NASA

There were really three groups of actors on the original Star Trek series:

The leading actors: William ShatnerLeonard Nimoy, and Deforrest Kelley.

There were the  weekly and occasionally recurring guest stars.   These were people like Richard Kiel (Jaws in the Bond films), Joan Collins, Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd), etc.

But the strength of the show is often measured in the strength of its supporting regular cast.  Scotty (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) were often used as set dressing and had little to do.  But when they had something to do, they did it well and memorably.

Here are some facts about the actors that gave space for Shatner’s overacting:

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This time on The BastardCast, Jeremy and Jason are up all night to get some… cheese fries. They’re also talking about Jason’s adventures in the big city during New York Comic Con and all the big comic book news that came out of the con, as well as the week’s biggest nerd news stories, and that one time when people were doing it in the movie theater while Jason watched Machete Kills. (more…)

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All right, you won’t be in space, and actually only one of the astronauts will be off world as well, but still, THIS IS THE FUTURE. Here’s what’s going down, tomorrow morning, May 16th, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Chris Pine, Alice Eve and John Cho will be holding a live space chat over Google+ with astronauts Chris Cassidy, Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren. Cassidy is currently aboard the International Space Station, y’know, in actual space, not CGI space.

Best part is you can participate by asking questions of either the fake spacemen or the real spacemen, take your pick. The details are as follows,

A GOOGLE+ HANGOUT IN SPACE: “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” DIRECTOR J.J. ABRAMS, WRITER AND PRODUCER DAMON LINDELOF AND STARS JOIN NASA ASTRONAUTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

In this live Google+ Hangout, NASA astronauts will connect with “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” director J.J. Abrams, writer and producer Damon Lindelof, and stars Chris Pine, John Cho and Alice Eve to discuss the emerging intersection between the fiction of Star Trek and the reality of NASA’s current programs.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PST

http://www.google.com/+NASA

Submit your questions now: Use the hashtag #askNASA on Google+TwitterYouTube orInstagram, or leave a comment on our Star Trek Into Darkness Facebook page. Questions will be taken throughout the event, but the deadline for video questions is 12:00pm PST on Wednesday, May 15.

About the Event:

Director J.J. Abrams, writer and producer Damon Lindelof, and stars Chris Pine, John Cho and Alice Eve will video chat with astronauts Chris Cassidy, who is currently on the International Space Station, and astronauts Michael Fincke and Kjell Lindgren from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

This is the first time talent from a major motion picture is participating in a NASA Google+ Hangout. The participants will ask each other questions, as well as take questions from fans on social media, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City (home of the space shuttle Enterprise)” and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

Just the thing to do after seeing Star Trek Into Darkness tonight in IMAX 3D, or before you see it in whatever format you want tomorrow when the film officially opens.

Source: Collider

The Bastardcast vs. Hollywood Truthiness

This week on The Bastarcast, Jeremy and Jason ponder Gangnam cosplay style, the plausibility of both warp drive and another Indiana Jones movie, and what a new PS3 model means for next generation consoles.

After HEADLINES, Jason plays an excerpt of his interview with Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman and then — on a thoroughly unrelated note — the boys take on the long and illustrious history of actors bashing their former projects (hat tip to Pajiba and writer Josh Kurp for inspiring the conversation).

Coming out of THE MAIN EVENT, Jason talks about stealing his living room and filling it with lightsabers while Jeremy is convinced that he is the center of the verse and destined to take on a horde of other hims in DIRTY NERDY CONFESSIONS.

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The Bastardcast,  officially Gotham Style!

 

Once again, the folks at NASA are totally ripping off other people’s ideas when it comes to developing their own technology.  This time it’s Star Trek, and the proposed project is the Holy Grail of space travel – a warp drive.

NASA’s Eagleworks research lab is actually taking the possibility of faster-than-light travel seriously.  Some very, very smart people have decided that it’s feasible, so the research on how to abuse the laws of physics is underway.  They’re basically trying to knock a hole in space, creating a wormhole.  They’ll then mess about with space so that instead of moving the ship itself, they move space around the ship.  If they can figure out how to do it, journeys that would have taken lifetimes will only take a few years.  Human beings can finally rampage through the galaxy and plant the flags of our civilization all over the damn place!

Of course, leave it to science to not be as simple as just flipping the “on” switch.  NASA’s brains have a few problems they need to deal with before they can get going.  One problem involves needing an element for the ship design that may or may not exist.  The other big one is that the estimated energy requirements to move a ship in this manner may exceed the energy output of the entire universe.

The first problem is up-in-the-air, but the second one is what they’re dealing with right now.  They hope to optimize the ship and the way they manipulate the wormhole so that they can get movement without burning through multiple suns.  Of course, it’s all theoretical so far.

In order to make it a little less theoretical, researchers are trying to create their own wormhole in the lab, or, in their own words that I don’t quite understand:

“an interferometer test bed that will try to generate and detect a microscopic instance of a little warp bubble.”

Hopefully, this does not result in the Earth being devoured by a tear in the fabric of space.  In my humble opinion, self-destruction would be a pretty poor way of proving a scientific theory.

 

Thanks to blastr for the heads-up on this one.

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: It’s the lunch we deserve right now, but not the lunch we need right now.

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: The first images of Mars as sent by the Curiosity rover, left: its own shadow on the Martian surface, right: a wheel on the surface of Mars. Anyone else watch the livestream of this awesome, historic event? Twitter was basically one giant nerdgasm last night. You can keep up with Curiosity and all its incredible discoveries by following @MarsCuriosity.

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Women may be from Venus, but Beaker is from Mars

Women are from Venus, but Beaker is from….Mars? Ok, maybe Beaker can’t be confirmed as a “Martian”, but that won’t stop Professor Honeydew from putting Beaker first in line to volunteer his services as a test subject.  In 2004, NASA acheived a great feat for the science community by landing a remote rover on Mars. Of course, anyone competing with NASA would have heard about it quickly, and that is where ‘The Muppets’ very own, Professor Honeydew steps into the scene.

The following letter was sent to NASA by Professor Honeydew as congratulations:

If you can’t read the letter, don’t worry, here is the transcript:

Dear colleagues,

It is with mixed emotions that Muppet Labs offers you a hearty “congratulations” on the recent success of your Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. While we realize that your remarkable accomplishment is a really nifty thing for the entire scientific community, we at Muppet Labs Mars Exploration Team (MULMET) wanted to get there first! We were so close: a mere three weeks–give or take a 20 year margin of error–from launching our own Mars explorers.

Nonetheless, in the spirit of scientific camaraderie and with a promise that we’ll-beat-you-next-time, Muppet Labs sends you and your team an enthusiastic “Well done, bucko!”

Scientifically yours,

DR. BUNSEN HONEYDEW

PS: If you continue to have difficulties with the Spirit Rover, my assistant Beaker is happy to offer free roadside assistance on Mars, utilizing our new, thoroughly untested Interplanetary Coil-Powered Catapult…or as we at MULMET like to call it “The Spring Fling”.

PPS: Meep-meep-meep-meep-MEEP-MEEP-MEEP-MEEP!!!!!! NOT!

While we all can agree that the Professor sounds a tad bit like a sour-puss, this has to be on the list for the funniest letters sent to NASA. Have you ever sent a funny letter to a National Organization or something of the like in all seriousness, share with us.

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

 

ABOVE:  Lunnaya Nadejda and her friends pull off one amazing Little Mermaid cosplay with not only Ariel but all of her sisters. That’s a lot of tail, guys. Check out her cosplay gallery on Deviant Art for more of her costumes, like Sailor Moon and Supergirl. (io9)

 

Mass Effect 3 releases today, make sure you stock up. (Reddit)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

 

ABOVE: The tweet from @ThatElenaGirl is pretty self explanatory and Kirkman’s expression is freakin’ hilarious! Steve Yeun, who plays Glenn on AMC’s series, is quite the talented artist, don’t you think?

 

Marvel has had no luck making a hit of a Punisher flick. Easy way to solve that problem, cast a chick, duh. (TDW: Geek)

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