When China based NetDragon Websoft Inc decided to build a new office complex in the Fujian Province, Lui Dejian, the Chairman and Executive Director of NetDragon and life long Trek fan decided to go all out and demonstrate his love of Star Trek in the buildings design. The main building, as you can see in the picture above is a homage to the Starship Enterprise. Dejian loved Star Trek so much that before construction began he sought and received permission from CBS for the official rights for the design. (more…)
The first celebrity Q&A of Toronto ComiCon went to Denise Crosby. The actress is best known to nerdom as Security Chief Tasha Yar from the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the producer of the two Trekkie documentaries, but lately she’s enjoyed a new limelight as a regular on the Showtime series Ray Donovan starring Liew Schreiber. Tonight though, the topics of conversation would likely all be Trek-related, and Crosby, wearing a skull-patterned cashmere serape and a smile, answered many fan questions with tremendous humor, Crosby easily won the room and set a fun and easy tone for the weekend. (more…)
After the seemingly successful petition for the White House to construct a fully operational Death Star (you read that in his voice didn’t you,) It looks like the other guys want a piece of the action.
Early last year, a website called BuildTheEnterprise.org was launched. The mission? To boldly propose the construction of a full-scale, ion powered, Constitution class starship Enterprise. Now the man with the plan (an engineer simply known as BTE Dan) is working the online angle on We The People, the petition section of the White House website that I am sure President Obama doesn’t regret at all:
Assign NASA to do a feasibility study and conceptual design of the Gen1 USS Enterprise interplanetary spaceship.
We have within our technological reach the ability to build the 1st generation of the USS Enterprise. It ends up that this ship’s inspiring form is quite functional. This will be Earth’s first gigawatt-class interplanetary spaceship with artificial gravity. The ship can serve as a spaceship, space station, and space port all in one. In total, one thousand crew members & visitors can be on board at once. Few things could collectively inspire people on Earth more than seeing the Enterprise being built in space. And the ship could go on amazing missions, like taking the first humans to Mars while taking along a large load of base-building equipment for constructing the first permanent base there. (full petition here)
At the time of this writing the petition is about 21,000 shy of the 25,000 signatures needed by January 21st deadline. What the hell, Trekkies? What is the hold up here? Since we all carefully read online petitions before we decide to sign them or not, I know I don’t have to tell you that he’s not asking Obama to build the damn thing, just to put precious resources from the already financially strapped NASA towards seeing what it would take and if we (they) could build the pride and joy of Star Fleet.
This is a call out to all Star Trek fans everywhere, get out your space pens and start signing! The Star Wars fans hit the magic 25k signatures that will bring their petition to the attention of the Obama Administration and when construction of the moon sized space station begins in 2016 do you really want to be left out? Of course I am also assuming that this will eventually lead to an epic Enterprise vs Death Star space battle that we can all watch from my home built Battlestar Galactica.
(please note: my home built Battlestar Galactica will most likely be a ’78 Chevy Van with Starbuck kissing Starbuck painted on the side)
At Comic-Con, somewhere between the madness of the exhibit hall and the over-crowded Hall H, there’s a panel called Starship Smackdown. It’s a logical discussion by notable nerds about what spaceship can be considered the best of them all. This year it came down to the grandaddy of spaceships, the Enterprise from Star Trek. And not just one Enterprise, but the final debate was between the Enterprise NCC 1701 and the NCC 1701-A from The Motion Picture.
Tough call, wouldn’t you say? Thankfully, world famous astrophysicist and all around awesome dude, Neil deGrasse Tyson was in the audience and he provided a perspective not considered by those on the panel,
Boom! Put that in your nacelle and smoke it!
Which Enterprise, or how about spaceship, do you think should be considered the greatest?
Source: The Next Web
There was once a plan, way back in 1992, to construct a life-sized Enterprise in the heart of the City of Sin. Yes, that’s right, a full-effin-scale USS Enterprise. A fanboy’s dream, it would have been the Las Vegas attraction to end all, but alas, it did not happen.
This incredibly ambitious undertaking was proposed by Gary Goddard, who wanted to bring one of the biggest fan bases in the world to Vegas and increase the city’s (and his own) revenue. An Enterprise-themed attraction and casino would certainly have done that, even back in 1992, but today it would have been literally loaded with devotees, ready to spend their cash, and no doubt would have become the leading center of Star Trek conventions in the world.
In addition to the visual appeal of the giant spacecraft, there would have been all the luxury accommodations that a visitor to Vegas could hope for, including a high-end crew’s lounge to feast in, reproductions of all the important onboard locations that fans would recognize and even a turbolift ride to move you between decks. Visitors would most likely have even had the chance to be served by hot waitresses in skimpy, original-series, military mini-skirts.
Projected costs of the Enterprise replica would have beamed-in at around $150,000,000 (in 1992 dollars) – that’s some serious Nick Cage money. Those coming into Las Vegasby plane would have seen the ship dominating the landscape, which would have instantly put it on the list of places to go. In retrospect, it would have been one of the best financial moves in Vegas history – so what the hell happened?
When Goddard went to get the necessary approvals and licensing, he was at first greeted with enthusiasm. But when he finally reached the hurdle of getting the okay from Paramount Studios, he hit a brick wall. Stanley Jaffe, the head of Paramount at the time, decided that if the project ended up bombing, it was going to leave him with a taint that would stink like that of a Klingon porn star.
So, the great Vegas-Enterprise dream came to an end. For the record, Jaffe was booted from Paramount two years later – yeah, suck it. Goddard, on the other hand, managed to shift his ambitions to putting together “The Star Trek Experience,” which would entertain Vegas for 10 years.
Now that people understand the true power that the Star Trek franchise wields, perhaps there will be another go at this one? Fans can only pray and dream…
Thanks to those at geektyrant for feeding us the info.
Nerdy Bits: Spend a Day on the Enterprise, Become Dovabacon, Learn the Rules of Magic From Just About Every Fantasy Series and MOAR!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to spend a day on the star ship, Enterprise!? Of course you would, you little Trekkie bastard. Thanks to youtuber, crysknife007, you can have the calming, ambient engine noise of an idling NCC 1701-D play on a 24-hour loop. Then just close your eyes and be whisked away to the future. (Geek Tyrant)
Finally, finally, finally. Months ago it was announced the entire Star Trek library would come to Netflix Instant and now they’ve delivered. Well, it’s almost the entire Star Trek library. Available to stream is the Original Series, The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise . Deep Space Nine will become available in October.
If you want to feel particularly patriotic this weekendcheck out the episode, ‘The Omega Glory‘ from classic Trek. The Enterprise crew end up between warring human tribes, the Yangs and the Kohms. Of course, Yang and Kohm are derived from yank and comrade or commie with the whole thing being a Cold War allegory. All of this becomes apparent when they pull out old glory and Kirk reads the preamble to the constitution, as only Kirk can.
But wait! There’s more! In addition to sitting on your ass and marathoning Star Trek you can also now stream the entire X-Men: The Animates Series from the nineties. Fuck yeah, America! What a great way to spend our 235th birthday!
First of all, I would like you to know that we here at nerdbastards fully endorse the use of illegal substances as we are bastards and find it funny when people act retarded as possible. Now, what we have here is a few shoddy pieces of plastic that have been assembled to resemble (haha that rhymes) the Star Trek Enterprise. You may have to excuse its shittyness because its not so much supposed be an exact replica so much as it’s a BONG. Yes, that’s right, Stoner Star Trek fans have a new mission: to explore strange new bowls, to seek out new bongs in new configurations, to boldly smoke as no one has smoked before.
As far as I know this is not product you can buy but perhaps with enough ingenuity you can make it yourself.
source via geekologie
This annoying yet hypnotic clip of a singing Jean Luc Picard of The Starship Enterprise is wicked old but I am just discovering it now. I know it hurts my nerd cred by not knowing of this hilarious gem until now but I know quite of few of you haven’t experienced its entrancing splendor yet either so this ones for you. In the same vein as the classic YOUTUBE video “Their taking the hobbits to Isengard” this one will also rape your ears and be an orgasm for your eyes. You’ll also be singing it all goddamn day.