No one ever listens to Worf.
Worf gets DENIED again and again on Star Trek TNG.
Qualcomm and the X Prize Foundation have launched a new contest: Envision and build the equivalent of Star Trek's medical tricorder
, a portable health monitoring device that can remotely diagnose patients. The winner will receive $10 million
. [more inside]
JADs International, makers of fine Star Wars
and Star Trek
related perfumes, have released a new line to coincide with The Avengers
Movie. [more inside]
George Takei wants Star Wars and Star Trek fans to unite
against the REAL enemy: Twilight. (slyt)
24 hours of ambient STNG USS Enterprise engine noise (SLYT)
This is basically ocean sounds or rainstorm noise for geeks.
Leonard Nimoy made his final appearance at a Star Trek convention in Chicago this past weekend.
Speaking for nearly an hour, Nimoy reminisced about his career and his involvement in the convention scene for many years. He thanked the fans for helping keep Star Trek alive during the "dark years" after its 1969 cancellation until its return a decade later with the first motion picture. Nimoy continues to work, and may or may not reprise his role in the next Star Trek movie, so it's not quite farewell to that green-blooded pointy-eared Vulcan half-breed, but now maybe he'll have more time to eat all that salsa
, or maybe just not do anything at all
47 is a magical number.
It has appeared more than a few times on Star Trek
, and in many films
The 47 society
is dedicated to exploring the phenomenon that is 47
Given the material abundance made possible by the replicator, how would it be possible to maintain a system based on money, profit, and class power? Towards an Anti-Star Trek. [more inside]
New search goodies
- While the rest of us wait for our Google+ invites
, Google has quietly pushed some significant changes to its web and image
search interfaces. [more inside]
Take less than a minute out of your life to listen to Christina Aguilera in the original Klingon
, and in the process learn why you should knock before entering on the starship Enterprise
Following on from an epic Star Trek: The Original Series
) and their Star Trek movie marathon
, tor.com are now watching each episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation
in turn. So far they have reached The Last Outpost
, in which a terrifying new adversary was introduced as a replacement for Klingons as Star Trek universe bad guys: The Ferengi
Cheap 3D printing has the potential to change the way we produce and consume objects in the same way the cheap PCs and the internet changed the way we produce and consume information. Once again it is hobbyists and university labs
who are democratizing the technology. They are looking forward to the day when anyone can make designer bath fixtures
, functional appliances
, custom surgical implants
, or even business opportunities
at the click of a button.
However some are warning that overly broad patents could derail the whole revolution
. Even more worrisome is the prospect that existing IP law is completely unprepared
for a future where the cost boundary between ideas and physical objects has crumbled. Will commercial interests demand a crack down
on "pirated" printouts? Will Open Source manufacturing bring about a Star Trekian utopia
? It's hard to predict what will happen when everything
George Takei and Patty Duke filmed a series
of Star Trek themed spots promoting
the Social Security Administration's website.
Star Trek Convention NYC 1973
- Interviews with the fans, some of the makers of the show and Isaac Asimov (SLYT)
Starship Schematics Database
: dedicated to the sole purpose of archiving every single starship design ever conceived in the Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, and Space Battleship Yamato (A.K.A. Star Blazers in the USA) Universes, both official and unofficial, interesting and mediocre.
Star Trek Girl
"They're not out to make a quick buck, they're looking to protect the integrity of the franchise and its mythology."
1998's Star Trek Insurrection
went through a number of different plots before becoming the film we ultimately saw. Starting out as Star Trek: Stardust
, the first take on the idea involved Captain Picard going all Heart of Darkness
on a former friend from his Starfleet Academy days in a bid to find the Fountain of Youth. That treatment evolved into a remarkably Avatar
ish story called simply Star Trek IX
in which Picard must go upriver to kill a malfunctioning Data as part of a Federation/Romulan alliance to displace strange alien natives from a planet teeming with a valuable and rare ore (spoiler: Picard actually kills Data in this treatment, and Tom Hanks was supposed to have a major role somewhere).
Let the late Michael Piller
guide you through the writing of Insurrection
in his unpublished book Fade In: The Making of Star Trek: Insurrection
(his "last great gift to the fans and to aspiring writers everywhere") in which he presents his original story treatments, story notes from his bosses at Paramount, surprisingly reasonable Trekker-type reactions from actors Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner, and much more. First made freely available by TrekCore.com
, Piller's family has since asked that it be removed, but you'll still find the file roaming the Internet if you boldly go looking for it
. [more inside]
The next time your computer won't do what you want, just give it
a stern talking-to
Anyone can write Star Trek fan-fiction, but few can render it in 3-D.
Since 2006, Brandon Bridges has been writing, directing and producing a work of full-length Star Trek fan fiction entitled Star Trek: Specter of the Past
"follows the crew of the USS Fitzgerald, an Entente-class starship commanded by newly promoted Captain Gaius Reyf."
Last month, Bridges released his Director's Edition
to the web. It should be noted that Bridges plans to re-release the film with a full voice cast. Parts 0
, 2, 3
, 4, 5
. (Multi-link YouTube Post) [more inside]
Make it so!
This is a video featuring a functional home automation PC interface based on Star Trek's LCARS interface.
The attention to detail and everyday usability is awesome. [more inside]
Denis Bourguignon is a dentist
in Florida. He is best known to the world for his role in the 1999 documentary film Trekkies
where he showcased his dental practice being filled with Star Trek memorabilia
. [more inside]
"I measure my life in terms of my relationship with Star Wars"
- The Guardian interviews Simon Pegg, star of Spaced
, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the forthcoming Paul
"As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek
, this site will present technical articles
on Star Trek prop
authentication - focusing on The Original Series
- with detailed photos
and episode screenshots
to complement the information presented
; as well as feature pictorials
to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery
& discuss other topics
." [more inside]
Night of the Living Trekkies.
They have trailers for books now! (SLYT) Trekkies + Zombies = two great tastes that taste great together.
Here's a mostly working
replica Star Trek Phaser. Original series, of course. Build pics and description here
The 2010 United States Census will be able to count gay marriages and partnerships. George Takei and his husband tell you how
. Even with the restrictions placed on that data
by the Defense of Marriage Act, that's good news for the LGB part of the spectrum, but what about T
? If you're transgender, despite what the Census might tell you
, it's not so simple to be counted
. (hat tip to nadawi) [more inside]
In honor of the Health Care Reform bill that passed on Sunday, here is a 1992 episode of Star Trek: "I, Borg
). It is one of the unsung heroes of healthcare reform
. [more inside]
A one-hour dramatic television series.
Action - Adventure - Science Fiction.
The first such concept with strong central leas characters plus other continuing regulars.
Gene Roddenberry's original pitchfor Star Trek
(.pdf) - featuring Robert M. April, captain of the S.S. Yorktown. (via
"This flickr site
is my way to share images that are rare or special in some way for the fans of Star Trek TOS - most of the images are digital scans and restorations from film frames I possess, some are my restored digital images from photos or film clips I have borrowed from others." Including exotic women
, clapper boards
, special effects
, naked Gorns
, between-filming breaks
, and, of course, stalagmites
"Charlie Rose" by Samuel Beckett
was recently posted in a separate thread, but it's hardly the first example of filmmaking based on reusing footage out of context. Among the more recent examples of the genre are Jandrew Edits
(containing footage from Star Trek: the Next Generation
) and the Japanese Okusan Domon Desu
(and the fourth episode
. It may help to have seen the original G Gundam
It's also been the basis for a couple of feature-length, real-theater-type movies, including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
and Kung Pow! Enter the Fist
(Wiki links), though in those cases, to be fair, they had new footage filmed to tie the bits together. Naturally, the technique tends to lend itself to comedy.
Review of Star Trek: Wrath of Khan (Pt 1
) with bonus review of The Original Series episode Space Seed
. [more inside]
Andrew Koenig is missing.
Koening is best known for his role as Boner on the 80s sitcom Growing Pains
. He is the son of Star Trek actor Walter Koenig
He was last seen in Vancouver at the Winter Olympics but his family hasn't heard from him since Valentines Day. [more inside]