Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Science Fiction Writer Contest

Star Trek Continues online is looking for fans to help writer a script for them. Here's the information:


bye bye, red shirts

Did Redshirts REALLY Die More Often on TOS??

"That’s according to Matthew Barsalou, who debunked the red shirt curse for Significance Magazine by mathematically breaking down the death rates, by uniform color, of characters on the original Star Trek. A simple pie chart reveals 55 total deaths and, yes, red shirts perished in frightening numbers. A whopping 24 died, compared to 9 in yellow/gold command and 7 in blue, with 15 crossing into the final frontier in unidentified colors. However, it’s all a matter of perspective and percentages. There were 430 crewmen aboard the Enterprise, 239 of them in engineering, security or operations, and all wore red. So, in reality, they had a decent survival rate, and it was, statistically speaking – courtesy of a little something called Bayes’ theorem -- the folks in gold who were more likely to meet their maker"

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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...and Vulcan wins!

Pluto's newest moon set to be named Vulcan after Star Trek fans win online naming contest (with a little help from William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy)

  • Public were asked to vote on new names for two of Pluto's moons
  • Actors urged Star Trek fans to vote for Vulcan - Spock's home planet
  • Second moon to be named Cerberus, after the mythical three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld

Pluto's newest moon is set to be called Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the original 'Star Trek' TV series, following an online campaign by the show's fans.
Vulcan received nearly 200,000 votes among the 450,000 cast during a two-week contest.
The second recently-discovered moon will be called Cerberus, after the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld, which received 100,000 votes.

 Leonard Nimoy William Shatner

The votes of the many outweigh the votes of the few:  Leonard Nimoy, left, and William Shatner, right, had urged fans of Star Trek to vote for Vulcan as the new name of one of Pluto's moons - and today they won the vote
Vulcan was the Roman god of lava and smoke, and the nephew of Pluto. 
It was also the home planet of the pointy-eared humanoids in the 'Star Trek' shows.
'174,062 votes and Vulcan came out on top of the voting for the naming of Pluto's moons. 
'Thank you to all who voted!' Shatner said in a tweet once the tally was complete.
Actor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Spock, joked: 'If my people were emotional they would say they are pleased.'

However, there could be a problem with the new names for the two tiny moons discovered over the past two years with the Hubble Space Telescope.
The contest was conducted by SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., the research base for the primary moon hunter. 
The 10 astronomers who made the discoveries will take the voting results into account, as they come up with what they consider to be the two best names.
The International Astronomical Union has the final say, and it could be another month or two before an edict is forthcoming. 
Now known as P4 and P5, the moons are 15 to 20 miles across.
The leader of the teams that discovered the mini-moons, Mark Showalter said Monday he is leaning toward the popular vote.

Appeal: Members of the public have been asked to come up with new names for two of Pluto's moons. The planet is pictured

Appeal: Members of the public have been asked to come up with new names for two of Pluto's moons. The planet is pictured
But Showalter pointed out that asteroids thought to orbit close to the sun are called vulcanoids, and there could be some confusion if a moon of Pluto were to be named Vulcan. 
Vulcan, in fact, was the name given in the 19th century to a possible planet believed to orbit even closer to the sun than Mercury; no such planet was ever found.
What's more, Showalter said in a phone interview, Vulcan is associated with lava and volcanoes, while distant Pluto is anything but hot.
As for Cerberus, an asteroid already bears that name, so maybe the Greek version, Kerberos, would suffice, said Showalter, a senior research scientist at SETI's Carl Sagan Center.
Styx landed in No. 3 position with nearly 88,000 votes. That's the river to the underworld.
Pluto's three bigger moons are Charon, Nix and Hydra.
To be considered, the potential names for the two mini-moons also had to come from Greek or Roman mythology, and deal with the underworld.

Stars: William Shatner as Admiral Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock are seen in the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Stars: William Shatner as Admiral Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock are seen in the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Of those, nine were write-in candidates suggested by the public, including Shatner's entry for Vulcan.
Shatner's second choice for a name, Romulus, did not make the cut. That's because an asteroid already has a moon by that name - along with a moon named Remus.
And voters were told to forget the Disney connection.
'We love Mickey, Minnie and Goofy, too,' Showalter informed voters a few days into the voting. 'However, these are not valid names for astronomical objects. Sorry.'
Altogether, 30,000 write-in candidate names poured in.
Showalter said he will keep the list handy as more moons undoubtedly pop up around Pluto once NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrives in 2015. It will be the first robotic flyby ever of the planetoid, or dwarf planet near the outer fringes of the solar system.
'I have learned not to underestimate Pluto,' Showalter wrote on the website, adding that, with so many good names available, 'Pluto needs more moons!'


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

'Star Trek Into Darkness': Is Harry Mudd A Girl?

As with the first Abrams TrekIDW is doing their four-issue comic prequel, and the second issue to J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming Star Trek Into Darknessjust hit the stands. In it, we get a look at some more clues about what to expect from the big screen sequel.
According to Comic Book, we’re introduced to a new character in the form of Bajoran rogue calling herself Mudd. It looks like that’s a reference to Harcourt Fenton ‘Harry’ Mudd, a comical conman played by Roger C. Carmel in the original series episodes Mudd’s Women and I, Mudd as well as in the animated series’ Mudd’s Passion.
Should we expect to see Harry become Harriet, then? As for what this clue means for Star Trek Into Darkness, we’ll have to wait until May to be sure. Harry Mudd was one of the early villain rumors that came out, but we know that Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t likely playing him. So how will this female Mudd fit into the movie, if at all? Things just got a bit more interesting, and annoying…
Star Trek Into Darkness his theaters May 15th. Enough waiting already?

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Yes, I am a mom who teaches my child these things.

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