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Dig These Great Star Trek Original Series Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Dig These Great Star Trek Original Series Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Auction Finds, TV & Radio
Science fiction props, artifacts, and ephemera are very easy to find on auction sites although they can often be expensive to obtain. And one of the great sources of cool stuff is Star Trek. So today I have a set of behind-the-scenes photographs taken on the set of Star Trek in 1966. Most of these pictures feature Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, although we also get appearances from Capt. Kirk and Mr. Sulu. Based on some of the props seen in these shots, I'm guessing at least some of them were taken during the filming of "The Galileo Seven," which aired in January 1967.  Look for the pictures of Spock with the giant spear and Yeoman Mears (Phyllis Douglas) fending off one of the ape-like creatures of Taurus II.
These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

Funny Stuff, Internet
Sometimes, my friends, fate smiles upon you. Such was the case for me recently when I stumbled upon a series of 1980s Star Trek illustrations in chalk pastel, some of which I will now share with you. Credit for these goes to artist Doug Little, who apparently produced these for commemorative posters around the time of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Enough chit chat, let's boldly go. By the way, I've saved the best for last. Awww. Posing for the sweetest prom photo I've ever seen are Dr. McCoy and the salt creature from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Man Trap." Yes, this is Khan and Gonzo. And Gonzo is holding a yo-yo that actually says, "Khan Is a Yo-Yo." Let that seep for a few minutes. Of course! All we had to do to figure out what was on the mi...
SNL funny: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

SNL funny: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

TV & Radio
I'll give credit where it's due - while Saturday Night Live is still very hit-or-miss these days, I enjoyed this sketch a lot.  It's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", a takeoff on the classic Twilight Zone episode featuring Jude Law. A few things sold me on this bit - Jude Law's facial expressions, which recalled William Shatner's panicked looks in the original, Bobby Moynihan as the gremlin, and Pearl Jam on the wing of the plane.  Oh yeah, and smoked cedar plank salmon.  Because all gremlins love fish.
GFS at the Movies: Star Trek

GFS at the Movies: Star Trek

Movies
It wasn't all that long ago that the Star Trek brand was about as interesting and relevant as...well, let's just say I can't have been the only one who left Gene Roddenberry's creation for dead after their last outings on the big screen and the boob tube.  Turns out it just needed a bit of a breather (not to mention some fresh creative blood). Putting aside painful cliches like "set phasers for stunning!" or "Star Trek will now live long and prosper", I'll just say that J.J. Abrams's Star Trek takes its place among the greatest realizations of Roddenberry's franchise in any medium.  The film succeeded on nearly every level possible, not the least of which was making it resonate with longtime fans - who, let's face it, are probably the most fanatical and detail-obsessed of any fictio...
Exit Robert Plant, enter…

Exit Robert Plant, enter…

Music
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding but the current word out of the Led Zeppelin camp is that the group (co-founders Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, as well as new drummer Jason Bonham) don't much feel like waiting around for Robert Plant anymore and will take to the road without him. Jones also stated that this new singer will not simply be a Plant sound-alike, in order to avoid seeming like a tribute band.  So the big question is: Who will be the one to step into Plant's skin-tight bell bottoms?  While the safe choice would be someone with some strong pipes and a decent hard rock pedigree (but not necessarily a big name), a new contest by the good people at Popdose has given me inspiration to think outside the proverbial box. So indulge me for a moment, while I spitball a few...
Commercials that don’t make me wretch

Commercials that don’t make me wretch

Advertising
There is certainly no shortage of awful commercials out there these days.  At best, most television ads are instantly forgettable; at worst, they me diving for my remote like it's the last slice of pizza.  But I want to focus on the positive today - commercials (or whole campaigns) that actually make me stop and watch, and in some cases are more entertaining than the shows they're interrupting. The King (Burger King) I've made no secret of my love for all things Kingly.  I know a lot of people are creeped out by the silent protagonist of Burger King's ad campaigns, who was resurrected in 2003 by the ad firm of Crispin Porter + Bogusky.  Well too bad, because I love him and apparently so do many others.  He's appeared in multiple campaigns, and was most recently converted to a breakfast-s...
Showdown: Hasselhoff vs. Shatner

Showdown: Hasselhoff vs. Shatner

Funny Stuff
Truly these are great times to be alive, my friends, for we have walking among (amongst?) us mortals two men of such legendary accomplishments, that to even utter their names is to inspire greatness. I am speaking of course about David Michael Hasselhoff and William Alan Shatner. And while we are lucky in that we would never have to choose between the two, I thought I'd take a minute to compare the careers of these two titans to see just which one comes out on top. It's on! (more…)
Are you addicted to the Internet?

Are you addicted to the Internet?

Funny Stuff, Listcruft
There is no shortage of press and academic research covering the topic of so-called Internet Addiction. Of course, the first reaction of any true addict is "not me!" This denial is usually followed by surprise, realization, and then descent into an all-too familiar shame spiral. In the interest of science and self-improvement I've spent the last few weeks keeping a meticulous log of my daily activities, in order to better understand just how the Internet fits into my life. The results, needless to say, confirm that I totally have this thing under control. Just take a look at last Thursday's log (time spent is total throughout the day, not consecutive): 45 minutes spent updating my Wikipedia watchlist to make sure some snot-nosed high school punk hasn't vandalized one of my favor...