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).

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


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]

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 for more details on how to join the webcast.

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


Your friends at Creation Entertainment

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

Star Trek in Sin City!

That’s right folks – Andy and I have hit town on both feet, and we’re pummeling out some awesome exclusive Star Trek shows that have kept us in our seats during the first day of "Star Trek Las Vegas 2008".  We saw a smattering of great trek stars in the main pavilion, including:

Susan Gibney – "Dr. Leah Brahms"

Barbara March – "Lursa"

Robin Curtis – "Lt. Saavik"

John Fleck – "Silik"

Denise Crosby – "Lt. Tasha Yar"

Carel Struycken – "Mr. Homn"

John de Lancie – "Q"

Each guest was fantastic, though they had their own styles of pandering to the crowd.  Although I enjoyed all the guests, the best by far was Denise, who had a clearly enjoyable time speaking to the crowd about her roles, and giving colorful and entertaining stories about her personal life and present work.  John de Lancie was a real character in life, just as he is on film as well!

That’s it for day one!  I’ll put up some pictures tomorrow of the fascinating people we’ve met so far…  QaHpla‘ !!

Short Shrift News: 8/6/08

I love geeknews

I’m in Vegas with my brother Patrick for the Star Trek convention so more short shrift news for you. Note that while we’re staying in the Hooters hotel & casino today, this is not a Hooters girl above.

Justice League to Start Filming Next Year? – This is a great rumor, lets all cross fingers.

Labmeeting: A Social Network For Scientists – hey, scientist geeks are people too, ya know.

Diablo III designer comments on angry fan’s screenshots – So what we’re learning here is that the designer implemented the particular color scheme and lighting for a reason?

Greek mummy found in lead coffin – The first indication of embalming in Greece when the Romans ruled.

Google to serve up ads for NBC’s online Olympics coverage – Google on Tuesday announced that freshly-acquired DoubleClick will be used to weave video ads into NBC’s online coverage of the Olympics in Beijing

Five Life-Changing Mistakes and How I Moved On

Julie Wainwright

Julie Wainwright is a talented, smart, honest woman baring her soul as the co-founder of, a new site for women in their 30’s and beyond.  The “baring her soul” part comes from a recent blog post of hers. Oh BTW, the reason I find this interesting is because she was formerly the CEO of, arguably the most spectacular DotCom failure…ever.

In her post “Five Life-Changing Mistakes and How I Moved On“, she reflects on the failure and how it affected her marriage, her business network and much more while identifying five critical mistakes in her life and how she was able to overcome the adversity for each.

It’s a good read if you have an ounce of empathy in you.

I suspect that Karma is now making up for the adversity and that she’ll turn out alright.

Segway, Meet the Winglet


If the Segway is old and busted, will the Toyota Winglet be the new hotness?

Toyota just announced three new personal transporters that will travel 3-6 miles at a rate of 3.7 mph. The version in this photo is the medium sized version, there’s one even smaller that can collapse into a package small enough to fit in a bag while the larger Winglet has a handle bar.

Strippers vs. Zombies

The movie Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! could be called ‘strippers vs. zombies’ and in case you’re into that kind of thing, let me remind you about “Superhero Or Stripper, You Decide“.

Head on over to to read all about what will probably be one of the best zombie gore flicks in a while.

BTW, this trailer embedded below is the tamer of the two videos. Trailer #2 is probably the goriest, most disgusting trailer I have *ever* seen online. You’ve been warned. :-)

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! – Trailer #1 from zombies3 on Vimeo.

Five Ways to Trigger a Natural Disaster

volcano erupting

This is exactly what I was looking for to help me get into the Evil League of Evil. Not too smart of New Scientist, eh?

Can humans trigger sudden “natural” catastrophes?

The answer is yes. From mud volcanoes to disappearing lakes, human actions can have all sorts of unforeseen environmental consequences.

Here we review five disasters with a human cause. We focus on sudden, short-term events rather than protracted environmental catastrophes.

Short Shrift News Links – 7/31/08

News for Geeks

Today’s news is coming in bite-sized chunks again. Covering everything from a shortage of iPods to Arabic calligraphy to a possible breakthrough involving mucus in mice intestines. Enjoy!


Stock Up On Your Apple Gear Now – Apple Insider warns that Apple is informing their resellers there will be a drought in the coming weeks.

Google testing “AdSense for Games” in bid to shake up in-game advertising – Today GOOG has made few inroads into in-game adverts, the sleeping giant is awakening.

Chatting with a Google Street View Driver.

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review. SlashGear has a hands-on review and unboxing video (youtube).

Gmail certificate expiry snafu follows security upgrade – OOPS, Google allowed one of its Gmail SSL certificates to expire days after promising users improved webmail security


Connect Four type. Remember the popular children’s game Connect Four? Here’s an interesting take on that game for a unique type.

Type in Three Dimensions. This is so very cool, and here’s the ‘making of’ this incredible method of print using a 3D printer.

Arabic calligraphy as a typographical exercise. This is one of my favorite blogs, if you dig fonts and the creativity behind getting the type just right, you should subscribe.

Create your own font using FontStruct


Cracks appear in ice under Mars lander. How cool would it be if the cracks extended, and the weight of the craft broke through the ice plunging into water?

Smart Contact Lenses. “Smart” contact lenses that measure pressure within the eye and dispense medication accordingly could be made possible using a new material developed by biomedical engineers at UC Davis.

New technique to compress light could open doors for optical communications. Potentially opening doors to new technology in the fields of optical communications, miniature lasers and optical computers.

Mucous breakthrough in mice holds promise for cystic fibrosis. A scientist successfully corrected the defect which causes the overproduction of intestinal mucous in mice.


Go to Space With Your Frequent Flier Miles. Virgin Atlantic is offering customers with truckloads of points to compete for a chance to go sub-orbital on SpaceShipTwo. Beats using your points to buy a bundt cake

– Forever Geek points out this awesome Red Sonja poster

How Snakes Got Their Fangs, oh sure we all were wanting to know this, right?

Cardboard Cat Chaise. This is just goofy. But damn, it’s cool.

Did You Miss Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog?

Dr. Horrible

Dr. Horrible’s sing-along blog was an outstanding 3 act web exclusive and had a limited lifetime on the web, no doubt in order to generate more buzz.

If you missed it before, here’s your second chance to watch it without having to pay for it on iTunes or wait for the DVD:

And remember:

It’s not about making money, it’s about taking money. Destroying the status quo, because the status is not quo. The world is a mess and I need to rule it.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer!

My take: Harry Potter = The Goonies meet Bewitched. A perfect combo, this is why it’s raking in money hand over fist. But I digress…

The movie trailer is out for ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ and jeebus this looks creepy!

A young Dark Wizard emerges in this exclusive first look at moviefone. Watch the ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ trailer in HD, the movie will be out Nov 2008.


Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

AdMob: Mobile Web Use Doubled in Past 12 Months

mobile web marketing cat from tastetherainbow5387 on Flickr

Over at ReadWriteWeb I see that AdMob, the mobile advert marketplace, reports the mobile web has grown >100% in the previous 12 months.

I believe it, and half that traffic is going to the Geeknews mobile portal :

OK, maybe not quite half, but add that to your mobile’s favorites and the next time you’re in the loo and nothing to do, instead of texting your better half, surf to the Geeknews mobile portal to launch out to Sports, worldwide news, Slashdot and more. They’re all mobile optimized pages so no worries about the huge downloads, friend.

Seriously, back to the topic and sorry for the digression. I do believe that mobile optimized sites have a lot to gain by optimizing themselves for mobiles. I find myself spending roughly 25% of my surfing and news reading on the mobile every chance I get that is time normally wasted: Waiting at a red light, standing in line to pay for lunch in the cafeteria, walking with the wife while she shops. You get the point.

Now if only someone would write a half-decent mobile optimizer plugin for WordPress that wasn’t targeting iPhone only. :-/

Question: Do you use your mobile to check the web? Read your hotmail/gmail? What’s your favorite portal on the mobile web and why?

[Found via Scoble]

A Yearn to Kern: Fonts Are the Clothes That Words Wear

Font Square

TypeCon 2008 – a font conference, or as I like to call it, a “font festival”.

It was last week and presented by The Society of Typographical Aficionados. It looks like they had a great time and some interesting sessions, wish I could have attended. Alas, I’m not that involved in Fonts, Kerning and Typefaces, but I know what I like when I see it and Helvetica is it.

The National Post has quite a humorous take on the event.