Saturday, June 25, 2016

Star Trek Fan Film Rules Guidelines

Barry sent me an article recently released by CBS and Paramount which contains very strict guidelines

1. The film can't exceed 30 minutes
2. The title can't contain the words "Star Trek," but must contain a subtitle using the phrase "A Star Trek Fan Production"
3. The film must use all original footage
4. The film can't use bootleg merchandise. It all has to be official. 
5. No one can be compensated for the work.
6. No one can make money off the film. 
7. The film must be family friendly. That means no profanity, nudity, alcohol, drugs, etc.
8. The film must have a disclaimer in the opening credits
9. The creators of the fan film cannot try to copyright or trademark their work
10. The film cannot be affiliated with CBS or Paramount 

These restrictions mean you can no longer boldly go where no man has gone before when creating fan films devoted to  Star Trek
 For the complete article you can go HERE  or enter the URL directly 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Scholes Newest

Dave Scholes just sent over the newest of his stories called "Feeding Time " on Farther Stars These.

Here is the link below.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Star Trek Actor Dead

I received a rather upsetting news. 
Anton Yelchin 2011.jpg
Actor Anton Yelchin died Sunday morning in what his representative confirmed as a “fatal traffic collision,”. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office said that his body “was found pinned between a car and a gate at a home in Studio City, California” and that an exact cause of death will not be announced until the autopsy is complete. He was 27.

Fans of the Star Trek movie franchise should recognize Anton Yelchin who begin his acting career appearing in shows like ER, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2006, he received critical acclaim for his performance in crime drama Alpha Dog and starred as the title character in the next year’s Charlie Bartlett.

More info can be had by selecting HERE

Wikipedia info HERE 

scbuzz has left a new comment on your post "Star Trek Actor Dead":

Basically, his (recalled) Jeep Grand Cherokee came out of park and rolled back pinning him between the vehicle and gate. Said death was due to asphyxia (i.e. crushed) :( 

I don't usually quote my blog replies, but as you can see it lent new info to the article - Thanks scbuzz

Friday, June 17, 2016

NASA Launches Huge RECON SAT for NRO

The worlds currently largest rocket active has successfully launched with the top secret NROL-37 payload for the United States. The Delta IV Heavy was launched from Space Launch Complex 37B on June 11th 2016. This was the 32nd Delta IV launch, and the 9th Delta IV Heavy launch.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Juno to view Jupiter's Cloud-tops Close Up

On July 4, NASA will fire, for 35 minutes, the main engine of its spacecraft Juno, a basketball court sized, solar powered spacecraft moving its orbit to within 2,900 miles of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet - Jupiter.

The purposed burn will place it into a polar orbit around the gas giant. During the flybys of a series of 37 planned close approaches Juno will probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

To get more information, click HERE for the complete NASA article.

Scientists Discover Possible Origin of oxygen

A team of researchers just confirmed the presence of oxygen in a galaxy 13.1 billion light years away.

This is the furthest oxygen has ever been detected. Suggesting that this may  be the first oxygen to form in the early universe.

The scientists based their conclusions on data collected by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observatory.

The galaxy SXDF-NB1006-2, was discovered just four years ago, and they have been trying to identify the elements that are present ever since. The scientists describe their findings in a new paper published in the magazine "Science".

For Complete article, press HERE

episode 468 can now be downloaded

episode 468 of Beam Me Up is available online for download. It can be had at or pressing HERE

I   will put a text file up asap.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Darwin Award Possibilities

Carole sent these along this morning.  She didn't intend anything but  a giggle,  however I see future 
Darwin Award possibilities.  Take a look;

My daughter and I went through the McDonald's driveway window and I gave the cashier a $5 bill.  Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her 25c.  She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar coin back.'  She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request.  I did so, and he handed me back the 25c, and said 'We're sorry but we don’t do that kind of thing.'  The cashier then proceeded to give me back 75 cents in change.  Do not confuse the people at MacD's.

We had to have the garage door repaired.  The repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener.  I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.  He shook his head and said, 'You need a 1/4 horsepower.'   I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4 and he said, 'NOOO, it's not. Four is larger than two.'  We haven't used that repairman since...

I live in a semi rural area.  We recently had a new neighbor call the local city council office to request the removal of the DEAR CROSSING sign on our road.  The reason: 'Too many dears are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.' 


My daughter went to a Mexican fast food and ordered a taco.
She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.'
He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked,  'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?'  To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?'  He smiled knowingly and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'

The pedestrian light on the corner beeps when it's safe to cross the street.  I was crossing with an 'intellectually challenged' co-worker of mine.  She asked if I knew what the beeper was for.
I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.  Appalled, she responded, 'what on earth are blind people doing driving?!'  She is a government employee.....

When my husband and I arrived at a car dealership to pick up our car after a service, we were told the keys had been locked in it.  We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door.  As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked.  ‘Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!'  His reply, 'I know. I already did that side.'

They walk among us, they breed, and they vote…....

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review: Chappie

starring         Sigourney Weaver  

    Hugh Jackman
    Sharlto Copley
    Dev Patel
    Yolandi Visser
    Jose Pablo Cantillo

Budget  $49 million
Box office  $102.1 million

This movie has the feel of Section Nine, but instead of aliens we
have robots.  Also consider Terminator.  But instead of an all seeing malevolent AI, we are treated to a child-like Chappie who wants nothing more than to simply fit in.

Check out wikipedia's impression of Chappie here  Wikipedia-chappie

Chappie was a devilishly difficult film to get into, but once you have a handle on the motivation you start building affinity for the main characters, though Weaver and Jackman seem to be on remote control, little more than caricatures.  You are left contemplating the movie's namesake and it's small cadre of people whom he calls family.  By this time the film has picked back up, but you are emotionally vested.

I would give this film an 8 or maybe 7.5 because it takes so long to get into the movie.