March 26th is a Joyful Anniversary for Neeks

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Today is the anniversary of two great happenings in neekly history. Brace yourselves.

Leonard-leonard-nimoy-17314437-1280-800Happy birthday, Leonard Nimoy!

Yes, the man who played Mr. Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series and Spock Prime in Star Trek (2009) was born on this very day in 1931. That makes today his eighty-second birthday. Live long and prosper, Mister Nimoy!

The following is a series of pictures of Nimoy throughout his life…set to the song “Highly Illogical,” found on the campy CD “Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space.” I thought it a fitting tribute.

Happy birthday, Doctor Who reboot!

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Technically Season 28 of Doctor Who, Season 1 of the 2005 relaunch with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper as his companion, Rose Tyler, marked the resurrection of the formerly-popular TV series. At first low-budget and even cheesier than Season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and that’s saying something), Doctor Who has evolved into a well-written, well-acted, well-made work. Steven Moffat has done a terrific job making the show accessible to just about everybody, while also appealing to long-time viewers.

Ah, nostalgia. Live long and prosper, Leonard Nimoy. And Allons-y, Doctor! May Season 7.5 be as good as its first half.

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First Ender’s Game Movie Poster Released via Yahoo! Movies and Ender’s Game Tumblr

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Harrison Ford plays Graff. Despite the fact that the colonel is supposed to be rather disgustingly overweight, I think Ford can pull it off.

Harrison Ford intimidates Ender as Hyrum Graff. Despite the fact that the colonel is supposed to be rather disgustingly overweight, I think Ford can pull it off.

At noon today, after fans had been chewing on several rather mundane photos of Battle School from Summit for a while now, Yahoo! Movies released the first ever Ender’s Game movie poster. The poster can also be found at the official Ender’s Game Tumblr. What the poster brings that the previous photos didn’t is our first look at the Battle Room. Now, if you haven’t read the book, the Battle Room was written as a large, closed, cubic room with zero gravity in which the students at Battle School played a tactically challenging game very similar to laser

Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian chats with Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin in the cafeteria. I'm appreciating the S.H.I.E.L.D.-esque scoreboard in the background.

Hailee Steinfeld as Petra chats with Asa Butterfield as Ender in the cafeteria. I’m appreciating the S.H.I.E.L.D.-esque scoreboard in the background.

tag. Except, you know, while floating around. The writers evidently thought that was too mundane, making the room spherical and transparent. Even though I feel some remorse over losing another aspect of the book, the final product looks pretty awesome. But if they screw up any scenes within the Room itself, no amount of movie magic can save them from the wrath of the rabid fans.

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Tiny Implant in Interstitial Tissue Sends Blood Test Information to Smartphone

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This tiny device constantly monitors the composition of a patient’s blood and sends the information via radio waves and/or Bluetooth to your smartphone and your doctor. The device is surgically inserted, using a needle, into the interstitial tissue (don’t worry, I didn’t know what it was, either). The patient wears a patch over the implant which contains its batteries, receiving signals from the implant and sending them to the receiver. According to Dr. Giovanni de Micheli, director of the Integrated Systems Laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the device is able to detect five compounds in the blood which can shed vital information on a patient’s current health. The implant can supposedly predict heart attacks hours in advance, monitor glucose levels in diabetics, and detect cholesterol, among other uses. Micheli hopes to have a commercial model ready within several years, but in the meantime researchers hope to begin testing the device on patients in intensive care.

What does all that boil down to? A modern-day tricorder may be just around the corner.

Here’s an interview with Dr. Micheli and Dr. Sandro Carrara about the implant:

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Star Trek: Into Darkness – International Trailer and Extended Version Released

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On the 21st, Paramount released the Star Trek: Into Darkness international trailer.

250px-BadRobotLOGONEWThen, this morning, J.J. Abrams’ production company’s twitter feed linked to an extended version of the trailer. It’s only several seconds longer than the first – the two are nearly identical. The only difference is that the “extended” one has slightly longer establishing shots with labels telling the viewer which city they are seeing. Therefore, I will cover both trailers in one review.

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Look at those lovely lens flares…

What to expect from the movie itself so far: explosions, awesome futuristic cities (that aerial shot of Starfleet HQ over nighttime San Fran looks amazing), plus a very Star Wars-y moment in which Kirk flies a ship that is the spitting image of the Millennium Falcon through a very narrow rift/air duct in what may be a space station. Abrams seems to have pulled back somewhat on the lens flares – they only seem to crop up in every other shot, as opposed to every…single…one. He did get a lot of flak for his overuse of the technique in the 2009 adaptation, even admitting himself that they were “overdone, in some places.” Ya think, J.J.? Also, I’m getting a noticeable Khan/Gary Mitchell vibe from Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, the so-called “John Harrison.” Namely: “ ‘I am better.’ ‘At what?’ ‘At everything.’ ” Way to toot your own horn there, Kahn/Gary Mitchell/Garth of Izar/whoever the heck John Harrison is.

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Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

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Never to be accused of under-acting, Shatner gives it all he’s got.

This is the first post of the hopefully wildly popular new blog known as NeekTopia. I’ve had this idea in the works for a while. Today is Launch Day because it is a most auspicious day in neekly news: it’s William Shatner’s birthday, and is not-so-coincidentally also International Talk Like William Shatner Day! Co-established by Maurice LaMarche (voice actor most known for his television work on Pinky and the Brain – the spinoff from AnimaniacsFuturama, and The Simpsons) and Doug VanHorn primarily through Facebook, this holiday gives you the right to…putrandompausesinto…yourspeech…sometimes…inthe…middleofwords…and…masheverythinginbetweeninto…anin…comprehensiblemess.

Here is LaMarche’s vlog announcing his creation of the holiday. He also gives tips on how to maximize Shatnerization.

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