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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry Passes Away

December 18, 2008

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Roddenberry succumbed to a short battle with Leukemia at 12:27 AM on December 18 in her Bel-Air home. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her son Rod Roddenberry and family friends. She is survived by her only son Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the CARE Organization or Precious Paws both of which share Roddenberry’s love for animals and dedication to animal rescue.

Funeral details are pending and a public memorial will be scheduled sometime after Christmas or in early 2009.

More on Majel and her contributions to Star Trek at Memory Alpha.

This is really sad new for me. I grew up watching the Next Generation on a weekly basis, and I have the eintire series on DVD. She was apart of some of my favorite episodes, and she always seemed like a personable and classy lady outside of the Trek universe.

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‘Star Trek’: New Movie, New Vision

October 16, 2008

Aboard a monstrous and gloomy interstellar cruiser — part Death Star, part Mordor — the man who would be the next captain of the starship Enterprise finds himself under fire from bald, blue-tatted alien brawlers. At the moment, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), the hotheaded, horndog hero of Star Trek, is still a fresh-faced space cadet. At his side is his young half-human, half-Vulcan BFF, Spock (Zachary Quinto), looking quintessentially Spocky with his black bowl cut, slanting eyebrows, and blue smock. Here on the set of director J.J. Abrams‘ $150 million bid to bring Gene Roddenberry‘s beloved sci-fi world back to the big screen, the two geek pop icons have infiltrated a Romulan warcraft only to see their mission explode into a raging phaser fight. No longer are their signature Trek weapons boxy plastic toys, but sleek silver gizmos with spring-triggered barrels that revolve and glow in the transition from ”stun” to ”kill.” Problem is, every time Kirk raises his newfangled ray gun, the barrel revolves too early. Or too late. Or not at all. Giggles and unprintable curses fly. Someone lightens the mood with a quip: ”Most illogical, captain.”

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE!

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I Hate Baseball Sometimes

July 30, 2008

The Tiger’s traded Pudge today…………..TO THE FUCKING YANKEES! Not just that but all they got was one decent bullpen guy. Yeah Pudge isn’t as great as he once was, and yeah his contract was big, it makes sense from a business perspective, from a fan perspective is fucking sucks. It sucks that we live in an era where people don’t play for one team their entire career, and I know Pudge earned his stripes as a Texas ranger but he was a big reason the Tiger’s franchise revitalized. He was Jen’s favorite player. Shit I bought her a Pudge Jersey for her birthday this year.

God damn baseball……………..

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Stress Free Weekend?

March 29, 2008

Oh yeah! TOTALLY! If only I could get a decent nights sleep.

On the short side: Fuck the business of pro wrestling. Real long, real hard buddy.

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The Best MRI I’ve Ever Had

March 11, 2008

It was also the worst, by default actually, since it was also my first.

Not a lot has been going on.  Just about finished watching the final season ALF. Again I will say how surprised I am at how well it’s held up over the years. I shall maintain this forever!

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HD DVD 2006-2008

February 20, 2008

In a statement released Tuesday, Toshiba announced it had completed a “thorough review of its overall strategy” and concluded the company “will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders.” Atsutoshi Nishida, Toshiba’s president and CEO, was quoted as saying:

“We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called ‘next-generation format war’ and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop. While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high-definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality.”

According to the statement, Toshiba is “aiming for cessation” of its HD DVD manufacturing and shipping by the end of next month, but will “continue…to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.”

And wouldn’t you know it, before the day was out, Universal pulled its own plug on the format, releasing a statement indicating its support for Blu-ray:

“While Universal values the close partnership we have shared with Toshiba, it is time to turn our focus to releasing new and catalog titles on Blu-ray. The path for widespread adoption of the next-generation platform has finally become clear. Universal will continue its aggressive efforts to broaden awareness for high-def’s unparalleled offerings in interactivity and connectivity, at an increasingly affordable price. The emergence of a single, high-definition format is cause for consumers, as well as the entire entertainment industry, to celebrate.”

You hear that, consumers? This is a time for celebration. Why are you crying, HD DVD owners? You have unparalleled offerings in interactivity and connectivity at an increasingly affordable price to look forward to!

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Writers Strike Is History!

February 13, 2008

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Striking Hollywood writers are going back to work.

Writers Guild members picket Friday. The guild Sunday decided to have members vote on ending the strike.

The Writers Guild of America said its members voted Tuesday to end their devastating, three-month strike that brought the entertainment industry to a standstill.

Writers will be back on the job Wednesday after voting in Beverly Hills and New York.

“At the end of the day, everybody won,” Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp., told The Associated Press.

“It was a fair deal and one that the companies can live with, and it recognizes the large contribution that writers have made to the industry.”

Moonves was among the media executives who helped broker a deal after talks between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios, collapsed in acrimony in December.

Residuals for TV shows and movies distributed online was the most contentious issue in the bitter dispute involving the 12,000-member union and the world’s largest media companies and other producers.

Under a tentative contract approved Sunday by the union’s board of directors, writers would get a maximum flat fee of about $1,200 for streamed programs in the deal’s first two years and then get 2 percent of a distributor’s gross in year three.

“These advances now give us a foothold in the digital age,” said Patric Verrone, president of the West Coast guild. “Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as television migrates to the Internet.”