Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience Review

I have to admit, I felt some trepidation when I started seeing advertising about The Starfleet Academy Experience. It was vague and nonspecific. It featured cosplayers standing around posters written in Klingon. It featured Klingon-language versions of the front page on local free papers. And nowhere was there any firm description of what it actually was. In short, it seemed like it was promoting itself the way Star Trek as a whole has been in the past year: poorly. Still, the Star Wars experience that had rolled through the Canada…

Star Trek is more important than Star Wars, and here’s why.

The Force Awakens opens in less than a week, and yet I can’t help but be just as excited for the Star Trek: Beyond trailer that’s going to precede it. Part of this is just the kind of nerd I am – I grew up at a particular time in the ‘90s when there was no Star Wars except for the odd broadcast or the Special Editions, but there were two Star Trek series on television and movies in the theatres. Now, there’s tons of quality Star Wars entertainment. Just…

Building the UES Trillium model starship

I love Star Trek. I really, really do. I love it in the way I love pizza or computers. In and of itself, it’s fantastic, but it’s also a platform for creativity, iteration, innovation, and personal vision. I have had a particular model starship build in development for a while, for a capital ship and several support craft that would push the design and story of Star Trek beyond its current canonical endpoint at the end of Voyager. Thing is, it will be a massive undertaking, both from the design…

Interview with Trekyards’ Stuart Foley and Samuel Cockings

Trekyards Indiegogo campaign

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been aching for new Star Trek on TV for something like a decade now. Craving it, even. If you’re a lot like me, you’ve been going to a lot of less-than reputable sources for a fix. Fan films, podcasts, Star Trek Online, poring over Ex Astris Scientia and Memory Alpha and the Starfleet Museum, all to try and throw back to that heady, indulgent mid-90s deluge of new Star Trek content. None of it really did much for me. And then I found Trekyards,…

Workbench Time Lapse – Tricorder Craft

Inspired by Norman Chan’s recent video featuring the Roddenberry.com tricorder replica, I make my own take on the tricorder.   To make this nerdy craft that you and your kids will love, you will need a soap box, some scrap cardboard, and lots of tape. Or, in my case, high-tech scientific instruments that a 21st-century maker has no business having. Unfortunately my technological prowess gained the attention of a particularly grumpy little visitor from the future… Stay tuned to the site for a thorough writeup soon!

Make: The Fort Romaine and the Frontier

Spent some time drawing, measuring, and mathing for one of my many projects tonight. #startrek #makeFollow Trevor on Instagram  One of my long-term makes is to build a 24″ starship from scratch. And not a classic ship like the Enterprise. A new ship class, familiar but unique, and featuring a higher level of detail than anything I’ve done before. Something I haven’t done before, though, is to really dive deep into the design and to properly scale the base design (the Excelsior refit, as seen in Star Trek: Generations) up…

Sunday Reading 07/09/2013

My stars, a new one-sheet and a new Sunday Reading in the same weekend? Well fan my peaches, or mint my julep, or something. It’s almost like I’m making content for the website. Where’d the Southern thing come from? No idea. Let’s get into some fun things to read with your coffee. Geeking Out on the Logo – Marissa Mayer, Marissa’s Tumblr Yahoo is a weird thing. I still don’t fully understand the brand or the company myself, but it seems to be popping up with increasing regularity since Marissa…