fridge only to find it a little past its “use by” date? The Foodsniffer may be…

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Today on Context Florida: Kobayashi Maru, people’s will, climate change & bananas and Hispanic entrepreneurs

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch discusses the Florida Senate race, ‘Star Trek’ and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. James T. Kirk somehow manages to win the Kobayashi Maru, an unwinnable test. In 2014, a GOP landslide year and in a seat where Republicans outnumbered Democrats, Murphy didn’t squeak out a victory. He kicked the crap out of his opponent, earning nearly 60 percent of the vote. How did Murphy end up trouncing his GOP opponent in a GOP-leaning seat in a…

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Patrick Murphy and Kobayashi Maru

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In what has to be one of the best opening sequences of any Star Trek episode or movie, James T. Kirk somehow manages to win the unwinnable test. For those of you who consider such sci-fi schlock beneath your station, the Kobayashi Maru is a no-win training exercise which tests the character of the new cadet, while being disguised as a mock battle scene — one which cannot be won. Kirk somehow manages to win the unwinnable test. How did he do…

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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies

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Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83. Although Leonard Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was…

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