Although a cellphone is about as close to a Star Trek communicator as you can get, something more practical has come along to make you feel like you're finally living in the future. The Standoff Patient Triage Tool (SPTT) is nearly a Starfleet medical tricorder
: it can detect pulse, body temperature, and respiration from an injured person at a distance of forty feet
, allowing first responders to identify the injured before setting foot into a dangerous situation.
posted by AzraelBrown
on May 28, 2009 -
"The special moment when the Kohanim blessed the assembly moved me deeply, for it possessed a great sense of magic and theatricality... I had heard that this indwelling Spirit of God was too powerful, too beautiful, too awesome for any mortal to look upon and survive, and so I obediently covered my face with my hands. But of course, I had to peek."
--Leonard Nimoy, I Am SpockLeonard Nimoy
discusses his inspiration
for the Vulcan "live long and prosper" hand gesture. Rabbi Yonassan Gershom explains its Jewish origins,
and discusses Jewish themes in Star Trek. Via Laughing Squid.
posted by mattdidthat
on May 21, 2009 -
"After his wife left him, Tony Alleyne set out to create the ultimate bachelor pad
, painstakingly turning his flat into a Star Trek set... The 500-square-foot apartment features voice-activated lighting, LED lighting, running lights, air-conditioning—but no bed... A few years ago Mr Alleyne suffered from sciatica and was advised by his GP to sleep on the floor. 'It cured the sciatica and gave me the opportunity to convert the bed area into the Transporter area,' he says. 'Bed space is overrated...' His wife—who owns the flat—put it up for sale, but it fell through.
posted by grouse
on May 8, 2009 -
The Star Trek Failure Generator
pokes fun at the technobabble
the franchise is so famous for. Click the button to get a random Star Trek
style problem ("The polarized subinterlink is unstable!
") and its corresponding fix ("Trim the gravitational psi-wave with terminium warp control!
"). Great for finding out what to do when your beresium impeller is collapsing, as well as just having a bit of a chuckle.
posted by Effigy2000
on May 5, 2009 -
Given all the attention the new Star Trek movie is generating, it's not surprising that the porn industry is attempting to cash in
(SFW). What is surprising is that the production team clearly knows their Star Trek
(SFW). Hustler's "This Ain't Star Trek XXX"
appears to be a send-up of the classic Trek episode "Space Seed
," (heh... space seed). In addition to the reasonable-for-porn casting of Kirk, Spock, and Bones (heh... bones), Hustler takes the effort to be faithful to even the minor characters and costumes
posted by Jon_Evil
on Apr 28, 2009 -
One for the fans. [A]t the Fantastic Fest Star Trek event at the Alamo Draughthouse Theater in Austin, Texas on Monday night. Star Trek filmmakers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof kicked things off by telling the crowd of around 200, that they would be seeing the Star Trek preview after Wrath of Khan. Two minutes in to the showing of TWOK, the film appeared to have ‘melted’ and the guys came back out on the stage and appeared to be stalling for time while the film was fixed…and then, wearing a ball cap, Leonard Nimoy came out in front of the audience holding a film can.
Nimoy noted to the crowd that it just didn’t seem fair that people in Australia were the fist to see the film and asked them "wouldn’t you rather see the new movie?"
posted by caddis
on Apr 7, 2009 -
A nice collection of teevee show pilot scripts. Observe the embryonic state of many of the classics of the past few decades, including Buffy
, The Wire
, Hill Street Blues
, Battlestar Galactica
, The Sopranos
and The West Wing
. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse
on Nov 21, 2008 -
"We were treated like rock stars. I was told there were female Trekkies who kept lists of all the cast members with whom they'd slept. I was told this!" Extracts from 'Up To Now'
, the autobiography of William Shatner
... from his time on Star Trek
, where he comes over as the colossal jerk of legend, to his poignant recollections of the death of his third wife.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on May 12, 2008 -
was a sci-fi buff in the 1970s with the resources of the audiovisual squad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at his disposal. The result was Star Trix
, a claymation Star Trek parody, that spawned three short films
and Star Trix: The Flick (parts 1
, and 5
). Art Binninger himself explains the whole saga
on his web site.
posted by jonp72
on Dec 15, 2007 -
One of Geordi's first stops is to visit his good pal Wesley Crusher, who shows off one of his science projects (a mini tractor beam,) and one of his toys, a device that lets Wesley recreate speech from anyone on the ship. Any doubt that Wesley is a complete weenie is removed when we learn that he uses this device to have Captain Picard say things like, "Welcome to the bridge, Wesley," instead of having Counselor Troi say things like, "Smack my ass, Wesley, I'm a naughty, naughty bitch."
recaps Star Trek: The Next Generation.
posted by EarBucket
on Jan 15, 2007 -
In 2003, Paramount proposed redoing the special effects for the original "Star Trek" series and rereleasing the episodes as "Star Trek Enhanced"
. Two CGI firms redid the effects
for the teaser, the opening credits and title, and the first two acts of The Doomsday Machine
as a proof-of-concept with no changes to the acting or the story. Paramount ultimately decided not to pursue the project, but it's interesting to see how two different CGI firms handled the transporter, phasers, and starship effects.
posted by fandango_matt
on Jun 23, 2006 -
- an interesting read on artificial life
and evolutionary computation
, from the game of life
), through core wars
and on to genetic programming
. This approach has recently borne fruit to genetic programming pioneer
and inventor of the scratchcard
, John Koza
, who last year patented his invention machine
, actually a 1000 machine beowulf cluster
running his software, which has itself created several inventions
which have been granted patents.
[See also: BBC Biotopia artificial life experiment
, another odd BBC evolution game
, Artificial Life Possibilities: A Star Trek Perspective
posted by MetaMonkey
on May 3, 2006 -