On dying, and being reborn, every time Scotty beams me up

Wednesday, 9 March, 2016

There’s far more to having your atoms scrabbled, in Star Trek style, by being beamed up or down somewhere, than many of us might imagine. In fact, the whole process is quite the journey… into realms, frankly, you couldn’t possibly imagine.

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Can the new Star Trek film step beyond The Force Awakens?

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

I guess some of us will be waiting to hear what whispers emanate from Los Angeles, following the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday – I’m going to try and block out any chatter for now – but let’s not forget that a new installment of the rebooted Star Trek films, Star Trek Beyond, is out next year.

If this first trailer is anything to go by, they’re definitely ramping up the action aspect, and possibly the slapstick. Is that because Justin Lin, who directed the Fast & Furious films, is at the helm, or is that the way the producers want to take the series? Time will tell. Also, it seems the USS Enterprise has been lost/destroyed.

Didn’t that happen in the third film that featured the original Star Trek cast?

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So, which is better, Star Trek, or Star Wars?

Wednesday, 20 May, 2015

The truth is they’re both pretty lousy, but together they’re better than all the others… with apologies to Keith Richards. Presenting The Carbonite Maneuver, a fan made trailer that blends elements of both realms. Non-canonical, obviously.

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Spocking fives, a tribute to Leonard Nimoy and Mr Spock

Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

Spocking the Canadian five dollar note

Canadians, and I dare say, any other “Star Trek” fans who have Canadian five dollar notes in their possession, have been “Spocking fives”, or taking a pen to the imprinted image of a former Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, to make him look more like Mr Spock for years now.

And now a fine tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who died on 27 February. And, according to the Bank of Canada, “Spocking fives” is not illegal either, even if they don’t encourage the practice:

Nonetheless, bank spokeswoman Josianne Menard pointed out there are reasons to resist the urge to scribble on bills. “The Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride,” Menard wrote in an email.

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RIP Mr Spock

Monday, 2 March, 2015

Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock

Sad news this, the passing of Leonard Nimoy, or Mr Spock, of the popular “Star Trek” TV show and movie series, last Friday.

I’ve always been inspired by some of the show’s best known phrases, “to boldly go where no one has gone before”, even if I haven’t really gone anywhere at all, and “live long and prosper”. The galaxy is an emptier place without you Spock.

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The “Star Trek” TV shows, ranked from worst to best

Monday, 12 January, 2015

Six hundred and ninety-five television series episodes of “Star Trek” ranked from worst to best by Jordan Hoffman. I’ve always considered myself a fan of the franchise, but aside from the movies, plus the Original Series, and Next Generation TV shows, there’s much of the “Star Trek” universe that I know next to nothing about.

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Captain, I find your style of fighting to be illogical

Thursday, 4 December, 2014

Captain James T. Kirk, he of “Star Trek” fame, and once commander of the starship USS Enterprise, enjoyed a bit of biffo. Or perhaps that could really be said of William Shatner, who played the well known space explorer.

I remember years ago Shatner saying he was keen to incorporate a little more fighting into the films that the original cast made after the TV series had ended. He wasted little time availing himself of that opportunity when he took on the role of directing the fifth of the “Trek” films, The Final Frontier, in 1989.

I think that was quickly shown to have not helped a great deal though. Now, as if to make matters worse, the logic of Kirk’s hand to hand combat style is being called into question

The axe handle strikes which had served him so well in the past seemed to fail him against Khan. Axe handle strikes, for the ordinary man, are a great way to break your fingers. Perhaps this was bad form catching up with Kirk – who was notorious for not playing by the book.

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Restoring the USS Enterprise, or would that be a re-fit?

Thursday, 25 September, 2014

USS Enterprise model

The nearly three and a half metre long model of the USS Enterprise, used during the production of the original “Star Trek” television show, that has been suspended from the roof of the gift shop in the Smithsonian Institution for almost the last fourteen years, is to be restored.

I just thought you might like to know that.

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The original “Star Trek” in the widescreen

Friday, 19 September, 2014

Star Trek widescreen by Nick Acosta

San Francisco based illustrator and concept artist Nick Acosta has created a series of images depicting scenes from the orginal “Star Trek” television show, that, by the way, first went to air forty-eight years ago, in widescreen format. This I could get into I think…

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What does the future hold for our systems of government?

Tuesday, 24 June, 2014

Future governments could take a variety of forms, including cyberocracy, rule through “effective use of information”, an artificial intelligence singleton, being rule through an intelligent machine of some sort, Paleolithic politics, should the apocalypse strike, or even a “Star Trek” like global democratic government:

Thus far, globalization appears to be unfolding across three stages. The first phase is cultural globalization, the second economic, and the third political. The first and second stages are largely complete, though some protectionism still exists. The final stage has proven to be the most difficult; nation-states are incredibly hesitant to give up sovereignty. But the dissolution of borders may be an inexorable trend that underlies civilizational development, as witnessed by the unification of China under the Qin Dynasty, the formation of the United States of America, the current experiment known as the European Union, and the likely unification of all African countries. Taken to its logical conclusion, we may eventually achieve a democratic planetary government.

With regions across the globe seemingly demanding more autonomy though, I’m not sure we’re actually going in this direction.

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