G & T Show 196 – Tech Don’t Fail Me Now!
G & T Show 196 – Tech Don’t Fail Me Now! is now available to download. Check it out here. This week Mike celebrated his birthday and spent the day at Cryptic Studios interviewing several developers for future Supplemental Logs. Nick and Terry join with to bring the latest News from across the Star Trek Universe, including some Book News, Games, Celebrity and Product News, some Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects, the return of the Ask Dayton, and more. They also discuss an article about Star Trek’s 10 sexy moments that made Geeks hot under the collar. Be sure to check out all of the fun.
During this week’s introductions, they mention some of the technical issues that plagued the show this morning and will continue to rear its ugly head later. Nick starts off by warning everyone that if you have triggers or require a safe zone, you may want to move along. Terry mentions Club 602’s tag line: Be prepared to be offended. Nick describes the sensitivity that some people are feeling when something is said that they don’t agree with. Some people are describing them as violent actions. He rages that colleges don’t seem to be teaching kids not think for themselves, but rather being victims. Some universities are not teaching some subject for fear that it may trigger an uncomfortable reaction or offend someone. Nick had been watching CSPAN which had sparked his latest bout of rage. Terry agrees that they are learning to take tests. She wonders what happened to America. She says that people need to be less sensitive and learn to cope with life’s adversities.
Technical difficulties hit the show. Nick mentions that today is flag day and the 240th birthday of the United States Army. Mike, then, announces that officially, he would not be running for the office of the Presidency of the United States. But, the technical difficulties interrupted the timing of his joke which was meant to defuse the tension created by their rant. Terry mentions the wacky fights in some foreign parliaments, such as South Korea or the Ukraine. She thinks the US has finally stooped to that level. Nick blames it on Johnny Carson’s retirement. Before moving on to what Mike has been up to this week, Nick wanted to tweet the number of days that Genernalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead, but couldn’t find the information online and was too lazy to do the math.
Terry asked Mike what he’s been up to. Friday was his birthday and he acted as correspondent. He went to Cryptic Studios and got to hang out with several developers. With the latest round of technical issues we’ve been experiencing with the show this morning, the gag he had planned to do made Nick wonder if he was actually cutting out or censoring himself. He mentions some of the interviews and how some of them actually revolved around STO, while some did not in order to get to know them better. He describes Tacofangs / Tumorboy as belonging to a class all his own. In additon to Nick, he spoke with Stephen Ricossa, Jesse Heinig, Maria (Zeronius Rex), Christine, and Thomas the Cat. On Saturday, the entire team had the chance to speak with Al Rivera, which included topics not related to STO, including comics, tv, and pop culture. Mike hopes to have the interviews out later this week. There was some exciting STLV news revealed in our interview with Al Rivera. He shares some of the fun he had during the weekend.
Nick was working this week and the buzzing heard when he speaks is from a machine he was using during the show. Terry worked and had a company picnic on Friday at the zoo. They move into this week’s Star Trek News segment. She starts off with Jonathan Frakes putting his house on the market. They are purchasing a new, smaller home because all of their children have moved out. Nick points out that his wife, Genie Francis, is just as well known as Jonathan Frakes if not more so. She played Laura Spencer on the soap opera General Hospital. They talk about the Luke and Laura wedding at the pop culture spectacle that it was.
Thomas the Cat joins them in the chat room. Terry moves on to the next item. Tuesday will be Captain Picard Day. They talk about a Picard Day T-Shirt. Mike asks what is the best way to celebrate Captain Picard Day? Terry says with crafts, while Nick suggests banging a hot chick at an archaeological dig is the best way to go.
Next up, Mike points out that Cosplay Sky has developed and are selling STO’s Odyssey Science Uniform. Terry had seen similar costumes before. They look fantastic. Mike points out that Thomas had helped develop the Uniform code that is now used in STO. Thomas pointed out that the costumes Terry had seen were custom made and were not purchased from CosplaySky. Mike asked about the hoopla that had arisen a few years back at STLV about STO uniforms and wondered if it had continued last year. Terry mentioned that last year they didn’t try to break the world record. It allowed the STO uniforms to be appreciated. Last year and this year, there will be Garrak’s costume repair at STLV.
The next item, Mike points out that Leonard Nimoy had an Asteroid named after him. They talk about it briefly. Next, he talks about the kiss Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart shared at the premiere of Mr. Holmes. Mike described the kiss as European, but Terry disagreed and stated that its just something close friends do.
Moving on to Book News, Mike quotes an article stating that Europe is launching an Anti-trust Investigation against Amazon’s ebook business. They are concerned that their relationship with publishers maybe damaging competition. Terry is curious about it and will be keeping an eye on it.
Mike’s next article deals with the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit that sparked a rant in the G & T Show meeting chat room. It deals with constructed languages being copyrighted, which can affect Klingon and other languages, such as Elvish. Terry wonders what the effect would be on fan created languages, such as the languages developed for the Cardassians and other races. She wonders would they get in trouble for doing so. They are interested in seeing how this works out. Mike hopes that a language can not be copyrighted or owned.
Mike mentions the latest Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects he’s keeping an eye on. First off, Star Trek: Captain Pike is back on Indiegogo. They have learned some valuable lessons from their initial kickstarter, which had received pledges totaling more than $77,000, but still fell short of their goal. So, for this fundraiser, they are doing a smaller goal $50,000 to fund the first 30 minutes of their film. The stretch goals would allow them to make more of the film. 6 days in they have already received $26,000. Mike thinks they are on track to meet their goal. They have a great cast and are offering some interesting rewards, including Cage era costumes. Thomas and Terry would like to see something other than another TOS era fan production. He’d like to see TNG, while Terry would like to see some DS9 era fan stories. Mike states that the reason we keep getting TOS era fan productions is that there are multiple bridge sets available for fan productions. He goes on to mention the TNG bridge that had been circulating for some time. One of its original plans for the bridge before it became a museum piece was for it to be used in TNG era fan films, but that never materialized. Mike hopes that someone will get their hands on the TNG blueprints and build the set.
Mike moves onto the Kickstarter for the Four Years War Technical Manual. They have done so well that they have expanded to include an entire book series for the Romulan War. They are their way to their $15,000 goal, which will expand the Technical Manual to include the technical manual for the Romulan War. We are optimistic that this goal will also get smashed since Stephen Fender still has another 43 days remaining to reach this goal. Mike mentions that his first kickstarter for the Four Years War series did phenomenally well. And some of the rewards include the Four Years War series, the technical manual, and now the Romulan War series.[amazon template=thumbnail&asin=1508880069]
Terry mentions Mary Czerwinski’s book, Elements of Change. Terry has two copies of the book. She will get them signed and one of them will be given away in a contest. Terry describes her as a Renaissance Lady. It’s available on Amazon. Be sure to get your copy.
Thomas mentions that the artist name for the Four Years War Technical Manual isn’t listed on the kickstarter page. Mike mentions that its listed in one of the updates that have been released since then. Thomas finds it. We included the artist link in our show notes.
They move on to Listener Mail and a couple of voice mails they received this week. The first is from Baz singing Happy Birthday to Mike, which earns some groans from Nick. The next voicemail they received was from Lukara of Hewlett wishing Mike a Happy Birthday as well. It was a lot of fun. Mike thanks everyone for their birthday wishes to him.
With listener mail out of the way, Mike says they can talk about sex now. He had come across an article discussing the 10 sexiest moments that made geeks go hot under the collar. They go through the list and discuss them. Some of them they agree with, but they did not agree with all of them. The chat room and the gang shares their own additions to the lists. Tell us on our forums, which Star Trek moment is the sexiest in your opinion.
After the discussion, Nick drops the big big news that we have an Ask Dayton this week. We jump straight into Ask Dayton 112, which asks: “It’s been a while. How’s the Witness Protection Program? So much is going on. With Daredevil and Age of Ultron, can Marvel do any wrong on the screen at this point? Also, what have you been reading you can recommend to us?” You don’t want to miss Dayton’s response.
Terry mentions that she is looking forward to talking with him soon. She wonders how Pangea is coming along, an Anthology book that had been funded through kickstarter some time back. She mentions that we will be speaking with him later today.
They move onto Gaming News. Mike starts them off with Star Trek: Timelines. This week’s video is about the Bajorans. Because of the premise of their game, they revealed that people and organizations from different periods of time can enter the game. It’s revealed that there can be multiple versions of Sisko from throughout his timeline and that different civilizations could end up interacting with organizations that no longer exist, such as the Maquis or the Bajoran Militia against a modern Cardassian Union. Mike is intrigued.
Terry moves us along to STO News with the surprising news that it is a Bonus Mark Weekend. None us knew about it, since there hadn’t been any announcement that we were able to find about it. More STO News will be coming out later this week through our recent interviews from Cryptic. Terry mentions that they will have a presence at STLV, though we don’t know much about it yet. She also mentions that this is the third and final week of House of Pegh and your last chance to grab a free specialization point for replaying the mission. Terry recently sold a lock box ship and is now swimming in EC. A new Featured Episode is coming out soon and it will feature Aaron Eisenberg. The ramifications of the next FE will be felt through Expansion Three, which is almost a year and half from now. This week Lifetime Subscriptions are on sale again and to encourage people, a new T6 Heavy Destroyer for each faction has been added as a 1000 day reward. Terry loves her Manticore. Mike is going to break down and buy some more ship slots.
The last bit of gaming news. Terry confirms that the Star Trek: Alien Domains game is now officially in open beta. Mike hadn’t realized that it was an open beta. Terry’s going to be checking it out. Mike talks about what he’s been doing in Trexels.
They move into this week’s announcements. Mike starts off with the “I never listen to the G & T Show” contest for convention goers getting a celebrity to say the phrase that pays. Nick takes a few moments to talk about the latest losses of actor, Christopher Lee, and wrestling great, ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes. Nick and Mike spends a few minutes discussing the impact Dusty Rhodes had on their lives growing up. Mike gets back to announcements and talks about Terry’s Takedown contest for a chance to win autographed copies of the books Takedown and Kenobi. She says that there have been two guess and both have been wrong. She points out which scenes have been identified so far. Mike mentions that Five Year Mission’s Kickstarter is complete. Mike is going to be receiving an autographed discography to give away as a G & T Show contest. Currently, he’s playing with the idea of a Karaoke contest. Nick is interested in the idea for the 24 Hours of G & T. They are still figuring it out. The new album should be released on July 3rd. The chatroom seems interested in the Karaoke contest. And with that, they wind down this week’s show.
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