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Let me begin with this note up front. This entry is in no way to make light of this terrible situation. The goal of this blog is to point out how art imitates life and vice versa. Many times, I get in awe of scientific concepts on scifi shows and when times catches up to make those concepts a reality, I am blown away. So, going back to the Malaysian Airlines flight 370, this brings up scifi themed movies and shows that brings up the point, “Can a plane simply disappear?”

Remember Amelia Earhart? Her famous journey to fly solo around the world and still to this day, neither she nor her plane have been ever recovered. Yet, science fiction leads up to believe that on Star Trek: Voyager Season 2 Episode 1 “37″ Amelia Earhart was found in a cryo-stasis by the Voyager crew. So how did Amelia appear on the almost opposite side of the galaxy? Alien abduction.

Another plane related tv series was Lost. This series finds survivors of a plane crash on a remote island filled with secrets. After 6 seasons of episodes, not all the questions posed were answered but did not diminish this great show.

Let’s not forget the tv mini series called The Langoliers created by Stephen King. A red eye flight from Boston to LA, a handful of passengers wake up to find everyone else missing including the crew.

In the late eighties, there was a movie called Millennium not to be confused by the tv series by Chris Carter (X-Files). This movie dealt with humans from the future replacing all the humans moments before a plane crash with fake replacements. These future humans were trying to save humanity by bringing people from the past, who were going to die, to the future where they would live out their lives.

Now, go back farther to a little know Airport movie. This really started the whole disaster movie genre like Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Towering Inferno. Like with all disaster movies, we were treated to an all star casts but unless you grew up in the late 60′s/70′s you will not know many of the stars. However, the success of this movie gave us: Airport 75, Airport 77, and Airport 79. If you want to know the premise of 75, watch Airplane. 77 shows us a plane crashing into the ocean in the Bermuda Triangle. 79 dealt with the no longer running Concorde – the plane that could travel twice the speed of sound.

Last but not least, one of the few books, an actual books not comic books, that I read as a kid was called The Ghost of Flight 401. This story was based on the real plane crash of Flight  401 which met its demise in the Florida Everglades near Miami. From the few details I remember, this book was more about ghost sightings of the deceased crew members appear on other flights. I could be wrong but the connection with the sightings were due to the salvage pieces from Flight 401 being put into other planes. Creepy yes but reading this stuff was truly fascinating.

Let’s all hope, from the searchers involved to the family/friends of those on board the Malaysian Airlines flight 370, that they are all able to have closure soon.

Details concerning the sudden, Saturday disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continue to trickle in. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, said the missing Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers presents an “unprecedented mystery.”

Here’s what we do know: The flight disappeared on Friday night/Saturday morning en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was at cruising altitude (35,000 feet) and weather was more or less clear. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam say contact with the crew disappeared about 120 nautical miles east of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and radar signals suggest the plane may have turned around before losing contact.

via Where In The World Is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Conspiracy Theorists Take To The Internet | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.


Normally, I would write my comments before the article I found online to post on my blog. Today, I want you to read a quick blurb and then I’ll comment.

Well. If this recently surfaced rumor is true, then Wonder Woman is about to get a verrrrry interesting new origin for Batman Vs. Superman. It’s after the jump; try not to be drinking anything when you read them, because you’re pretty much guaranteed a spit take.

Batman-on-Film.com — which, to be fair, has a pretty damned good track record when it comes to DC movies — claims the following in regards to Gal Gadot’s role as WW in the move:

Personally, I’d say it’ll be about on par with Scarlett Johansson’s first appearance as Black Widow in IRON MAN 2. I believe that it’s a cameo-plus type of role that will (hopefully) serve as a springboard to a solo Wonder Woman movie.

With all that said, I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the “Amazons” of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those “ancient Kryptonians” who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago.

via The rumor about Wonder Woman’s movie debut will make your head explode.

Okay, now my turn. There are things about the comic book universe that works well in one medium but fails to make the transition to another medium. Let’s look at the first X-Men movie in which no character was in a full costume as seen in the comic books. Yes, Magneto and the X-Men team did wear outfits but their suits were more in keeping with a reality check. Hell, Wolverine point out about not wearing the yellow spandex which made perfect and logical sense.

I am all in favor of tweaking origin stories. Tim Burton’s Batman had the pre-Joker kill off Bruce Wayne’s parents. Not much an issue here although the thug was Joe Chill which Nolan corrected in his version of Batman. Still in both cases, Bruce does become The Batman. In the case of Wonder Woman, changing the origin to make her from Amazonian to Kryptonian is just plain wrong. Can’t we not accept Wonder Woman was created and is a living god or in the case of her re-launched comics a demi-god. That little change in the current comics doesn’t take away from the magical qualities of her. If Marvel can have Thor why can’t we just have Wonder Woman the way she has always been? Hell, Lynda Carter’s WW series had her powers tied to her belt but this never lessened the appeal of the character.

If the plan is to make WW Kryptonian, does this add another dimension to the character? I think not. Think about the gender swapping of Starbuck from the old show to the new one. The dynamic of a female Starbuck has a lot of the original male version but in a female lead she is totally kick ass with a no taking shit attitude. Or having the new Spock be a bit more emotional in the reboot than the past, I’m ok with this. The Kryptonian idea does nothing for Wonder Woman. Change the costume; I don’t care but if this is the road we are heading for a Justice League movie, we are seriously fucked.


To live and breathe scifi in your life is a bit of a challenge. There are some people who get you 100%. There are some people who get you part of the time and those last bits of humanity look at you as if you “Men SoSlI’ targh Daghaj nga’chuq.” Of course, it does loses some of its poetic imagery in the translation but I love this guy! I am this guy and I applaud him for his efforts. All I can say is, “laH QujmeH tIn tlhIngan moQ suck ‘ej HeghDI’ SoH Suq sucking, jIDoy’be’ ‘oH suck ‘op vI’Iprup Hoch.” You get the idea even if you don’t understand.

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It takes a special kind of politician to end his term by signing a resignation letter “chaq DaHjaj QaQ jaj paj. ” Thats “maybe today is a good day to resign.” In Klingon.

David Waddell, a city councilman for Indian Trail, N.C., decided to send his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Alvarez written in Klingon as an inside joke. “Folks dont know what to think of me half the time,” Waddell told The Charlotte Observer. “So I might as well have one last laugh.

The politician used the Klingon translator on Bing.com in case the mayor wasn’t fluent in the well-known “Star Trek” language. In fact, Waddell didn’t just write his resignation using standard Klingon, he chose the beautiful, pointy-looking written Klingon language of Kronos.

via City councilman pens resignation letter in Klingon | Crave – CNET.


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Mr. Gene and I sit down to discuss the best and worst in tv and movies for 2013.


 


There are times like this where one true geekiness just spills out into the real world. Some people will get your references and others will just scratch their heads and just look at you as if you’re speaking another language. Still, when those encounters occur, we need to savor those moment and I can’t think of a better example than this. I am going to cut to the chase and post the Netflix customer service screenchat pic. This speaks to me deeply. Kudos, Netflix, kudos.

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Usually conversations with customer service representatives are pretty bland, or even painful if you’re trying to resolve a problem. As it turns out, this isn’t always true when dealing with Netflix.Yesterday Netflix subscriber Norm contacted the company about a problem he was having with an episode of Parks and Rec. In the middle of the episode, the video player would get stuck in a “temporal loop” that continuously played the last three seconds — sort of like an unintentional YTMND page. Netflix service rep Michael responded by introducing himself as “Captain Mike of the good ship Netflix” and then asked which member of the crew he was speaking with. “Lieutenant” Norm took the bait, responding as if he was a ranking Star Fleet officer from Star Trek.

via This Netflix employee just raised the bar for awesome customer service screenshot | VentureBeat.


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Star Trek Into Darkness is still a thorny issue after all these months. As the article goes on, the minority of those who saw this movie were not pleased were a great deal of Star Trek fans. Just because the majority of the people who saw Into Darkness gave it high marks doesn’t make this Trek movie the best of the bunch. I’ve been wanting and still plan on doing a Trek podcast because this is a very sore subject and I need to purge all this negativity to move on. Yes, I can hold a grudge on many things but I want to have some closure to move on this issue very soon.

I had shown the movie on dvd to my wife and kids and for the most part, they liked the movie. My son, 7, thought the movie was cool while my daughter, 12, liked the movie because of Benedict and that she loves him as Sherlock Holmes. My wife, who is a huge Trek fan, told me that the movie was forgivable except certain moments which were unforgivable as this movie treaded on certain iconic Trek movie moments and treated them poorly. As you can see, using this example, my family overall liked the movie like the general public but like the minority, Trek fans like my wife still had a problem with this second movie from J.J. Abrams.

Star Trek has had plenty of horrific episodes and movies that make me cringe thinking about or shall be named. This happens regardless of any tv series or movie. Still, I think I am more upset with Into Darkness because the bar was set so high with the reboot in 2009 lens flares in all. Trek fans were short-changed and refused to accept this movies as a quality Trek movie. If you are reading this and still don’t get it, you’re probably not a Star Trek fan.

Star Trek Into Darkness is a weird movie. The sequel wasn’t a summer smash, but audiences and critics were fans. The movie received an 87% on Rottentomatoes, a high cinemascore, and a respectable box-office take. But, if you ask plenty Trek fans, it’s no critical darling. The movie was recently named the worst Trek film at a Trek convention, and while I’m not exactly a fan of Into Darkness, to claim it’s at the bottom of the Trek barrel is flat out silliness.

via Moviepilot Exclusive Interview: Bob Orci Reflects On ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ | Moviepilot: New Stories for Upcoming Movies.


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Being bald has limited Halloween costume options. I would be Professor X or Captain Picard or Captain Sisko or Riddick; though I won’t be doing the last one as the last movie really just sucked ass. More to the point, there are some characters I can do for Halloween but I would like the option for more people to play. Now, moving forward, I have decided on doing Nero from the 2009 Star Trek movie; you know the good one. Aside from the bald look, I was wondering how I could create this effect and in what medium that was comfortable and easy.

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As I did the research, here are the two options I found. The one on the left is a skull-cap which makes this kid look like a Tholian. Second, the markings on the cap needs to be brought down further on the head. The looks nothing like Nero let alone a Romulan from the movie. The picture on the right has the better approach. The mask looks better and the markings on the head looks more like the character. However, I don’t want to be wearing a mask all day and especially at work. I needed a third option.

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Mr. Gene and I discuss about Ben Affleck as the new Batman for the upcoming Superman/Batman movie, our love for X-Men First Class and catching up on what we’ve been reading and watching. Be prepared, this is a super long show.


 


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Ladies and gentleman, Voyager 1 has left the solar system. (and the crowd goes wild except you can’t hear it space.) This has been a very big week for Star Trek… references. NASA has every right to be the proud parents of their space probe and that is now literally own it’s own. They even paraphrased Captain Kirk’s opening monologue to comment on this momentous time in our history.

However, those fans who know the Voyager probe would late come back as V’ger several centuries later threatening all life on Earth searching for its creator. Yes, Voyager 1 is not the same as the Voyager 6 as revealed in Star Trek: The Motion Picture but screw it; it’s close enough. To quote David the android from Prometheus, “Big things have small beginnings.” Onward and upward, ad astra Voyager 1!!!!

The other two Star Trek references are the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness; click here to read more about the new Trek movie release on dvd/blu ray.  Click here about my library speech for the Board of County Commissioners.

When NASA announced Thursday that its far-flung Voyager 1 spacecraft is now officially the first interstellar spacecraft in human history, it was a time for celebration, congratulations and … “Star Trek”?

During a news conference Thursday (Sept. 12), John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator of science missions, walked out to address the public and press about the unprecedented Voyager 1 milestone to the tune of TV’s “Star Trek” theme song, effectively melding science with science fiction. You can see a video of the “Star Trek”-themed NASA conference here.

via NASA Quotes ‘Star Trek’ As Voyager 1 Enters the Interstellar Frontier (Video) – Yahoo News.

I could not pass this up but I had to post some response about this original posting. Star Trek fans will love this:

David – Congratulations to the carbon-based units infesting Planet Earth.

MaureenO - V’Ger must speak with the Creator!

DoubleEdgedSword – ..now keep your junk to yourselves..earthlings..

ecotone – Ugly bags of mostly water

Izz K – Hopefully they don’t find the Borg