Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Communication Log- Road Trip to the ST Universe!

How far would you travel to see the new Star Trek the Tour? The ST:Tour is starting in San Francisco, then Minneapolis, Chicago, and then Detroit. The East Coast cities have not been announced yet.

The following is from Small Screen News http://smallscreen.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1386681.php

"Highlights of STAR TREK THE TOUR include:

* The chance to take a ride through a Star Trek adventure in four full-motion, show-based flight simulators.

* An all-new multimedia Encounter Theater, built like a theater in the round with 360 degree video screens. Computer-generated sequences put visitors in the middle of the Star Trek action.

* The opportunity for exhibit-goers to sit (in Kirk's chair) on a full-size Enterprise bridge from the original TV series and have their photo taken and superimposed with an image of the original cast – including Spock, McCoy and Scotty – to look as if the Enterprise crew is standing right next to them.

* Detailed recreations of original sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation®, including Captain Picard’s quarters, Dr. Crusher’s sick bay and the majestic NCC-1701-D Bridge.

* The ability for guests to star with the original cast in an episode of their choice and watch themselves interact with Star Trek icons such as Spock and Scotty. Guests can take home a DVD of their cameo to share with family and friends. "

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Science log: Holodecks on the horizon

I was reading one a technology in education blog called "2 cents worth" at http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/ when I saw the word "holodeck" pop up. The person was taking a tour in our Research Triangle Park of "DIVE, the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment, which is one of a half dozen in the world.

"The DIVE is a six-walled room, four sides, top, and floor, each with its own projectors displaying synchronized images, so that you have a sense of being surrounded by what ever. With the stereoscopic glasses, which rapidly switch on and off each eye, letting in a slightly different version to each eye, fooling the brain into a sense of depth, you lose the corners of the room, and start to feel — well — THERE.

In fact, our first experience was an avatar woman walking down the hill across the room, then on to a bridge, from which she jumped. Our guide, Dr. Rachael Brady, then directed me to walk out onto the bridge, look over the side and jump. I did so, without the slightest fear of heights that I anticipated, and everyone else automatically went with me — since I was wearing the special glasses."

There are cool pictures and further details at the blog. The comments were also interesting. One person asked why the blogger didn’t mention "holodeck" in his blog description. He said that the guide "said they do not use that analogy any more, because most freshmen know nothing about it." Are we that old?

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Communication Log: A young red shirt? A review of Brewster Rockit Space Guy Comic

If you like gentle satire of science fiction shows you need to read Tim Rickard’s "Brewster Rockit Space Guy- Close Encounters of the Worst Kind" comic collection book. I received this book for Christmas and really laughed as I read it.

You will follow the comic adventures of the handsome "idiot" captain, his wise woman science officer, the mad doctor, the "lazy" engineer and a wacky assortment of aliens. While the "kid" side kick, Winky, wears a blue shirt in the comic his misadventures foreshadow a short life as a red shirt.

No show is safe from Rickard’s wit whether it is Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Lost in Space, Alien, Wizard of Oz or the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man" See for yourself, his daily strip can be viewed at http://comicspage.com/brewster/

Our own Dan has supplied scripts for two comics in this series. You can see the "Dr Who" themed comics at http://www.comicspage.com/comicspage/main.jsp?file=20071203csbre-a-p.jpg&refresh_content=1&component_id=3&custid=69&catid=1876&dir=%2Fbrewster
and http://www.comicspage.com/comicspage/main.jsp?file=20071204csbre-a-p.jpg&refresh_content=1&component_id=3&custid=69&catid=1876&dir=%2Fbrewster

Rickard lives in Greensboro and will be attending the Heroes convention later this year.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ship's Log- Thank you Scott for the pictures!

Pictures of the January Meeting are at the bottom of the blog. Thank you Scott for sharing!

Ship's Log: Shirt sizes 01-15-08

I called Signature Embroidery to ask about the sizing of their t-shirts. They said that the men shirts were less expensive. So the sizes (S, M, L, XL) Phillip mentioned are men sizes.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Communication Log: Terminator- The Sarah Connor Chronicles 01-14-08

Warning Spoilers

I give the Terminator- The Sarah Connor Chronicles' first episode a "B".

Special Effects- "A"

Plot- "C"
I'm so tired of shows opening with dream sequences, try something new! Also terminator getting hit by cars, trucks, etc is old. The kid is way too lame. I know you need to have room for growth but what 15 year old is going to cry for his mommy to help him?

Acting- "A"
Sarah Coner, The mom, played by Leda Headey, is good. She was also good in 300.

Cameron, the friendly terminator, Summer Glau, is good. She was also good in Firefly and Serenity. She did all of her stunts on Firefly so it wouldn't surprise me to find out that she is doing at lot of stunts on this show.

John, the son, played by Thomas Dekker, was ok. I'm finding it hard to like him because he complains too much.

Funniest Moment- "A"
I "loved" the terminator substitute teacher!

Verdict: I think it will get high viewing numbers because it is one of the few new shows on tv right now. I will keep watching before I make a decision.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Communication Log Karl Urban: New ST Movie 01-13-08

See the "new" Dr. McCoy tonight (Sunday) on "Comanche Moon"

Read the entire interview Karl Urban: From Comanche Moon's Old West to Star Trek's Exciting Future by Matt Webb Mitovich at http://www.tvguide.com/news/karl-urban-comanche/080111-03

TVGuide.com: What did you think about the recent news that Peter Jackson is going ahead and producing the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit?Urban: Oh, I think that it's really fantastic that New Line and Peter were able to put aside their differences and that Peter is going to once again bring Middle Earth to the big screen.

TVGuide.com: A lot of our readers have said they can't imagine The Hobbit in anyone else's hands.Urban: Well, he did such an overwhelmingly fantastic job with that trilogy, it's hard to conceive of anybody laying their fingerprints on it.

TVGuide.com: Lastly, a few questions about J.J. Abrams' Star Trek film. How did that opportunity come to you? Were you one of the many young actors who threw their hats in the ring a few months ago?Urban: Absolutely, yeah. I've been watching Star Trek for many years, and when I heard that J.J. Abrams, who I have massive respect for as a director and producer and a creative force, was directing it, it was something that I actively pursued.

TVGuide.com: What is Bones McCoy like as a younger doctor?Urban: The movie that we are making is very, very faithful to the spirit of the original series and the characters that were created back in the '60s. It's those same character dynamics, and you know what? It's a lot of fun.

TVGuide.com: Bones is the realist of the group? The sometime skeptic?Urban: He is that lovable, irascible humanist that he has always been. He is, as he was written in the original series, a good friend of Jim Kirk's. J.J. is going to reinvigorate this franchise in a fresh and exciting way. It's going to be amazing.

TVGuide.com: Do you get any dialogue along the lines of, "I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer!"?Urban: I can't say! I can't say! I would love to tell you, but.... [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: One "obstacle" a prequel like this faces, as did TV's Enterprise, is how to make technology that can't be as advanced as what we saw in the Star Trek series still seem cool and exciting.

Urban: The way I feel about it, being as specific as I'm allowed to be, is it's like listening to a radio station in AM and then tuning it into high-definition stereo. Everything will sort of really come into high-definition focus... if that makes any sense. All I can really say is the production as a whole is incredibly faithful to the Star Trek universe and takes into account what has come before. The very fact that Leonard Nimoy is reprising his role of Spock, for the first time in, like, 15 years, is a huge endorsement. He wouldn't be doing it if he didn't believe the spirit of this production was not in the right place.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ship's Log: January Meeting 01-12-18

January Meeting

On Saturday, January 12th the Bonaventure crew met at Elizabeth's Pizza by Hanes Mall in Winston Salem for their January meeting from 2:00 to 4:00. Captain Phillip led the meeting. Scott so kindly demonstrated all the cool technical features of his iphone including taking pictures of the meeting.


18 people attended (Captain Phillip, Chuck, Scott, Dan, Eric, Diane, Gordon, Elaine, Tony, Janine, Stephanie, Matt, Amy, Chris, Renee, Jill, Ruby, and Mrs. Johnson)

Bonaventure Attire

Any one wanting attire (t-shirt, sweaters, caps, etc.) with the new Bonaventure logo needs to bring their money to the February 9th meeting. The grey t-shirts will cost $8.00 up to XL. Larger sizes will cost more. The logo patchs will cost $14.50 each. Signature Embroidery will be processing the orders. Their web site is http://www.signatureembroidery.com/ Their phone number is 886-4609.

New Online AAWFO

The new online Bonaventure newsletter AAWFO, All Ahead Warp Factor One, has been relaunched. If you would like to get on the email list contact the Communications Officer, Dan at xranger1@bellsouth.net

Ship Design, Registry Number and Vote

The crew voted for the new and improved ship design and for keeping the NCC102-A registry number. Many expressed concern that the proud 20 year history of the NCC102-A be preserved and were excited about the new design.

Ship's Business

The voluntary rank system was discussed. Uniform orders are needed by the Feb 9th meeting. Crew was urged to design the different department interiors. Role playing was encouraged. Creating an award system was mentioned. The ship is set in the Next Generation + universe, which is approximately 50 years into the future. Renee was congratulated on her promotion to Captain. Promotional points were discussed. Crew will earn 2 points for attending meetings and 5 points for reports. Other point assignments will need to be discussed with department heads.

Meeting Dates and Events

January 21 Levar Burton is speaking at Wake Forest University about MLK

February 9 2:00-4:00 Feb Meeting at Jam's Deli on Friendly Avenue across from Guilford College

February 8-10 all day What the Hell Con at Guilford College. Communications Officer Dan is a guest at con

March 15 2:00-4:00 Mar Meeting at Stellar Con at Downtown High Point Radisson Hotel

March 14-16 all day Stellar Con 32 and DeepSouthCon 46. Communications Officer Dan is a guest at con

April TBD TBD Shoney's by the PTI Airport

May TBD TBD CookOut on North Main High Point, Putt Putt Golf

June TBD TBD 20th Anniversary picnic at Gibson Park

September TBD TBD Mayberry Day

Other Events for year: ice cream, cookouts/picnics, movie nights, Premiere ST11 in December, painted pottery etc.


Chuck graciously invited the group to his house to watch the New Doctor Who Christmas episode. Pictures were reviewed for the upcoming Bonaventure web site.