Hubble Unveils Colorful Star Nursery on 100,000th Orbit

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of a nebula near star cluster NGC 2074 on Aug. 10, 2008, the day before the observatory completed its 100,00th orbit of Earth.

The pic links to larger original, read more about this event at NASA.

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Science

Trekkies Will Rule! – ST Con Las Vegas 2008 (Day 3)

Okay so we survived to breathe in the wonderful world that is Star trek for yet another day.  Yay!  We heard from a wide variety of actors today, including the most enigmatic and bold Malcom McDowell (Soran), Suzie Plakson (K’ehleyr & Q), Jolene Blalock (T’Pol), Nichelle Nichols (Uhuru) & Geroge Takei (Sulu) together, and Conneor Trinneer (Trip), Dominic Keating (Malcom), Anthony Montgomery (Travis) together as well on stage.

Although others may differ in opinion, my personal favorite was "The Boys of Enterprise", Connor, Dominic & Anthony.  They were extremely humorous together, and you could definitely tell there was a tight camaraderie remaining from their filming days on Enterprise.  I also enjoyed the ease at which Nichelle and George dealt with the huge crowd, and were very graceful about answering questions that they had no doubt been answering for dozens of years :)  Malcolm McDowell was the only minor disappointment I experienced today, as he was generally short and somewhat dismissive with guest questions and comments.  This doesn’t change my opinion that he is a great actor, but just busy and somewhat smug with his celebrity status.

Aside from all that, Andy and I have met a great deal of wonderful and very creative people that have taken painstaking time and patience to create some of the most original costumes I had seen to date.  Many of them span the various Star Trek universe areas, such as StarFleet, Klingon, Andorian, and some that defy description!  Pictured below are a few from the past few days:

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Stay tuned for Day 4!!  Lots of GOOD stuff to come!  Lets see some comments :)

Computers

Recap: Star Trek Con Day 2 – Starfleet Poodles and Cheerleaders?

I’m on way down to the convention for Day 3 so this will be short and sweet. Day 2 of the Star Trek convention gave us such goodies as a deep dive into the Phoenix Mars Lander by a pair of folks from University of Arizona that manage the Phoenix surface ops.

The rest of the day was celebrities on stage followed by a photo op with Marina Sirtis (“Counselor Troi” from ST:TNG). Celebrities included Grace Lee Whitney (“Yoeman Janice Rand”), Max Grodenchik (“Rom” from DS9), Michelle Forbes (“Ensign Ro Laren” from ST:TNG), Brent Spiner (“Data”), Marina Sirtis (“Counselor Troi”), Majel Roddenberry (“Nurse Chapel” and wife to Gene Roddenberry), Garret Wang (“Ensign Harry Kim” Voyager).

Oh, and of course, throughout the day there was lots of interaction with like minded geeks, quite a few in costume, we’ll get these pics posted asap when we can catch out breath, unfortunately the hotel’s wifi doesn’t extend to their convention center. Among my favorites is Molly in her retro mini skirt from The Original Series and my personal winner for Best Original Concept would be Michelle and Francine Crockett for their Starfleet Cheerleaders outfits! Oh Yes! :-)

Below is a pic of Ken and his Starfleet Poodles (Tasha Yar and Data and one other who I can’t recall).

Entertainment, Just geeky

FloodSim: Another God Game, Flooding Cities in the Name of Edutainment

Floodsim

If you’ve ever wanted to make important decisions, affecting millions of people, this is your chance!

FloodSim puts you in control of all flood policy decisions and spending in the UK for 3 years. Whether its deciding how much money to allocate to flood defences, deciding where to build houses, or how best to inform people about the risk of flooding, you are in control.

FloodSim is a serious game with the aims to raise awareness of the vast number of issues surrounding flood policy and Government expenditure and to increase citizen engagement through an accessible simulation. 

[Found via Neatorama]

Games, Web

Star Trek Online Revealed

ST Online

Hailing Frequencies Open…
…on screen!

Here is a message from our friends at Cryptic Studios:

“Please join us at this year’s Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas for the first-ever reveal of the recently announced videogame Star Trek Online. The event will take place in the Gene Roddenberry Theater at 1:30 P.M., PDT on Sunday, August 10th at The Las Vegas Hilton (tickets required). We will also have a very special guest appearance by Mr. Leonard Nimoy!

For those who cannot make the show – we do not want to leave you out!

We will broadcast the event via LIVE webcast. Please continue to check in at www.startrekonline.com for more details on how to join the webcast.

Join the Star Trek Online community at www.startrekonline.com by Monday, August 18th for a chance to win a copy of Star Trek Online and a lifetime subscription!

Thanks,

Your friends at Creation Entertainment

LAS VEGAS, NV
Thursday – Sunday
August 6 – 10, 2008
Las Vegas Hilton Hotel
Home of Star Trek: The Experience
3000 Paradise Rd.

Announcement