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Just in case your nerd cred is running low

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Not a problem for me, but just in case your friends are getting a bit geekier than thou, I have the solution.

A Star Trek:TOS communicator that is a functional USB Microphone/Speaker device.

I kid you not nerdlings. You can plug this thing into your computer and use it with Skype and other VoIP apps, if you dare…

Ok, it would be cooler if it had a USB port instead of an attached cable. Perhaps in rev 2.0.

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Star Trek Crossover

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

There was a really cool, in an uber-nerd Trekker kind of way, cross over in the latest big budget Star Trek movie.   In the middle of the bridge set, the one that looks like an Apple Computer threw up, not just once, but twice, you saw on of the biggest ST:TOS fans in existence, James Cawley.

James Cawley cameo

James Cawley cameo 2

Cawley is the man behind Star Trek: Phase II, some of the finest fan produced Star Trek episodes out there.

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Politics and Star Trek

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The nice man over at AuricTech Musings noted that Bill Whittle has an excellent video explaining the reality of the comparison of our Dear Leader and Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and why Spock was never a good choice for that center command chair.

To keep in this meme, I present Leigh Scott’s theory that if Obama is Spock, Sarah Palin
is James T. Kirk

Sarah Palin is Captain Kirk. Why? Because she just passed the Kobayashi Maru.

Since Sarah Palin burst onto the national scene she has been savaged. The media, the Left, the Right, the Middle, you name it. People either love her or hate her. In the media it seems people love to hate her. The “elites” on both sides of the aisle hate the populism she represents. Traditional feminists hate the fact that she has both a family and a career; something that their paradigm teaches is impossible. Her future rivals hate her because she isn’t a typical politician. Her authenticity makes Mike Huckabee look about as real as the Guinea Pigs in “G-Force”.
Palin was faced with her own Kobayashi Maru. How could she effectively govern the state of Alaska while facing ridiculous ethics charges and the scrutiny of the national media? How could she increase her exposure in the lower 48 while staying true to the people in Alaska who elected her? Perhaps if the wingnuts in Alaska didn’t stalk her with silly lawsuits she would have simply put her larger ambitions on the back burner and continued to do her job as governor. But it wasn’t meant to be. She was perfectly set up to fail. Her popularity in Alaska would decline. The national media would point to it as an indicator of her overall effectiveness. The Klingons…I mean the left, would have won.
But Palin defied them. She changed not her strategy, but the very rules. She resigned her position, turning the state over to her loyal Lieutenant Governor to continue the plans and policies she put into motion. Like any good story, it was an unexpected twist, yet when viewed in retrospect it was the only way it could play out.
For all his talk of being different, representing “hope,” and bringing “change” Obama has turned out to be quite the bore. He is the consummate insider, a recycler of old ideas and failed policies. People wanted to beam up to the starship and explore strange new worlds. We wanted to boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone before. Obama is in the wrong franchise. He and crazy Doc Brown, I mean Joe Biden, gassed up the DeLorean and took us back in time. To 1976.
Palin passed the Kobayashi Maru. She is qualified to command the ship. She has all the qualities we want in a captain; valor, principals, vision and most of all, the ability to change the rules.

Go watch the video and read the article. Both Mr. Whittle and Mr. Scott make solid good points.

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Star Trek Nerd Punditry

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I never was much of a Star Trek:Voyager fan.  Just didn’t like it.  Janeway was cool, because she was seriously hardcore, but the rest of cast/crew just never passed passed cardboard cutout stage.

I finally saw the final episode of ST:Voyager, it was in the “Best of Time Travel” set.   If that was the best they could do, then the entire series was set on Lame.  Except for Janeway, who was still hardcore.

The third season of Enterprise had better episodes, including several multiple episode arcs, that were much, much better than that epic fail of a series final episode the Voyager cast and crew foisted on their much abused fans.

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Friday B-Movie – Trekkies

Friday, June 26th, 2009


A way funny documentary of rabid Star Trek fans. I’m talking serious fans. Worse than me, and I own a Bat’leth. Great movie if you are into Star Trek.

Friday B-Movie Archive

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Nerd Eye Candy

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

A Panorama of the new Enterprise bridge.

Warning! It’s new movie Enterprise bridge, so purists beware.
Don’t get too worked up over it kids. Even James Cawley has has said he likes it. It’s not what he would do, but ya, it’s cool.

Update: Brently Irving Sienna was right, it looks like an Apple computer threw up to create the bridge set. 🙂

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This just may be Nerdvana for some

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Personally I think it’s good, but not that good.
Oh, what am I babbling about? The Klingon Phrase book app for the iPhone.

It’s good to be a geek.

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Friday B-Movie Pick: Galaxy Quest

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Galaxy Quest

A must for Star Trek fans. A cutting parady done with a lotta love. It pokes fun at the show, the cast and the fans.
It’s this week’s pick because I saw the new Star Trek film last night. Yes, I liked it. It grabbed you quick and didn’t let go. The casting was top notch and the actors clearly were paying homage to the original cast.

Friday B-Movie Pick Archive.

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Kudos to the Cast & Crew of Star Trek!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The new Star Trek movie had an advance premiere, complete with the cast and director.
What is really cool, is where they held it. Camp Arijan, Kuwait. Yup, a sneak premiere for members of the US Military serving overseas.

Present were actors Zoe Saldana, Bryan Burk, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Eric Bana and director/producer J.J. Abrams.

Here are some quotes collected by Spc. Howard Ketter

“We feel priviledged to be here and to meet the people who are working hard on our behalf,” said John Cho, who starred as Hikaru Sulu in “Star Trek” the movie.

“It’s so easy for people to take for granted, the fact that [service members] are here doing work that makes this possible,” said Abrams.

“It struck us that there was an opportunity to not just have it be about the movie, but to have it be about something that’s more important than all that stuff,” Abrams commented.

Good on Abrams and the cast!

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