G & T Show 57 – STLV Wrap Up
G & T Show 57 – STLV Wrap Up is now available for downloading. Check it out here. This week, Nick, Teri, and Mike return with an all new episode featuring the 40th Ask Dayton, and an extensive recap of STLV 2012, featuring what they did on Sunday after last week’s show and some of the exciting interviews that we have lined up. They conclude the episode with several announcements.
This week’s show notes will be provided by JonnyQ and will be added later in the week. In the meantime, here are a few links that you may want to check out.
Our very own Soriedem singing a Klingon Battle Cry acapella on Karaoke Night.
Teri’s Massively / Trek Radio Star Trek Online Developer’s Panel video
Havaraha’s video of Nick in the skant with the dancer on the float in the sky
Teri, Nick and Sori say good morning. Sori’s been grinning since Vegas, Teri flips through con pix with only one eye on the chatroom. Nick’s got the post-con blues, but Dayton Ward and Alan are in the chatroom. (Brace yourself for Ask Dayton #40. We like round numbers.) 10 STO convention codes are available for giveaway, contest TBD. They get the player an account-wide holo-Leeta DOff. Nick wants an “insult Cushmanzada” test. Sori recommends asking what book listeners are currently using.
Birthday squirrels: Teri’s nephew Hayes turns 1 shortly, with celebrations. Jonathan Frakes and Gene Roddenberry also have birthdays today. Sori drops in “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” in Klingon. Worf reminds us that this is not a Klingon song. Nick’s son is turning 12. He ponders that in a state of shock. His daughter turns 10 in March. Teri tells Nick to brace himself for when she turns 16.
Sori gives kudos to Lanny and JonnyQ for show notes help. (JonnyQ tips his NX-01 cap.) Hosts are glad to have met Jonny in Vegas (feeling’s very mutual!) John van Sitter is now following Nick on Twitter, and wants to see him in his uniform skant again next year. Teri bought her first uniform at Anovos the con (as well as a TNG command-red corset)! Teri wants to cosplay as her literary character (USS Defiant’s Lt. Cmdr. Teri Shull), so she ordered a TOS command-gold uniform. Ben joined Teri at the Anovos booth, and convinced them to give her a 30% discount and a free rank upgrade. In fact, Ben was ready to get Nick a military discount on an Anovos purchase.
Who saw the redshirt zombie Thriller dance at STLV? German Sara was part of that group. This year at STLV, Teri had her own panels to do, and Nick branched out and made a metric shit-ton of new friends. The skant really attracted a lot of people.
ASK DAYTON 40: (See “Ask Dayton” post.) How do you deal with post-con blues? Dayton: thx for rubbing in that you were STLV and I wasn’t. A rigorous decontamination procedure is strongly recommended. Swag and memorabilia, Star Trek novels, swell. (Squirrel: Teri was given the as-yet unpublished Star Trek: Voyager novel by Kirsten Beyer, and “Star Trek Classics,” vol 1 2 and 3!) Dayton recommends the G&T Show as a remedy for post-con blues. (Squirrel: Dayton wants Nick to introduce him to Holly Hurst (sp?) Nick hung out with her all weekend. She’s now his Q and will escort him in his costume next year. Nick makes a cryptic comment about his shoes for next year’s con.)
STLV wrap up commences. Sunday was a blur for Teri; Sori agrees it went by too fast. Breakfast at the Sao Paolo café after last week’s show. Teri had spent the preceding night meeting her Massively deadline, before waking up for the show. She forgot to add one thing to her column, and so people in the STO forums started bitching (shocking). Remember: she was summarizing from memory and writing about it @ 2:30AM. (Youtube clips including the STO panel and Sori doing Karaoke. Speaking of which, Nick and Holly are booked for Karaoke together next year.)
The Captains panel: Kate Mulgrew is classy, loves her fans and doesn’t take shit. Bakula ran to the back of the room and back, and got winded. Order: Mulgrew, Shatner, Brooks, Bakula. Cirroc Lofton was invited onto stage by Avery. He made a multimedia piece involving scripts, call sheets from DS9, the UFP logo and a pic of Avery as a gift to him. Apparently, Aron Eisenberg actually spoke to Cirroc about Nick, so Cirroc knew who he was when he went up to talk to Cirroc. Squirrel: Nick and Teri had one of their usual short-lived argument flare-ups, that someone mistakenly thought was a drawn-out argument. The reason for the yelling remains in dispute. Also, tweeting was the preferred communication means over texting, partly b/c Nick was Android-less this weekend.
So, Alan left the con on Sunday morning, so Teri was with her sister-in-law, Caroline, during the Four Captain’s panel, when she received a TrekRadio text message summoning her to the booth. It turned out that they just wanted her to sign a banner, but Sori says that they wanted her to get to say goodbye to the devs who had left by the time she made the trek. J Fortunately, Teri managed to say goodbye to the devs in the hallway. The hosts lament on the various panels that they missed. Nick remarks that Avery got a few direct Q&As during the Captains’ panel, during which the other captains waited patiently while he jazz-talked his answers. (Armin Shimerman confirmed that he was just as jazzy during filming.) The Voyager panel was easily the funniest.
Robert Duncan McNeil meltdown: At the tail end of an unreasonably long four-hour (and counting) autograph session that was unbearably oversold, Robbie snapped and abandoned the last 45 people or so on the line, verbally lashing out at, among others, his poor handler who was in tears over his remarks to her. He acknowledged the incident on Twitter. Apparently, the rest of the Voyager cast tried to overcompensate with kindness to make up for Robbie’s outburst, particularly the lovely Roxann Dawson. Creation later brought the items up to his room to finish signing. In the end, Creation should limit the number of autographs they sell per guest, and make them first-come first-serve. After all, most aren’t even allowed to personalize. Nick cites that when he went up to Andrew Robinson with his copy of “A Stitch in Time”, Andrew told his Creation handler “I don’t care; if someone puts my book in front of me, I personalize it.” And Teri says that’s why he’s great; he’s willing to go that extra mile with the full knowledge that he’ll have to sit there signing for that much longer.
Picture time! Jeffrey Combs and Casey Biggs doing Shakespeare. Jeffrey Combs running about as Juliet was hysterical. Teri got Steven Culp’s photo op and autograph, and that was it for the weekend. She had autograph ticket #6, but because of the gold tickets, it was 2 ½ hours before she was called. But that’s why people get the gold tickets.
On one night, the Gold ticket holders were flipping out because the Captain’s Chair ticketholders were advanced ahead of the Gold ticket holders in the autograph line because the Captain’s Chair party was about the start. Gold ticket holders were unreasonable at times; the Press (including Teri) was given a two-minute window to take pictures at the edge of the stage, sitting for two minutes in front of the Gold holders. There were 5 or 6 Gold ticketholders who were balking to the point where a Creation rep had to be called over, and they had to settle those Gold people down, whose views weren’t even impeded for those two minutes. Relax and let the Press do their job, as they’re given permission to do for a few minutes, and let them help us all get the word out about the convention.
The photo ops, on the other hand, went really smoothly. Fast lines, well organized. Sori had fun chatting with Teri’s sister-in-law Caroline while Teri was on line. Nick was apparently not introduced to Caroline, but the consensus is that the times simply didn’t work out. Havraha apparently posted a video of Nick riding the Rio float in his skant, and he was being hit on, and while they all paid to have Nick go up in the float and throw beads, Nick spent the time (understandably) chatting with the dancer the whole time. Check out the video. Sadly, every pick that Alan took of Nick ended up being an up-skant. Fortunately, Nick had the foresight to don gray shorts underneath. Next year’s costume: brace yourself. (Squirrel: Everyone’s still recovering from con diseases. Apparently, Nick’s flight was even diverted because of a sick passenger.)
Richard Jefferies will soon be a G&T guest to talk about his late brother, production designer Matt Jefferies. His new book about his brother has ~300 pages of history and photos, including stories about how Richard was introduced to Matt’s work on Star Trek, with thanks to Dayton for recommending that she stop by his booth. David Gerrold’s “Worlds of Wonder” was another purchase. Teri will be giving away a signed #1 of Anthony Montgomery’s new comic, “Miles Away.” Hopefully he’ll be a guest at some point. Nick is still doing the DS9 relaunch, and is up to Mission Gamma: Book 2. He’s still reading the last sentence of a book before the rest of it, and he’s concerned. His next Titan novel is on deck, as is Trance by Kelly Medding (sp?). Sori finished “Declassified” and is working on “What Judgments Come.” (Squirrels: Kevin Dilmore would be a great guest. More pictures.)
Sori’s flight home was on a propeller plane. Nick grabbed a 5AM cab to his 6AM flight, and made it in time, because LAS had a very efficient, if long, TSA line. It was on the flight as he looked out at the city that the post-con blues set in, after a weekend of very little sleep. Teri recommends lots of vitamins and provisions to attendees in the future. She hopes that podcast row will be a full row in the future, rather than a single booth. The problem with sharing the booth with Cryptic/Perfect World was the difficulty in understanding why Cryptic/PW aren’t marketing/showcasing the game even more, particularly at the con. Hosts were surprised by how many people at the con were unaware of the existence of the game at all. The STO/Podcast row booth was manned at all times throughout the weekend. STO’s performance on Cryptic’s Alienware laptops were staggering for the public to see. Teri was unable to log into that machine using her account because her account wasn’t linked the that particular machine. Shame, really. Tholian, Sovereign and (new) Regent class ships looked great. Devs and podcasters had a great time. Lots of fun and chaos, and Hav’s “Tholian don’t give a shit” T-shirts were great.
Speaking of surprises, Virginia Madsen DID show up. She’s a big Trekkie, and she begged her agent to get her a Trek role. Trekland.com has a great pic of her and Larry Nemecek, holding up the Voyager Companion. Great pic of Eric assimilating her. (Kestra says Regent class info is on Holosuite Magazine)
Next year;s STLV site isn’t up yet, Sori’s begun a countdown. 20th anniversary of DS9, 47th anniversary of Star Trek. The new film will have been released by then. Nick wants to start a Kickstarter to bring Lanny next year. (More pictures.)
Teri: Don’t piss off Mary Czerwinsky. She went in Mirror Universe outfit. Her silver contacts as Elizabeth Dehner from last year was pretty unsettling. Teri got to interview the Geekgirls panel. (These are pictures.) Nick and Teri picked up posters from Bye-Bye Robot: Romulans, Cestus III, 1701-D, etc. There’s a photo floating out there of Hav with cheese photoshopped on his head. Teri wants to bring in more authors. More pix: JG Hertzler and Rob O’Reilly auctioned off their cool “Axe of Kahless” guitar for charity.
On Sunday night, TrekRadio tried to record the Bob Picardo charity auction at a small restaurant, a small function, of perhaps 20 people. Lots of great Trek memorabilia, but two items in, the monsoon hit and water started coming in through the roof. And then the power went out. Cue the tealight candles, mini flashlights, cellphones and, for Bob Picardo, a battery-operated microphone. The show went on, the temperature quickly rose in the restaurant, and to make matters worse, the ATMs were offline. The lack of cash access severely limited potential sales. Lisa and Teri offer their assistance and experience in helping the auction accept credit cards, which might bypass such future disasters. Not many carry that much cash anymore. For instance, StarfleetMom had all of her cash stolen from her timeshare room on the first day of the convention. P.S. StarfleetMom looks great and it was great to see Treklet. (Squirrel: the last of Nick’s glitter came off on Thursday.
Next week: two more episodes of Voyager from Teri. Nick: audio drama is closing soon. Gates of Sto’vo’kor has an entry. They’ll figure out the code giveaway down the road. More G&T show guests coming soon. New Titan and Vanguard guards coming soon, David’s new trilogy comes out soon. Star Trek: Titan – Fallen Gods will be discussed soon. Mike: He’s now a columnist for Priority One podcast, for his new column “The Spirit of Trek,” tidbits that are true to the spirit of Trek and Gene Roddenberry. First episode: Roddenberry.com’s “Mission Log” podcast.
Teri: Several podcasts are supporting a nonprofit organization in the creation of The Tesla Museum for Nicola Tesla. Check out TheOatmeal.com. Interviews coming soon. PrimeTime UGC will have a new aftershow called the Great Link for Foundry authors, on CerberusFilms livestream. Damon Lindelhoff was on BBCA’s The Nerdist talking about Time Travel and the prime universe. Xander will no longer be hosting Tribbles in Ecstasy.
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