31 October 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

Halloween will always hold a special place in my heart. After all, it is my birthday.

Growing up I always found the magical aspect of this holiday more engaging than either fear or pranks. Still, the video below is pretty good on those latter two points, and so I share it here with best Halloween wishes to all.

30 October 2014

Star Trek Continues

In the past few years we've seen a reboot of the Star Trek franchise. A new timeline in an alternate universe allows writers to rethink the original series in movie form. Personally, I've enjoyed the upgraded special effects, despite the terrible plots that include a supernova that can "threaten the galaxy" and transporter technology that makes star ships seem redundant.

If you yearn for the older, simpler ways (and I don't), there's another option. A fan-made "Star Trek Continues" series picks up where the original series left off. The vignette below shows the transition, picking up from the end of the last episode that aired in the 1960s. Two episodes and two other vignettes are currently available on the website. You might want to check them out.

Yesterday I also shared about Star Trek: Horizon. This is a privately-produced film set in the same period as Star Trek: Enterprise. You might want to have a look at it as well.
 
Star Trek Continues V01 "Turnabout Intruder" Vignette from Star Trek Continues on Vimeo.

See Also:
The Coolest 'Star Trek' Reboot You're Probably Not Watching (CNet)
Star Trek: Horizon - Could It Be Good?

29 October 2014

Star Trek: Horizon - Could It Be Good?

My first real experience of the Star Trek universe, outside the movies of the 1980s, was Next Generation. Yet, despite the series' flaws, my favorite was Enterprise. This fifth Star Trek series was set decades after the events of the First Contact movie, when humanity was just beginning to reach out beyond the solar system to explore the galaxy. There was no Federation, and Star Fleet was in its infancy.

What I disliked most about the series was the heavy dependency themes related to time travel. It seemed so unnecessary, as this period of history in the Star Trek universe was full of possibility and the challenges to be faced were monumental. The writers really could have done a better job.

A new movie is set to come out in not too long. Entitled "Horizon," it is set in the same period as the Enterprise series. There is some question as to the quality of the movie, as it is being produced by fans rather than through official channels. Still, the trailer below is promising, and I hope the film lives up to the expectation that is being set.

Be sure to check out the fan page on Facebook as well.

28 October 2014

Bicycles & Buses in Curitiba

As I've said before on this blog, although I'm very fond of Uberlândia, Curitiba would be a welcome alternative. The capital the state of Paraná, it's got a pretty good reputation in Brazil. See below for a video about how the city has been addressing mass transit and mobility, and further down is a tweet linking to an article about how Curitiba's former mayor revolutionized public transport in his city.

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