Friday, February 27, 2015

Zach Trek Random #9: RIP Leonard Nimoy

Image from Bing's news bar.
Although I have been very remiss in my blogging duties, there would be no excuse for failing to take note of the passing of the great Leonard Nimoy, beloved portrayer of Spock.

Most Star Trek fans are well familiar with his period of conflicting feelings about his association with the character, but we are all fortunate that he later enthusiastically embraced the role, reprising it more than once and referencing it in cameos in other shows and commercials, and finally serving as the bridge between all previous Star Trek installments and the 2009 reboot. It was quite fitting that the character of Spock was his final role in Star Trek Into Darkness.

I spent a good bit of time searching for a suitable tribute video to post here, but most of the videos I found were news reports featuring polished reporters reciting the same platitudes without a lot of emotion, and so I found this one from gaming web site IGN to be perhaps my favorite:

For those who didn't know, the Vulcan salute was Nimoy's brainchild. This video of Nimoy explaining its origins will give you a greater appreciation for it, and for Nimoy himself:

As many have rightly said, Nimoy did indeed "live long and prosper", and he will be missed.

(image edited from Nimoy Sunset Pie)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zach Trek Random #8: RIP Robin Williams

As un-active as I've been here for a while, I felt the need to say something about the passing of Robin Williams. It is very sad to see someone who brought joy and laughter to so many and outwardly appeared to be so vibrant, happy, and full of life go out this way. By all accounts that I've read, he was as kind and funny off the screen as on.

Thanks to for this article detailing Star Trek actors' comments on Williams' death, and giving us some history of his connections to and interest in Star Trek, including this video of a William Shatner (or is it Captain Kirk?) cameo in his TV show Mork and Mindy:

[Edit: Unfortunately the video is no longer up. It was a short clip of a couple of minutes in which Shatner made a cameo on Mork and Mindy, brought in by way of a transporter accident. Here at least is a still photo from the scene.]

I have not given up on this blog, by the way! I still have lots of items to add, including a couple of slightly unusual items that I'm pleased to have. Right now, I have been busy with a variety of other things, but I have every intention of adding to this blog in the future.

RIP, Mr. Williams. As Leonard Nimoy said, "May his memory LLAP."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Zach Trek Video #16: Learn Klingon With Rosetta Stone!

An exciting opportunity to use Rosetta's immersive approach to learn this language! Sadly, I live in a location in which this course is not available according to a disclaimer at the end of this video:

If you also live in an area where this offer is not available, but would still like to learn some Klingon, check out Bing's translation tool, which features two different forms of Klingon, or check the Klingon Language Institute's web site. While, for those who, like Samuel T. Cogley, prefer books, there's always the Klingon Dictionary.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Zach Trek Random #7: Star Trek GIF

I recently discovered this Star Trek GIF, which I found strangely difficult to stop watching...

SLgKA4 on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Zach Trek Video #15: Bing Features Star Trek

Today (May 15, 2013) Bing had a Star Trek feature on their home page. By typing in "beam me up" and pressing enter, this happened:

Now, I know this is in anticipation of the release of Star Trek Into Darkness tomorrow, but the transporter sound effect is an original series sound effect, so I feel it is appropriate for this blog.

And before you leave angry comments, I know, Google's Star Trek doodle was way better than this, I just didn't have the means to display it here when it came out. I'll try to add it at some point.

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