G & T Show 199 – Party Like It’s Episode 199
G & T Show 199 – Party Like It’s Episode 199 is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick and Terry are here this week, while Mike is no where to be seen, at least initially. He joins later to talk about all of the latest happenings with the Star Trek Universe. They discuss Star Trek News, Products, celebrity gossip, Movie News, STO and gaming News, the latest happening in the realm of books, some big changes to STLV 2015’s Costume Contest, and so much more. Don’t miss out on everything they discuss this week.
After introductions, Terry mentions their missing man. Nick and Terry discusses their 4th of July activities as well as what they have done this week. Terry mentions an unopened package she received this week. She opens it on the air. She got a Funco Pop! Black Widow bobble head. Nick mentions his new Batman tattoo. It’s only the first stage in something that is going to be much more detailed. Nick talked about the issues he had with his neighbor’s fireworks. Mike finally arrived. His alarm didn’t go off, or he didn’t hear it because of the issue he’s having with his ear. Mike mentions that he played a lot of Lego Jurassic Park because he had a lot of kids around him this week.
Nick started a white house petition preventing the Klingon banner from being displayed on television in response to the removal of the Dukes of Hazard from tv because of the confederate flag on the General Lee’s roof. Mike drops out of the call due to technical issues. They continue the discussion of it until Mike returns. People have been asking to rename street names, remove statues, and change a number of memorials. Terry talks about her local history and the importance of remembering what had come before and how they got there. Nick discusses the Civil War and how slavery wasn’t the reason of the war. Mike summarizes it by stating once again, history forgotten is history repeated. Terry does state that she agrees that it’s inappropriate for a governmental building to fly the Confederate flag, unless its within the design of their state flag. They discuss the flag of New Mexico. Terry had to take down half of her flag pole, since lightning and wind prevented them from raising the flag to the top.
Starfleet Mom visited Terry this week. She had brought chip dip from California. She can’t get sour cream based chip dips in New Mexico. Nick will be flying out to New Mexico in 25 days with his spotted dick and gentleman’s relish.
Terry moves them into Star Trek News with an apology from George Takei regarding his comment about Clarence Thomas. Shatner came to his defense, saying he had made mistakes as well. Moving on to some fun news, Mike mentions that he’s got a ton of links. Terry moves on to Star Trek Beyond movie news with the first photo shared from the set by Justin Lin of the Starfleet Delta shoulder patch. A lot of discussion arose from it about the use of the Delta. Mike mentions that they are already on sale on Ebay. Moving on to TrekCore’s report that Star Trek Beyond will be filming a vertical alien city in Dubai sometime in August and production is due to last through October. They discuss Dubai for a few minutes, including local gas prices.
Nick segues to San Diego Comic Con with a joke about it moving to Dubai. Mike talked about all of the things going on this year at SDCC. Shatner will be there on Thursday and will be appearing as Kirk will read passages from Kirk’s autobiography. Some of the other highlights include: Entertainment Earth, Titan Entertainment, Star Trek Live In Concert, Anovos, Diamond Select will have an exclusive USS Defiant, Halkmark’s Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments, Her Universe will feature Deanna Troi’s dress, Iconic Heroes will have a Spock mouse pad, IDW showcasing their Star Trek / Green Latern comics, Neca/WhizKids will have their Attack Wing stuff, QMX will have an Enterprise replica, Simon and Schuster will be giving away books and will have authors Robb Peralman, David R. George III, and Kevin Dilmore autographing their novels, ThinkGeek, and Ugly Dolls. Terry mentions that Lootcrate will have an exclusive Star Trek goodie in their July Heroes 2 box. Mike is trying out Nerd Box.
Terry talks about the new thing opening up in Canada. In 2016, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be opening at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. Its a new, interactive exhibit that will teach visitors about science and technology by “recruiting” visitors as cadets, attempt to pass the Kobayashi Maru test, and pilot a starship from an interactive bridge. Mike asks if they are affiliated with the fan group out of Seattle that offered Starfleet Academy curriculum. Terry maybe planning a trip to Ottawa in the future.
Terry jumps into Star Trek products. She starts off with the DS9 frisbee. Star Trek paperclips are expensive, but are very cool. New transporter mugs have been revealed featuring TNG this time. Mike has a couple of technology articles he wanted to talk about. The first of which was in regards to touchable holographs. He explains how it is supposed to work. It’s the another step towards Holodecks, or at the very least brig forcefields. Mike’s next article was on Google’s AI. Recently we discussed that it dreams, well this time, it gets testy with its human user when they didn’t drop the subject. The human asked it about morality and ethics, which it couldn’t answer. Mike comments that this is how Lore was created. Mike watched Terminator Genisys this weekend and wonders if we should be pissing it off. Terry mentions that Elon Musk doesn’t trust AI. Mike thinks that instilling some kind of ethics or morality program would be important to an AI. Terry asks, who’s morals or ethics should it be given. Terry adds a technology article. Lockheed Martin is a few years away from creating a compact fusion reactors that would be able to power cities, homes, and Mike adds Impulse engines.
Moving along, Mike wanted to jump into fan production and kickstarter updates. “For the Love of Spock” Documentary has hit their 600k goal. Shatner has a new video on Vimeo, called Chaos on the bridge. Also on Vimeo right now is a teaser for Star Trek Equinox. Speaking of Equinox, they recently got in trouble for selling products on their site, without mentioning that it was a donation to fund their production. Because of that oversight, CBS had to step in. Equinox is now fixing the issues.
In book news, Mike reveals that Dave Mack has received his first copies of Star Trek: Seekers 3 Long Shot. Eric Stillwell has beat everyone in Dayton’s contest for where his book is traveling. Eric took Armageddon’s Arrow to Paris, which prompts Mike to ask if any part of the book actually takes place there. Nick had taken From History’s Shadow to a historical site. Then, he suggests that Terry take her copy of From History’s Shadow down to Roswell. They talk about the UFO festival in Roswell.
More book news that crosses over into Convention News. Robert Greenberger and Crazy 8 Press will be working on something new at this year’s Shore Leave Convention. Him and several other authors have developed a series of writing workshops aimed at teenage aspiring writers. Teens that attend all five workshops will receive a certificate and will have a chance to have their stories critiqued by the authors. Nick speaks highly of the authors doing this. Peter David’s trio of new New Frontier ebooks will be coming out soon. Terry and Nick talk about Trinity site. Mike finds a link he forgot to mention for Star Trek: Renegades Premiere in Los Angeles.
Nick mentions the SyFy Twilight Zone marathon he saw yesterday and the episode Odyssey of Flight 23. Terry moves them to Star Trek Las Vegas. The big news coming out of STLV pertains to the Costume Contest. Applications have to be entered in advance. Then, there’s prejudging before the competition. There will be three categories based on skill level. But the biggest issue that arises from the news rules is how will they make the determination of an entrant’s skill level. Nick thinks they are doing this in preparation for the 50th. Its sponsored by Anovos. Two of the three of the judges have been revealed: Joan Collins and Terry Farrell. It’s important that people are aware of these changes before the convention to avoid getting there and not being able to participate. Terry mentions that two new guests have been announced. Star Trek writers: Terry Erdmann and Paula Block will be there. They will also be doing a panel on Book Publishing.
Moving onto games, Terry starts us off with the news that Star Trek: Alien Domains is no longer in Beta. Mike has not played it recently. He mentions some of the issues he’s had with it not working on his cellphone. He wasn’t thrilled with the little bit he had played. It was hands-off and he didn’t like it that much. He’s going to give it another try later. Then, they move onto Star Trek Online. Season 10.5 will have another featured episode with Aron Eisenberg, and will introduce Fleet Armada to the Fleet system that will allow up to 13 fleets to ally with one another and work together. It will help address some of the issues that massive and tiny fleets experience with the current fleet system. They speculate as to when it will be going live. Mike suspects it will be very soon. He then points out a potential issue with the armada system if a gamma fleet causes issues to the alpha or one of the other beta or gamma fleets. It’s an imperfect system, but its a better system than the one we currently have.
Mike shares a link to Thoms the Cat’s Deviant Art page, where he shared all of his STO patches. Terry still loves his recruiting posters for the Iconian War. Terry reminds everyone that the week three reward for the featured episode is now available. Mike has finished another specialization this week and has two more to go.
Mike mentions that they have some listener mail. Nick points out that the message he’s seen is too long to read on the air. Mike has some some voice mail they received. After some technical difficulties, he gets it figured out. Stonewall Fleet is having their pride event in July. They wind up this week’s show with contests. Terry will have to give away the books. Nick’s convention contest is still ongoing. Mike has not had a chance to write up the rules for the Karaoke / Lip Sync contest. Terry sends congratulations to Chase Masterson for her position on the United Nations San Diego Advisory Board.
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