30 Day Movie Challenge

I don’t know how the current weather is for you, but the area where I live has had a sudden temperature drop below freezing with a threatening snow storm this weekend. That sounds like perfect weather to make some hot chocolate and cuddle up on the couch with a great movie!

I recently came across this 30 Day Movie Challenge from TheaterThoughts.com, posted last year. Basically, every day for thirty days you watch a different type of movie based on your tastes. Get ready for movie night x 30!

While it would be perfectly fine to fill out the list as you go through the month, I’m doing it all at once for the sake of the blog.

30 Day Movie Challenge

Day 01 – The best movie you saw during the last year: (I’m assuming this means new movie) Now You See Me
Day 02 – The most underrated movie: The Impostors
Day 03 – A movie that makes you really happy: Last Holiday
Day 04 – A movie that makes you sad: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Day 05 – Favourite love story in a movie: Made of Honor
Day 06 – Favourite made-for-TV movie: Stargate: Continuum
Day 07 – The most surprising plot twist or ending: Angel’s Dance
Day 08 – A movie that you’ve seen countless times: All of my favourites ;o), but for the sake of the challenge, Spider-Man 2
Day 09 – A movie with the best soundtrack: Home Alone
Day 10 – Favourite classic movie: Mary Poppins
Day 11 – A movie that changed your opinion about something: Vegucated (documentary)
Day 12 – A movie that you hate: Up
Day 13 – A movie that is a guilty pleasure: The Impostors (this duplicate couldn’t be avoided)
Day 14 – A movie that no one would expect you to love: Red Dawn
Day 15 – A character to whom you can relate the most: Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada (fashion-wise)
Day 16 – A movie that you used to love, but now hate: First Knight (my dislike for this particular Lancelot grew too much to continue enjoying the movie)
Day 17 – A movie that disappointed you the most: Eragon
Day 18 – A movie that you wish more people would’ve seen: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Day 19 – Favourite movie based on a book/comic/etc.: The Three Musketeers (1993)
Day 20 – Favourite movie from a favorite actor/actress: Jeremy Renner in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Day 21 – Favourite movie from a newcomer: Lindsey Lohan in The Parent Trap (back when she was a newcomer… and clean)
Day 22 – Favourite documentary: Forks Over Knives
Day 23 – Favourite animation: Toy Story
Day 24 – Favourite foreign film: (I’ll assume foreign to America) The Decoy Bride
Day 25 – The most hilarious movie you’ve ever seen: Rocketman (the first time I saw it as a kid)
Day 26 – A movie that you love, but everyone else hates: The Terminal
Day 27 – A movie that you wish you had seen in theatres: Inception
Day 28 – A movie you still don’t understand: 2001: A Space Odessey
Day 29 – A movie from your childhood: Beethoven
Day 30 – Your favourite movie of all time: 2012 (JUST “2012“… Not 2012: Ice Age or 2012: Doomsday.)

“Is Star Trek Still Relevant?”

voyagerCrew

This question came up in a Star Trek: Voyager forum of which I’ve been a part nearly since it opened in 2007.  The most recent poster had mentioned that because she didn’t watch or read as much Star Trek as she once had, she felt like she was losing her fandom and letting the franchise down.  I decided my response was worth sharing here.


I also sometimes feel as if I’m letting the franchise down.  It’s not that I don’t like Star Trek anymore… I’m just an adult with more –dare I say it– important things to do.  And there’s so much more of which to be a fan, too.  Stuff that’s happening now instead of re-watching shows that ended eight or more years ago (and which we’ve seen eight or more times, haha).  Once I got into the new Doctor Who it slowly started to outshine Star Trek as a main definition of my geekiness.  It took a few years, but I finally realised it sometime recently.

Yes, I do still admire Star Trek as a part of who I am (even right now I’m drinking out of a Star Trek tumbler I was given for Christmas).  I would even consider Star Trek as the foundation of my geekiness.

–Star Trek got me interested in astronomy, which in turn got me interested in other sciences such as quantum mechanics/physics.

–Star Trek is where my story writing ability really improved.  Even though, for personal reasons, I’m not allowed to write fictional stories anymore, I wouldn’t be as well off to be able to write for blogs and newsletters without it.

–I’ve learned a lot of my favourite “fancy” words from science fiction.  Most of them were from Star Trek, but one was from Stargate Atlantis.  If it hadn’t been for seeing Robert Picardo in an episode of Stargate SG-1 I would never have started watching Stargate Atlantis!

–Star Trek got me interested in science fiction, which is a huge part of my life whether I watch it, read it, write about it, talk about it, make music videos about it, or… I just exist :o).

So, no, I may not watch it very often or even think a lot about it anymore, but it still flows through my blood, empowering the geek I am to do whatever it is that I do best.  Whether it’s what I enjoy, what I do, who I befriend, or just being a geek and watching every season of some show in a week, I know that it’s all thanks to Star Trek.

But even the foundation needs a bit of maintenance every now and then :o).

247

Years ago, my favourite numbers were 2 and 47.

“2” was because when I needed to create a new email address about 11 years ago, my name was taken, so I chose to put a “2” at the end.  (That email address is no longer in commission.)  It became my username for most websites.  I saw that number so often that eventually I sort of fell in love with it.

“47” is a number purposefully put everywhere in Star Trek shows, books, and movies.  I once found an article that explained why “47” is special, and it was the reason that it is used so often in Star Trek.  (I don’t remember what all the details were, but basically it came out to “all numbers equal 47.”)

I have favoured other numbers in the past for different reasons, but they are frivolous to this blog entry.

One day, I decided that with 2 and 47 being my favourite numbers, then 247 is awesome as it’s both of them together!  Eventually, 247 even succeeded its “parents” as my favourite number.

Being the dork that I am, I point out, or just smile, every time that I see my favourite number.  On license plates, the time, mile markers, pretty much anything, though I rarely allow “24/7” to count.

Why a whole post on my favourite number?  Not only because I’m a dork that way, but because this blog has reached 247 all-time views.  (It’s not much in general, but a lot for having not promoted by blog in any way including Facebook.)

I’ll end with five occurrences of 247.

1.  The cable channel number of the local weather where I lived in Oklahoma was 247.  (It was “24/7 local weather.”)

2. 247°F is the name of an R-rated 2011 American B movie.  In this movie, four friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a weekend holiday, when three of them end up locked in a sauna.  “Every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in the heat up to 247°F.”  (Quote from IMDb brief summary.)

3. The Boeing 247 was an American passenger aeroplane that entered service in 1933.  It was faster than that year’s premier fighter plane, the Boeing P-12.

4. 247drums is a drum shop in Winchester, Massachusetts, where you can buy, rent, and trade to your drummer heart’s content!  And for those who want to learn to play, they offer free video classes on their website!

5.  Hmm… how about just some pictures of the number?

Do you see it?! :o)

Some screenshots from online games I’ve played:

Why the Past Can’t Move On

The title of this entry has more than one meaning for me, but both pertain to the subject of writing stories.

I’ve always loved to write.  I’ve kept a diary since I was nine and I’ve written stories since the fourth grade.  Granted, they weren’t always good, but I loved to do it nonetheless.  Even the part about reading my stories months or years later and making improvements.

Ooooold myspace logo. Now it’s “a place for music pirates and porn addicts.” :o(

Long story short, way back when MySpace was still popular over Facebook, I’d had a few Star Trek character profiles that I would RP (Role Play) with.  I would RP with others as well as just between my own characters.  I was part of a group of RPers we called “Omega” (with the symbol).  The stories we came up with were amazing — at least to us!  Battles with the Borg, character-based stories (my favourite to write), even mingling with the mirror universe a bit.  (Some characters did inter-programme RPing.  Star Trek with Star Wars, Doctor Who, X-Men, or Stargate were the ones I came across the most.  I only bothered to keep it Star Trek.)  I’d say most other RPers would write across a span of years, while I wrote in real time.  If I’d written something a week ago, it was a week ago in the story.  (But toward the end, I skipped about year for the sake of getting to a certain point.)

At first, my RPG (Role Playing Game) writing style was very skeletal and lacking.  However, as the months went on and I wrote more and RP’d with others, my RPG writing became more full, fluent, and robust.  (I went from one line interactions to “multi-para RPing.”)

Oh, and the stories!  I loved my characters as though I’d created them myself.  (Though I did create a few.)

Scarlett Pomers — one of my favourite pictures I used for Mara Wildman

OK, the intro was way longer than I’d intended, so let’s get to the point of this entry.

About a week ago, I turned on one of my old laptops to find that it decided to work again.  (Funny how technology can sometimes get sick and then heal itself.)  After having thought about them for the past couple of days, I found all those RPGs on that computer and started reading.  It was embarrassing in the beginning with the complete lack of complexities, but it got better quickly.  But even in the earlier stories, I would get so excited reading because of how much I loved writing them, developing the characters, and the evolution of the “big picture.”

To this day, there’s still a soft spot in my heart for Vorik.  He and my character Mara (rhymes with “Sara”) Wildman were my pride and joy.

I started thinking while reading that how I’d done the stories, Vorik should be going through his pon farr, like, now!  (Five years after the last story ended.)  I started thinking about what my characters might be up to now.  I don’t want to write any new stories, but I started writing down brief notes to update.  I did some research to decide that the ship Vorik and his family are on is the USS Magellan, galaxy class.  In my research, I was reminded of The Path to 2409.  I’d started reading it when Star Trek Online had just come out (though I haven’t had the chance to play yet), but it wasn’t finished.

As I was reading a summary of it, I realised that a majority of my stories could definitely not be canon.  (Though STO isn’t officially canon, I heard somewhere that it’s generally accepted as such.)  According to The Path, in 2385 “Starfleet Command decides to dismantle its Borg Task Force, believing the Borg threat to be minimal following the blow dealt to them by the USS Voyager on her way home.”  Most of my stories revolve around the Borg in some way, and the latter 2/3 of the stories depend on them!  It sort of makes me feel like that part of my life is truly, completely over.  Moving on sucks.

I thought about so much more I could write, like how reading The Path to 2409 made me feel, but that would be another whole entry in itself.

In closing, I’ll leave you with a link to all of these stories.  (Also, a link to a forum post where I shared the stories as questions may be answered in the comments.)  Thankfully, I’d saved everything before MySpace decided it was a good idea to delete most of my character profiles.  I uploaded them to a spare webpage a couple years later.  I honestly don’t expect anyone to actually read them, but I’m going to post it anyway.

Six Years After Voyager‘s Return

Forum post

P.S.  I’ve edited them many times since then, but haven’t uploaded any newer versions; so please ignore any spelling and grammar mistakes!