It’s time once again to look out to the Interwebs and see what they are saying about Star Trek. First up is Summer Glau (of Firefly fame) who reveals her inner Trekkie. We also have Asian art Trek nitpicking, Voyager recasting, Apple ignoring a TNG anatomy lesson, a Star Trek skit, and more, including some creepy fanmade Trek dolls.
River Tan idolized Deana Troi
In a new interview with Australia’s SciFiTv, Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles star Summer Glau reveals she is a Trekkie:
You’re a bit of a Sci Fi fan. If you meet a new friend, and you want to show them how awesome Sci Fi is, what do you show them?
I’m pretty old school about that kind of stuff. I love Blade Runner. I love Princess Bride (although it’s not really Sci Fi, of course), but the show I really grew up on was Star Trek: The Next Generation. That was a show that I watched with my parents that I talked them into letting me stay up to watch it. I got to meet Marina Sirtis last year, which was a really special moment for me. I grew up idolising her..
TNG gets nitpicked by Asian Art Museum
Nitpicking is of course a Star Trek tradition. And in a bit of a delayed reaction. the Asian Art Museum blog has taken the episode "Code of Honor" to task, specifically the identification of a certain horse, noting:
Picard identifies the sculpture as a Song-dynasty work of the 14th century (Data corrects him, claiming the 13th century). However, both of them are off the mark. According to my professional eye, this glazed horse should be from the Tang dynasty (618-907)–it is a quintessential Tang horse.
Jordan Hoffman at UGO just can’t help himself. After imagining reboots of TNG and DS9, now pondered the question: What if JJ Abrams Reboots Star Trek Voyager?
Apple forgets lesson of TNG
In the last week there has been a controversy about the new Apple iPhone 4, which seems to have a signal loss when the phone is held in a certain way. The AnandTech site did an analysis and realized that this was due to how the new antennae for the phone are reaction to the human body, referencing the TNG episode "Home Soil". Here is the excerpt:
The drop in signal from cupping the device with a case on is purely a function of us being "ugly bags of mostly water." A material which happens to be pretty good at attenuating RF – thus increasing path loss between the handset and cellular base station. There’s nothing Apple nor anyone else can do to get around physics, plain and simple. It’s something which demonstrably affects every phone’s cellular reception.
Fan craft of the week: Ensign Munny Collection
Ory B on the Etsy crafts site has a strange little collection of "Ensign Munny" red shirt dolls.
VIDEO of the week: Supanova Star Trek skit
This video posted by moonblader shows a Star Trek skit performed at the recent Supanova Expo in Australia.
More Great Links:
- The Streatham Chess Blog takes a look at the connections between Star Trek and Chess
- Medical NewsToday sees a parallel with Trek with their article The Trouble With Tribbles In Diabetes
- TheForce.net latest podcast covers a variety of subjects including "Trek v Wars (again)
- The Bad News From Outerspace blog imagines how Picard would deal with the Gulf oil spill.