24 Hours of G & T: Hour Ten & Eleven
24 Hours of G & T: Hour Ten & Eleven is now available to download. Check it out here. During the first hour, we gave away a Klingon Battlecruiser Model Kit (Assembly required) and a digital download of the Klingon Pop Warrior album. The second hour’s prize was a TOS Wall Calendar and a Star Trek Daily Calendar. Our guests for this portion of our fundraiser is the Klingon Pop Warrior, Jen Usellis.Deyvid with Trek Radio stays on through the interview to provide us with yet another Klingon perspective, and Xevit, the phantom sleeper, makes his return later in the hour.
We return from our break. Terry says this is the Eighth hour of our fundraiser, when in reality it wasn’t so. We mention who our last winner was and some of the items we’ve already given away. The highest donor overall will receive a sold-out Commander-Level Seat for STLV 2016. This hour, we’re giving away a Klingon Battlecruiser Model Kit (Assembly required) and a digital download of the Klingon Pop Warrior album by this hour’s guest Jen Usellis. We greet her and welcome her to the show. Nick asks about her foot. She had broken her ankle. It has healed. She talks about her recovery process. She’s going to be performing as the Klingon Pop Warrior at Windy Con in November.
Nick takes a moment to send Lisa Marie a shout out, since Lisa and Jen know each other from the Chicago Star Trek Meet Up group that Lisa started. They talk about the meet-up. She talks about what she’s going to be doing at Windy Con. The performance will feature the songs from her album, along with a few appropriately themed English songs. She just found out about the Klingon translation of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and hopes to debut that song as well. Mike mentions that Jen is now part of the G & T family and will be covering some of the conventions in the Chicago area, starting with Windy Con.
When Jen began performing in the Klingon Christmas Carol, she never imagined that it would lead to the Klingon Pop Warrior. When she was asked to sing HIchop! (Kiss Me), she discovered that there was a need from the Klingon community for more songs. She launched the Kickstarter unsure that there would be enough interest and was pleasantly surprised when she not only hit her initial goal, but her stretch goals as well. It has even garnered some attention to her, including Disney’s. She thought she was being sued when she got the email from them. She shares the backstory on the incident and how her version of the song Let It Go from the film Frozen became the 47th translation of the song. She is officially in the Disney archives and is now a Disney Princess.
While Mike gets the Klingon Pop Warrior to Steve to play during the show, Deyvid talks about the Klingon music he collects including the Klingon Style and Rick Roll, and the respect he has for her for not only singing in Klingon, but also doing it accurately. She shares a story about going to the Klingon Language Institute’s Annual Meeting and got to sing for Marc Orkrand, Lawrence Shoen, and the other people that contributed to the Klingon language. It was a great honor for her. She admits to understand the basic grammar, she is not fluent. She recommends anyone interested in the Klingon language should attend the KLI Annual Meeting. She shares a story about reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears in Klingon while people acted out the story. She provides some information on the KLI (Klingon Language Institute).
They return to her broken ankle for a bit. She has gained a super power from the experience. Her ankle is capable of predicting the weather. We play a song from the Klingon Pop Warrior: bangwI’ wa’logh HIpqlpqa’ (Baby, Hit Me One More Time).
Nick wants the music video as hot as the original video. This was the first song she found after HIchop! and wanted to recreate the original video, but they couldn’t fit it into their schedules. Then, she departed the band she was in to pursue the Klingon Pop Warrior. Nick makes a Paul McCarthy reference that leads to a Wings squirrel that ultimately leads to a request for Band on The Run and other songs. Xevit from Club 602, the same Xevit that fell asleep earlier in the show has returned. Nick gives him a hard time about it. He offers an apology. Mike expected one of us to be the one that fell asleep first.
We talk with the chat room for a little bit, when Andrew points out that Jen’s husband is a home brewer. They talk about beer. Jen tells us about what she’s drinking. Nick will be going to Chicago to go see the Cure in concert. The conversation returns to the pink beer she’s drinking. Terry went beer tasting in Belgium. They talk about Belgian beer and beer steins. Jen tells us about her friend, who is a Belgium Princess, and their mandatory voting laws. Jen hopes to get there some day. Xevit mentions the movie Stripes which prompts Nick to talk about his time at Fort Knox and his chagrin to discover that his old stomping grounds had been torn down since he was last there. Jen recounts a story of visiting her old stomping grounds and discovering that the theater building had been torn down. They swap stories for a bit.
The chatroom and Facebook provide a few minutes of entertainment. Allen experienced the same thing recently. Jen asks about our progress on the fundraiser. Mike checks the tote board and announces that we have raised $619.43. We are giving away a digital download code for the Klingon Pop Warrior album and a Klingon Battlecruiser Model kit (Assembly Required). There were no donations yet this hour. Our big prize of a Commander-Level Ticket to STLV 2016 will go to the person that donates the most over the course of the fundraiser. We, then, break for another song from the Klingon Pop Warrior album.
We compliment Jen on her voice. Nick offers high praise about the tone of her voice. They offer her some more song suggestions. Mike asks if there’s any plan to do a follow up. Jen doesn’t think she’ll do a full album and cites Weird Al’s statement that he won’t be releasing any more complete albums. She’s interested in doing one-offs in the future. CDs are expensive. They talk about Heartbreaker and our respective friends that have great versions of the song. Deyvid asks if Jen if she ever considered doing some original music. Jen would jump at it, but it would require someone else to work on the instrumental of the music. She admits to working on a translation of the RuPaul song Glamazon. A friend suggested a klingon version of Fuck This Shit I’m Out. Nick suggests Friday, but settles for Saturday Night or Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting.
They have reached the top of the hour. Mike announces that they have received a donation from Janice. She will get the digital download of the Klingon Pop Warrior album as well as the Klingon Battlecruiser model kit.
Deyvid talks about playing Jen’s music on Trek Radio and the requests that he receives from listeners. Not only is her music in Klingon, but she’s a great singer. Next, he asks whether we would ever see her at STLV. Jen has spoken to her husband about it. She shares how she has turned her Star Trek Cookbook into an autograph book. She researched the trip to Vegas and discovered the price of the entire trip. In the end she decided to go to the Chicago Convention because she could get her autographs. If Creation would bring her out, she would totally be there. Terry talks about the sold out tickets. She offers to go to cover the Chicago con for us. Nick and Terry mentions the invitation we got to cover Wizard World in Chicago. We passed because it doesn’t directly relate to our show like Shoreleave and STLV does. Jen talks about attending Wizard Con in the past.
Nick just got the news that Howard A. Anderson, Jr. died. Janice jumps on to Nick’s mic and says hello to everyone. She talks to Terry about the Vegas vendor’s booth. It was great hearing from Janice. We return our focus to Jen. She talks about the Geek community in Chicago. She mentions the new convention that premiered this year called Valor Con. She was moderating a panel about healthy eating habits for gamers. Jen talks about the games she plays on steam. Nick talks about Alien. Jen pitches her Extra Life, the 24 hour gaming marathon charity for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She had an initial goal for $400 and said that if she raised $470, she would play part of the day in Klingon make up and streamed over twitch. She ended up raising $500. It starts on November 7th at 8am. She will be in full makeup from 10am to 9:30pm. She mentions the games that she will play during the fundraiser.
Jen has tried playing Star Trek Online. She made a female Klingon and was hated the space aspect of the game. She can’t wait to play and rip apart Hyperdimension Neptunia. They decide this hour’s prize. Mike suggests the TOS Wall Calendar and the Star Trek Daily Calendar. Our current total is $654.43.
Nick admits that he’s never watched Anime. Jen loved Witchhunter Robin. Nick mentions Battle of the Planets. Nick mentions the scifi channel for genre shows that we wanted to do with Marc Cushman. Nick offers Jen her own show, if we can ever get the network off the ground. Nick feels a rant coming on and asks Steve for appropriate sound effects. Nick rants about people that complain about spoilers. Terry says that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will spoil their own episodes. They talk about AoS. The show only got better after Winter Soldier. Jen finally watched The Martian. They talk about the film briefly. Allen had read the book prior to the movie. He still thinks the filmmakers nailed the book. They talk about how new media has changed entertainment. Jen talks about the twitter account of Mayor Emmanuel. They talk about some of their favorite twitter accounts.
The conversation shifts to weather, the Bears, and the Cubs. We get a World Series update. They figure out where they are in the full show. Steve is leveling up in Champions and is away from his sound board. They return to the discussion of television show. Jen stopped watching Doctor Who because of Amy Pond. She’s started watching again when they introduced Clara. She’s been watching Star Trek TNG. She’s now on Season 5.
Mike suggests a Life Pod One. Terry explains the rules. Steve introduces the new bumper for Life Pod One. They end up doing Tertiary characters. They have to choose who to leave behind from Mot, Riley, Morn, Icheb, Hayes, and the Enterprise Chef. Each of them discuss their choices and why they get left behind. Most of us want to leave Mot behind or weaponize his blood. Janet and Terry agree to take Hayes. The punchiness starts when Nick and Mike cracks everyone up with their misspeaks producing Dwarf on the Shattle. Deyvid suggests that Mot could be working for Section 31. Mike goes with Riley. Allen decides to leave Mot and Icheb behind so they could have more room.
A guest joins us. Steve lags with the fanfare announcing Scott Pearson from Generations Geek. Jen decides to step out. We thank her for joining us. Jen shares her links and her appearance at Windy Con and opening for Improvise Star Trek in December, and covering some cons for the G & T Show. We wind up this segment of the show and go to break before our interview with Scott.
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.