Sunday, March 30, 2014

Artist's Sunday #7: Nerd Love, Episode 4 - To Boldly Go

Foreword: I am not even going to address missing last Sunday. If you haven't figured out by now that our lives are nuts and I don't always get the opportunity to sit down and focus on this long enough to hash out a decent post, then you haven't been with us for very long. If you have figured it out, then I hope you won't get annoyed and leave us. That being said, welcome to Episode IV.

Wow, I realized after typing that, that it sounds like one side of a couple's spat. Ha. Anyway...

*ahem* That's right, this week is on Star Trek. If you're a Star Wars fan and hate Trekdom, then this is your chance to skip over to the next one. Yes, don't worry, I'm going to do Star Wars too. Trek gets its day first because I am a Trekkie, and because Dragon and I have been playing Star Trek Online in our spare time (it's free to play and gaming is quite possibly our favorite thing to do together, besides... well. *ahem*) so it's been on my mind.

Star Trek has touched the hearts and imaginations of many generations of geeks, turning them into writers, actors, scientists, engineers, technicians... well, you get the idea. There's even a documentary on "How Star Trek Changed the World" that is pretty awesome. Seriously, even if you don't like Star Trek, but you are a tech geek, you should check it out. I didn't even know how much influence my childhood fandom has had on the world we know...

From an artistic/creative perspective, Star Trek triggers the inspirational hope for a better, brighter (and, let's face it, more interesting!) future. The Original Series (and The Next Generation, too. After that it was more about adventures in space...) was all about humans getting over their differences and overcoming obstacles and threats and problems, and discovery and exploration of uncharted frontiers, by working together in a society of mutual respect. There was no currency (one of the evils of our time if you ask us, but that's another post for another day), disease had been dramatically reduced, lives were longer, and technology actually made our lives better instead of turning us into screen zombies. Not quite a Utopia, because there was still a galaxy full of messed up goings-on to deal with, and people are still people, but the idea presented, that one day we as humans will get over ourselves enough to present a united face to the rest of Creation, and tackle whatever comes our way with cooperation... that is what inspires.

And, granted, when diplomacy didn't work, they got to blow sh*t up. Can't get better than that. :D

Now! On to the arts:

Here's raising a glass of Earl Grey, bloodwine, Romulan Ale, or tranya
to generations past, present, and future,
who have been inspired by the voyages of the starship Enterprise.

"These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise, her five year mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."


  1. I love the "Live Long and Prosper" fork. And that Deep Space Nice model is fantastic!

    1. The Bird of Prey kid's toy was my favorite.... but then I'm overly biased toward kid's stuff right now. Blast! I just realized that the Romulans are not represented, and they are my favorite... sneaky green bloods...