June 18th, 2014
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I know that this is just a bit of slick corporate marketing; carefully designed link bait for geeks of a certain age. I do. But how can anyone expect me not to link to Spock vs Spock?
[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]
Javier Grillo-Marxuach brings us The Middleman and Wendy in …THE PARADOXICALLY FESTIVE MORTALITY:
HIGBEE'S CHRISTMAS PARADE – DOWNTOWN
10:00 AM IN A CANONICAL, CREATOR-OWNED REALITY
Wendy disliked it when the people targeted by the many villains she and The Middleman were tasked with neutralizing blew their Huggies in the face of danger, but even she had to cut this kid some slack: not only had he been put in the crosshairs by a time-traveling superbeing from three hundred years in an alternate future, he had also seen his first day volunteering at the Higbee's Department Store Christmas Parade turn into a Grand Guignol of mayhem at the hands of a hundred foot long inflatable ferret. Also, he'd grown up with the incredibly misguided name "Tiberius Davis." Poor kid, his parents really should have shown him mercy. [...]
The only fault I can find with this epic crossover is that our heroes don't get to interact with the direct descendant of Tiberius Davis whose 5 Year Mission inadvertently caused such mayhem.
By contrast, last year's instalment – THE WIBBLY-WOBBLY, TIMEY-WIMEY JIGGERY-POKERY – spent quite a bit of time showing us how Wendy reacted to Eleven and letting us know which regenerations The Middleman and Ida had already worked with.
For thousands of years the Borg cubes tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across – which happened to be the Earth – where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire Borg battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.
Misquoted from Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
The real story is a tad less dramatic, and nobody needs to get assimilated. The cubes are actually amateur radio satellites deployed from the ISS:
NASA have released photographs of the amateur radio CubeSats TechEdSat, F-1 and FITSAT-1 taken by an Expedition 33 crew member on the International Space Station (ISS).
The small satellites were transported to the ISS in the HTV-3 (Kounotori 3) cargo vessel that blasted off on an H-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center on Saturday, July 21 at 0206 UT.
The cargo vessel arrived at the ISS on July 27 and the ISS Canadarm2 robotic arm was used to install the HTV-3 to its docking port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module at 1434 UT. The CubeSats were then unloaded by the Expedition 32 crew.
[Via Bad Astronomy]
Charlie and Anna are revisiting Star Trek: The Next Generation. In a big way. And we've noticed that the clothes on that show are AMAZING. And not just 1987 amazing, or 24th century amazing, but BOTH, SIMULTANEOUSLY.
We celebrate those fashions here.
Warning: following that link may lead to bouts of laughing so hard that you forget to breathe.
Trexels – Star Trek Pixel Art by John Martz and Koyama Press. So cute. I can't name every single character shown, but I recognise almost all of them.
One quibble: if they're going to give us separate images of characters whose appearance/uniform changed over the years,1 shouldn't they also have given us clean-shaven and bearded versions of Will Riker? Growing The Beard was a really big deal back in the day!
[Via Pop Loser]
The mission has zeroed in on a flipped or bad bit in the flight data system being the likely culprit for the spacecraft's current problem with formatting science data properly. Remember that computers store information as strings of ones and zeroes or "on" and "off" bits. Once in a while, a passing cosmic ray can evade the radiation protection on a spacecraft and slam into a memory bit; when that happens, the bit may change value, from zero to one or vice versa. It's a lot like a transcription error in DNA; it's a sort of mutation of the code. It's possible that the flipped bit will have no or insignificant effect on the spacecraft, but once in a while, a flipped bit happens in a very important location and causes serious problems, and that's what the Voyager team thinks happened within Voyager 2's flight data systems.
Signs that I'm a geek (#12,354 in an ongoing series.)
Upon seeing this MetaFilter post…
A five meters long 1/72 scale model of the USS Enterprise is looking for a new home
Supplementary question: would it have been more or less geeky if my first thought had been "Constitution class or Galaxy class?"
EXT. IOWA, EIGHT YEARS LATER
YOUNG CHRIS PINE, why do you have to be so REBELLIOUS?
NOKIA PRODUCT PLACEMENT
Because I'm a REBEL, man. Speaking of fucking the system, I'm going to drive your car into a canyon.
A canyon in the middle of Iowa? Has J.J. ABRAMS ever actually been there?
DIRECTOR J.J. ABRAMS
Iowa's near Arizona, right?
I hope the audience is enjoying watching me dangle from a cliff by my fingertips, because they're going to be seeing a lot of it.
That isn't the funniest part of the script by a long chalk; it's just that most of the rest involves spoilers of one sort or another. If you've seen the film, you should definitely read the whole thing.
From elsewhere in the same comment thread, a rather wonderful comment from Lee:
[...] The re-imagining that grated on me a bit was Chekov, who wasn't even ON the Enterprise until Season 2 of TOS. I just keep repeating to myself, "It's an alternate universe. It's an alternate universe, dammit!"
And while we're on the subject of retconning and AUs, I'll toss in this gem from a review of the movie by ironychan on LJ:
Today I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if a million Trekkies cried out as one, lamenting, "they erased everything and started over from the beginning! All the stories I loved never happened!"
This was followed by a second disturbance, as if a million fans of Marvel and DC comics rolled their eyes as one, replying, "CRY MOAR, N00B."
*sigh* Too true!
Matthew Baldwin's reaction upon seeing the new Star Trek was delightfully idiosyncratic:
As I watched this film last Saturday, and Mr. Spock walked onto the bridge with his stiff demeanor and his formal language, my initial reaction was: "Oh man, that guy is so Asperger's."
I promise you, the full essay is well worth a read.