Fabulous fan video for William Shatner's cover of Pulp's "Common People"

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In 2004 William Shatner released a sprechstimme album called Has Been, which included a cover version of Pulp's "Common People," with backing vocals by Joe Jackson. It's an excellent rendition, and it inspired LordRicco666 to edit a video to accompany it that consists of clips from Star Trek that are timed and themed to match the rhythm and lyrics. Great job!

From Dangerous Minds:

What makes this edit truly incredible is the attention to detail in matching shots with the lyrical content, even nailing specific lines of the song to lines spoken by Kirk in the show. Check twenty-seven seconds in where “I want to live,” or forty-seven seconds in where “I’ll see what I can do” sync perfectly. The amount of work that went into this is apparent and astounding.

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Welsh government responds in Klingon to UFO questions

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Darren Millar, the Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales, posed three questions to Welsh economy, science and transport minister Edwina Hart about recent UFO sightings and funding research into the phenomena. A Welsh government spokesperson responded in Klingon: Read the rest

Star Trek creator's perfect comment on casting a bald captain for ST: TNG

At a press conference about Star Trek: The Next Generation, a reporter asked Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry about casting Patrick Stewart, commenting that "Surely by the 24th century, they would have found a cure for male pattern baldness." Gene Roddenberry had the perfect response. Read the rest

Watch: "Bottle Episodes" of favorite TV shows like Star Trek, produced on the cheap

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"Bottle episodes" are budget-saving episodes of TV series that are produced on-the-cheap, using as few sets, effects, and even actors as possible. The term came from "ship-in-a-bottle episodes" of the original Star Trek when the crew didn't leave the Enterprise. Read the rest

Bluetooth Star Trek Communicator

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Made of opaque aluminum, this $150 gadget hooks up to a proper cellphone and makes all the right moves and noises. It was "made in response to countless requests from Star Trek fans all over the world," so you can stop asking now.

For nearly 50 years, 700 hours of content from six television series and eleven movies, has made Star Trek into an entertainment and pop culture icon across the world. With its visionary philosophy and thrill for adventure, Star Trek continues to boldly go into new territories, as the rebooted film franchise goes on to wow new audiences. The Wand Company’s Star Trek Original Series Communicator is the most accurate replica ever made, designed using the first ever structured-light 3D scans taken of the Alpha Hero Prop, crammed full of advanced technology, bringing new levels of action and immersion for Star Trek fans of all ages.

• First fully working wireless Communicator • Bluetooth® Handset for pairing with Bluetooth® enabled mobile cellular phones • Constructed from pressed metal, die cast metal, machined aluminum and textured ABS to replicate the original hero prop • Magnetic stand, with metal base and multi-colour LED charge status illumination • Built-in lithium polymer battery with wireless charging, just place on stand to automatically charge the power cell • High quality molded polyurethane foam-lined transit case • High quality speaker, great for hands-free calls and even playing music streaming from any bluetooth enabled audio player • high quality MEMS microphone for crystal clear call quality • Will delight collectors • Wide range of authentic sound effects and conversation fragments from the Star Trek Universe

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Star Trek paperclips

$20 gets you 40 clips, half in the shape of the Starfeelt insignia, the other half shaped like the Enterprise. Read the rest

Star Trek TOS Captain's gold blankie

It's 45" x 60", made of cuddly fleece, and costs $25, for when the pressures of command demand a duvet day. Read the rest

Jean-Luc Picard that you can dance to

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Star Trek: TNG's Jean-Luc Picard drops knowledge over Eclectic Method. Read the rest

William Shatner "filled with dread and anticipation" about upcoming motortrike journey

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84-year-old William Shatner is excited about his upcoming eight-day road trip, from Chicago to his home in Los Angeles. He'll do it astride a 3-wheeled vehicle called the Landjet. It looks like something Immortan Joe, the bad guy in Mad Max: Fury Road, might tool around on, rather than the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner says he isn't quite sure why he's doing this, other than for the sheer fun of it.

“It’s a jump into the dark,” he admits, though not one that will go undocumented. “I’m going to film it, and I’m wondering what the story is. The more I think about it, the more I realize it’s a ledger of an adventure into the unknown.”

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Ultimate t-shirt for trolling science fiction fans

$20-26 from Offworld Designs. (via Diane Duane) Read the rest

Star Trek TNG ties

Give Dad the red one: $30, also comes in gold and blue. Read the rest

Chinese businessman builds $100m office in shape of Starship Enterprise

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NetDragon Websoft’s Liu Dejian, 43, told the Wall Street Journal that the 853-foot-long structure cost 600 million yuan—almost $100 million. The Baidu board member "made it so" after receiving permission from CBS, which owns rights to the TV show.

“That was their first time dealing with issue like this and at first they thought that it was a joke,” said the company in an email.

“They realized somebody in China actually did want to work out a building modeled on the USS Enterprise only after we sent the relevant legal documents,” said the company. It didn’t disclose financial details.

“We have always held a negative attitude toward piracy,” said the company. CBS didn’t respond to requests for comment over the weekend.

Check it out on Google Maps.

Construction, in Fujian province, began in October 2010 and took until 2014. How to make the Starship Enterprise out of a paperclip. Impress your friends! It's easy when you know how. Read the rest

If they'd given Commander Riker his own Star Trek spinoff show, it would not be as good as this

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They should have given the franchise to Jan van den Hemel. [via The Verge] Read the rest

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

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

Star Trek sushi set

The beams of blue spacewarp light on Thinkgeek's $35 Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set detach from the Enterprise's nacelles to form chopsticks, while the saucer section unscrews to form a soy sauce dish. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

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

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