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Captain Kirk Sends Message into Space, Gets a Response

@williamshatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface. — Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 3, 2013 Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, is currently on the International Space Station. He got a tweet from James T. Kirk, the actor who played William Shatner on Star Trek. Hadfield showed the captain the respect due [...]

Playing The Viral Market

How good are you are predicting viral videos? Do you also happen to enjoy the stock market? Then you will love the Viral Video eXchange – an online stock market game. You can view trending videos, buy stock in videos, spend and earn (fake) money, and so on. I personally just bought 100 shares of [...]

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Ben Folds!

Today Ben Folds celebrates his 46th birthday, and we rock along with him. I’ve always liked Ben — his mix of emotional and geeky songs appeals to me, as do his guts in naming his three-piece band “Ben Folds Five.” Let’s check a few classic performances by the man and (at times) his [...]

Sisko Wanted to Be Bald and Other Things You Might Not Know about Deep Space Nine

In 1993, Star Trek began a bold experiment: a series set on a fixed location. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was an unusual, experimental and gloriously successful contribution to the Star Trek universe. Here are some facts that you might not know about the show. 1. Brandon Tartikoff originally conceived of Deep Space Nine as The [...]

How to Watch Tonight’s “Curiosity” Rover Landing

NASA’s latest and greatest Mars rover, known as Curiosity, will attempt to land on Mars early Monday morning (or late Sunday night, depending on where you are on Earth). The landing is scheduled for 05:31 (UTC), which is Monday morning at 1:31am Eastern in the US, or 10:31pm Pacific time Sunday night. Because [...]

11 Eye-Opening NASA Wakeup Calls

NASA has been waking up astronauts using music since the Apollo Program. Sometimes those wakeup calls get pretty weird. 1. STS-111 – “I Got You Babe” from Groundhog Day On June 19, 2002, the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour awoke to a tinny rendition of “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher, taken [...]

William Shatner’s Get a Life Trailer

(YouTube link) William Shatner’s Get a Life is a documentary about Star Trek fans. The movie will premiere, appropriately enough, at Comic Con in San Diego on July 14th. -via Laughing Squid

How Accurately Does Hollywood Age Actors?

In 1967, William Shatner played 34-year old Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek episode “The Deadly Years.” A strange affliction struck members of a landing party, causing them to age rapidly. Within hours, they became elderly, infirm and partially senile. At the time, Shatner was 36 years old. Now he’s 81. Did the [...]

Typographical Star Trek Intro

(Video Link) The Quintek Group’s elegant alternate introduction to the original Star Trek smoothly blends William Shatner’s narration with graphic styles reminiscent of both classic Trek and The Next Generation. It’s just lovely. -via Kuriositas

The Late Movies: George Takei!

George Takei, best known as Sulu on Star Trek, is an incredibly versatile actor who has won several awards throughout a career spanning six decades. Tonight for The Late Movies, we take a look at some fantastic clips from Mr. Takei. Leading us off, George Takei mediates a fight between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher [...]