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Star Wars in the Real World of War   Leave a comment


                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                     

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

Posted December 1, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Nazi UFOs, very interesting.   Leave a comment


Is it possible that an evil race of Aliens allied with the Nazis during World War II?  That would have been a formidable alliance to deal with.  Especially if the Aliens provided the Nazis with UFO technology.  I can’t see a P-51 Mustang defeating a souped up UFO.  But then again, maybe the Americans and Russians had their own Alien benefactors.

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In science fiction, conspiracy theory, and underground comic books, there are a number of stories or claims regarding Nazi UFOs (in German: Rundflugzeug, Feuerball, Diskus, Haunebu, Hauneburg-Geräte, VRIL, Kugelblitz, Andromeda-Geräte, Flugkreisel, Kugelwaffen, Reichsflugscheiben). They relate supposedly successful attempts to develop advanced aircraft or spacecraft in Nazi Germany prior to and during World War II, and further claim the post-war survival of these craft in secret underground bases in Antarctica, South America or the United States, along with their Nazi creators.

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Nazi UFO tales and myths very often conform largely to documented history on the following points:

  • Nazi Germany claimed the territory of New Swabia in Antarctica, sent an expedition there in 1938, and planned others.
  • Nazi Germany conducted research into advanced propulsion technology, including rocketry, Viktor Schauberger’s engine research, flying wing craft and the Arthur Sack A.S.6 experimental circular winged aircraft.
  • Some UFO sightings during World War II, particularly those known as foo fighters, were thought by the allies to be prototype enemy aircraft designed to harass Allied aircraft through electromagnetic disruption; a technology similar to today’s electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons.
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Posted April 10, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Starship Enterprise in the shop for repairs, to voyage again later this year   Leave a comment


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After 50 years of imaginary intergalactic service and epic flights of science fiction, the starship Enterprise, registry number NCC-1701, lies in pieces on a table at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.

X-rays of its insides hang on the walls of the conservation unit. Parts of the ship’s poplar-and-fiberglass hull are exposed. And the bridge, where fictional Starfleet Capt. James T. Kirk once sat, has been removed.

Enterprise is a venerable ship — launched in 1964 at a Burbank, Calif., prop maker’s shop for the original “Star Trek” television series.

It’s also a piece of history, along with the Wright Brothers’ “Flyer” and Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis.”

The museum is now restoring the make-believe voyager as a part of America’s real-life air and space heritage.

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Ariel O’Connor, a conservator at the museum, shows where screws were hidden under a rail on the main body of the Enterprise model.

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The lighting effect (oscillating look of movement) was achieved with blinking Christmas lights and a spinning fan mechanism.

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Paramount Studios gave the 11-foot-long Enterprise model to the Smithsonian in 1974, Malcolm Collum, the Air and Space Museum’s chief conservator, said Thursday.

The show, about the a starship’s crew of space adventurers, made its debut in 1966 and was canceled after three seasons.

“At that time, [the model] was just a discarded piece, a prop,” he said.

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Star Trek, created by the late Hollywood screenwriter and World War II bomber pilot Gene Roddenberry, has become a global phenomenon, sparking several television shows and movies, books, comics — and legions of followers.

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Crude by modern standards, the Enterprise model is being handled as a classic, if evolving, work of art.

“Its appearance changed numerous times throughout the [TV] series,” Collum said.

Conservators are striving to make the Enterprise look as it did in the 1967 episode “The Trouble With Tribbles,” in which the ship is infested with the furry creatures, he said.

The original model, painted battleship gray, was made by the Production Models Shop, which built models for commercials, Smithsonian conservator Ariel O’Connor said.

It went back to the shop once for the addition of lights and windows, and was altered three times in the studio.

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Collum said the model had long hung in the gift shop of the Air and Space Museum on the Mall. Now it is headed for the renovated Milestones of Flight Hall there.

“The historical relevance of the TV show, and this model, has grown,” he said. “So it’s now being brought up into the limelight, and it’s going to be in the same gallery as the ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ [and] the Apollo 11 command module.”

Enterprise will go back on display this year, in time for the museum’s 40th birthday in July and the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek” in September, museum spokesman Nick Partridge said in a blog post.

But before that, deterioration of the model has to be addressed. Paint is peeling in spots. Parts of the four earlier restorations have to be corrected. And years of grime must be cleaned off, Collum said.

“But for being a model that was built by a shop that would build things for a quick TV episode and be done, it’s actually built remarkably well,” O’Connor said. “It’s very sturdy.”

It’s a half-century old, she said — a moment in star time, a small chapter in its continuing mission.

 

Posted February 8, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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If it wasn’t for Lucille Ball, there wouldn’t be any Trekkies   Leave a comment


The ultimate decision to put the original Star Trek series on the air back in 1966 fell into the hands of Lucille Ball. She was a studio executive (Desilu) who wielded power over decisions like which shows will move forward and which shouldn’t. She took the Star Trek plunge, the rest is mega science fiction franchise history.

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedienne, model, film studio executive, and TV producer. She was the star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and Life with Lucy.

How Star Trek was launched:

In April 1964, Roddenberry presented the Star Trek draft to Desilu Productions, a leading independent television production company. He met with Herb Solow, Desilu’s Director of Production. Solow saw promise in the idea and signed a three-year program-development contract with Roddenberry.

The idea was extensively revised and fleshed out during this time – ‘The Cage’ pilot filmed in late 1964 differs in many respects from the March 1964 treatment. Solow, for example, added the Star Date concept.

Desilu Productions had a first-look deal with CBS. Oscar Katz, Desilu’s Vice President of Production, went with Roddenberry to pitch the series to the network. They refused to purchase the show, as they already had a similar show in development, the 1965 Irwin Allen series Lost in Space.

In May 1964, Solow, who previously worked at NBC, met with Grant Tinker, then head of the network’s West Coast programming department. Tinker commissioned the first pilot – which became ‘The Cage’. NBC turned down the resulting pilot, stating that it was ‘too cerebral.’ However, the NBC executives were still impressed with the concept, and they understood that its perceived faults had been partly because of the script that they had selected themselves.

NBC made the unusual decision to pay for a second pilot, using the script called “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Only the character of Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy, was retained from the first pilot, and only two cast members, Majel Barrett and Nimoy, were carried forward into the series. This second pilot proved to be satisfactory to NBC, and the network selected Star Trek to be in its upcoming television schedule for the fall of 1966.

The second pilot introduced most of the other main characters: Captain Kirk (William Shatner), chief engineer Lt. Commander Scott (James Doohan) and Lt. Sulu (George Takei), who served as a physicist on the ship in the second pilot but subsequently became a helmsman throughout the rest of the series. Paul Fix played Dr. Mark Piper in the second pilot; ship’s doctor Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) joined the cast when filming began for the first season, and he remained for the rest of the series, achieving billing as the third star of the series. Also joining the ship’s permanent crew during the first season were the communications officer, Lt. Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), the first African-American woman to hold such an important role in an American television series; the captain’s yeoman, Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney), who departed midway through the first season; and Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett), head nurse and assistant to McCoy. Walter Koenig joined the cast as Ensign Pavel Chekov in the series’ second season.

In February 1966, Star Trek was nearly killed by Desilu Productions, before airing the first episode. Desilu had gone from making just one half-hour show (The Lucy Show), to deficit financing a portion of two expensive hour-long shows, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. Solow was able to convince LUCILLE BALL that both shows should continue.

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Posted December 28, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Star Wars Nerd Designs Flags for 100 Planets in the Star Wars Universe   Leave a comment


Wired.com

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If you were to tally every planet ever mentioned in Star Wars—we’re talking movies, comics, video games, and animated series—you’d end up with a number north of 300. That Star Wars became the cultural phenomenon we know today is no doubt the result of its dedication to truly thorough world-building. Every planet in the universe comes with its own history, culture, and landscape. And now, they have flags, too.

Scott Kelly is an art director from New Zealand who’s spent the last year designing flags for more than 100 planets in the Star Wars galaxy. As a self-professed Star Wars and flag-design nerd, Kelly drew on information from Wookieepedia to craft the brilliantly detailed emblems. He followed vexillological traditions to design his flags—think cantons, chevron patterns, and the classic 2:3 aspect ratio—and combined it with graphics that duly represented the otherworldliness of the series. “I tried to walk the line between traditional flag design and these far-off alien planets,” he explains.

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Every flag in the series is inspired by the culture, economy, history, and natural landscape of the fictional world it stands for. Tatooine’s flag, for example, is a deep red and yellow, which references the fact that travelers had long mistaken the planet for a sun because of its desert landscape (the two circles, of course, represent the two suns around which Tatooine orbits); while that of Thule, a planet in the outer rim territories known for its semi-arid savannah and rocks charred from lightening strikes, is more graphically aggressive. “It needed to have a quite masculine feel to it,” he explains. “Almost oppressive.”

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Naturally, Kelly took some creative liberties. For instance, he deciding that planets associated with the Galactic Republic would be colored royal blue. Other flags were simply Kelly’s interpretation of specific traditions and histories. He figures not everyone will agree with his vision (Star Wars fans are a tough crowd!), but regardless, you have to applaud his dedication. “There’s been a series of emails and replies that have said, ‘Oh I bet that guy doesn’t have a girlfriend,’” he laughs.

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Posted December 17, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Space Alien Cat from the Planet Cheron   Leave a comment


Bele from the planet Cheron in the Star Trek episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.”

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Venus the Cat, she has to be from the planet Cheron.

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The owner insists Venus is not photo-shopped or painted. See video below.

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The three-year-old tortoiseshell has her own Facebook page and a YouTube video that’s been viewed over a million times, and appeared on the Today Show.

One look at this cat and you can understand why: One half is solid black with a green eye—the other half has typical orange tabby stripes and a blue eye.

How does a cat end up looking like that? Leslie Lyons, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who studies the genetics of domestic cats said she’s never seen a cat exactly like Venus.

“She is extremely, extremely rare,” Lyons said. “But you can explain it and you can understand it.”

Many reports about Venus refer to the cat as a “chimera.” In mythology, a chimera is a mishmash monster made up of parts of different animals. A feline chimera is a cat whose cells contain two types of DNA, caused when two embryos fuse together.

Among cats, “chimeras are really not all that rare,” Lyons said. In fact, most male tortoiseshell cats are chimeras. The distinctively mottled orange and black coat is a sign that the cat has an extra X chromosome.

But female cats, said Lyons, already have two X chromosomes so they can sport that coat without the extra X. That means Venus is not necessarily a chimera.

To find out would require genetic testing, said Lyons. With samples of skin from each side of the cat, “we can do a DNA fingerprint—just like on CSI—and the DNA from one side of the body should be different than the other.”

Cat’s Blue Eye Another Mystery

If Venus isn’t actually a chimera, then what would explain her amazing face?

“Absolute luck,” Lyons said. One theory: perhaps the black coloration was randomly activated in all the cells on one side of her face, while the orange coloration was activated on the other, and the two patches met at the midline of her body as she developed.

Cat fanciers who are transfixed by Venus’s split face may be missing the real story: her single blue eye. Cat eyes are typically green or yellow, not blue.

A blue-eyed cat is typically a Siamese or else a cat with “a lot of white on them,” she explained.

Venus appears to have only a white patch on her chest, which to Lyons is not enough to explain the blue eye.

“She is a bit of a mystery.”

 

Posted December 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Star Trek, the original TV series, behind the scenes photos   Leave a comment


This is just bloody weird

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The expensive sets was one of the reasons the series was so short-lived.

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Kirk had a libido like Bill Clinton

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Chekov would like to zap that script.

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Spock makes an appearance on the Carol Burnett Show.

Posted November 16, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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