Archive for May, 2009

Before He Was Enlisted…..

Posted: May 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                            Stardate: 63414.0 (May 31th, 2009)

Ok, this one happened two days ago on Friday, the 29th. Should have written this down yesterday, but was been caught up in some big meeting held at Home Team Academy that lasted the whole day and was completely worn out after that. So today, I better get down writing it.

Last Friday evening, I head down to Pasir Ris Park where I was been invited by one of the agents from our paranormal group, named Justin for a barbeque been organized by him. Reason was that, he was been enlisted for his National Service this June (forgot his enlistment date), and was been selected for Commando training. He was expecting for Police, but almost fainted when he noticed a symbol of a dagger instead of a crest when he removed the letter he received from the Minister of Defense =D But oh well, you can’t really argue when comes to this! He give it a shot anyway. So before he was due to serve his country, why not organized a barbeque so that he had enjoyed one last good moment with us. Pretty well said, so I’m good to go, since it was my first official off on that day and totally got nothing better to do at home. Besides, I’m always keen for a barbeque party whenever I’m free. Hehe =D And of course, this barbeque was meant for all of our paranormal agents whenever they are free to drop by. Justin do bring some of his friends as well. You know, the more the merrier =)

Night soon falls, and we are indeed, having a good time of a night! I never knew Justin got this phobia of explosives. I mean, those explosives that cames in small packets, and you need to squeeze the packet. Once the packet gets thicken, you have to throw it. And in a few seconds, it will explode. But it was only meant to scare the wits out of you. Like someone saying, “BOO!” Hah! =D

One of the members happened to bring a box of it. Its been a long time since I happened to hold one of this. The last time I’ve played with this stuff when I was a kid, and really had much fun playing with it. You should have seen how Justin screamed and ran when the torments of mini-explosives comes raining on to him. Haha! =D

However, the fun never stops here, as another member bring along another fun via explosives. Haha! =D I don’t know what its called, but if I’m not mistaken, its mostly used during party events. Its quite small, and you have to pull back the string from the rear to released a not-so-loud POP! sound. It was also accompanied by strains of strings….I think. With this fresh set of “ammos” we started shooting each other with those! =D Playing police and thief that night was like sheer entertainment. Of course, I’m one of those who gets prank most of the time. Well, for the fun of it, to be obvious. Hehe…=D

Somewhere at 2200hrs, me and three of the members had to call in the night. We bid farewell to the rest, and wish Justin all the best. Its a great barbeque, and the night had never been that fullfilling =)

Here’s some good photos taken =)

Barbeque

Barbeque

Barbeque

Barbeque

Captain’s log                             Stardate: 63398.0 (May 25th, 2009)

I really had to thank James, the founder who manage our StarTrek fansite a million times for giving me this opportunity to be part of the Cosplay Competition that was been organized by MoviaMania, our fansite counterpart. The event was held last Saturday (May 23th, 2009) at Suntec City Convention Hall, and lasted for two days. The Cosplay starts at 1900hrs till 2100hrs. But those participating had to be there early at 1800hrs as to be prepared. James actually had this posted inside the forum. The Cosplay Competition is part of the Licence2Play gaming event, which was to immerse yourself into a world of gaming as each participants battle it out their wits against their opponents =D

Of course, I’m not the only one he had nominate. (Its kind of an unexpected to me actually…) He had also chosen one of our female trekkies, named Vera, who was a Singapore PR and originates from Indonesia. On top of that, she’s the HOT one in our community that some hunks can go gaga on her =P But too bad, cause she already got her own hunk to keep her company. Hehe..=D And according to James, this is her 2nd time participating. She was to dress up as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, who was the communication officer aboard the U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701. And I’m referring to the younger version of Uhura, seen in the new Star Trek movie. Reason? Cause during the 2nd preview of the movie which takes place at Great World City, she had dressed up like one. That’s where we finally get our new Starfleet uniforms. (I had wrote this log which falls on stardate 62865.1) What amazed many of us was how she had fashioned up her hair as exactly like Lieutenant Uhura. It was truly an eye-opener! I was like….WOW!! =O

Here’s the “evidence.” Hehe..=D

2nd preview

And if you are wondering whether I’m gonna turned up as a Borg-Assimilate Starfleet officer again (how I wished…) like the one during the recent Chingay Event, then you are…….WRONG! =D

This time, I gonna ended up as Commander Spock. By wearing the Spock mask like the time I did at Great World City, Looks like once again, I had to endure the boiling pressure once the mask had envelope my face. Well, I had experienced it before. So why not experienced it again for that few hours =D

Furthermore, I had never participate in cosplay. Especially facing enthusiastic fans of sci-fiction and anime shows. And there will be judges, not to mention. Talk about winning the 1st prize, which was $500. James had related to me, that one of the female trekkie, named Fiona had ever win the 2nd prize from one of the past Cosplay Competition. She had participate a lot of times. So does majority of the other trekkies. And there will always be a first time for those who have yet to participate. As James had assured to me, be confident in yourself, and be proud that you have been selected. If others can do it, so can you. Sure, I was more nervous than anything else, but he did tend to calm me down. He gave me some advice, told me to calm down, and that was it. Well, we see how it goes…

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Then, its all over! Both Vera and myself didn’t quite make it to the Top 10, but we really had a great time! =D I also had to considered myself grateful, cause during that time when all 24 contestants were posing for the cameras while the judges decides who to select and who will get eliminate, several photographers at the back of the audience were yelling out for me: “Spock! Spock! Spock!”, and even holding up the traditional Vulcan “V” salute. I had to admit, that I do felt like as though I had won a jackpot! The excitement and the strong support from them does trills me! So excited that I could hardly contain myself! =D Even Vera had confident in me that I could win for this. She was really impressed by the moves I made when I was on stage, and was hoping for me to be selected for the Top 10.

But…..oh well. At least I do managed to pull out the strings and gotten some of the girls screaming for Spock. Hehe…=D

Overall, as stated in today’s paper, it was a great success for the very 1st Licence2Play event. Besides casting their eyes on the new video games, took part in gaming competitions and cosplay contest, they also snapped up electronic products from retailers who offered attractive discounts. This overwhelming response for this year will definitely be doing a bigger Licence2Play event for next year =D

Though been eliminated, I’m still proud of myself having to gain some experience from being part of the Cosplay Competition. Sure, we do received a promised goodie bag that was meant for all contest participants, in case anyone of you were wondering. From the experience, there’s a magic to it, which is to enjoy yourself =) This is only the beginning for me, and I am, going for more! =D

And seriously speaking, Vera herself did performed marvelously. While mine did some running, squat, armed myself with the prop phaser gun and showing the Vulcan traditional salute, Vera’s was a delicate, beautiful catwalk across the platfrom. Seriously, she reminds me of those Top 10 Supermodels from America. Oooo…lala..=p

We had dinner after that. A really enjoyable one, where we flashback about the event and to touch that base that we will someday win =)

Here some photos taken. Enjoy 😉

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Captain’s log                            Stardate: 63395.0 (May 24th, 2009)

Finally! After nearly two weeks of waiting, the starship model of the all-new U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701 seen in the new Star Trek movie which I’ve ordered from eBay had arrived at my doorstep. The delivery came in yesterday afternoon. The starship was actually a remake and a modified version of its original counterpart which was been seen in the original series from the 60s. This newer version does matches from some of its older counterpart, but much of it was been radically change, with a much more futuristic dynamic look, more sleek and with a sheer complexity.

U.S.S Enterprise

In comparison…

U.S.S Enterprises

So, who’s tougher than it looks? Hehe…=D The ship might have change much just to suit in for the new movie. But its original design can never be altered. Creator of Star Trek, the late Gene Roddenberry had considered the ship, by its outstanding look which means, “sheer power.” The familiar look has been recognized, like a symbol of Great Honour and Respect.

Apart from the working lights that was been lighted up from the warp nacelles, bridge and deflector, the replica even includes the authentic sound effects, and also the real Captain James T.Kirk and Commander Spock dialogue from the new movie! =D By the looks of it, I am really impressed. The major design does appeared much versatile. More complex with a forward, bolder look. No wonder majority of Star Trek fans were drooling over it…=P But we still ought to learn something from its older version as well =)

Placing the new model between the original and the refitted NCC-1701 which makes its first appearance in the first Star Trek, The Motion Picture does brings out a perfect image than just to compare the trio. Its another lovely collection, I must say =)

The Trios

So Leceh! (Troublesome)

Posted: May 22, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                             Stardate: 63390.0 (May 22th, 2009)

Let me share with you this common expression among my race, which I find it rather particular. This “so leceh” is known to be a colloquial Malay term popular among Malays and non-Malays, and that includes foreigners who so very quickly assimilate everything Singaporeans. The word “leceh”, in English meaning, troublesome.

Last night shift, my partner and I were dispatch to a residential estate after our ops division had received a call from one of the residents living there. The caller, happened to be a German after showing us his passport, and who has lived in Singapore for a year surprised me when he complained it is “so leceh” when been advised that he needs to go down to the sub-court pertaining to his case. Isn’t there a better and more suitable way, he asked. His case were found to be a dragging one, so there’s no other better options.

Leceh has quickly become a very useful, all-encompassing and compromising word. When it is troublesome to weed the garden blade by blade of some wild-growing plants, it is so leceh! When your boss wants you to summarize a 100-page document, it is so leceh! When you found that the item you are looking for in this shop is out of stock, but there’s another shop located a mile away that might still be in-stock and you have to proceed all the way there, it is so leceh! When you have to rewrite a long text, especially a long one and you didn’t even save it has been wiped out from the monitor screen because someone had switched off the wrong switch by accident, it is so leceh! And if you have to dress up in the right attire for a function when you feel comfortable in T-shirt and jeans, it is so leceh indeed!

The Chinese, I am told have an equivalent, which is sien, and was offen muttered with a sigh….

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And, in addition to this latest log, many of my friends and colleagues had asked me, that I kept updating my blog almost every day. One of them even commented that, the range of my entries were just so tremendous that he couldn’t stop reading every one and each of them. Well dude, had to admit, it verges me on the peaks of writing what I love the most. I’m honour, thanks my friend =)

A few of them had asked, that majority of my entires were mainly entertainment and events, unlike many others that speaks about their personal views that such expressions from their stories do touches your heart. Well, what can I say? I mean, as been mentioned before, I write what I love the most. Couldn’t help the fact in what I see before my very eyes by the changes in reality. I considered this as my life and parcel. Same goes like many other bloggers =) I just cannot resist writing the good stuff, one that I’m so eager to share it with you all. It just to unwind what is happening, and to journey through the events as I summit my chornicles of lifestyle =D

Captain’s log                            Stardate: 63387.0 (May 21st, 2009)

Since the new Star Trek movie is out, let me share with you some of the gossips and sheer complexity that one has to offer. Not trying to be a spoiler here. Besides, the whole plot about the movie has already been posted at wikipedia.

Anyway, there have been debates, more than just gossips within the circle of Star Trek fans about the new movie. Especially from our local fansite. The catch is, there’s been a lot of inconsistencies  and that few had claimed that the movie doesn’t make any sense at all. Doesn’t make sense in what, as you might asked yourself. Non Star Trek fans would just prefer watching the movie, like many other movies. Since the movie had become a blockbuster hit and the rates are hitting on the scoring board. For Star Trek fans, its well said that many probably would not be too happy in how the movie had turned out to be. This 40-year old franchise and fictional multiverse created by the late Gene Roddenberry had made history – and now its been altered? Like how come Planet Vulcan was been destroyed when the so-called black hole was created right at the center of the planet? The remaining Vulcans became endangered as such. And Vulcan character, Spock witness his human mother been killed?

Ultimately, this new Star Trek is a reboot version based on the franchise and features the main characters of the original Star Trek television series who are portrayed by a new cast. The film follows James T.Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto), before they unite aboard the USS Enterprise to combat Nero (Eric Bana), who happened to be a typical, notorious Romulan from the future who threatens the United Federation of Planets. As such, the time travel story happened to establishes an alternate reality, freeing the film and the franchise from continuity constraints.

As news broke out about the development of the film which began in 2005, when Paramount Pictures contacted director J.J Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman for new ideas to revive the franchise. They wanted to be faithful to the Star Trek canon, but also to introduced certain elements of their favourite novels, just to modified continuity with the time-travel storyline, and modernized the production design of the original show. Abrams who directed the film had expected hardcore trekkies worldwide are going to drill him for every smallest inconsistency when he plan to re-created this 40-year old franchise, so he brillantly pushed every inconsistencies under the prefix of “alternative timeline” and that’s make a perfect excuse. As what my founder of the local StarTrek fansite, James Lee had stated, that he had reckon that this is a very smart move made from the director =)

Well, there’s the Star Trek movie annotations I had came across, and that the editors have put together this list of references and nods to other Trek stories. Those questions and answers you are seeking can be found here. Its one hell of a stretch, so do take your time in reading every part of it.

Quote from ComicMix News:

“The new Star Trek movie has been blowing people away, providing an introduction for new fans and an alternate time line that allows for even old fans to be surprised.

New Characters

Every article and review has mentioned how time travel is being used to explain/justify this reboot, this new take on things where old rules are broken or, at least, revised. And yet, it is clear that the writers involved have an affection for what came before, making many references to the canon old school fans know and love.

And now, your list of continuity references.

– The U.S.S. Kelvin is named after J.J. Abrams grandfather.

– Capt. Robau does not recognize Nero’s species as Romulan and so he asks where Nero and his crew came from. At this time in Star Trek history, the Romulans had faced the Federation and Earth vessels on many occasions but had never revealed their actual faces in the process, communicating with other ships only by radio. Thus, it’s understandable Robau does not know who he’s talking to. In the original history, it was actually  Kirk’s crew who first discovered what Romulans looked like in the episode “Balance of Terror” and realized that they were an off-shoot of the Vulcan race who had chosen to embrace their highly volatile emotions and lust for combat rather than learn the ways of logic.

– Nero mentions he is looking for “Ambassador Spock.” We learned in the Star Trek: The Next Generation two-part episode “Unification” that Spock became a Federation ambassador after leaving Starfleet and that he eventually focused all of his efforts on trying to convince the people of Romulus to re-unite with Vulcan society, so that they too could learn the ways of logic and reason instead of continuing their lives of suspicion, duplicity and conquest.

– Romulan military normally wear dark, checkered uniforms, sometimes involving sashes, and have haircuts similar to most Vulcans. However, Nero and his crew are traditionally miners, as he explains, and have different outfits entirely. Their shaved heads and tattoos were an effort by Abrams to distinguish them further from the Vulcans, as he did not want to confuse new fans who were unfamiliar with Trek lore and might assume that Nero was an “evil Vulcan” rather than a member of a completely different culture and society.

– The tattoos of Nero and his crew are explained in the IDW comic book mini-series Star Trek: Countdown, which serves as a prequel to this movie. The comic (which was plotted by this film’s screenwriters Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman) that ancient Romulans who were in mourning would traditionally paint these symbols on their faces as signs of grief. The idea was that when the paint faded, it symbolized that they were ready to move past their grief and resume a normal life. Nero and his people, however, have tattooed rather than painted these symbols on, and Nero himself explains later in the film that he has no intention of letting go of his grief.

– The top part of Nero’s ear is missing. In the movie Chopper, Eric Bana played the title character who had a similar wound.

– Nero’s weapon is a teral’n. In the IDW comic book mini-series Countdown, it is explained that the teral’n is an ancient weapon believed to symbolize the strength of the Romulan Star Empire and that it is traditionally in possession of the Praetor.

– In the original series of Star Trek, we learned the name of Jim Kirk’s brother but not his parents. In the original series episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”, we learned that Kirk had an older brother named George Samuel Kirk. George (whom Jim always called “Sam”) was later seen during the episode “Operation: Annihilate”, along with his wife and his son Peter. Later novels said that Kirk’s father was named “George Samuel Kirk, Sr.” while the novel Enterprise: The First Adventure first established that his mother was named Winona. A more recent novel Collision Course, written by William Shatner with Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens, stated that Kirk’s father was named “George Joseph Kirk” and that his mother was named “Winona.” In this movie, we are finally told that the parents are indeed named George and Winona, though George’s middle name is not clarified.

– If Kirk’s birthday in this reality is the exact same date as it had been in the original “prime” history, then the opening sequence of this film occurs on March 22 in the year 2233.

– In Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain Kirk often introduced himself as “James T. Kirk.” It was later established in the animated series that his middle name was Tiberius and this was confirmed in a live-action performance later in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. This movie is the first time we learn the source of that middle name.

– It was never established in the series or the previous films when Jim Kirk’s father died. However, several of the novels operated on the premise that Kirk’s father told him about Starfleet while the two looked up at the stars in the night sky, inspiring Kirk to later join the Academy himself. A similar story is told in a later scene of this film.

– Kirk stated in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home that he originally grew up in Iowa. Gene Rodenberry gave the town of Riverside, Iowa permission to consider itself the original future home of James T. Kirk (which it celebrates annually), hence we later see Kirk drive to the Riverside Shipping Yard in this movie. In the original series, we learned that at the age of thirteen Jim lived on the colony world of Tarsus IV. How long he lived there was never made explicit, but it was clear that he returned to Earth either during or before the year 2250 (when he was seventeen), since that is when he joined Starfleet Academy.

– The police officer Kirk encounters has the number “924” stamped on his robot-like mask (possibly a badge number). TrekMovie.com has popularized the claim that “924” is the model number of the character Robocop. This is not true. Robocop’s model number was OCP-001 (thanks to Doug Ecks for pointing that out).

– The Vulcan learning center and the way it educates its children is very similar to a scene from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in which we see Spock retraining his mind.

– In Star Trek: The Animated Series, an episode called “Yesteryear” showed that Spock occasionally got into fights with other children who deliberately tried to get him to show his emotions and that the young boy began learning martial arts and the Vulcan nerve pinch specifically to stop these bullies. In that same animated episode, Spock’s father Sarek gave a similar lecture of how Vulcan logic offered his people a serenity unknown to humans. His reference about his marriage to Amanda Grayson being “logical” is a nod to a small joke he made in the original series episode “Journey to Babel.”

– Vulcans have copper-based blood, making it green rather than red. The same is true of Romulans.

– Spock speaks to his mother Amanda about the Vulcan ritual of Kolinahr, meant to completely purge a Vulcan of his or her emotions. The ritual was first mentioned in the film Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The same movie showed that Spock, years after leaving Starfleet, did indeed eventually undergo Kolinahr, but that he did not complete it and later realized he did not wish to purge his emotions completely, as he valued the friendship he felt with his colleagues aboard the Enterprise. In the series Star Trek: Voyager, the character Tuvok was a Vulcan who had completed Kolinahr and, as a result, was a far colder and more aloof character than Spock.

– Spock tells his mother that “fine” is not an acceptable word to associate with him because it has many possible meanings, not all of which are positive. In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Spock tells his mother at the beginning that there is no logic in asking someone how they feel. By the end of the film, he at last strikes a balance between his Vulcan upbringing and his human emotions and symbolizes this by telling Amanda “I feel fine.”

– William Morgan Sheppard plays the head of the Vulcan Science Council. He also played a human scientist in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Schizoid Man”, a Klingon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the character Qatai in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Bliss.”

– Fans learned in the original series episode “Journey to Babel” that Spock did indeed turn down an invitation to the Vulcan Science Academy in order to attend Starfleet Academy instead. The same episode stated that this decision caused Sarek and Spock, who already disagreed on many things, to further strain their relationship and not speak to each other for years. Although Sarek was disappointed and disagreed with Spock’s decision, he later implied in “Journey to Babel” that he was nonetheless proud of Spock’s accomplishments as a Starfleet officer. In the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, he admitted that his previous belief that it was a mistake for Spock to join Starfleet “may have been in error.”

– Zoe Saldana, who plays Nyota Uhura, also played a trekkie in the movie The Terminal.

– Uhura orders a Slusho, a drink invented for the show Alias.

– Uhura’s unwillingness to share her first name is a joke on the fact that she was never given a first name during the original series or in the movies that she was featured in. Later in the film, it’s said her first name is Nyota. “Uhura” is from the word “uhuru”, which is Swahili for “freedom” (it was Nichelle Nichols’ idea for the character to have this name). Years ago, the fan suggested to Gene Roddenberry that Uhura’s first name be “Nyota” because that is the Swahili for “star.” Roddenberry and Nichols both enjoyed the idea of the character’s name being “Star of Freedom” and both agreed to consider “Nyota” as Uhura’s first name. The name began appearing in novels and comic books afterward. This is the first time it has been spoken during a live-action Star Trek performance.

– In the original Star Trek series pilot episode “The Cage”, Captain Christopher Pike (played by Jeffrey Hunter) was featured commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. Spock was introduced in the pilot as well, serving under Captain Pike. When a new pilot was to be filmed, Jeffrey Hunter removed himself from the cast and William Shatner stepped in as the newly-created character Captain Jim Kirk. Spock was moved up in rank, now shown to be second-in-command and Science Officer, and the rest of the crew was now composed of completely different characters. In the first season two-part episode “The Menagerie”, it was stated that Pike had indeed been Captain of the Enterprise before Kirk and that Spock had served under him for “eleven years, four months and five days.” In that same story, Kirk said that he had met Pike when the older man had been promoted to Fleet Captain and Kirk had become the new Captain of the Enterprise (in the year 2264).

– Pike mentions that Kirk’s father didn’t believe in no-win scenarios. This references Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan where Kirk states that he doesn’t believe in no-win scenarios. Pike’s comment that George Kirk would seemingly rush into danger mirrors Kirk’s own famous attitude and echoes a remark made in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country when Kirk described himself as a man who often ventured “where angels fear to tread.”

– In the animated series episode “The Counter-Clock Maneuver”, it was stated that Pike himself had inherited the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 from Captain Robert April, who had commended the ship for its very first five-year mission soon after its construction in was completed in 2245, at which point Kirk would have been 12-years-old. Since this movie shows that the Enterprise NCC-1701 is still under construction in the year 2255 (when Kirk meets Pike in the bar), we might assume that this is another effect of history being altered, causing the ship to be built much later on. Then again, the original series held that the Enterprise was a smaller ship originally and was rebuilt to hold a crew twice as large sometime before Kirk became its captain. So perhaps the Enterprise has been around for a while, has already been commanded by April and Pike, and is now simply having parts of her rebuilt and retro-fitted while Pike temporarily acts as an Academy instructor.

– In previous films and television episodes, whenever a starship was shown being constructed it was seen in an orbital “dry dock” rather than being on Earth. However, there is nothing in the original television episodes or films that specifically states constructions begins and ends in dry dock. And although various tech manuals and novels have stated that the Enterprise began construction in San Francisco before it was completed in space, we have to remember that such tie-in materials are really only canon until a later film or episode decides otherwise. The screenwriters of this new film, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, stated their belief that initial construction of the Enterprise would begin on Earth in order to help with some of the machines such as the artificial gravity generators, which would be better calibrated if built and tested in the same gravity well that they are meant to simulate. As for why it’s being built in Iowa, why not? It’s a less crowded location than San Francisco and gives us a great scene of Kirk looking up at the ship, pondering the future.

– McCoy mentions a bitter divorce. In the animated series episode “The Survivor”, it was first established that he had been divorced and had a daughter named Joanna. The TV series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture both established that he was indeed a licensed doctor before he joined Starfleet.

– McCoy’s joke about his ex-wife leaving him only in possession of his bones is meant to be the origin of the nickname Kirk used for him throughout the original series, the animated series and his appearances in the live-action films. Originally, it was believed that the reason Kirk called McCoy “Bones” was simply in reference to him being a “sawbones”, an old slang term for a surgeon.

– The film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier established that McCoy sometimes carried a flask with him, not only so he could have a drink but because he considered whiskey to be a key ingredient for his family’s chili recipe.

– The Kobayashi Maru test was first shown and explained in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The simulation was said to be a test of character and was programmed so that it could not actually be won. It was noted in that same movie that Kirk was the only person who ever beat the famous “no-win scenario”, succeeding in his third attempt. Spock mentioned that Kirk’s solution in this matter was “unique” and Kirk later admitted to others in the film that he had won by changing the conditions of the simulation so that it would be possible to win, adding that he eventually got a commendation for “original thinking.”

– The green-skinned woman Gaila spending time with Kirk is from the planet Orion (the males of her species can be either blue or green). Orion women are known for having high sexual appetites and for their seduction skills, as they have highly potent pheromones which they can use to bring men into a near-hypnotic state if they wish. Most Orion women are traded and sold as slaves by the men of their species, but the screen-writers of the new Star Trek movie Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman have stated that Gaila is an escaped slave, hence her joining Starfleet Academy. Gaila (played by Rachel Nichols) is the first Orion woman we’ve seen who doesn’t black hair.

– Kirk is eating an apple as he defeats the Kobayashi Maru. He likewise held an apple in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, when he admitted that he had won the “no-win scenario” test years ago by cheating. When asked how he justified cheating, Kirk explained “I don’t believe in the no-win scenario” and then took a bite out of the apple.

– In the Kobayashi Maru simulation, Kirk is attacked by “Klingon warbirds.” Klingon ships are normally called “birds of prey” and Romulan ships are normally called “warbirds.” However, the original series stated that during that era, the Klingons and Romulans did some trading concerning their ships and so it’s not unheard of that some Klingons at this time might possess warbirds. In fact, in the first episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, a Klingon was seen flying a warbird.

– For the first time, we discover that Spock himself is responsible for programming the Kobayashi Maru test.

– At the disciplinary hearing, the dean is Admiral Richard Barnett. Another character, named Admiral Richard B. Barnett, was mentioned in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “In the Pale Moonlight.” This character was named after visual effects artist Richard Barnett.

– Sitting to Admiral Barnett’s left is Admiral James Komack. Admiral Komack is from the original Star Trek series. He was mentioned in the episodes “This Side of Paradise” and “The Alternative Factor” and he was seen in the episode “Amok Time.” In the original series episode “The Menagerie” Part 1, Kirk looks over a classified report that is signed by “Robert L. Comack”, a similar name for a different character.

– Spock lectures Kirk that he refuses to understand the experience of feeling fear in the face of death. In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Kirk admits his belief that he had never truly faced death before the events of that film, that all he ever did was cleverly cheat it often and congratulate himself afterward.

– Uhura is initially assigned to the U.S.S. Farragut. In the original series, Kirk stated that he served aboard the Farragut as a lieutenant after graduating from Starfleet Academy, some time after serving aboard the U.S.S. Republic as an ensign.

– The voice of the Enterprise computer is Majel Barrett, the recently deceased wife of Gene Rodenberry who also played the voice of the computers in all Star Trek series (except for Star Trek: Enterprise) and films. Majel Barret also played “Number One” in the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage”, Nurse Christine Chapel in the original TV series, and made recurring apperances as Luxwana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

– Sulu introduces himself with the first name “Hikaru.” In fact, he was not given a first name until the last movie to feature the original Star Trek cast, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Before then, the first name of Hikaru had only appeared in various novels and comics, starting with the book The Entropy Effect.

– Although she is not seen, McCoy shouts for Nurse Chapel in the sickbay.

– Chekov has difficulty pronouncing the letter “V”, giving it a “W” sound instead. This is a joking reference to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where Chekov spoke about the need to find “nuclear wessels.” His mispronunciation in that film became notorious and has been referenced in other shows such as Futurama.

– Sulu mentions being trained in fencing. This was established in the original series episode “The Naked Time.” In a later episode “Shore Leave”, it was also shown that he had a deep knowledge and fondness for Earth historical weaponry.

– Chief Engineer Olson is the first of the crew to die. Since he works in engineering, he has a red uniform. Security forces (who also wore red) and engineers were the most frequent casualties in the original series, leading to an ongoing joke that people who wore red shirts in Star Trek would probably die.

– In its zero-gravity environment, red matter looks like a large red ball. J.J. Abrams has used the image of a large red ball in other projects, such as the series Alias.

– Spock mentions that his parents, as well as the Vulcan elders, will be present in the “Katric chamber.” Vulcans refer to a person’s soul and consciousness as their “katra.” In Star Trek II: The Search for Spock, we first learned about the katra and that all Vulcans, when death is near, use their telepathic abilities to transfer their own katra into a friend who will then bring it back to Vulcan to be stored so that their accumulated knowledge will not be lost. Later, Spock remarks that the Vulcan elders now preserve his planet’s culture, meaning that they now possess the katras (or most of the katras) that were accumulated in the temple.

– In the original series and films, Spock’s mother Amanda survived well into old age. What’s more, the planet Vulcan was still around a century later during the timeline of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Thus, we now have more major changes in history.- Spock and Uhura evidently have a romantic relationship. Although there was no evidence of this in the original series, it was implied in several episodes that they had a close kinship and affection for each other. Uhura occasionally flirted with Spock and was the only one on the ship who could make him genuinely smile with her teasing. Spock also stated an admiration for Uhura’s skills on a few occasions. When off-duty, the two would occasionally perform together for the rest of the crew, with Spock playing a Vulcan instrument as Uhura sang. Actress Nichelle Nichols said that she considered Spock to have been Uhura’s teacher and that they were quite close and understood each other in many ways.

– This would not be the first time Spock has been involved with a human woman. In the original series episode “This Side of Paradise”, it was stated that he had been romantically involved to some degree with a human botanist named Leila Kalomi (during his days of service with Captain Pike). And in the episode “All Our Yesterdays”, he had a romantic affair with a human woman named Zarabeth from the planet Sarpeidon.

– When Christopher Pike is being subjected to questioning, he is exposed to an insect that will alter his brain and make him more suggestible. A similar life form from the planet Ceti Alpha V was discovered and used in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

– Spock very quickly concludes that Nero is a time traveler and Uhura and the rest of the crew readily accepts his explanation of alternate realities. In the series Star Trek: Enterprise, which took place a century before Kirk became a captain, Earth’s original Starfleet explorers encountered a few enemies with time travel, as well as doubles from alternate timelines. So by the time of this film, such concepts would have been accepted by the general public as fact rather than mere hyphothetical concepts. In the original series of Star Trek, the first two seasons alone involved two stories featuring parallel universes and four involving time travel to some degree.

– Spock states that Nero’s arrival and interference has created a new reality in its wake. However, even before Nero’s arrival, some of the U.S.S. Kelvin‘s technology seemed different from anything we’ve seen in Star Trek before. It could be that this was a certain type of ship that we’ve simply never been exposed to since it existed between the adventures of Star Trek: EnterpriseStar Trek: Enterprise had already caused at least a few cosmetic changes to history. Or it could be that the black hole “lightning storm” didn’t transport Nero and Spock Prime into the past but actually sent them into a parallel universe, one that was already completely separate from their original “prime” timeline. The original series explored alternate realities in the episodes “The Alternative Factor” and “Mirror, Mirror” (introducing the famous bearded-version of Spock which influenced so many later “evil twins” in sci-fi to have facial hair) and all of the later spin-offs likewise encountered parallel universes and split-off timelines and the original TV series. It could be that some of the time travel adventures that occurred in

– McCoy states “I’m a doctor, not a physicist.” In the original series, McCoy often made similar complaints, such as “I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer” or “I’m a surgeon, not a psychiatrist.”

– “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” This statement was originally made by Sherlock Holmes. Spock himself quoted this famous belief in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, stating that it had been spoken by an ancestor of his. Since Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, Spock obviously meant that the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an ancestor of his. This revelation was also a small joke by Nicholas Meyer, who directed that movie and was famous for having written possibly the most popular Sherlock Holmes story not penned by the original author, The Seven Per-Cent Solution.

– Kirk is marooned on a planet called Delta Vega. The second pilot episode of Star Trek, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, featured Kirk attempting to maroon a former comrade on a different planet with the same name. Kirk being rescued from an ice planet by Spock echoes events in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

– Leonard Nimoy is referred to in the script as “Spock Prime” since he is from the original universe/timeline. This name is a reference to many science fiction writers often referring to the “real world” as “Earth-Prime”, a practice which began with DC Comics.

– Spock Prime’s words “I have been and always shall be your friend” is a reference to words he first spoke in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It is one of the character’s most famous lines.

– Spock Prime informs Kirk that he can replace the current Captain of the Enterprise if he can prove that the younger Spock has been emotionally compromised. Spock attempted a similar tactic against a superior officer in the original series episode “The Doomsday Machine.”

– When Spock Prime and Kirk find Scotty, there is a tribble sitting in a cage on his work table. Tribbles were first introduced in the original series episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” and quickly became among the most infamous species in all of Star Trek. Tribbles were known to rapidly reproduce if they had more than miniscule amounts of food, so it’s a good thing Scotty barely has any rations or he would be neck-deep in the little creatures already.

– Scotty mentions apparently vaporizing “Admiral Archer’s prize beagle” while testing transwarp beaming. Jonathan Archer was the captain in Star Trek: Enterprise and later became an admiral. During that series, he had a beagle named Porthos whom he dearly loved. Since this movie takes place 97 years after Archer ended his career as a captain, the dog Scotty vaporized cannot be Porthos and must have been a different beagle that Archer got later. In the original timeline, it was stated that Archer himself died the day after Robert April took command of the Enterprise in 2245. Either Archer survived for at least a few years longer in this new timeline or Scotty was punished by a relative (possibly a son) who also achieved the rank of Admiral. It is also funny that Archer’s dog would die in such a way, since in the very first episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, it was stated that the man was so protective of his dog Porthos that he would not allow the pet to be submitted to a normal transporter beam.

– Spock Prime giving Scotty a formula years before its invented is similar to something Scotty did in the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

– Sarek tells Spock he is thankful for his diverse state and his human emotions. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation two-part episode “Unification”, Sarek mentioned that although he had often lectured Spock on giving in to human emotions, he had secretly been proud of his son’s defiant spirit and inner strength.

– Scotty’s companion in the transporter room is Chris Doohan, son of James Doohan who was the first to play Scotty. Chris Doohan also did a cameo in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

– In Spock Prime’s jellyfish ship, the pilot’s seat against the large round window forms a triangle overlapping a circle. This is the symbol of IDIC, the Vulcan philosophy of “infinite diversity in infinite combination.”

– When Spock sees that the jellyfish ship recognizes his presence and commands, he remarks “fascinating.” Spock said this frequently in the original series, the animated series and the previous films he was featured in. In the original series episode “The Squire of Gothos”, Spock stated that he only used the word “fascinating” rather than “interesting” when something actually surprised him.

– Kirk says he thought Spock would appreciate a gesture of peace towards the Romulans. As stated before, Spock Prime was very concerned about establishing peace between Romulus and Vulcan, hoping to unify the cultures again, in the two-part episode “Unification.”

– Scotty screams “I’m giving her all she’s got!”, a statement he made several times during the original series and the previous films he was featured in.

– Pike is seen in a wheelchair due to his injuries during captivity. In the original series, two years after ending his career as Captain of the Enterprise, Pike suffered an accident that left him disfigured and completely unable to move his body. To function, he was placed in a high-tech wheelchair that could just barely interpret his brain signals, allowing him to move in basic directions and to communicate by making a light beep once for “yes” and twice for “no.” This special wheelchair became infamous and has been parodied in shows such as South Park and Futurama.

– The top half of Pike’s new admiral’s uniform resembles Kirk’s admiral’s uniform from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

– Spock is surprised that Spock Prime may have lied to young Kirk. It is a commonly held belief that “Vulcans never lie”, but Spock proved in the original series that he was able to lie on numerous occasions when he felt there was a logical reason to do so for the mission to succeed or if he knew that lives could be endangered by the revelation of the truth. When others asked him or teased him about his ability to lie, he would often justify it by saying he hadn’t lied but had “omitted” or “exaggerated.” In the series Star Trek: Enterprise, the Vulcan woman T’Pol would often play along with a lie or, at least, disguise her main intentions by speaking about unrelated matters in situations where she believed it was necessary for the safety of the crew.

– Spock is surprised by Spock Prime taking “a gamble.” In the original series, Spock stated it was not until the episode “Patterns of Force” that he understood the attraction for gambling. Spock Prime states that what he did was not a gamble but an act of faith. This, and his advice to his younger self to listen to his feelings, echoes statements he made to a student in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country when he said that he had learned the value of having faith that “the universe will unfold as it should” and that “logic is the beginning of wisdom, it is not it’s end.”

– Spock Prime wishes his younger self “good luck”, which surprises the younger Spock. In the original series, Spock generally did not believe in chance or luck, but did admit in the episode “A Taste of Armageddon” that working with Captain Kirk made him “almost believe in luck.” Kirk smiled at this, responding that knowing Mr. Spock made him “almost believe in miracles.”

– Kirk officially becomes the Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 in the year 2258, three years after joining Starfleet Academy in 2255. In the original timeline, he was not given the Enterprise until 2264, 14 years after joining the Academy in 2250.

– At the end of the film, Leonard Nimoy narrates a version of the famous “Space, the final frontier” speech. The only other time he has done this was at the end of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Coincidentally, just as he has said with this film, Nimoy originally stated that Star Trek II would be his last appearance as Spock.”

Well, folks, that about wraps it all up. Hope you enjoyed this =)

Old and New

Captain’s log                             Stardate: 63384.0 (May 20th, 2009)

I was been assigned to manned the counter duty at the Neighbourhood Police Center (NPC) which I was been posted to this morning shift, and I ended up getting a variety case of “unexpected word errors.”

<HELLO, CAN I HELP?>

Before the clock strikes noon, I had called up a reputable organization regarding on a case they had filed to us recently, and that my team leader needs me to confirm with them before he can relate this to one of the senior investigating officer in charge of the case. After three dials, a sweet voice responded: “Hello, what can I help you?”

????

Better believed it, because she had somehow stumped me momentarily and I forgot what it was I wanted. I wasn’t sure anyway what she could do to help me then. Or how she could help me. But you can be sure that it wasn’t her voice, sweet as it was, that had me dumbfounded. Well, one thing for sure, she might have sputtered out her words without realizing it.

<WANT TO DOING SOMETHING>

Later, somewhere in the afternoon, I received a call from a member of public where he complained that a group of hooligans were making a lot of noise, with a few of them even shouting at the top of their lungs near to his residence. He would be very much appreciated if I “can sending some officers” to check on them.

Alright! That really got into me! Isn’t it easier to say “send some officers”? And just when I thought this gonna be over, I ended up getting another one from a member of public seated infront of me who came to lodge a report: “I want to asking you if my case take time to review.”

Then, few hours later, I overheard a member of public chatting on his phone, seated on the cushion of the NPC lobby while waiting for his turned to lodge his report: “Yo bro, I want to telling you that my side don’t have the items that you wanting.”

My goodness, am I getting an extreme case of want to doing something hiccups, or what!?

I want to go to a park and listen to the birds chirp and tweet instead. Birds, I am told, never sing out of tune. Because they don’t know how.



Captain’s log                             Stardate: 63381.0(May 19th, 2009)

Just today in the early afternoon, a few of my colleagues and myself were coordinally invited for lunch as part of an official police workshop, been held inside the Conrad Hotel. And to share with the rest of our team, as to direct them into some of the users and new administration that was been introduced.

Indeed, not bad at all. Those three hours with a break in-between was well spoken, accomodating, encouraging, up-to-the-standard and understandable. Though that we might get the boredom, as what we can be expected. But it turns out to be a fabulous one!

Not to mention, the food there does excite our appetite =D Too delightful in flavouring that we couldn’t resist it and go for more. The black pepper chicken, especially =)

And yes, fabulous as it is, as one of the VIPs there were been nominated to talk on the topic had decided to encourage participation. Therefore, he introduced the audience to his so-called “saucy limericks” and invited us to play with rhymes. It turns out, the less saucy type:

“There was a man in Tanjong Katong,
Who loved to eat longtong,
He married a wife from Hong Kong,
And had a son they called King Kong,
Together they played ping pong,
All day long……”

Quite a rhyme that was! Hah! =D And from what one of my colleagues had commented to us, that he had no doubt that the man in Tanjong Katong had many distant limerick relatives. Well for once, I just have to believe him. Does have an interesting expression, if you know what I mean =D And we do had one hell of a good laugh just for that! =D

P:S: Sadly, too bad none of us brought our camera along…=(

A Matter Of Location

Posted: May 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                          Stardate: 63379.8 (May 18th, 2009)

First thing first, let me summarized the first paragraph in details =)

Scene: Parkway Parade Mall

Characters: Me and a cute sales assistant

Action: Earlier this afternoon, I was walking up and down the aisles, going back and forth between the sections, looking confused and exasperated. I was unable to locate an item. As such, I approaches a nearby sales assistant for help. Frankly speaking, I’m not the type who will normally asked the sale assistants for help, as I prefer to locate it myself. Unless, I was so lost in the maze, and that’s where I urgently needed their backup.

The cute sales assistant replies: “Oh sorry, but I’m not the salesgirl in here.” Then she struts away.

What the…..DAMN! Was I ever annoyed by that! Generally, she was in uniform like other sales personal in that store, so there’s no mistaken about her working in the store. Complaining about her lack of customer service? You think I even bothered? I’m not like those type of people!

Moments later, I found her in another section of the store, and she steps up to me: “Hello sir, can I help you? I’m salesgirl in HERE.”

Only then does I realized what she means. On the other hand, can she be blame by ended up on the other side of the store?

Naahhh!! =D

Distant Cousins

Posted: May 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                           Stardate: 63373.7 (May 16th, 2009)

Written by local author David Leo, I found this content of his quite entertaining which I had received through my police email. Not to mention, quite logical in a sense =D It’s about “Distant Cousins”, and here’s how it goes.

1) The Karang Guni Man

Have you seen the Karang Guni Man of late? These days he come around not on foot, but by bike or driving a lorry. With the amount of garbage that our households discard daily, it would appeared a thriving business. His English cousin is, of course, the Rag-And-Bone Man.

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So, does it sound logical enough? =D

Here’s another….

2) The Satay Man

What about the Satay Man who lives in Sandy Lane? If you haven’t heard of him, asked your children. They may still sing about him in school. “Do you know the satay man who lives in Sandy Lane?” He has an English cousin too, though they trade in different food. Our Satay Man sells meat on bamboo skewers, where the meat will be dipped in a chill-hot peanut sauce as you eat it. But his English cousin has his fingers in flour. He is the Muffin Man from Drury Lane.

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I know there’s Sandy Lane, but I wasn’t sure there’s Drury Lane….=s

Got Or Not?

Posted: May 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                           Stardate: 63370.0 (May 15th, 2009)

The common term of words that we can do without. So common that some foreigners who have stayed long enough in Singapore often ended up saying it. Not trying to make fun, but to share some insights in how Singaporeans like myself would speculate =D

Recently, there’s the mother who admonishes her child after visiting the toilet of the Neighbourhood Police Center where I worked: “You got wash or not?” Then, one of my colleagues, who asked another, about a book the latter promised to lend him: “Got bring or not?”

To add on, the supervisor to his workers: “Got do or not?” The concerned hostess to her guests: “Everyone got eat or not?” One participant to another at a competition: “Got win or not?” And a visitor at a fair looking for freebies to her friend: “They got give free gifts or not?”

By no doubt, that’s got to be a favourite expression among many Singaporeans. Whether it be at home or aboard.

And to add in the spices, just last year, on a family vacation in New Zealand, our tour guide takes us to a farm, where I watched a farmer milk a cow. A little girl stood beside me, watching with interest. (I was told that many children who grow up in our concrete jungle have never seen a real cow and think that milk comes from the factory or a supermarket) After a while, I overheard the inquisitive little traveler turned to her mother: “Mommy, I cannot see. Got milk come out or not?” The amused farmer, whose square back was blocking her view, turned around and held a pail under her nose, saying proudly, “Got plenty, honey.” And her mother was quick to add. “It’s milk, darling, not honey.”

You get the idea?