Category: Trek

What kind of technologies need to be invented to bring us up to speed with Star Trek?

I’m actually quite involved and interested in this question, as my job is to design computer interfaces and support new opportunities in user experiences that I could not have even dreamt of even 5 years ago (I did mobile design then… for Nokia “candybar” phones.) There are a lot of technological advancements in Star Trek: Read More

Lessons in UX: When designing user experiences, don’t forget the sound

As you may have seen from many of my other posts here, I’m a big Star Trek fan. Big Big fan. When I got the DVD of the new Trek movie last week, I immediately dived into the extras to see how the producers had pulled the rabbit out of the hat and saved the Read More

Photos: The restored USS Enterprise at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Thursday September 8th was the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Star Trek, “The Man Trap”. On that day I was in Washington DC for business, and before I arrived I realized I was only a short Uber trip from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum… and I had a long Read More

Review: Bluetooth Star Trek Communicator

I’m a prop collector. Not the actual original props used in movies or TV shows – I couldn’t afford that habit, and if I tried She Who Must Be Obeyed would divorce me – but replica props. I have phasers, lasers, tricorders, pulse rifles, helmets, badges… you name it. And I have a LOT of Read More

Photos: Star Trek Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Convention

Several months ago I planned a Las Vegas trip for myself and my son Hunter as a graduation present (he finished high school in June) – he had never been to Vegas. Though he’s not yet old enough to do the “adult” Vegas stuff he could at least get a sense of “Sin City”. Being Read More

Photos: #StarTrek 50 at the EMP Museum

In Seattle for work this week and was able to make some time to visit the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Exhibit at the EMP Museum. The display is fantastic, with Paramount opening up their archives to showcase props and costumes from the series and movies. Paul Allen, who owns and runs the EMP Museum, also Read More

Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines to end all good Star Trek fan films

I really don’t want to write anymore about Star Trek, but then CBS/Paramount does a stupid thing and I have to. This week, the owners of Star Trek released fan film guidelines, mostly in response to the lawsuit against the Star Trek Axanar “fan film” (which raised $1 million on Kickstarter). While a reasonable set Read More

Buy this: Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan Soundtrack from Mondo

Never go full hipster. That, alas, is what I have done… In my man cave are stacks and stacks of vinyl, both new and old, and it has become my newest hobby/slash obsession. Recollecting albums I had as child, or buying new high-quality reissues of classics I only had in digital. And yes, I am Read More

Star Trek vs. Star Wars: We have a winner…

As most people who read a blog like this knows, the new Star Wars film opened to a colossal amount of tickets sold  – $250 million in the US, and $500 million dollars worldwide, and that was just during the first weekend. To put that number in perspective, the last Star Trek film, Into Darkness, Read More

Mark Lenard interview from Planet of the Apes magazine

Two of my pop culture obsessions are Star Trek and the Planet of the Apes series. In a just world there would be Apes conventions around the world just like there are ones for Trek… but, alas, the world does not share my love for the Apes franchise.(Though, to be fair, the newest Apes films have Read More

Which Star Trek film is most like an extended TV episode?

Star Trek: The Motion Picture actually WAS an episode of the TV series – it was a script that was written for the planned Star Trek Phase II series. So in that respect it is the most like an extended episode. The Trek films are interesting, in that very few of them are “like” an Read More

Happy birthday Star Trek!

To celebrate Star Trek’s 49th birthday, why don’t you read my thoughts on the franchise? I’ve written a lot on the series over the years, and here’s an index of the best of those posts… Wow, I’m prolific… A look at Lincoln Enterprises Adventures in modelmaking: Building the 1/350th scale Enterprise Actor’s “Instruction Manual” to Read More

Classic ad – Geek Money!

Here’s an ad from Starlog magazine, circa 1977. When I first saw this, I thought “Wow, this is totally illegal now.” But after doing some research I found that, yes, you totally can put a different “face” on the US dollar and it is perfectly legal (and has been since 1967). In fact, here are Read More

Adventures in model making – Building the 1/350th scale Enterprise

It was on my bucket list. Like so many things on my bucket list, I had put it off. I was too busy with other things, I had too much work to do, I couldn’t put aside the time to do it. I also questioned myself, thinking that I wasn’t good enough to do it. Read More

Rest in Peace, Leonard Nimoy

At a loss for words right now, but I would be remiss to not express my profound grief at the loss of the wonderful actor director and writer Leonard Nimoy. The last time I was this affected by the loss of an actor/media figure was when Vincent Price passed away. He will be missed by Read More

The last time I am ever going to write about Star Trek

I should be taking a victory lap. Roberto Orci, the writer/producer, has apparently been kicked off Star Trek 3 – a movie he was originally signed to both co-write and direct. Me and Mr. Orci, well… we have a history. His heated and condescending response to my TrekMovie editorial “Star Trek is broken” resulted in Read More

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