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Some new Trek filk songs that I found today.
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Old 08-12-2023, 03:28 PM
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The final scene from Voyager

The scene's not the important part, it's the hilarious joke in the comment chain. You have to read this thing for yourself.
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Old 08-26-2023, 12:51 AM
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Going back through the Trek time travel adventures, OrangeRiver asks when Trek history deviated from our own.

Obviously the answer is "The Big Bang", because I don't think our Big Bang had a starship inside it.

Plus, y'know, we're not descendents of the Projenitors, nor were our dinosaurs capable of making spaceships.
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Old 08-27-2023, 08:31 PM
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Tomorrow, August 28th, is the thirtieth anniversary of the premiere of Power Rangers!

The original version of the pilot "The Day of the Dumpster"

Zordon (or "Zoltar", I should say): Teleport to us the most dangerous group of ruthless, underhanded, overbearing, self-absorbed, and emotional humans in the area.
Alpha: No! Not teenagers!
Zordon: Correct.
Alpha: I was afraid of that.

The real pilot

Come to think of it, how many of the original cast really counts has having "attitude", anyway? Just Tommy when he was mind controlled by Rita!

Even after all these years, I still think this is the best version of the theme song.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnbOB7EugI4&t]The anniversary special, "Once and Always"[/URL]

I have mixed feelings about this one. I think I'll stick to the uncontroversial stuff and say that I never liked CG zords. Ever. Part of the charm was the clunky movement of the guys wearing rubber suits and cardboard boxes. The OG Megazord should not move that smoothly. But if they have to do a recreation, they have to do it more faithfully than that. It's shocking when a fan does a better job.

The original movie. Cheesy as all get out and objectively awful, but I still have fond memories of it.

The Turbo movie. I enjoy this one more since it's more faithful to the series.

The Z Wave. One of the key events in the series.
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Old 09-01-2023, 01:53 AM
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A bridge that you can turn upside down with a hand crank so ships can pass under it.


As both a math fan and a structures fan this amazes me.
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Old 09-17-2023, 04:42 PM
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Dark Materia is well-known for the Picard Song and the Worf Song, but the Riker Song (aka Frame of Mind) is a little more obscure.
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I like it when someone thinks way too much about something from my childhood, it makes me feel better.

Someone actually took the time to analyze the RNG of Mario Party 1 to find the most efficient way to play each board.

I spent way too much time playing Mario Party 1 in my youth.
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The climatic scene from "The Trouble With Tribbles."

Always a fun scene, but I wanted to point out the hilarious song-based joke in the comments. It's worth it, I assure you, especially for the Disney fans out there.
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Somebody strapped model rocket engines to a LEGO car.

I went through a model rocket phase as a boy and of course my love of LEGO is on record, so I enjoyed this.
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Old 10-21-2023, 02:00 AM
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Enterprise showrunner Manny Coto reveals his problem with the premise of the show.

I find this idea that the problem was all the humans they kept bumping into ludicrous. Absolutely hilarious and completely missing the point.
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A TNG tribute video that I've never seen before.

My only problem is the use of that orchestral version of the Inner Light theme that's practically a cliche by now. I know it's a great song, but there are other versions of it out there!
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Old 11-02-2023, 01:44 AM
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Robert Justman stated that there was no ship-specific emblems in TOS, it was rather split by the classification of postings:

Starship (or Heavy Cruiser, if you prefer) (Enterprise, etc.): Cochrane delta
Spaceship (auxiliary craft like the Antares): Lopsided heart with oval
Outpost and Colonies: Sideways oval/fin
Cadets: Silver Flower (as seen on Finnegan)
Starbase: Gold Flower (as seen in "The Menagerie" and elsewhere)
Flag Officer: Bow/Knot (as seen on Commodore Decker)

The weird thing is that the Defiant crew (as seen in "The Tholian Web") wore Cochrane Deltas in TOS, but for ENT in "In a Mirror Darkly" they were given a special emblem (sideways fin). It is speculated that the costumer for ENT was operating under the "every ship gets its own emblem" theory.

Video link, or you can read the article that it's based on.
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Old 11-04-2023, 02:48 PM
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A breakdown of saucer separation mentions in TOS

There were only two, and in both cases it almost sounds like Kirk is referring to ditching just the nacelles, not the entire secondary hull.

I still find it interesting that nobody can quite agree on where the hull separation (if any) exists. I prefer the TNG-style "cobra head" left with the secondary hull to the version where part of the neck stays with the saucer.

"The Apple"-Vaal has rendered the antimatter inert. Kirk seems to think that the Enterprise should ditch the nacelles and escape with impulse engines. Cue obligatory "space is big, really big" quote. I suppose the idea is that Vaal can only affect things in orbit and the Enterprise just needs to escape the operational range to get a message out asking for a rescue (I'd imagine once you leave orbit you can just let the planet move away from you). But in that case you wouldn't want to ditch the warp drive if it can be refueled.

"The Savage Curtain"-Yarnek is affecting the matter/antimatter seal. Kirk orders the nacelles to be jettisoned. This situation is more immediate, warp core breaches are nothing to sneeze at. This seems more like a traditional saucer separation is warranted.
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A Trek medley from a crew of fans performing their instruments individually and assembling it later. It's always nice to see the movie music be represented more, far too often the TV show main themes take the spotlight.
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Atomic Abe does reviews of backdoor pilots, so of course he made one for "Assignment: Earth."

I still think it would've made for a cool show, and I still recommend their appearances in the John Byrne comics.
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Nintendo has announced that they're making a live-action Zelda movie!
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This year's weird candy from Lofty Pursuits is carrot-flavored.

This guy was having trouble getting an artificial carrot flavor to work, so he actually freeze-dried real carrots into powder to mix with the hot sugar.
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Not really a link but I had to share this. I’ve seen my fair share of misspellings on Reddit, but this one takes the cake. I get that Nerys might be hard to remember for the casual fan, but “Norise” is laughably bad.
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Certifiably Ingame tackles single-nacelle ships.

Apparently in recent years these things have been made official canon. I was never a fan. I still abide by the original Roddenberry rules:

1. Nacelles must be in pairs. (I'm more okay with third nacelles than single nacelles, but I feel that the Galaxy-X class could've done it better).
2. Nacelles must have at least 50% line of sight to each other. (There's a screed to be had here about Voyager and Defiant, but that's a story for another day).
3. Nacelles have can't be blocked from the front. (You need an adequate operational angle for the Bussard collectors, after all).
4. The bridge has to be at the top center of the primary hull. (For dramatic purposes if nothing else, remember that even the battle bridge follows this logic when the ship is separated).

The rule that has been violated most often in canon is the line of sight rule. The rule that seems to be exploited most often is the bridge on the top center, which allows for different bridge modules (most often seen in the TOS movies).

Ex Astris Scientia has an entry specifically bashing the Galaxy-X class, be sure to read it.
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I've mentioned ViHart in passing before, but it's time for her to get a proper schilling.

She's a YouTuber who does stuff with math that nobody else does, usually through drawing cute little drawings. In particular she tackles pi vs. tau and how to use everyday objects to demonstrate mathematical ideas.

Turning candy button strips into Mobius Loops to make eating them more efficient.

A sillyband fight that has nothing to do with math. Sillybands were a fad back in the nineties, rubber bands that were deliberately made to be shaped like objects and not just circles. Stay tuned for the Hitchhiker's reference.

Playing with those jointed plastic snakes that you buy at the arcade with tickets.

Playing with Dragon Curves
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