G & T Show 225 – BYOB DIY BDSM
BYOB DIY BDSM?
G & T Show 225 – BYOB DIY BDSM is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, and Janet has returned with an all new episode discussing the latest news from the Star Trek multi-verse. This week, they discuss Unofficial Productions, General News, Television, Technology, Gaming, Product, Convention News and more. They also revisit two great episodes for their 50 for 50 rewatch. With so much fun stuff to talk about, they end up going a little long. But don’t miss out on all of the fun.
After this week’s introductions and placing the idea of Ikea BDSM gear into everyone’s heads, they jump into this week’s Coffee Klatch. Nick starts off with his discovery of a Hungry Man Chicken and Waffles dinner. He worked, but he also talked about the strange and sudden shifting weather in his area. They also talk about soul food restaurants. Mike has been feeling low this week and didn’t want to talk about that. Instead, he talked about Jen Usellis’ coverage of Capricon. Her blog and the Friday Interviews are currently available. Janet reveals that the Saturday Interviews will be out early next week. Jen won’t be at STLV, but will be attending Creation’s Star Trek Chicago convention. Terry will be in the ares in April hopes to meet up with her during that time. Janet has been doing homework this week. She talks about her classes and how cryptic some of her assignments tend to get. Don’t bury the lead! Nick mentions BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front). Terry also worked, went out with Allen yesterday and enjoyed the weather, but is expecting it to get cold again soon.
Getting the show on the road, Terry moves them into Unofficial Productions. Monday, the answer to the court is due. They don’t know what the answer will be and will be following up as soon as they know. There is now a wiki to help people follow the case without visiting many different sites. Terry talks about the availability of the court documents, since they are matters of public records. Public Records can contain home addresses and are not considered doxxing. Nick mentions the white pages as another source of public records. Terry suspects that they will be seeing denials. The depositions will be when things start getting interesting. The Doe’s will be revealed during the depositions and that may delay the depositions as the process has to start over again. It will take time before any answers are revealed. There are no rumors about settlement that they know about. Janet talks about some of the issues going through the various lawsuit groups. There are people with axes to grind, but they are not there to participate in those types of discussions. She encourages donors to keep asking questions. She states that if donors want to make claims to attempt to get their money back, they will have to pursue that separately. It is not part of this case. Janet implores the Doe defendants to seek their own attorneys because their defense may be in conflict with that of Alec and Axanar. Nick points out that the IP owner has full discretion to defend their property as they see fit. Don’t point the finger at all of the other fan productions in an attempt to bring them down to your level.
The next bit of news coming out of Unofficial Productions is about Star Trek: Horizon and their latest clip: The Monument. It’s beautiful and the choice of color was exciting. They can’t wait until the 28th when the full episode gets released. There will be a private showing at a theater for donors and the donors should receive it a day sooner. They are looking forward to seeing it.
Terry takes them into General News. First they talk about the Star Trek themed wedding. The article was written by the two women. They discuss the wedding and some of the photos provided. Janet currently works for a wedding blog and she talks about some of the popular choices the happy couple made in their wedding from her experience. Terry reminds everyone not to read the comments.
The next item is about the parody site Hard Dawn and their fake conspiracy theory about Leonard Nimoy faking his death so he can take over the leadership of the Illuminati. They discuss the article and how some people have accepted it on face value. Even NPR was fooled and even picked up on the article. Nick says that its so crazy that it has to be real. They talk about parody sites for bit including the Onion and The Duffle Blog. Terry admits to being fooled by a parody site.
NASA invites future engineers to enter the Star Trek replicator Challenge. It’s open to children K-12 to get them thinking about engineering, 3D printing, and design. They are seeking to have kids design items that help astronauts to eat in a future mission in space. It’s a fun project for kids and getting them interested in science and engineering. Terry talks about the need to spark interest in vocational and trade training as well as the arts, music, theater, and more. She talks about Mozart as the Pop artist of his day. They are pleased that NASA has done this. Mike mentions the prizes that will be given out for the challenge. They talk about the 3D printer that Mattel is selling as a children’s toy. Mike’s nephew got one for Christmas last year, or a smaller version of the thing maker.
The next item they discuss is about an article that outlines how to make Star Trek Awesome again. Mike quickly goes over some of the items identified in the article. They enjoyed the suggestions. The writer even suggested a non-human Captain. They talk about some options, including Gorn, Andorian, and Tellarite, or a Pakled as Captain. They start reciting Star Trek Dr. Seuss stories for the Lit portion if a Pakled were to be made Captain.
Terry shares a link that the San Francisco Giants will be celebrating Star Trek night on September 16 where they will receive an exclusive Star Trek item for attending the game. Terry would love to go, but its so close to Star Trek: Mission New York, that she will not be able to attend. Get your tickets now. They discuss some possibilities about who would throw out the first pitch.
They move onto Television News. Bryan Fuller’s top 5 episodes as put out by Trek Movie. They talk about and briefly discuss each of the episodes. Nick offers some writing advice on how the Bride of Chaotica episode could have been handled differently. These episodes shed some light into Fuller’s understanding of Trek and how he expanded on the universe as a whole. The next show is in good hands with Fuller. They discuss alternative takes for Holodeck stories that didn’t involve a malfunction or some other form of jeopardy involving a strange alien species. They talk about the differences between character relationships in DS9 versus those seen in Voyager, and then, eventually compares it to Enterprise.
For Technology News, Mike talks about something that could be a predecessor for an isolinear chip. The small crystal pog can hold over 360 TB of data on it and store it forever. Mike compares it to isolinear chips as seen in Star Trek TNG. It’s amazing technology.
They move onto Gaming News, beginning with Gaming News. Nick is now playing Timelines and has so far not spent any money playing it. Terry has been busy and hasn’t had a chance to play it this week. Mike sat in on their Disruptor Stream. For the second week in a row, he has has asked a question and had it answered during the stream, except this week, they didn’t butcher his name since he asked them before hand to refer to him as Sori. They are still prepping for the next major update which will feature the ship upgrade system, filtering and sorting, along with Android auto-slotting, and iOS crash fixes should all be included. He’s enjoying the game. As of right now there’s not a lot for fleets to do. Mike talks about the problems he had trying to get Nick into the fleet. Our fleet is full. Mike, then, mentions that their friends at Trek Geeks had a fun little interview with John Radoff, the CEO of Timelines and recommends everyone check them out.
Nick squirrels about TCM for a moment and the great films they show before getting to Star Trek Online and the big news coming out of there. They are planning to overhaul the skill system to make it less confusing to new players and be more consistent with the Specialization system. Nick and others are not looking forward to redoing his skills, especially now that he’s got it all dialed in to the way that he likes it. Terry has been on Tribble and has played with it a bit. She shares her experiences with the new skill system. She has received 2 space points and 1 ground point for every level gained. She also states that it will be possible to max out the ground skills. They took away Combat Specialist from the ground skills. It provided a Crit Bonus. She preferred ground and specialized it and needed the crit option. There are now three tracks (Science, Engineering, and Tactical). All of the previous skills have been combined and reduced to around 50 skills.
Nick chimes in and asks for a prone position that Mike referred to as Full On Sniper Mode. It would increase accuracy and add a stealth buff to it. Stealth is one of the skills in the new system.
Terry mentions that players can truly specialize in one field, such as Tactical, and become a super specialist. By doing so, it will unlock Ultra Traits that will provide even greater benefits. They talk about the Defiant. She wasn’t pleased with the change initially, and is still concerned about the loss of her crit skill. She states that there are a choice of two traits available for each skill but the trait selected is the one that gets applied. Terry believes that the reason this is happening is because people are not respec’ing. Nick mentions that once he got his specs the way he wanted, he didn’t need to respec.
Terry describes a feature in the Lord of the Ring Online skill system that allows a player to buy two additional skill sets that are hotswappable as needed. Terry hopes that the new STO system will lead to a similar system. Mike can see himself with as many as five or six different skill sets, each configured or specializing in different ways. Mike and Nick just discovered that there is an auto-loot option in settings. Nick talks about shooter mode. It makes Nick shoot like a stormtrooper, but for Mike its seasick mode.
With Gaming News behind them, they move onto Product News. Terry breezes by the Playmates toys and the MegaBlock articles to focus on the Eaglemoss article. Nick thought Terry had said Playmobil instead of Playmates. Mike quickly jumps in and mentions that the MegaBlock article had a bit of interesting news in the form of their Kubros figure. They are a building block version of the Funco Pop! figures. A box of bricks will allow people to create their own figures, such as Spock, Worf, Picard, Skeletor, and even a Guardians of the Galaxy figure. Terry returns to the Eaglemoss article. Nick mentions the NX-Refit that he saw from Doug Drexler. The ships coming out include the Klingon Transport from Enterprise, Enterprise-A, the Baxial which is Neelix’s ship from Voyager, the USS Raven also from Voyager that Seven’s family was on while they studied the Borg, the Voth Research vessel, and the Xindi Aquatic vessel. The Antares and the Aquatic ship are concept art and not actual models.
They move onto this week’s 50 for 50. This week they discuss episodes 30 and 29 in their countdown as voted on by our listeners. #30 is DS9’s Far Beyond the Stars, while #29 is ENT’s The Forge.
They begin their discussion with the Twilight Zone-like episode of Far Beyond the Stars. Nick points out some of the Easter Eggs in the episode and Terry mentions that the show came very close to crossing the 4th wall. Terry mentions an article by Paula Block and Terry Erdmann that they had written for this episode’s 15th Anniversary. This episode is still poignant today. Nick praises Armin and Rene for their performances in this episode. Nick talks about the time period that the episode takes place in and how it was a pivotable moment in science fiction, technology, politics, and society. Nick mentions the podcast about You Must Remember This Podcast and the series touching on the Hollywood Blacklist. Then, the conversation touches on the impact that Far Beyond The Stars has on Sisko and on other DS9’s episodes, including how it fed into Sisko’s attitudes towards Vic Fontaine and his 50s Nightclub and Casino.
They move onto ENT’s The Forge. They discuss the episode and its commentary on religious interpretation. They try to figure out when the Romulans rejected logic and left Vulcan. The discussion spans Enterprise, TOS, and TNG and still doesn’t quite nail down what really happened. Nick argued that that part of their history was outlined in the books, while Mike mentions that during ENT, many Vulcans didn’t even know that part of their history. The Kinshara was lost and the point of the arc was to find it and bring logic back to the Vulcans since the Kinshara had been lost sometime between when the Romulans left and when Enterprise comes along. Terry asks why Archer had to be the one to find the Kinshara. Mike thinks it’s because he’s an impartial observer. He’s the only one that could have done it without being accused of being involved in some Syranite conspiracy or accused of creating a forgery. He has nothing to gain but to deliver what he had found and authenticate what he had truly found. Terry loves that Enterprise gave her and Janet so much Fan Fiction Fodder. They talk about it for a bit. They discuss the arcs that Enterprise used in Season four and that this episode was a part of. Mike points out that the Season 3 Xindi arc was so far ahead of its time that they had no choice but to backtrack to smaller arcs for the fourth season.
The next episodes for 50 for 50 are #26 TOS’s s02e06 The Doomsday Machine and #27 DS9’s S04e10 Homefront. Nick hopes that number one is not Masks. They discuss briefly that episode and The Devil’s Due.
They move onto this week’s Announcements. Mike starts them off with the news that Straight Outta Gallifrey recorded an episode this week but will be out soon. The O Sports Show is getting ready to produce their first episode soon. The Antaes Theatre Company is holding a Kickstarter. Armin Shimerman and many other actors are involved. They are seeking to move their company to a new home and are seeking help with their move. They are using Shakespearean insults to encourage donors to challenge their friends to donate to the project. They are trying to raise $75,000 and have raise $21,000 as of this recording. Terry talks about some of the perks they have available. Mike mentions they are working on a contest for G & T Show to encourage listeners to donate to the project. Terry mentions our previous interview with Armin. Nick suggests new listeners check out some of other interviews. Terry reminds everyone that we are taking questions for our Ask Dayton segment.
Terry quickly touches on Convention News. The G & T Show has been confirmed with two booths for STLV 2016. Nick mentions Mirror Universe Terry and the emails we saw this week from her. They are also working towards some kind of presence for Star Trek Mission New York, though they do not yet know in what capacity it will be. Also, check out Jen Usellis (The Klingon Pop Warrior)’s coverage of Capricon 2016. Her blog summarizing her experiences and the pair of audio recordings representing Friday and Saturday interviews are on our site now.
And with that, they conclude this week’s show. Join us next week for a new show with the latest news from across the Star Trek Multi-verse.
- Straight Outta Gallifrey – http://www.straightouttagallifrey.com
- The O Sports Show – http://www.osportsshow.com
- Capricon 2016 – A Chicagoland Fan Con For Everyone – http://www.gandtshow.com/capricon-2016-a-chicagoland-fan-con-for-everyone/
- Capricon 2016 – The Friday Interviews – http://www.gandtshow.com/capricon-2016-the-friday-interviews/
- Capricon 2016 – The Saturday Interviews – http://www.gandtshow.com/capricon-2016-the-saturday-interviews/
- Star Trek: Horizon – The Monument – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTw1vfDRWVw
- AxaMonitor: The Axanar Lawsuit Wiki – http://blueserif.com/doku/doku.php?id=start
- Star Trek.com – Guest Blog: A Trek-Themed Wedding – http://www.startrek.com/article/guest-blog-a-trek-themed-wedding
- Conspiracy Theory – Did Nimoy Fake His Death So He Could Seize Control of the Illuminati? – http://harddawn.com/leonard-nimoy-seize-control-of-illuminati/
- NASA Invites Future Engineers To Enter Star Trek Replicator Challenge – http://www.startrek.com/article/nasa-invites-future-engineers-to-enter-star-trek-replicator-challenge
- Screen Rant – How to Make Star Trek Awesome Again – http://screenrant.com/how-to-make-star-trek-awesome/?view=all
- San Francisco Giants Celebrate Star Trek Night on September 16 – http://www.startrek.com/article/san-fran-giants-to-celebrate-star-trek-night-on-september-16
- Bryan Fuller’s Top 5 Star Trek Episodes – http://trekmovie.com/2016/02/17/bryan-fullers-top-5-star-trek-episodes/
- Optical Data Storage Squeezes 360 TB onto a Quartz Disc – Forever – http://gizmodo.com/optical-data-storage-squeezes-360tb-on-to-a-quartz-disc-1759359652?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
- TrekGeeks: Visiting Star Trek Timelines – http://trekgeeks.com/archives/2871
- Star Trek Online: Skill System Revamp – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9797693-star-trek-online%3A-skill-system-revamp
- Massively Overpowered – Star Trek Online Is Overhauling Its Skill System (Again) – http://massivelyop.com/2016/02/18/star-trek-online-is-overhauling-its-skill-system-again/
- William Shatner Talks Nimoy Book, Trek Past & Future, Part 1 – http://www.startrek.com/article/william-shatner-talks-nimoy-book-trek-past-future-part-1
- William Shatner Talks Nimoy Book, Trek Past & Future, Part 2 – http://www.startrek.com/article/shatner-talks-nimoy-book-trek-past-future-part-2
- Star Trek.com: The Long, Fun Legacy of Star Trek & Playmates Toys – http://www.startrek.com/article/the-long-fun-legacy-of-star-trek-playmates-toys
- Mega Bloks reveal more Star Trek play sets, and Kubrons figures – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/02/mega-bloks-reveal-more-star-trek.html
- Eaglemoss’ Klingon transport, Enterprise-A, Baxial, and more – http://www.thetrekcollective.com/2016/02/eaglemoss-klingon-transport-enterprise.html
- Star Trek Mission New York Ticket Pricing – http://www.startrekmissions.com/Tickets/Buy-Tickets/?campaignid=61904173&iusercampaignid=90185816
- DS9’s Far Beyond the Stars 15 Years Later – http://www.startrek.com/article/ds9s-far-beyond-the-stars-15-years-later
- You Must Remember This Podcast – http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/
- Antaeus Theatre Company Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1161453313/a-new-home-for-the-antaeus-theatre-company
- G & T Show Convention Coverage: Capricon 2016 – A Chicagoland Fan Con For Everyone – http://www.gandtshow.com/capricon-2016-a-chicagoland-fan-con-for-everyone/
- G & T Show Convention Coverage: Capricon 2016 – The Friday Interviews – http://www.gandtshow.com/capricon-2016-the-friday-interviews/
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