Thursday, May 16, 2013


Had a blast seeing Star Trek Into Darkness last night!  Unlike most of the 3D movies I've seen, this one makes galactic good use of the technology!

But I'm not a Trekkie. I'm a fan of the original series, meaning if I'm channel surfing aimlessly on a Saturday and come across William Shatner stuffed into his uniform, seducing some blue creature, I get a little thrill and stop to watch.

So no movie review here, you'll find plenty of other sites with plenty to say, I just thought I'd throw out some random Star Trek frivolity:

Like did you know William Shatner does wine tastings on his website?


I absolutely love that there's a Star Trek Dating site!  
Looks like you can be matched up with male, female or alien.
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I thought Tinsel & Tine had a provocative name when for the first two years it was called Suck My Pretty Toes.  This guys got me beat!

Star Trek Into Darkness Reviews - Two bloggy Trekkies on opposite ends of the spectrum:

IGN Andrew Patterson

The plot isn't very original and refuses to go beyond the mentality of a popcorn movie: non-stop impressive action sequences, a villain we can easily hate and heroes we can vouch for. In that sense, it feels like action film paying tribute to the franchise rather than a worthy entry to the canon. This is can be disappointing, but there are benefits. Unencumbered by complex lore, this is a movie that newcomers can easily jump into and enjoy without any significant knowledge of the franchise.
While it may have lost a few IQ points, there is still much to appreciate with this installment. Take for instance... READ MORE

Comic Vine johnkmccubbin91 -

"If you thought the 2009 film was amazing, you haven't seen nothing yet. This is a truly phenomenal film, and one of the best I've seen this year, as well as being possibly the best Star Trek film of all time. The action, and emotion was balanced equally, and the overall plot was developed perfectly, creating a very dramatic, and suspenseful film, which after just seeing already has me looking forward to it's release on Blu-Ray. I'd highly recommend this film to anyone, whether you're a Star Trek fan or not, as it's a truly amazing film, and well worth the watch. Rating 5/5" READ MORE

Sheldon Cooper/Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory"

If you have or see anything really fun to add to this Trekkie Soup let me know!

Here's an original entry sent to me by David Cross in Novelty Real Estate:

Hey Tinsel and Tine,
Taking inspiration from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations” we created a fun calculator dedicated to Tribbles.

For a while now, I’ve been trying to find a way to finagle a Star Trek-themed post onto the Movoto blog. With J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek film finally in theatres, I thought it was time to pull out the big phasers and make it happen. Are you ready to be stunned?

in “The Trouble With Tribbles,” Spock assumes that a tribble can produce 10 more tribbles every 12 hours.

To figure out the volume of a tribble, I again looked to smarter Trekkies. I came across Think Geek, which sells replica tribbles in two sizes: 6-inch diameter and 12-inch diameter. I scratched my head and picked the larger tribble toy.

Armed with a number, I set my phaser to kickass math and looked up how to calculate the volume of a sphere; this gave me how much space a pesky tribble would take up.

The calculator tells you how many Tribbles would fit inside your home as well as how long it would take to fill your home up with these multiplying trouble makers: Star Trek: How Many Tribbles Will Fit in Your House?

Thanks for sending this David!  Using your Tribble app, in 48 Hours my apartment would be filled with 9,615 TRIBBLES.

LAMB Score 3.5 out of 5

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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