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Archive for May 31st, 2008

The Future

Posted by shanoah on May 31, 2008

And we continue on in the time machine, to various alternate futures:

The Future’s So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades) – Timbuk3

You might recall this song from an old sitcom, Head of the Class. Contrary to what you might think on first glance, this is not a happy, optimistic song about the future. Remember, he’s studying nuclear science, and he’s in the middle of the desert. Why do you think he has to wear shades?

Nothing But Flowers – Talking Heads

And here we are after the apocalypse, with most technology gone. A song about nature encroaching on our endangered civic areas. Always enjoyed how cynical the Talking Heads were. I was torn between this song and “Life After Wartime” for this post, actually.

"And as things fell apart;
Nobody paid much attention..."

The Future Soon – Jonathan Coulton

And here we have one man’s personal version of the future… 🙂

The song at the end is “Furry Old Lobster”, btw. And this particular musician has most of his music available as streaming mp3’s on his website. And spots to buy them if you feel so inclined. I’m certainly planning on browsing through his mp3 library…


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5-31-08 Steam Trek: The Moving Picture

Posted by Sean on May 31, 2008

Oh yeah, Shanoah? Well I’m going to take my time machine into the future, too… into the fantastic, the mind-boggling future world of nineteen hundred and eighty! eighty! eighty! eighty!

Depicting Events in the Barbaric Reaches of the Galactic Firmament of an Astonishing and Morally Uplifting Nature.

Courtesy of DSisterson.

Okay, so this isn’t exactly steampunk. It’s more what Star Trek would’ve looked like if Gene Roddenberry had made his pitch to Thomas Edison instead of Desilu. You keep expecting the doughty Enterprise (which is designated NCC-1, by the way) to smush into the face of the Man in the Moon.

And no, I don’t know what the hell is up with the sock puppet.

But I like it, and you gotta love how they combined the original series episode The Devil in the Dark with the worst cliches of the damsel-in-distress genre.

Accoring to Dennis Sisterson’s site at, this was actually shot in 1994 and re-edited last year (production notes at Apparently, he used to belong to an amateur film group; one of the members, Ashley Levy, had the idea of “remaking Star Trek as it might have been done by Georges Méliès“, who was the guy who made A Trip to the MoonIt was shot in one bank holiday weekend.

Sisterson’s site has a slightly longer version of the movie, where we’re introduced to the crew, including Mr. Spex, “The Mysterious Martian Science Officer”, the hapless Lt. Penelope, the barbaric Klingons Thorax and Kolon and, of course, Ensign Expendable (this is Star Trek, after all).

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