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For your reading pleasure.
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I heard a few hours ago that Patrick McGoohan had passed away at the age of 80. The Prisoner is one of those shows I've always wanted to see, but have never had the opportunity - I've never heard of it being aired on TV (I'm sure it has been, I've just never heard about it), and the DVD set is awfully expensive. I wonder how he felt about the upcoming remake of the show.

And just now, I got the news that Ricardo Montalban has passed away at 88. (I had no idea he was that old... I figured he was around 75. He looked damned good for a man in his mid 40s during "Space Seed", not to mention being in his early 60s at the time of "Wrath Of Khan".) He was someone I'd always wanted to meet, not only because of his larger-than-life portrayal of Khan, but because I grew up watching "Fantasy Island". Alas, his failing health over the past few years meant that he wasn't accepting invitations to conventions (though I only ever heard of him being at one or two, anyway).

I always found it amusing that in one review of TWOK, the critic wrote that Montalban was "hilariously miscast as Khan". Guess that critic never watched TOS...

Rest in peace, gentlemen.
lance_sibley: (illogical)
For those not already aware, Majel Barrett Roddenberry has passed away from leukemia, at the age of 76.

Link to the Associated Press story
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[livejournal.com profile] hico is picking me up around noon to head off to Montreal for Con*Cept for the weekend, so I really should be packing. Not to mention doing laundry. But I got home around 10:30 and had to return a phone call, then make dinner. Normally I might have tried to get home earlier, but I was trying to finish up something at work and so didn't leave the office until about 9 - I almost got all seven reports finished, but I'm having a bit of trouble tweaking the SQL for the last one and so I left it for Monday.

It's funny how things work out - I hadn't booked a room in the con hotel because, like with everything else, I left it until the last minute and the hotel ran out of rooms. (There's a Canadiens game Saturday night, plus a lot of people are coming for Anticipation meetings who wouldn't normally attend Con*Cept.) The phone call I had to return was from someone with whom I often share rooms at out-of-town cons, who had called this evening to ask if I'd like to share this weekend. So that's a bit of luck. :)

I didn't go for lunch until about 3:30 today, and on the way back decided to stop off at the store where Zak and I were working during the summer. Roman had said that I could have a router that he no longer needed, so I finally got around to picking it up and getting the instructions on how to set it up from Brian, who is the service department there (not just the service manager, he's the entire department). Once I get that set up, I'll be able to surf the Web from the comfort of my couch. :) (Well, I also need to get something to allow me to plug the three-pronged plug of my laptop into the two-pronged outlet in the wall behind the couch. Details, details.)

Of course, this also means that the plans Eric and I have made to watch the upcoming season of BSG together while chatting in IM will actually work. :) (Though I have to finish watching the rest of the series first... I'm currently on 1x12, "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Pt. 1". I still have a couple of months to get caught up, though. )

I'm sure everyone has already seen the new photos from the Trek movie. For the few of you who haven't:

Make with the clicky-clicky... )

I just don't know. The bridge looks completely different from what I was expecting or hoped for, and the uniforms look more like soccer jerseys. Karl Urban seems to have De Kelley's body language down to a "T", though.

There are more pictures online, here, here and here. (There are duplications between the sites, but some of them might be in higher resolution.)

And [livejournal.com profile] bovil posted this the other day, which I thought I would share. Toronto people, note the name of the artist. :)



(For non-Toronto people, Lar deSouza is a regular at Polaris, and this year did a two-hour workshop on digital art. He also participates every year in our origami workshop.)

So, let's see, at this rate I should be starting to pack for the weekend around, what, 2 o'clock? :)
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
I feel like I'm constantly falling further and further behind... over 500 emails in my inbox right now. I've read them all, and I don't need to respond to all of them, but I keep saving stuff with the intention of going back and answering... which reminds me, that long, locked post from a week and a half ago? I do intend on replying to your comments... it just might take me a few more days to get around to it. I finally managed to write a letter tonight for Anticipation that I'd meant to write, oh, a month or so ago...

An interesting development took place at work this week. Well, last weekend, to be precise. My boss hired a new person a couple of weeks ago, who was supposed to take over Zak's role as the liaison with the client and allow Zak to concentrate more on other stuff. He started last Monday... and quit on the weekend. So if anyone out there knows C#, basic web programming type stuff (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP), and Microsoft SQL, and is looking for work, my boss is looking for someone again.

I've been getting home later and later, which isn't helping with my effort to clean out my inbox. Tonight it was 9:30. I'm not doing anything that can't be put down until the following day, but when I get my teeth into a problem, I like trying to solve it. I probably would have gotten this particular item done today had we not discovered a problem elsewhere on the site... which has been in production for at least a month, and nobody has noticed. And it's not the kind of thing that you can just miss, either... null reference exceptions being thrown tend to be Really Bad. The whole website goes boom. Working together, though, Zak and I managed to fix the problem in about half an hour. *whew*

Ad Astra is this weekend, which is always fun. I'm on three panels this year: one on the new Trek movie, one on Anticipation, and one on the Constellation Awards (if you haven't nominated yet, please do so!). I'll also be working at the Constellations table, so feel free to stop by and say hello (and nominate!) if you're there.

There's one drawback to Ad Astra being at the hotel it's at, however... it's so close to where I live that I don't bother to get a room, but then I have to get up at the crack of dawn to get there in the morning. And the crack of dawn and I don't get along. (No jokes, please. My mind went there as soon as I typed that sentence, and I now need the brain eraser/mind bleach/mental floss.) I suppose I could get a hotel room, and that would allow me to party later and sleep an extra hour or so, but I'm trying to pay down my credit card.

And finally, some pictures to amuse and titillate (sorry, I'm just going to give links):

  • for Easter, the Washington Post had a Peeps diorama contest. I can't save any of the pictures from their website to my hard drive to post here, but here are the 37 top entries. I particularly liked #37.

  • thanks to Dennis Bailey, today's spy pics from the set of the Star Trek movie that were posted on Ain't It Cool News, and taken down as soon as Paramount's lawyers called, have been saved for posterity.

  • Paramount seems to have missed these pictures, however.



And now... bed. Zzzzzz.
lance_sibley: (illogical)
One of my old high school friends sent me this link on Facebook, and I thought I'd share... this site doesn't seem to allow for embedding so far as I can tell, so you'll have to follow the link.

Star Trek fan video, set to Jefferson Airplane's "Go Ask Alice"

It actually works quite well.
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
News footage, taken from a helicopter, assumed to be of the filming of the Trek movie:



On another topic... is it ever going to stop snowing? Argh. (Well, it might have stopped now. It's too foggy for me to see much out there.)
lance_sibley: (illogical)
And the viral marketing begins!

What does it mean? Your guess is as good as mine. All I can tell is that they're shots from the teaser trailer, and that you can control the clarity of the images using the slidebar under each picture. And that only three are visible at any time. Supposedly an image of a corridor pops up on the off-line camera every so often, but I haven't seen it yet.

I'm such a geek. *grin*

(Edit to add: as soon as I clicked "submit" on this entry, the image of the corridor popped up. It only lasted a few seconds, though. This is weird.)
lance_sibley: (Strike)
We'll start with the important stuff. :) Tonight's scores: 159, 169, 144. I'm disappointed that I finished that third game with three consecutive open frames (including two splits) as I was on a pace for 183 through the first seven frames. At least I didn't lose any more pins off my average.

[livejournal.com profile] h8torun made me promise that I would 'fess up to the fact that she beat me in that third game with a 155. Tonight was her first time at the bowling alley in about six weeks, so I thought she did very well.

Alas, we lost all three games again this week - Randy and Mario weren't there, and while Mario had a bowloff, Randy had arranged for Ralph to fill in for him. Unfortunately, Ralph didn't show up. We have no idea why. We probably would have won at least the first two games had he been there, though the other team was getting tons of breaks that we weren't getting. They'd hit the headpin dead-on and get strikes; we'd do the same and get splits. Argh.

I know this is old news by now, but since I only just walked in the door about ten minutes ago, the Star Trek teaser trailer has been posted at IESB.net. For the three of you who haven't seen it already...

It doesn't show a heck of a lot - heck, it doesn't really show anything, and this is footage that was made just for the teaser trailer, so it's not even going to be in the finished movie - but I like it anyway. The viral marketing campaign ought to be fun to follow.

If all goes well, I'm going to try to make it out to see Cloverfield tomorrow night with some friends, so I'll be able to see it on the big screen. I promise to stay and watch the movie, though, and not walk out after the teaser trailer. ;)

Elsewhere... I had a fairly productive week at work this week. I'm a little annoyed that the client seems to want significant changes to stuff that I spent a lot of time doing recently, but that's what happens when the client tells you, "I want [x], but I don't know how I want it to work or what I want it to look like. Wing it, and I'll tell you afterwards if I like it or not." It feels sometimes like I'm wasting a lot of time.
lance_sibley: (balcony - by evenstar_estel)
... on the scene with the latest Star Trek news. Behind the cut for those trying to avoid this kind of thing:

The Big 'E' in all her glory. )

Sweet.
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
For anyone else looking for Star Trek movie news... the website for the movie is up, here.

There's not much there beyond a pretty logo and the ability to sign up to receive email about updates. I read a rumour that the teaser trailer that's being released this weekend with Cloverfield will be put up on the site next week.
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Virtually none of the businesses along Yonge Street between my bus stop and the office had shovelled their walks today. It must have taken me ten minutes to make what's normally a five-minute walk. It was also pretty annoying that the plows deposited four-foot high snowbanks along the sidewalks, with no breaks for the bus stop. Getting on and off the bus today was an adventure.

Okay, the real reason I'm bothering to post...

More Star Trek casting news. )
lance_sibley: (illogical)
There's a new Trek film coming out in a year, and CBS decides to "restructure" their web team and eliminate the department that oversees STARTREK.COM?

WTF?

Well, so much for my contacts there helping to promote Polaris. :(
lance_sibley: (illogical)
And cut for your clicking pleasure:

Could this be the new Enterprise? )

I'm not sure how much I like it. Heck, I don't even know if it's the real thing... I see that IESB.net has posted it, but they're also not sure if it's for real.

In other news... I spent much of the weekend doing meeting-type stuff, including a conference call on Sunday. Work continues apace for both Polaris 22 and Anticipation. As of last night, the Masquerade team is in place. (The committee list is here.) I guess the next step is recruiting the Hugo Awards team...

And I finally got a chance to talk to my superintendent... I have a storage locker, finally. It's only taken me ten years to get around to investigating whether or not I could get one, and some people moved out at the end of November, freeing up a few. It's not as big as I would have liked, but at least it's somewhere to store all the stuff that's piled in my solarium and dining room. And although it's small in area, it's got some height - which means I may need to buy or borrow a stepladder...

And now back to replacing datagrids.
lance_sibley: (Strike)
I had a fairly decent night tonight at the bowling alley: 184, 182, 147. That third game was on a 175-180 pace until the 7th frame, however, when they called the break (yeah, we were almost done; only Randy, Ralph and I on my team, and two people on the other team showed up tonight), and after the break, I proceeded to miss three easy spares to finish the game. Argh.

I had thought that my legs might give me more trouble tonight. We had our first real snowfall of the year this week, so I'd switched to my boots, and it always takes me a week or so to get used to the extra weight. However, my legs aren't in any more pain than they usually are, which is to say that they're a little tired.

Work has been busy. Because of the aforementioned snowfall, my boss had called me yesterday to suggest that I work from home, which I did. My remote connection wasn't all that stable for the latter part of the day, though, and I kept having to shut down and restart my session. I managed to get a fair bit done on my current task, however, and got a fair bit done today as well. There's just one bothersome issue that's going to have to wait until Monday, unless one of you reading this has any brilliant ideas...

Technobabble cut for the uninterested. )

In other work news, I overheard my boss talking about looking at other possible locations for our office. I overheard him talking about it again today to someone - so that's twice he's talked about it with people outside the company before discussing it with those of us who actually work for him. Today I called him on it and asked him where this mystery place is. It turns out it would be one less bus stop, but a longer walk from the bus stop (he said it was about a ten minute walk from Yonge and Allaura). We'll see. (And I thought I had a hard time finding places to eat lunch now... all I know of that's down at Allaura is a McDonald's and a Harvey's/Swiss Chalet.)

There's no new Trek movie news that I know of, but here's a little something for those of you who always wondered just how James Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru test:

Follow the cut... )
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
Since [livejournal.com profile] gurudata pointed out on the weekend that I'd failed to post the photos from the set of Star Trek XI that were leaked (I'm sorry, I was busyish), I'll jump back in with the latest casting news.

Cut for those who want to avoid this kind of thing. )
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
I'm a little late with this news - I didn't get home from work until 9:15, and our Internet access was out at work all day, so I couldn't even sneak a peek at my friendslist - but [livejournal.com profile] terri_osborne posted this little gem this morning:

IESB.net leaks the plot of Star Trek XI

This was followed by some interesting posts at Unca Harlan's Art Deco Dining Pavilion.

Now, Paramount, take a letter. There are four things you JUST. DON'T. DO.:


  1. You don't tug on Superman's cape;

  2. You don't spit into the wind;

  3. You don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger;

  4. You don't piss off Harlan Ellison.



Now, this was followed by this article at SyFyPortal, to which Harlan has responded by saying that they've vastly exaggerated his reaction (in fact, he calls himself an "enormous admirer" of J.J. Abrams), but hey, the man does have a reputation for flying off the handle somewhat. So while he may not be pissed off, item #4 above can be amended to include "Or aggravate him, or even mildly annoy or irritate him. You won't like it."

Those of you who have heard the story of my telephone conversations with Harlan are, no doubt, aware that I exaggerate one small part of the story for the purpose of humour - the bit about changing my underwear. However, nobody to whom I have told the story has ever disputed that I might have had to do that. There's a reason for that... it's plausible.

Off to have dinner now while I watch the circus come to town...
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
Because I know that you're sitting there waiting with bated breath (well, those of you who aren't already over at TrekBBS devouring the Trek XI forum)...

IESB.com is reporting that Jennifer Morrison's manager has confirmed that she has been cast. There's no confirmation of the role she'll be playing, though they've engaged in a little speculation... spoiler? ) If the as-yet-unconfirmed rumour of Rachel Nichols being cast as Janice Rand are true, then that's certainly a possibility. But then who's playing Chapel (assuming that she's in the script - I haven't seen anything one way or the other)?

IESB.com has also reported that Chris Hemsworth, who was a regular on Home And Away as Kim Hyde for the past few seasons (his last episode listing on IMDb is from March, so I don't know if he's still on the show), has been cast. Initially the rumour was that he was going to be playing Sarek, but that's been corrected - he'll be playing George Samuel Kirk, Sr. That's right, Kirk's father. Since he's only 24, I suspect some Lost-style flashbacks going on. I suppose that could work, just so long as Baby!Kirk doesn't refer to Sarek as "Ambassador Pointy" and quote Zephram Cochrane speeches...

There's apparently a recent interview with Zachary Quinto in which he talks about walking onto the bridge set for the first time. I haven't been able to find it, but I did stumble over this article, which has an interesting casting spoiler in it. Funny thing is, the article is two weeks old and I hadn't read this anywhere else.

More news and rumours as I hear them. :)
lance_sibley: (Part Geek All Man)
Trekmovie.com, IESB.net and Variety are reporting that Winona Ryder has been cast as Spock's mother, Amanda.

Not sure how I feel about this... I've never been a huge fan of hers, but I'm sure it's a fairly small role.

There's also a rumour going around that Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Cameron on "House") has been cast as Janice Rand, based on a leaked photo from today's first day of shooting (all the photos are here - the one in question is in the second row), but I'm not convinced that it's actually her in the photo.
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Trektoday.com and Trekmovie.com are both reporting that Zoe Saldana has been cast as Uhura in the upcoming Star Trek movie. Full story here.

Interesting choice. She does look a bit like a young Nichelle Nichols. I don't know anything about her acting skills, though she's been pretty busy over the last six or seven years. Her IMDb profile includes a couple of episodes of Six Degrees, episodes of Law & Order and L&O: SVU, Drumline, The Terminal (of which there's a clip on the Trekmovie site) and Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl.

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