Can Star Trek inspire the next wave of space tourism? Is watching Trek a defense for attempted murder? Is Megan Fox A Trekkie? Are there Trekkies left in Australia? Is a British glamor model taking beauty tips from Spock? And what exactly is a Kardashian? The Great Link answers these questions and more below.
Utopia Planitia formed?
A new group calling itself ‘The Utopia Planitia Group’ (borrowing the name from Star Trek’s Utopia Planitia Ship Yards) is hoping to band together space tourism companies in order to achieve the goals of the Star Trek universe. Their press release states, in part:
Space Tourism is the next logical step in this progression, and still very much in its infancy stages and will need to still take several more steps before becoming fully mature and helping mankind achieve its greatest walk, yet to come. If it will take any one company decades to go through these steps, wouldn’t it make better sense for a consortium of companies to take the same steps together and accomplish the same steps, but take less then one decade to make the same accomplishments? Gene Roddenberry was a good man and a wise futurist, and he knew that for mankind to survive and have a future free of disease, poverty and war, it meant working together to accomplish that common goal, and that very theme is written all the way through the many stories of Star Trek.
Currently they provide no details and have no website, but they are "actively seeking individuals and/or companies" in space tourism to join them. If you want to help, contact Randy Brimer or John Mow directly at UPlanitia@aol.com.
Star Trek defense fails
On July 16th, Leo Gene Bloomfield, 44, was convicted of attempted second-degree murder for trying to kill his roommate Gary Coca last Christmas. The men gave differing accounts. Coco said Bloomfield attacked him while he was sleeping, but Bloomfield put forward a defense saying that he was watching Star Trek when Coca "ripped the television remote out of his hand" and attacked him and so he was just defending himself. Clearly the jury didn’t buy that anyone would attack someone watching Trek. More at Gillete News Record.
The Trek sounding name and look of the AK Geneve HMS Automatic Warp Watch is no accident. According to WritstDreams the strange timepiece was designed by Arny Kapshitzer who is "a huge Star Trek fan." The official press release notes:
It looks like something straight out of the Star Trek series, uncannily reminiscent of the starship Enterprise. Located eccentrically towards the right of the dial, a cut-away metal piece reveals the jumping hours and minutes on two superimposed discs. The seconds are displayed at 3 o’clock on a cylinder linked directly to the crown. 9 o’clock forms the tail of the “spaceship”. Made of the same metal, it bears the name of the watch and is punctuated by a totally off-centre dot, where the brand logo is engraved.
Quote of the week
I’m a Star Wars fan. I’m a Star Trek fan. I’m a big nerd. I’m a big, giant comic book nerd.
– Transformers hottie Megan Fox [IGN]
Video of the week: Star Trek A Comedy?
Not really sure what to make of this, but clearly Trek fan kayAbee had a lot of fun and a lot of time on his hands playing with some video software.
Star Trek Movie Buzz Watch
News of the new Star Trek cast photos whipped around the web and there are too many places to count or mention, but the movie continues to rank high in the buzz-o-meter at some key places, however some in the geekosphere are still not convinced.
- Variety notes that Star Trek will benefit from a Summer with few comic book films in 2009
- MTV has Star Trek on their list of 10 Most Anticipated Summer 2009 movies.
- But Sci-Fi site Chud’s blogger ‘just can’t get excited‘ about Star Trek.
- And CNET Australia wonders "Where have all the Trekkies gone"…with man on the street interviews.
- The Spoof ‘reports‘ that 19% of Americans think a ‘Kardashian‘ is a Star Trek alien.
- TV Squad has put together a list of Five memorable — but less celebrated — Star Trek guest stars, but is Harry Mudd really ‘less celebrated’?
- TVNZ.co.nz readers voted for Star Trek as the best in of list of Top TV-to-movie adaptations.
- The UK’s Sun Tabloid speculates that glamour model Jordan (aka Katie Price) maybe taking fashion tips from Mr. Spock for her new pointy eyebrow look (and those ears are looking a bit pointy too).
They might be on to something, but they are thinking of the wrong Vulcan