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Transparent Aluminum

Okay, Star Trek fans–remember this scene from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)?

It turns out that a transparent aluminum ceramic actually exists. It is aluminum oxynitride and is currently being marketed as ALON by Surmet.

From the following demonstration, it seems to live up to the hype.



January 6, 2014 Posted by | Science and Technology, Television, Video | , , , , , | Comments Off on Transparent Aluminum

Artemis | Spaceship Bridge Simulator

Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator

This is extremely nerdy, but I’d be a liar if I didn’t want to get some friends together and play this simulator.

From the website:

What is Artemis?

Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers.

Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the "main screen", while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control.

Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room ("bridge") , and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.

Artemis is a software game for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.


My favorite bit from the FAQs:

Q: Why can’t my crew play over the internet, using some voice chat software?

A: I always wanted the players to be in one room together, just like a spaceship bridge. I want the captain to be able to push the helmsman aside and shout "Full power, DAMN you!!!" BUT, as a veteran game developer, I recognize that players play my game the way THEY like, not the way I like. V1.1 optimized the network code, and a server option that lets you adjust the network update speed, so Artemis plays across the internet just fine.

Artemis | Spaceship Bridge Simulator

via @pomorales

January 31, 2012 Posted by | Games and Gaming, Geeks and Gadgetry, Software, Television, Windows | , , | 2 Comments

Star Trek Cologne



“Live every day as if it could be your last, with ‘Red Shirt’ cologne.”

Nice find, Tye. 🙂

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Humor, Movies, Oddities, Television | , , , | 1 Comment

Le Wrath Di Khan

Glorious. Robot Chicken really outdid themselves here.

via io9

February 5, 2009 Posted by | Humor, Movies, Music, Television | , , , , | 1 Comment

Star Trek Trailer

Okay, I’m officially excited about this movie now. Admittedly, to me, the only thing “Star Trek” about it is the ship and the pointy ears, but maybe that’s a good thing? 😉

Ooo, I just felt a disturbance in the Force. It felt as if a few hundred cried out in anger at my comment. 🙂

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Television, Video | | 5 Comments

The New Enterprise

The New Enterprise

The New Enterprise

JJ Abrams is aiming to reboot the much-beloved franchise. Above is a picture of the reimagined Enterprise. Is this good or bad? What say you?

November 13, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Television | , , | 4 Comments