Great Links: Daily Show/Colbert Trek + Apple’s Trek Fake + Trek Contortionist + Baby Gorn + more July 10, 2010by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Great Links , trackback
The world just can’t stop talking about Star Trek, and every week we here at TrekMovie scoop it all up in the Great Links We start off with John Stewart and Stephen Colbert talking Trek, then ponder if Apple has been faking their Trek, watch a Star Trek contortionist, find out we are just like a bunch of punks, and take a look at an adorable little Gorn.
Daily Show and Colbert Trek again
As they have done before, both the Daily Show, and The Colbert Report from Comedy Central dipped into the final frontier for gags this week.
On Wednesday during an opening of The Daily Show with John Stewart was talking about NASA’s outreach efforts, joking they sounded like "the lamest Star Trek episode ever". And on Tuesday, during "The Word", Stephen Colbert talked about how Chinese companies are now hiring white foreigners to stand around at events, and he noted it is a great opportunity for white guys, joking "it is like we’re George Takei and the world is our Star Trek convention".
Did Apple fake Star Trek image for iPad promotion
Back in January TrekMovie pointed out how Apple was using images from the Star Trek movie to promote its new iPad. There is an image from the film that is used on the official iPad site, someone noticed that it didn’t look just right. The iPad has a screen with a 4:3 ratio, so if you ‘zoom in’ a film it will be cropped. And a fan on Reddit noticed the cropped image was doctored. He created a big infographic to show this off, which went viral this week.
Fan craft of the week: Baby Gorn
Get ready to say "aaaawwwww". James Sawyer of the A Piece of the Action blog points us to his post about his latest acquisition, a fan made sculpture of a little gorn hatchling, which was made for him by fan Richard Svensson.
Quote of the week: Trekkies are just punks
In an interview with Racket Magazine, Tom Gabel, lead singer of the punk band Against Me! was asked if he thought the factions within punk fans was like religious factions, but Gabel saw similarities with another group:
I think it’s more comparable to Star Trek, which like religion has also split off into many, many, different factions, there’s enthusiasts of the original, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise (that was one right?), and then there’s all the movies. Everyone’s got their favorite crew, everyone’s got their favorite alien race, everyone’s got their opinion on which uniform is the best, and there’s tons of bit-part characters that appeared in one episode for 15 seconds but whom people still obsess over (which is like the equivalent of those bands that made one 7″ record 20 years ago but who people still wear t-shirts and patches for). The shows are just conventions for the collectors and I’m William Shatner telling everyone to “get a life.”.
VIDEO of the week: Star Trek contortionist
The "Amazing Amy" is 55 year old yoga contortionist from New York who loves Star Trek. She likes to perform in Star Trek costume and Star Trek music. She will be performing at the Gong Show Live at BB King’s Blues Club in New York on August 12th, and here is a video of her from last summer.
More Great Links:
- Reason takes a look at former Congressman Jim Traficant’s history of saying "beam me up"
- Topless Robot count down their picks for The 30 Greatest Star Trek Villains.