G & T Show 210 – Trunk-load of Oregano
G & T Show 210 – Trunk-load of Oregano is now available for downloading. Check it out here. This week Nick, Terry, and Mike are back with a new episode filled with news from every corner of the Star Trek Universe, discussing new products, general news, games, books, looking forward to STLV 2016, the latest coming out of Star Trek Beyond, and Unofficial Productions. Don’t miss all of the goodies they talk about this week.
After this week’s introduction, they start the show off with Coffee Klatch. Nick is suffering from insomnia. Terry had trouble sleeping as well. Nick and Mike talks about the weather in their respective necks of the woods. Mike has been under the weather, and has been watching DS9, playing Star Trek: Trexels, and Star Trek Wrath of Gems. He did come up with three potential stories to submit to Strange New Worlds, but he wants to have two more, one to represent each of the series, before NANOWriMo starts, but is struggling to find stories to represent TOS and Voyager. Nick watched a couple of movies this week: Straight Outta Compton (Mike liked it too) and Jersey Boys. They talk about the films. It didn’t need more cowbell. He also had some issues from something he ate. Terry talks about the Chief Strategic Officer at work that also got hit by a stomach bug during his first week on the job. Nick discovered a new tv show this week. He watched Enlisted. Nick was both offended and thoroughly entertained. They discuss the show and what he liked about the show as a soldier. He describes the show as Arrested Development meets Sgt. Bilco. He talks about Sgt. Bilco briefly. Terry quickly sends condolences to SyFy viewers that lost Defiance and Dominion this week. Mike wonders what is going to happen to the Defiance MMO with its show being cancelled. They discuss the shows and SyFy. It brought Alphas to his mind. Nick’s birthday is on the 27th.
Terry starts off Star Trek News with the latest products. The Bradford Exchange has released a new over the top item. It’s an over the top sculpture of Kirk that she refers to as a Kirk shrine. She then talks about the TNG Messenger Bag that Nick found this week. They didn’t see them at the convention, but they did see the TOS Messenger bags. Mike points out that these are ThinkGeek Exclusives. Nick mentions Janice’s Tricorder bag. Terry’s Tricorder bag has a stitching error. Mike makes a flap open joke about the Medical tricorder from his recent DS9 rewatch of the episode Trials and Tribbilations. Next, she talks about the UFP Hoodie on Star Trek.com. They think it would be something Al Rivera would love. Also a new Starfleet Academy Hat was released this week with the Phoenix on it. It got them to discuss the origin of the usage of the Phoenix on it.
They move on to General Star Trek News. Mike shared a link entitled: Teaching European History with Star Trek from the Milk and Cookies Blog. This is the second article in a series by a guest writer that uses Star Trek to help teach history. A trio of episodes are discussed, broken down, and sample questions are provided. Terry reads one of the sections on Wolf of the Fold. They thought it was unique and interesting, although it did have a bit of a religious bend to it. She also liked how the Patterns of Force section included a recommendation for older children to watch Judgment at Nuremberg.
Terry acknowledges the bad news that came out this week. Bruce Hyde, who appeared as Kevin Riley in Star Trek TOS, has passed away at the age of 74 from Cancer. Nick remembers him by singing Take Me Home Kathleen. He was a professor of communication in Minnesota. We send our condolences to his friends and family. They have a public service announcement that the number one cause of death is caused by the cessation of breathing. Mike asks everyone to breathe in and breathe out and repeat. Terry remembers Dori from Finding Nemo, Just keep Breathing. They follow up it with some discussion of Sprockets. If you don’t know what it is, Google it.
It reminds Terry of something that happened during a recent lunch at Chili’s. She recounts the story of a little boy that didn’t understand the meaning of suffering. His grandmother pulled out the smart phone and looked it up. She enjoyed watching them instantaneously pull up the information and explain it to the boy in terms he could understand. She realized that this is a child that will never go without access to information. Nick is concerned for our society if we ever get struck by an EMP. It reminds Terry of an announcement that she saw this week that the Navy has reinstituted navigation by referencing stars, rather than relying on technology. She and Nick discuss it, since they didn’t know that they had stopped doing it.
Because they were talking about Smartphones and what technology young children will have access to in the future, Mike talks about a new technology that was developed for smart phones. The smartphone moves closer to becoming a tricorder with the addition of a molecular scanner. In their demonstration, SCIO was able to identify legitimate viagra from fake. People with allergies will be able to determine if they can eat a certain food. There are countless applications for this technology can can essentially determine the molecular makeup of any object. It was funded through Kickstarter and are hoping to deliver the first product from the kickstarter in time for Christmas and they are talking about getting them into smartphones in the next few years, making the tricorder in your pocket so much closer to reality. Nick jokes that it’s technology like this that could hurt the roofie industry. He discusses the motivation about people that would such things.
Terry moves them into Book News. Nick is ready for it and starts off talking about Felicia Day’s book: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir. He shared a quote from the book on the G & T Show Facebook page. He loved the book. He talks about it briefly. Getting to Trek Book News, Terry starts them off with a new article coming out Broadway World, a fashion website, that reviewed Paula Block and Terry Erdmann’s book: Star Trek: Costumes: Five Decades of Fashion from the Final Frontier. Terry wouldn’t be surprised to see a resurgence of Star Trek-inspired elements appear in fashion in the coming year. She reminds everyone that we have cover posters of the book autographed by Terry and Paula to giveaway. Email them if you want a free cover poster.
Moving on, Mike talks about the Star Trek: Economics articles. It’s a new book coming out soon, but one o the articles states that the Star Trek economy requires inequality and slavery in order for it to function. They discuss the articles and their 21st century capitalist views in their attempt to draw parallels to the economy of the 24th century through their description of Starfleet Officers being equated to the 1 percenters in today’s society. They don’t agree. Since they are trying to view the future through today’s lens and it doesn’t work, but they are forgetting that the future has over come a number of hurdles that we have yet to overcome. Terry discusses the missed opportunities in Enterprise to show more of the transformations Earth had to go through in order to become what we know about the universe established in Star Trek. Society has evolved greatly over the last half century, but if looking at it from a global perspective, it may not be enough time. They discuss war and a lot of the issues humanity faces and would have to over come in order to become Star Trek’s utopian society. Don’t miss this conversation.
A squirrel about Bridge of Spies is brought up by the chat room. They talk about the film. Mike didn’t know about the film. He was only exposed to the Jimmy Fallon bit with Tom Hanks. They return to Book News. The Star Trek: Economics discussion was an interesting topic. After a double helping of squirrels regarding huge things: pancakes from Hash a gogo during STLV and Terry’s boobs, they get back on track with this week’s Book News. They were pleased to announce that Simon and Schuester will be publishing: Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Mike McMahan. Mike believes that the content of the book was gleamed from his twitter account, @TNG_S8. They talk about the book. Nick wonders if they would produce a pilot from it, since that was how the show, Shit My Dad Says came about. They talk about television and Radio and how they have not evolved their format. Terry refers to their ad revenue and not their content. She wants to see more subscription models like NetFlix. Nick mentions that Hulu still displays ads. Mike mentions that he’s heard rumblings that Netflix may be introducing advertising into their subscription as an additional way to earn more revenue. The conversation shifts to talk about NFL packages.
They talk about the news that came out this week about Playboy. They talk about their decision to remove nudity from their magazine, since pornography is readily available on the Internet, it is unneeded in their magazine. It prompts Mike to mention the local video rental store in his neighborhood that he frequented with his brothers when they were growing up and how they had a curtained off area in the back with the adult videos. Mike shares a story that inspired this week’s show title. His brother mentioned Midnight Run To Reno, and Mike thought it was a good movie title. Danny wants to make that movie, but Mike wondered where are they going to get a trunk load of Oregano? His other brother thought that that film would belong in the back room behind the curtain of the video rental store. Returning to the topic, technology has changed the way people get their porn. They talk about Hentai among other types of porn. Playboy is moving away from it. The articles are what draws people to playboy, not the nude photos that people can get everywhere else. Nick thinks the Playboy interview is the industry standard.
Terry mentions the Dayton Ward article published on Novel Spaces, where he discusses When It’s No Longer Fan Fiction. He gets asked the question often and decides to tackle the subject in light of the recent announcement of the Strange New World contest. Mike sums up the answer by saying when people are willing to pay you money for it is when it stops being fan fiction. Terry adds that its when the people who holds the license for it pays you. Mike points out that 50 Shades of Grey started off as Twilight Fan Fiction, but people were willing to pay her money for the story and all she had to do was change some names. It leads to another Twilight discussion. Stephenie Meyer, the author of Twilight recently released the first book with gender swapped characters. The change alters the story significantly since it no longer is the story of a girl pursuing sex, but rather a boy pushing himself on a girl for sex.
They move on to Gaming News. Nick starts off by thanking Cryptic for a great birthday present. Season 11’s launch date has been announced. It is coming out on October 27th, on Nick’s Birthday. Nick’s Amazon Wishlist is available. Terry asks if everyone has seen Mirror Leeta’s artwork. It was on the article. Mike was surprise. He didn’t know that was Mirror Leeta. Terry loves the outfit. She likes the shoulder pads on the Klingon. Mike is disturbed by the Klingon’s nose. They mention some of the goodies included with Season 11. Nick sends Kipleigh a shout out, since she will have a new role in game. Before going into Timelines, Mike mentions that with Season 11 they will revising the level curve of the Delta Rising missions and the Iconian War missions. Terry outlines some of the leveling changes. Nick is pleased with the change. Those people with many alts will be happy with the changes as well. The new Cardassian revamps, the Badlands battlezone and PVE Queue event, and Admiralty system among other things will be released with Season 11. Terry discusses some of the things she’s seen about the Admiralty system. She finds it humorous that some people expect more from the system. Mike mentions that those players are probably more familiar with one specific engine and don’t realize that different engines are capable of different things.
Nick talks about his play time with Janice in Champions and some of the issues they have been experiencing. While Nick discusses it, Mike draws parallels to what people went through within the Infected mission before the revamps in PVE queues. They talk about the infamous Infected STF.
Moving on to the news coming out of Timelines this week, Mike appreciates that someone over there listens to the show (he sends a shout out to them), because they have given Terry exactly what she wanted, Bearded Riker with poker cards in his hand. They have also released information about multiple Mirror Universe characters, including Spock, Kirk, Phlox, Archer, Empress Sato, Ezri, Worf, Sisko, Smiley, Kira, and more. They also announced a Time’s Arrow variant of Lt. Commander Data holding his head, which Mike almost expects him to quote Shakespeare while doing so, which Nick graciously does for us. They are all very happy, pleased, and excited for the game’s release. They are looking forward to another browser / mobile game. Terry wishes STO would still create a mobile app that would allow them to do their Duty Officer stuff, but doesn’t want them to divert funds from developing and growing the game to do so. Mike points out that Timeline will allow players to create their own crew in a rather unique manner. They also talk about Trexels as well. What she likes about STO is that it has its own timeline and they are able to recruit contemporary crewmen to build her crew. Mike talks a little bit about the story and leveling progression in Wrath of Gems and how he has to spend time in the versus portion of the game in order to continue with the story. The biggest issue with the game for him are the crashes. But, he may be getting an early Christmas present from his family in the form of a new phone that could better handle the game and the others that are coming out soon. Nick offers an idea for a survivalist mobile game taking place within the Vulcan forge.
Moving on to this week’s Star Trek Movie News, Star Trek Beyond has wrapped principle filming. Terry says that Pine and Quinto have already signed on for the next film, but as far as they’re aware of, no one else has. It prompts Mike to ask in a round about manner, if they would be interested in some solo films featuring the cast that takes place off of the Enterprise in much the same way that the Marvel films do with their characters, leading up to the ensemble Avenger movies? Terry would be more interested in seeing a couple of characters going on an adventure together, but isn’t sure if a solo character movie would work, since Star Trek is more of an ensemble effort than solo adventures. In other movie news, some leaked photos of the aliens have been released. Some of the aliens appear Star Wars like, but that’s not a bad thing. Terry likes the aliens in the suits.
Next, they move on to the news coming out of Unofficial Productions. They start things off with Shoreleave, the latest episode coming out of The Red Shirt Diaries. They can’t praise the production enough. Everyone needs to check out The Red Shirt Diaries and subscribe to the channel so you can get the latest episodes when they come out.
Next, Star Trek New Voyages announced that they are starting up their fourth season. Mike had an article from the New York Times about New Voyages that discusses their efforts. They praise James, their cast and crew, and their production. They discuss James Cawley’s efforts to legitimize Star Trek fan productions by continually improving their methods. Quickly, Mike congratulations Axanar for winning a Geekie Award for Prelude to Axanar.
Nick sends a shoutout to Lisa Marie and mentions Jen Usellis, which prompts Mike to mention a fundraiser Jen is doing for charity. She’s going to be gaming for 24 hours for charity and if she’s able to hit her second goal, she will do it in Klingon costume and will be cursing at the game in Klingon. He wants to see that and hopes everyone would contribute and help her reach her fundraising goal.
Nick is reminded of a loss Caspian experienced this week. Paul “Wazz” Rogerson passed away over the summer, but they only discovered the news recently. Wazz frequented the G & T Show chat room. They remember him and share some stories about him. He will be missed. They talk about the nature of the internet and how internet friendships can cope with loss. Mike attended Wazz’s in game memorial and talks about it briefly.
They return to unofficial productions. Renegades revealed two big announcements this week. Aron Eisenberg will be a Renegade, though his role has not been revealed. Also, Robert Beltran will be returning to his role of Chakotay as a Renegade. Mike also mentions the news that hasn’t been announced officially to the public. Renegades will be launching their kickstarter at the end of the month, beginning of the month to finance their next two episodes. It will be the first of their planned 12 episode season.
Star Trek: Continues revealed some big news this week as well. Gigi Edgley from Farscape fame will be their special guest in episode VI. Kipleigh Brown will also be returning for episode VI as well. They talk about Kipleigh and Gigi.
They finish up with this week’s announcements. First of all, the surveys to rank your favorite Star Trek episodes are now closed. They results are scientifically accurate results. Mike issues an evil laugh now that they have the data they need. Terry explains that they will be using some of the data during their 24h of G & T event. They crack some Funk and Wagnalls jokes. Nick shares a story about editing text books to include the lyrics from Vienna. Getting back on track, Terry mentions that the tickets for Captains and Commander’s chairs are sold out for STLV 2016. It reminds Mike of something. He doesn’t mention the specifics, but teases that a listener has gifted them a very special reward that they will be giving away at the convention. More details will be coming later. Although the fundraiser event is called 24 hours of G & T, it will actually run for 25 hours. They tease some of the guests that will be joining them. Terry mentions the interview with David A. Goodman we had a few weeks ago. Nick goes off on a Seth MacFarlane squirrel. Nick will have a special guest for a future episode of Gettysburg Address comic-centric show. Before ending this week’s show, Mike clarifies that 24 hours of G & T is our annual fundraiser to pay for our server costs and everything else we need to keep our show going. They are doing this fundraiser on one day instead of over the course of several months. The event will be filled with guests, giveaways, games, and so much more. Nick describes their grand prize as being worthy of the Price is Right. You don’t want to miss this event and your chance to get some great stuff. … and they wind down this week’s episode of the G & T Show with a song … Jolan Tru.
- Teaching European History with Star Trek – http://milkandcookiesblog.com/teaching-european-history-with-star-trek/
- Bruce Hyde, Dies at 74 – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bruce-hyde-dead-star-trek-832762
- Bruce Hyde – Dallas native, professor, and beloved Star trek actor died at 74 – http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/10/bruce-hyde-dallas-native-professor-and-beloved-star-trek-actor-has-died-at-74.html/
- Fashion World.com Review of Star Trek: Costumes – http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwfashion/article/BWW-Review-STAR-TREK-COSTUMES-Lets-Trekkies-Look-Behind-the-Seams-20151001#
- Star Trek Economics Is Just True Communism Arriving – http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/10/05/star-trek-economics-is-just-true-communism-arriving/
- The Utopian Future of Star Trek Doesn’t work without extreme inequality and some slavery – http://www.businessinsider.com/utopian-future-of-star-trek-2015-10?utm_content=bufferff0e9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
- Warped – An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season of TNG – http://books.simonandschuster.com/Warped/Mike-McMahan/Star-Trek-The-Next-Generation/9781476779058
- Mirror Universe Comic – http://www.startrek.com/article/its-enterprise-vs-enterprise-in-idws-new-mirror-comic
- When It’s No Longer Fan Fiction – http://novelspaces.blogspot.com/2015/10/when-its-no-longer-fan-fiction.htm
- TNG Uniform Messenger Bags – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/imkk/?cpg=fb
- Bradford Exchange The Legends of Star Trek Character Sculpture Collection – Kirk – http://www.bradfordexchange.com/products/917892_.html?cm_ven=FB-BEX&cm_cat=SST-M35-44-NP_LegendsOfStarTrekSclptr_917892&cm_pla=SST_Img-NP_LegendsOfStarTrekSclptr_917892&cm_ite=M35-44_KW-StarTrek_1Step-N_Niche&utm_source=FB-BEX&utm_medium=SST-M35-44-NP_LegendsOfStarTrekSclptr_917892&utm_campaign=SST_Img-NP_LegendsOfStarTrekSclptr_917892&utm_term=M35-44_KW-StarTrek_1Step-N_Niche
- UFP Hoodie – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-united-federation-of-planets-hoodie/detail.php?p=919304&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Starfleet Academy Phoenix Hat – http://shop.startrek.com/star-trek-united-federation-of-planets-hoodie/detail.php?p=919304&v=startrek_new-arrivals
- Timelines: Bearded Riker – https://www.facebook.com/startrektimelines/photos/np.1444753784276620.1257760325/1701735036729028/?type=3&ref=notif¬if_t=notify_me_page
- Timelines: Mirror, Mirror Characters – https://www.disruptorbeam.com/blog/entry/mirror-mirror-in-star-trek-timelines
- Timelines: Lt. Commander Data (Time’s Arrow Variant) – https://www.facebook.com/startrektimelines/photos/np.1444921478596312.1257760325/1702228076679724/?type=3&ref=notif¬if_t=notify_me_page
- STO: Season 11 Release Date Announcement – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9600823
- STO: Delta Rising Level Curve – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9599783
- Molecular Scanner for smartphones – http://www.ibtimes.com/star-trek-molecular-scanner-coming-smartphones-can-tell-you-if-your-viagra-fake-2142289
- Leaked Set Photos Feature Really Weird Aliens – http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Leaked-Star-Trek-Set-Photos-Feature-Really-Really-Weird-Aliens-88467.html
- Set Photos and Videos From Star Trek Beyond Hit the Web – http://www.latino-review.com/news/set-photos-and-videos-from-star-trek-beyond-hit-the-web
- Star Trek Beyond Has Wrapped Production – http://comicbook.com/2015/10/15/star-trek-beyond-has-wrapped-production/
- The Red Shirt Diaries: Shoreleave – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMxJwFAPH8M
- A Star Trek Dream, Spread From upstate New York – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/nyregion/a-star-trek-dream-spread-from-upstate-new-york.html?_r=1
- Aron Eisneberg is a Renegade – https://www.facebook.com/STRtheSeries/photos/a.514444175253647.122097.514118728619525/1051925171505542/?type=3
- Chakotay (Robert Beltran) is a Renegade – https://www.facebook.com/STRtheSeries/posts/1053110228053703
- ST:C – Gigi Edgley to Guest Star in Episode VI – http://stcsubspacechatter.blogspot.com/2015/10/farscapes-gigi-edgley-to-guest-star-in.html
- Star Trek fan films unofficial fourth season, original cast and crew approve – http://www.avclub.com/article/star-trek-fan-films-unofficial-fourth-season-origi-226968
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