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29 October 2005 @ 02:33 pm
I cannot believe it! I thought he was married.

George Takei, ‘Mr. Sulu,’ says he’s gay
Actor and partner have been together for 18 years

The Associated Press
Updated: 11:11 p.m. ET Oct. 27, 2005

LOS ANGELES - George Takei, who as helmsman Sulu steered the Starship Enterprise through three television seasons and six movies, has come out as a homosexual in the current issue of Frontiers, a biweekly Los Angeles magazine covering the gay and lesbian community.

Takei told The Associated Press on Thursday that his new onstage role as psychologist Martin Dysart in “Equus,” helped inspire him to publicly discuss his sexuality.

Takei described the character as a “very contained but turbulently frustrated man.” The play opened Wednesday at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles, the same day that Frontiers magazine featured a story on Takei’s coming out.

The current social and political climate also motivated Takei’s disclosure, he said.

“The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay,” he said. “The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young.”

The 68-year-old actor said he and his partner, Brad Altman, have been together for 18 years.

Takei, a Japanese-American who lived in a U.S. internment camp from age 4 to 8, said he grew up feeling ashamed of his ethnicity and sexuality. He likened prejudice against gays to racial segregation.

“It’s against basic decency and what American values stand for,” he said.

Takei joined the “Star Trek” cast in 1966 as Hikaru Sulu, a character he played for three seasons on television and in six subsequent films. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986.

A community activist, Takei ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1973. He serves on the advisory committee of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and is chairman of East West Players, the theater company producing “Equus.”

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07 October 2005 @ 11:00 am
I downloaded this yesterday and am watching it now. Star Wreck

"An epic film about the emperor of the world in the far reaches of the galaxy."

The first Finnish full-length scifi parody is made from astounding special effects, action and loads of dark humour. It is the product of a core group of five Finns and many people who've helped us during the seven years it has been in the making. You can download the entire movie by clicking here. For free, of course.

EDIT: For some Americans there are some scenes that are not very nice. You'll know what I mean if you see it.
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06 October 2005 @ 10:04 am
Scott MacDonald's site. He played Tosk in one of my favorite DS9 episodes, "Tosk". He also played various other characters as a regular on Star Trek. Check it out!
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06 October 2005 @ 08:27 am
Was looking up information on Colm Meaney (am so impressed with him as an actor) and tripped across all this fun trivia.

From the Trekkies site

• "Trekkies" are the only fans listed by name in the Oxford English Dictionary.
• "Star Trek" is seen in more than 100 countries and has been translated into dozens of languages.
• Over thirty million fans watch "Star Trek" programming around the world every week.
• There are hundreds of thousands of fan-club registered "Star Trek" fans.
• "Star Trek" conventions are held every weekend of every year, in at least three different cities, attracting a million fans.
• More than 63 million "Star Trek" books are in print and have been translated into more than 15 languages including Chinese, Norwegian, Hungarian, and Hebrew.
• Since July 1986, every new classic "Star Trek" novel published by Pocket Books has been a New York Times paperback best-seller, making it the best-selling series in publishing history.
• The average "Star Trek" fan spends $400 per year on "Star Trek" merchandise.
• "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has made over $500,000,000 in syndication and merchandising.
• According to a November 1992 issue of "California Business" article, Paramount's annual first-run TNG gross advertising revenues are about $90 million, with production costs in the $31.2-$36.4 million range. Net annual advertising profits are between $30 and $60 million, without even counting the $70 million+ in licensing and affiliate station fees. TNG airs in 217 markets, with a 99% national coverage. Weekly viewership is in the 20 million range, bring in the most desirable of demographics.
• "Star Trek" products have elicited over a billion dollars in retail sales in the last five years.
• Paramount has received five billion dollars from the "Star Trek" franchise.
• The total RETAIL value of the entire "Star Trek" franchise (movies, books, merchandise, licensing, theme rides, etc.) has now exceeded one hundred billion dollars.

A LOT of interesting show trivia under the cutCollapse )
28 September 2005 @ 07:04 pm
Star Trek Personality Test I already know I'm an INTJ (borderline ENTJ - I'm kinda flexible there!) So here's my profile:

Star Trek Personality Test Results: INTJ

This test says you are an INTJ (Introvert, Intuitive, Thinker, Judger).* In Star Trek, you share a basic personality configuration with the characters of Jean-Luc Picard, Seven of Nine, and T'Pol.

"Things are only impossible until they're not." - Picard


People like you are generally autonomous, reserved (perceived by others as "aloof"), and intellectual. You sometimes give the impression you have no need of others, but you're intensely curious and driven to learn. You're cautious with others socially and respond best to people who don't push you to be friendly or affectionate. You appreciate when others follow your lead and accept your advice in the helpful spirit in which it is intended. You're calm by nature and feel off-balance when confronted by highly emotional people.

You're highly organized and expect the same of others. You analyze automatically and enjoy seeing patterns and trends. When your mind is made up, that's it, which means that while you're definitive and strong, you can be stubborn and arrogant. You live in a world of ideas.

You respond best to other people's needs when they tell you about them clearly. You value honesty greatly and you're excellent at employing constructive criticism. You prize people who listen to you and respect your ideals. You are somewhat contemptuous of those who don't pay attention to what you say and extremely contemptuous of those who can't do their jobs well.


Your primary goal in life is achieving independence and being able to live according to your own standards. Your reward is continual expansion of your competence and knowledge.


You are almost completely project-driven. Though you won't work against your fundamental principles, the current job before you can consume pretty much all other considerations. You will perform all-out for a superior you respect, but you have a sometimes unfortunate tendency to let bosses know when they've lost your admiration, or when you disagree with them.

You lead and follow equally well, as long as you believe that what you're doing will work. Perceived futility can make you shut down, and you will suffer intense feelings of failure if your end product is not "perfect." A good supervisor will give you praise for all successes. A bad one will only add to your stress by pointing out problems you already know about for which you are probably already punishing yourself. When stressed, you may deny blame out of self-preservation.

Make sure you market yourself and your ideas at work, or you may be taken for granted. All too often, the logic of your strategy can be lost on others, so don't resent it when asked to explain your actions.


Social skills may be your undoing, especially making small talk at parties or flirting with strangers. You feel everything very deeply, so you've learned to keep what you feel to yourself. This combination can alienate people instantly and even make stubborn suitors give up in frustration.

On the flip side, you can learn to interpret others' visual and vocal signals with expertise if you're willing to make the effort. You're better at understanding people than you may think, and you work hard at relationships you care about. But beware answering someone's request for emotional support with advice and solutions.


Good careers for your type include being a starship captain, intellectual property attorney, news analyst, design engineer, software developer, inventor, Webmaster, architect, and ex-Borg.

21 July 2005 @ 09:06 pm
All my Star Trek icons are located on my web page Icons and Avatars. I'll be updating it whenever I make new ones from now on.
20 July 2005 @ 03:51 pm
My friend just told me that Peter David wrote the Fantastic Four book. I didn't know Peter had a blog and keeps his fans updated via that. Very cool! Peter David and here's the link to his discussion about the novelization of the FF book and the screening.
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20 July 2005 @ 03:46 pm
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James Doohan
Doohan died from Alzheimer's Disease and pneumonia
Actor James Doohan, who played the chief engineer Montgomery Scott in Star Trek, has died at the age of 85.

Doohan, whose role was immortalised in the line "Beam me up, Scotty", had been suffering from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, his agent said.

His wife of 28 years, Wende, was by his side, Steve Stevens added.

Doohan was a popular character actor when he auditioned for the part in 1966. When the series ended in 1969, he found himself typecast in the role.

The Canadian-born actor was a master of dialect, developed during his years on radio.

James Doohan and William Shatner in Star Trek
Doohan (left) starred with William Shatner in Star Trek

When asked what accent he thought his Star Trek character should have, he said: "I believed the Scot voice was the most commanding."

'Go with the flow'

Doohan's character Scotty manned the Star Trek enterprise with Captain James T Kirk, played by William Shatner, and Mr Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy.

They starred together for three seasons before US network NBC cancelled it because of weak ratings.

But the team was reassembled when the franchise hit the big screen. Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released in cinemas in 1979.

Doohan appeared in seven big screen episodes of Star Trek, and continued to voice the franchise's video games into the late 1990s.

Initially he was concerned about being typecast as Scotty.

May you continue to boldly go where no man has gone before
Joe Doody, Glasgow

In 1973, he complained to his dentist, who advised him: "Jimmy, you're going to be Scotty long after you're dead. If I were you, I'd go with the flow.

"I took his advice and since then everything's been just lovely."

He came to embrace his Scotty character and attended Star Trek fan conventions into his 80s, before falling ill.

Doohan became a father again at the age of 80, when his wife Wende gave birth to daughter Sarah.

His last public appearance was in October 2004 when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

20 July 2005 @ 09:49 am

David Gerrold's The Trouble With Tribbles, a behind-the-scenes account of the making of one of the best-loved episodes of the original Star Trek, is now available as a free eBook from a web site promoting other fiction by Gerrold.

BenBella Books, which specializes in science fiction and popular culture, has Gerrold's classic The Man Who Folded Himself as well as the trilogy Blood and Fire, The Middle of Nowhere and The Voyage of the Star Wolf available in a special signed edition. To promote these novels, the web site has made The Trouble With Tribbles available for free as a .pdf file.

Out of print for several years, The Trouble With Tribbles contains the story of Gerrold's involvement with Trek from his teens, his early pitches, stories from the episode's filming and the controversy that erupted over similarities between Tribbles and a creation of Robert Heinlein's, one of Gerrold's favourite writers and later a personal friend.

Blood and Fire is based loosely on a script that Gerrold wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation, of which he was a story editor and producer. Gerrold has said that the script was rejected because it had openly gay characters. Nonetheless, the author is legendary among fans for his loathing of slash fan fiction, which reimagines Kirk and Spock as gay lovers.

The free Trouble With Tribbles eBook is available here. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to read the file.