Gorgeous custom science fiction jewelry

Pittsburgh's Paul Michael Bierker is a jeweler who makes incredible, nerdy rings and other jewelry, from the Tie Fighter engagement rings to the Han Solo in Carbonite rings (also available as a pendant). Read the rest

This cartoon basically sums up every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series


Okay, so it might not include the sci-fi plotlines Read the rest

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Star Trek movie supercuts: just the spaceships

Thomas Hunt's done all the Trek movies as ship-only videos, which is, as JWZ notes, oddly soothing. Read the rest

If Star Trek comms were as crappy as cell phones

The Verizon guy would have made an endearing science officer. Read the rest

Mr. Spock: Ladies man?

Nope. Read the rest

Listen: Marlene Dietrich plays musical saw (with bonus Star Trek theme)


Marlene Dietrich always wanted to be a classical musician. Since her cabaret act and film career left little time for her to do the required practice, she played the musical saw instead. Throughout World War II she wowed USO audiences with the novelty. Here she is playing "Aloha Oe" in 1944 with the comedic setup she did in her cabaret act. Read the rest

Adventure Time hand towels

Your hands will be drier and your heart will sing: $13 on Etsy, also available in Kirby, Finn, and Captain Kirk. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

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Every episode of every Star Trek series ever, ranked

Jordan Hoffman of Playboy has ranked all 695 episodes of every Star Trek series, with comments on each episode. It's a monumental effort that could be a book. Read the rest

Replica Star Trek original series tricorder

Thinkgeek's $60 replica tricorder is full-sized, plays real Leonard Nimoy-voiced Spock audio samples, and has a removable light-up scanner. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Wesley Crusher Star Trek hoodie

The iconic, stripe-shouldered uniform made Wil Wheaton the beloved scamp we know and love today, and it can be yours for $60, complete with aura of youthful, exuberant naiveté. Read the rest

Uhura and Obama

And in other Nichelle Nichols news today, this Tweet from Phil Larson at the White House: Read the rest

Lt. Uhura and MLK, Jr.

In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr urged Nichelle Nichols to stay in her post as Lt. Uhura on Star Trek because she was an important and all-too-rare positive TV role model for black people. From CNN:

As the startlingly beautiful and fiercely intelligent Lt. Uhura on the hit 1960s TV series, Nichols was a revolutionary figure at a time when the only African-American women you saw on U.S. TV were usually playing servants.

Indeed, Star Trek was reportedly the only program Martin Luther King Jr would let his children stay up late to watch.

When Nichols was considering leaving the show to pursue a career on Broadway, King Jr personally implored her to stay, saying she was a powerful role model for black people across the country -- and the world. "That was the greatest thing," says Nichols. "That was greater than anything else, to be told that by Dr. Martin Lurther King, because he was my leader.

"So I stayed and I never regretted it."

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"Spock" turns down XXX role

Mr. Spock impersonator Roy Ives, 70, turned down an offer to star in a Swedish porn film titled "The Vulgar Vulcan." Read the rest

Spock-hand business-card holder

Thinkgeek's Bronze Spock Business Card Holder ($35) is a 1.3lb lump of high-grade, nerdy polystone desk-decor. The Starfleet uniform cuff is a nice touch! Also works for Klingons/Romulans who can explain that it's a grisly, amputated war-trophy. Read the rest

How to win pregnant, classic SF cosplay

An intrepid pregnant cosplayer had an inspired costume idea! It's from George Takei's Twitter feed, and a followup suggests that she's called Alison. (via Wil Wheaton) Read the rest

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