G & T Show 257 – Jad and Branet
G & T Show 257 – Jad and Branet is now available to download. Check it out here. Nick, Terry, Mike, Janet, and Allen have returned for an all new episode of the G & T Show to discuss all of the latest news coming out of the Star Trek multiverse. This week’s discussion centers around Book Product, General, Gaming, and Television News. They also talk about Semantic Shenanigan’s first episode along with the Ruling on Axanar’s Motion to Compel Discovery for Semantic Shenanigans. Also, Unofficial Productions covered a new autotuned Picard and Data song. And, for the second week in a row, they have a writing-related Ask Dayton question. Don’t miss out on all of the fun in this week’s episode of the G & T Show.
As usual, they begin the show with introductions before jumping into their Coffee Klatch segment to talk about their week in review. They are tired this week, but Mike tries to explain it off as an attempt to lower listener expectations in advance of 24 Hours of G & T.
Nick starts them off. He worked, but took Wednesday off so he could attend a Doctor’s appointment with the Mrs. Today they are going to see an illusionist.
Nick missed the Rocky Horror show on Thursday. Terry and Allen watched it. They spend a few minutes discussing it and generally described it as an homage to the well-known film complete with a built-in audience heckling the screen. It was a stage play originally. Nick coins the spoonerism, ‘Jad and Branet’.
Nick talks about television next, starting with Lucifer and Exorcist. He discusses both briefly and offers a spoiler about how the show offers some great tributes to the source material. Next, he talks about how much he’s enjoying Timeless. Allen wants to see it, and still might do so since the show has only aired three episodes so far.
Mike wrote a blog for 24 Hours of G & T that focused on the Event Schedule. Mike is excited about it despite his lack of energy. The post lists the scheduled guests and mentions a few unscheduled guests that have agreed to drop in and surprise them during the show. They are planning lots of surprises. He also played some mobile games. He’s played some Marvel Future Fight, but continues with Timelines and Transformers. He hasn’t spent a lot of time in STO, since he’s been focused on finalizing things for 24 Hours of G & T.
Nick brings up the World Series. They joke about how the game will go on forever. Nick goes off on a Getty-torial about how late games start on the East Coast because they are trying to accommodate West Coast viewers. Day-games have become rare. The Super Bowl does it right because the game starts at a decent hour for east coast viewers. The Super Bowl is an event rather than a series. The conversation shifts to Hockey and even the film Mystery, Alaska.
Continuing with Coffee Klatch, Janet blogged this week, but will talk more about that later. The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2 went live this week and is currently available for Kindle as well as a Paperback. Janet points out that Mike is a published author for the first time ever. Janet has a story in it. All proceeds from the book goes to the Alzheimer’s Association. She also worked on getting Semantic Shenanigans up and running. They congratulate her on their first episode. You can find them on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn; and Stitcher will come soon. They send a shout out to Shanna.
Terry and Allen’s News
Terry visited Texas this week for a conference and training session for new software that her company uses. This two-day brainstorming session helped them improve their software. She talks about the resort where the conference met. She hated the mosquitoes since they love the way she tastes. Then, she had to work on some crazy stuff at work. She thanks her co-hosts for helping support her. She’s going to have a tough week in South Dakota and won’t be able to help finalize plans and prepare for 24 Hours of G & T next weekend.
Allen didn’t do much this week. He played Hotel and held down the home-front while Terry visited Austin.
They move onto this week’s Announcements. This week, Mike posted the third announcement for 24 Hours of G & T featuring the Event Schedule. The fundraiser starts next Saturday and will end with an extended edition of the regular show. Terry mentions the guests that will be joining them as well as some of the surprise guests that may be dropping in.
Semantic Shenanigans’ recorded their first episode this week. Janet talks about some of the highlights from the first episode. They discussed David Gerrold’s Oh the Places You’ll Boldly Go. Allen had a question, which encouraged Janet to elaborate a little bit. Semantic Shenanigans also discussed Trek Against Trump on Semantic Shenanigans, Lucas Film suing The Light Saber Academy, and Problematic Fandoms. Terry shares some background on Disney and the Light Saber Academy lawsuit. Allen shares an artist that he had encountered that were selling prints of re-imagined Disney Princesses with the Disney logo in the corner. That is asking for lawsuit.
Someone in the chat room poses questions about IP laws which prompts Janet to respond with the history of IP law. Terry compares people against IP as having the same mentality as GamerGaters. They explain why IP law exists. They are designed to protect small business owners more than the large corporations.
Janet and Mike are IP holders. Janet doesn’t mind someone writing fan fiction about her story, but she does mind someone trying to make money from her stories. Its her right to spend the royalties from her IP on whatever she wants. Its her money because she worked hard to create the story, the characters, and everything else goes into the production of a novel. Corporate IP defense matters because it affects more than just the corporation and its shareholders. It affects their employees as well. These are their assets and they need to be protected.
If people think that copyright laws need to be tweaked, then, they need to speak with their representatives to change those laws. Don’t just bitch about it on a forum. That doesn’t accomplish anything.
What’s in the Public Domain?
The chatroom asked if there were any IPs that have gone to public domain. They respond with a list of some notable properties that are public domain, including Dracula, Happy Birthday, and more.
Terry says that a lot of Disney’s films are public domain stories that no one owns, which allows them to create their stories without having to buy a license from the owner to produce the film. Mickey Mouse is one the reasons why copyright laws are so long. Disney is trying to keep the rights to Mickey for as long as possible. It has been ruled on but not by the Supreme Court. The reasonableness of a copyright will eventually be decided by the Supreme Court, but she doesn’t think that it will happen any time soon because they have too much work to do on the court.
Nick surprises his co-hosts with the news that they a new Ask Dayton. Three weeks in a row, they have an Ask Dayton and for the second week in a row the question actually centers around writing. After a false start or two, Nick reads the Ask Dayton question and Dayton’s great response. If you have a question for Dayton, email them or leave us a voice mail and we will send it to him for a future Ask Dayton.
They move onto Book News, starting with the new Star Trek Encyclopedia. Terry describes it as beautiful but its a heavy beast of a book. She praises Mike and Denise Okuda for their work on it. A lot of entries have photos and compared to previous versions, there is so much missing. It is the number one seller on Amazon.
They talk about comics next. Dayton shared a link that the second volume of the Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics is coming out soon. Also, The Boldly Go series from IDW which picks up with the Kelvin Universe’s Enterprise Crew post Star Trek Beyond is out. Then, Star Trek.com shares several new IDW comics, including more from the Go Boldly Series, the second volume of the Green Lantern comics, and the next installment from Waypoint, which for their third installment will feature a pair of stories centering around DS9 and Voyager respectively. Mike liked seeing DS9 and Voyager showing up in comics. Terry appreciates Sisko’s look.
Product News follows on the agenda. Some of the highlights that were added to the next installment of their monthly Product Round up. The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Pin set from ThinkGeek is a new addition. There’s a special promotion going on for the 50th Anniversary puzzle on ThinkGeek.
Mike talks about The Great Star Trek Enterprise Grid Lines Gridlock article. That reveals that the Smithsonian’s recent restoration of the Enterprise has once and for all end the debate about the grid lines seen on the Enterprise’s saucer section. One camp thought they were etched while another believed them to be drawn on. The answer appears to be that they were drawn onto the saucer. And as a result, the current model kit of the Enterprise introduced for the 50th Anniversary has the gridlines drawn on, rather than etched into it as the previous model offered.
Attack Wing has announced the new Orassin expansion, which features the Xindi Insectoid ship. Also, ANOVOS has announced Fashion Dresses. Terry saw them at Mission New York and said were only small sizes available. Mike points out that the article shows a plus size model, and suggests that perhaps they added some more sizes. The product round up article will have all of the available sizes listed.
Not a lot is coming out in regards to Television News, but an article did come out from Movie Pilot that caused the internet to pass the stink eye around for a bit. The author of the article makes a case for why they think that the Captain featured in the new series should be a Muslim Woman. They cite Chekov as an example as a former enemy turned ally during the Cold War 60s. Today, the enemy is Islamophobia. And in true, Star Trek fashion, the next Captain should not only be a Muslim, but a female one as well.
Terry points out that Dayton and David Mack have been writing Star Trek with female Muslim Captains for years. They did it with Vanguard and Seekers. This is nothing new in Star Trek fiction. Terry would love to see Katami on the screen. Nick would like to see a Hasidic Jew, while Terry jokes about an Amish Captain. Terry really wants to see a black woman as Captain or an alien Captain.
Gaming News follows. Terry begins with the announcement that Stonewall Fleet is planning a pair of events in the coming weeks. They are planning a Fall Festival and a Halloween Fright Night. Check their website for the schedule for each of their events.
Next, they discuss the Star Trek Online Community Ship Building voting that’s going on right now to determine the design of the upcoming Lukari ship. Kipleigh Brown will be reprising her role as the Lukari Ambassador in an upcoming series in STO. The design voting has eight versions of possible ships and two have been eliminated already. They discussed some of their favorite designs.
Star Trek Timelines
Mike talks about Star Trek Timelines next. Last weekend, Mike mentioned the squadron system and this week, there’s an article that talks about Squadron system and how it encourages social interaction within Timelines.
Star Trek Bridge Crew
Terry is pleased with the announcement that Star Trek Bridge Crew has been delayed and is now slated for a March release date because it gives them more time to get the game right. They spend a few minutes discussing the game and her experiences playing it at Mission New York.
They wonder how far are they from the Holodeck. Mike shares an article he wrote that featured some technology Microsoft is working on that utilizes projection and kinect technology to produce a damn good facsimile of the Holodeck by scanning a room and projecting a virtual world around the objects in the room, so that a couch becomes an immovable ingame object like a bolder. They talk about some of the other VR technology options that have been developed recently. Lines are starting to blur.
Terry returns to discuss the quality of the VR in the Bridge crew demo she played at Mission New York. She describes their art design as something similar to a 3D comic book. Nick also discusses some of the VR systems that the Army and the military uses for training.
Star Trek Online (continued)
The last bit of Star Trek Online News, Mike shares that with the big update coming on October 25th which will feature the lighting pass and the new Fleet Holding, a new story mission will be introduced. Echoes of Light features the Lukari and will include our friend Kipleigh Brown reprising her role. Be sure to get in game and check out the new episode and all of the good stuff that’s included.
Bridge Crew (continued)
They return to the discussion of Bridge Crew. The game’s design made it so people didn’t experience dizziness or vertigo or motion sickness from playing. She continues sharing her experiences from Mission New York. With the game, she could play with Getty over the Internet with two NPCs or play it solo with three NPCs filling in the other roles. But the game can feature four players at once. Its an expensive technology right now, but price will eventually come down. It’s currently available for Oculus Rift, Sony VR, and HTC. The chatroom asks about the VR gear and Mike explains the differences between VR and mobile VR and their price differences. Bridge Crew requires full VR and not the mobile VR.
Up next is General News. The first item is the sweepstakes for the Star Trek Cruise. Mike points out that he had seen that they are planning a second cruise that will leave after the first one arrives. He thinks its for 2017 but Terry believes it for 2018. Later, Mike recalls that he saw it when he had entered the sweepstakes as a part of the thank you page. So, enter the sweepstakes and please let us know if the second cruise is for 2017 or 2018.
PopMatters posted an article about why DS9 is a better post 9/11 series than Enterprise. Mike explains that Enterprise began before 9/11 and only dealt with it in third season and beyond. DS9, on the other hand, seems pretty timeless, politically. Terry mentions the Trekkie’s guide to Anime article from Blaster. They also briefly mention the article creating the Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator. Star Trek.com also had an article on the History of Star Trek collectible cups. It prompts Nick to talk about the TMP collectible glasses. He had three of the four glasses.
Since Nick can’t stay long, they quickly run through their last links. Mike announces for Unofficial Productions that he’s absolutely in love with the autotuned Data and Picard song. He recommends everyone give it several views.
Then, for other announcements, he plays the 24 Hours of G & T 2016 advertisement. Next week will be crazy. They talk about 24 hours of G & T and episode 258. Terry and Nick thank Janet, Steve, and Mike for all of their hard work organizing the event. She asks everyone to please show up and give it a listen and to share it far and wide. Allen reveals that the poll is all set for the Podcasters’ Family Feud. He still needs to figure out the game will be played.
Finally, Terry suggests everyone check out Semantic Shenanigans first episode and show them your support. Support all of the Busy Little Beaver Productions. With that they conclude this week’s episode of the G & T Show and invite everyone to tune in next to 24 Hours of G & T.
Check Out These Links
G & T Show & BLB Productions News
- 24 Hours of G & T – Announcement 3 – Event Schedule – http://www.gandtshow.com/24-hours-g-t-announce-3-event-schedule/
- Semantic Shenanigans Episode 1 – Origin Stories – http://www.semanticshenanigans.com/semantic-shenanigans-1-origin-stories/
- Semantic Shenanigans: Janet Analyzes the Axanar Motion to Compel Discovery Ruling – http://www.semanticshenanigans.com/axanar-motion-compel-discovery-ruling/
- DefCon Returns! And updates the Upcoming Novel Forum post on the G & T Show Forums – http://www.gandtshow.com/forums/index.php/topic,75.0.html
- Get The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2 on Amazon – http://amzn.to/2evX5QC
- net – Review: New and Improved Star Trek Encyclopedia – http://www.treknews.net/2016/10/14/review-new-improved-star-trek-encyclopedia/
- Coming Soon: Star Trek – The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 – https://daytonward.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/coming-soon-star-trek-the-classic-uk-comics-volume-2/
- Star Trek Boldly Go Comic – http://www.trektoday.com/content/2016/10/star-trek-boldly-go-comic/
- The Fifty Year Mission: The Next 25 Years – In Review – http://www.geekfeed.com/the-fifty-year-mission-the-next-25-years-in-review/
- Kirk, Spock, Kira, and Voyager in New Comics – http://www.startrek.com/article/kirk-spock-kira-and-voyager-in-new-comics
- ThinkGeek – Special Promotion – Star Trek 50th Anniversary 3000pc Puzzle – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/jigj/?pfm=HP_DailyDeals_2_jigj
- ThinkGeek – Star Trek 50th Anniversary Pin Set – Starfleet – http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/irop/
- The Great Star Trek Enterprise Grid Lines Gridlock Has Been Solved – http://metv.com/stories/the-great-star-trek-enterprise-grid-lines-gridlock-has-been-solved
- Introducing the Orassin Expansion Pack for Attack Wing – http://www.startrek.com/article/introducing-the-orassin-expansion-pack-for-attack-wing
- Star Trek.com – Fashion Dresses Coming Soon From ANOVOS -http://www.startrek.com/article/fashion-dresses-coming-soon-from-anovos
- There’s One Thing Star Trek: Discovery Must Do To Continue Roddenberry’s Vision –http://moviepilot.com/p/star-trek-discovery-muslim-character/4080541
- Picard & Data Get Autotuned, You Get This Awesome Song! – https://www.geeksaresexy.net/2016/10/17/picard-data-get-autotuned-get-awesome-song-video/
- Stonewall Fleet Plans Back to Back Events – Fall Festival and Halloween Fright Night – http://thunaer3.wixsite.com/events
- Star Trek Online: Community Ship Building: Choose the Design of the Lukari Ship – http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/10203793
- Star Trek.com – Timelines Unveils New Social Aspect: Squadrons – http://www.startrek.com/article/timelines-unveils-new-social-aspect-squadrons
- The Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR Game Is Delayed to March 2017 – https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/21/star-trek-bridge-crew-delay-release-date/
- com – STO’s Echoes Of Light – http://www.startrek.com/article/stos-echoes-of-light
- The Star Trek 50th Anniversary Cruise Sweepstakes – http://www.startrek.com/article/the-star-trek-50th-anniversary-cruise-sweepstakes-starts-today
- GeekNation – Here’s Why You Should Care About CBS / Viacom Merger – http://geeknation.com/heres-why-you-should-care-about-cbs-viacom-merger/
- Why Deep Space nine is really the post-9/11 Star Trek – http://www.popmatters.com/feature/star-trek-nation-building-on-bajor-why-deep-space-nine-is-really-the-post-9/
- A Trekkie’s Guide to Anime: 6 Titles Star Trek Fans Should Catch – http://www.blastr.com/2016-9-15/trekkies-guide-anime-6-titles-star-trek-fans-should-catch?__source=Blastr_True_Anthem_Syfy_Facebook&utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5806713204d3010fdb529075&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook
- Creating the TOS Bluetooth Communicator – http://www.startrek.com/article/creating-the-tos-bluetooth-communicator
- The History of Star Trek Collectible Cups – http://www.startrek.com/article/the-history-of-star-trek-collectible-cups
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