Star Trek Oddities
Oh, April Fool's Day. The one day of the year where everyone gets to pull a fast one on unsuspecting friends and family. Now, it's simply known as the day you can't believe a single thing you read on the internet. From Google changing it's name to Topeka to news of the Star Trek sequel, the net full of tom foolery today. We found two articles that we thought were quite funny, as well as a possible truth concerning filming date for Star Trek XII. Check out the details below.
Star Trek XII Script Leaked.
It's really interesting that private space flight has become a reality. With the X prize win in 2004, Burt Rutan and his company Scaled Composites have paved the way for the "everyman" to experience the thrill of spaceflight. With the founding of Virgin Galactic Sir Richard Branson joined forces with Rutan to provide the first commercial spaceflight system to take tourists into a sub-orbital flight.
Imagine if you will, a bird of prey on the hunt during the Dominion war. Slowly stalking it's target, a Jem'hadar fighter. The Klingons uncloak and hit full impulse next to a red giant. Focused solely on their prey, the great warriors inadvertently slingshot around the star and are sent back to the late 20th century.
Picking up distant radio waves, the communications officer pipes the transmission ship-wide. The Klingons are intrigued by the most honorable and battle worthy anthem. It's Metallica's "Shortest Straw" from "And Justice For All".
While surfing the interwebs, I ran across an article written by Bruce Mckean of the Dailymercury.com.au. It seems a fellow Trek Fan got into a bit of trouble for fighting in the town square of Mackay, in Queensland Australia. Apparently fan Nathan Lewis had been out all night with his other Trek friends and had taken some guff for wearing his uniform out on the town. From what I can gather, he apparently gave his antagonist a few punches and possibly a Kirk style two-legged jump kick before police intervened.
Gingerbread houses and Gingerbread men, sure, we've seen them. But, this is definitely a first. Check the image above for the first Gingerbread Enterprise we've seen. We found the creation over at Slippery Brick, and we would definitely give an A for effort. Although, it kinda looks like there's a bit of lettuce on the hull.
Tis the season for all manner of geeky desserts. We’ve seen our share around here, whether they be Star Wars or Star Trek. All are delicious if not nutritious.
The first manned commercial spaceship was unveiled today in the Mojave Desert. Virgin Galactic and it's founder Richard Branson also revealed another surprise by naming the ship (VSS) Enterprise. We definitely let out a nerd squeal for that one! Now, we don't know for sure if Branson is a Trek Fan or not, but we like to imagine him onboard his pimped-out Airbus A380 (with custom 24" wheels), watching Next Gen episodes and reciting lines with dialog. Or, maybe he owns a private island, that he somehow shaped into a delta shield. It could happen!
**Update** Branson is a fan, check out what Wikipedia has to say about it.
In an interesting article written for the NY Times, columnist Ben Zimmer dives deep into SciFi constructed Languages and discusses the upcoming film "Avatar".
The new James Cameron flick features a fully constructed language for the blue skinned, feline like creatures featured in the film. Jimmy Cameron and his normal out-spoken ways even went so far as to say that the Na'vi language will out-klingon Klingon.
Cameron clearly had Klingon in mind when he began envisioning the linguistic landscape of “Avatar.” About three years ago, he hyped Frommer’s development of the Na’vi language by boasting to Entertainment Weekly that it would “out-Klingon Klingon.” Frommer now dismisses this as a bit of Cameronian hyperbole, assuring me that he has nothing but respect for Okrand’s masterwork. In fact, Frommer got the “Avatar” assignment in part on the strength of his work on “Looking at Languages,” an elementary linguistics workbook that includes a student exercise in deciphering Klingon word order. (Klingon follows the unusual object-verb-subject ordering.)
Also featured in the article is the father of the modern Klingon language Marc Orkrand.
As a kid there were two things that were important to me, when's the next re-run of TOS? And, where they heck are my Lego bricks? As reported by Slipperybrick.com, some enterprising fans (get it?) have put there Lego bricks to good use and recreated the 23rd and 24th centuries.
Don VanDer Wende is know for creating "crazy things for crazy people". In fact he created a replica of the Defiant's bridge for an undisclosed billionaire, as a birthday present for said billionaire's wife. "the couple did not want to keep the fully-encapsulated, fully-enclosed bridge, preferring to hold the memory in their hearts as a once-in-a-lifetime moment", said VanDer Wende.