I always thought those little radio controlled (RC) planes and helicopters were kinda cool, but if you’re a big geek with some DIY smarts, you can take it to a whole new level. I couldn’t decide which one of these hit the biggest nerd factor, so hit the jump for videos of actual flying home brew RC versions of Star Trek’s Enterprise D, a Star Wars Tie Interceptor, and a Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer.
Continue reading Startup: Flying RC Geek Extravaganza
I’ve got a feeling of Deja Vu…
I have a PVR now, which is tremendously exciting to me, except for the fact that it keeps filling up with stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. Apparently I don’t watch television very often, so the shows I want to watch very quickly start clogging up my storage server, and then suddenly I need to go watch things so I can delete them. It’s funny how television can actually become a chore. I’m a bit amazed by that.
While shuffling through the hundreds of shows I perpetually want to watch but not right now, I discovered the very first episode of Star Trek: Voyager. I haven’t actually watched that since 1995, or whenever it aired, and I think the first time, I missed the first few seconds. That may be one of the best Star Trek in-jokes, aside from the presence of R2-D2 in the latest Star Trek movie. I won’t explain, because I’ve got the clip below the jump, but it’s a cute little homage. I particularly like it because I do have an established love of in-jokes and easter eggs, so this tickled my inner geek in delightful ways.
What’s the greatest hidden reference, in-joke or easter egg you’ve stumbled across?
Continue reading User Input: Easter Eggs
I’m finding myself with a marked lack of new television to watch; having just finished marathoning my way through all of Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor 4 Lyfe!) and being that I am coming close to completing all of Torchwood, I’m running out of stuff to watch. I’ve got two terabytes worth of TV [...]
Altair is about to run out of quality programming.
Image via highpowerrocketry.blogspot.com, from flixxy.com.
Nice guns always help.
I’m almost afraid to ask this question, as it’s such obvious comment-bait I feel dirty. I mean, I might as well start creating top-five lists and join the Gawker network. But what the hell, it’s a discussion I think is worth having.
In the world of Science Fiction, there [...]
When I was a young nerd, I long promised myself that there were certain things I would have some day. Some day, I thought, some day I’ll have… that. Or that. Or that. Let’s face it, there were a lot of things I lusted after, reading magazines, watching movies, playing video [...]
The intro above is undoubtedly one of the most well known television show starters, at least around these parts. Let’s take a look at a little bit of behind the scenes back and forth that let to this oh-so-familiar refrain. A few weeks before the season premiere of the show, the producers decided it needed an intro, and contacted Gene Roddenberry and asked him to come up with a voice over to be recorded by William Shatner. Roddenberry, Bob Justman, and John Black exchanged these memos in early August of 1966, although the final draft was written by Roddenberry on the 10th, an hour before the recording session.
Continue reading Space..The Final Frontier…Endless…Silent…Waiting
There have been a few comments on the site the past couple of weeks that reminded me of something that I wanted to post about when I started this weekend gig–science fiction. I know that we have had our share of Star Wars vs Star Trek debates, and I am sure there will be more such entertainment to come. And sci-fi is of course not just movies and television, but also the written word, science fiction books and stories from days gone by.
As an enjoyer of the genre, in pretty much all forms, one of the post topics I had considered was to occasionally pick a book from my semi-extensive collection and do a little write-up on it. A sort of book report, the likes of which I haven’t really done since grade school, although many of those books were much less pleasant to wade through. There are some sci-fi books out there I think are outstanding, and I’d like to share them with you, as well as hopefully stimulate some discussion and discover some new books myself!
The question then I found myself asking, as a new contributor here to AT, was that of relevance. Toasters has a personality, a theme, a purpose for existence if you will, and as someone coming in to add to it I want to maintain that focus on celebrating obsolete technology, on discovering and expanding our knowledge of some of the roads less traveled along our journey’s of technological development. So does sci-fi literature fit into this, does it have a place here?
Continue reading Astounding World of Science Fiction
Best. Toasters. EVAR.
As we all know, Hollywood hasn’t had a truly original idea in decades. The movie and television industry has become entirely dedicated to recycling and rehashing the old and the familiar, from George Lucas destroying our childhood by turning The Force into a bacterial infection, to James Cameron making a [...]