The Trouble with Tribble Christmas Tree Ornament

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I am so in love with this Hallmark Christmas tree ornament, despite it’s terrible official name of “Star Trek™ Tribble Fabric Ornament With Sound and Motion.” Come on, it’s a tribble! And it coos! And it shakes when you squeeze it! I need, like, 600 (at $19.99 each) of these things all piled up beneath my Christmas tree. There’s a video of this thing on the Hallmark site. I’d embed it if they’d let me, but as it is, you simply must go visit the product page and play the video yourself. Check it out!

The Trouble with Tribble Christmas Tree Ornament

TMO Background Mode Interview #2 with Producer Rod Roddenberry

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Rod Roddenberry

Rod Roddenberry is a media producer. The son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, he’s following in his father’s footsteps. Today, Rod is carrying on his father’s work as a producer, the chief executive of Roddenberry Entertainment and the founder of the Roddenberry Foundation.

We chatted about how Star Trek: The Next Generation was his first-love version of the show, the Star Trek philosophy, the show’s split between CBS (TV) and Paramount (movies), what a producer actually does behind the scenes, extraterrestrial intelligence first contact protocols, the future of Star Trek with Sir Patrick Stewart, his previous work in preserving the oceans, and his foundation’s mission. We also chatted about Rod’s reaction to Apple’s March 25 event and his current feelings about Apple.

The Best Spaceships of Science Fiction

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The number and variety of spaceships from TV and movie science fiction is legion. Here’s a list, from Space.com, of the 25 best, in order. While most are starships, capable of FTL, others are mere spaceships. Which one is your favorite? Did one of your own favs not make the list?

The Best Spaceships of Science Fiction

The Apple Watch is Now the Intelligent Guardian of the Galaxy

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Star Trek: Guardian of Forever

During Apple’s September 12 iPhone event, the company’s COO, Jeff Williams, said that “The Apple Watch has become the intelligent guardian of your health.” There is more to that statement than meets the eye.

Online Voting, the Corporate Public Square, Picard’s Return to Star Trek - ACM 474

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Logo

What will it take to make online or app-based voting safe, secure, and reliable? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet are joined by John Kheit to discuss the future of voting. They also explore the idea of corporate platforms (i.e. private platforms) becoming so big that they become synonymous with the public square and subject to the First Amendment. Then Bryan goes off on a weird tangent about how cool Patrick Stewart’s new episode of Star Trek could be if Jean-Luc Picard was a broken and bitter man. Good times!

Patrick Stewart Playing Jean-Luc Picard in New Star Trek Series

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation

Hold on to your photon torpedos, kids, because Patrick Stewart will be starring in a new Star Trek series as Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart broke the news at the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas over the weekend, and what we know so far is it takes place 20 years after the last Star Trek: The Next Generation movie. The series in the early development stages, so Stewart doesn’t even know if Picard will still be a starship captain, or doing something entirely different. Like Star Trek: Discovery, the Picard-based series will be on the CBS All Access subscription service. A launch date hasn’t been announced yet.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Trailer has Us Ready for Warp Speed

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Star Trek: Discovery season 1 was pretty awesome, and the trailer for season 2 makes it look like we have plenty to look forward to when new episodes start airing in early 2019. We get to meet Captain Christopher Pike, who commanded the USS Enterprise before James Kirk, and he looks pretty bad-ass. We also get a Spock reference, Tilly being awesome at math, a lot of action, and a new space mystery for the Discovery crew to unravel. Star Trek: Discovery is available only on CBS All Access, so you’ll need a subscription to watch.

The Influence of Star Trek on Space Technology

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The Star Trek TV shows and movies have had a pervasive effect on our culture, language and space technologies. This extensive article at Space.com looks at the history of the franchise and its real-life impact on space exploration. From the article: “Star Trek also has generated a diverse fan base, some of whom create limited episode productions for themselves. Conventions continue to attract thousands of fans who are eager to rub elbows with actors, writers and other people who worked on the various series and movies. The franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and continues to live long and prosper.”

The Influence of Star Trek on Space Technology

Captain Kirk Has His Own Bourbon

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you’ve been thinking what you need in your life is Star Trek bourbon, you’re in luck because it’s available in your sector now. The James T. Kirk straight bourbon whiskey is Paramont-approved and made by Silver Screen Bottling Company. The whiskey is small batch from barrels aged between four and 12 years and is touted as “for the Star Trek fan and the serious bourbon fan alike.” You can pre-order a bottle now for delivery in October for US$59.99, which is $10 off the list price, or pick up a bottle at San Diego Comic Con. And drink responsibly because no one wants your starship to crash.

Captain Kirk Has His Own Bourbon

Three Star Trek Technologies That May Soon Be Within Reach

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Rich Smith, at The Motley Fool, is enthusiastic about a new book by Dr. Ethan Siegel, a Lewis & Clark College astrophysics professor, called Treknology. In that book, Dr SIegel describes some Star Trek technologies that we could see in our lifetime. Namely, transparent aluminum (oxynitride), deflector shields and tractor beams. The book is cool and author Smith’s essay about it is also cool.

Three Star Trek Technologies That May Soon Be Within Reach

Botnik Creates the Best Star Trek: TNG Script with Predictive Keyboard

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Star Trek: The Next Generation had some amazing scripts (well, except for season 1), but none compare to the new script Botnik created. They used their specially trained keyboard system to create a new script for the TV series. The script is wonderfully funny, and it shows the interesting things that happen with language when you feed text from something—in this case, ST:TNG—into a computer and use that as the basis for predictive typing. There’s even a Web interface you can try out yourself.

Botnik Creates the Best Star Trek: TNG Script with Predictive Keyboard

ToasterFridges Yay or Nay, Attention to Detail, and Orville - Pop.0 16 [Video Podcast]

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

In episode 16 of Pop.0, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the pros and cons of “toasterfridges” in light of advancements from Apple and Microsoft. They also ask whether anyone at Apple is still paying attention to details. Venturing into the pop part of the show, they talk about Orville and Star Trek Discovery. If you enjoy it, please subscribe. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)