The Glowing Louvre

My collected thoughts on Star Trek, especially the movies

I don’t know why you would care… but, if you like Star Trek too, then I know why! 🙂

– Star Trek V, somehow, has worse special effects than the first four.

– Star Trek III has some of the worst writing of any of them. I wonder if George Lucas used it as a model for Episode 1.

– Even-numbered Star Trek movies are generally better. This is, at least, until the average age of the original crew was 80+.

– There is no way a bloated captain Kirk could scale El Capitan freehanded like in Assassin’s Creed.

– Now that I know the truth, it’s easy to see the hints in the mannerisms of Sulu. Oh my.

– Picard is a great ENTJ. Did you know I spent several hours with Patrick Stewart on stage with two other theater students while he recited The Merchant of Venice? It was amazing… I’ll tell you the whole story some time.

– Uhura jumped the shark when she did that dance atop the sand dune. Those hips don’t lie.

– Scotty is too one-dimensional of a character.

– Klingons in silhouette while Birds of Prey blow up always look like an 80’s hair band on stage.

– While showing these movies to my son, I have to pause the movie for 10 minutes for a cold-war history lesson to explain why it is funny that Chekov says “Nuclear Wessels” on the streets of San Francisco.

– I need to show my son all the ST:TNGs, but I may start with season 2 or 3 when the Beard is in full force.

– Wesley Crusher did not annoy me as much as he seemed to annoy other people. He was my everyman, my Frodo, my me-aged-me on a starship and I thought he was over-achieving, Type-A, and likable. (I did!)

– Amazing that I originally watched all the TNGs without a laptop on my lap. I rarely watch anything any more without also having 15 tabs open in a browser.

– I think Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn is still one of the best, and it holds up pretty well.

– I thank Star Trek for first getting me into sci fi… if you’re also into it and want something really advanced (and much more sophisticated, by a factor of 100), try Pandora’s Star, Judas Unchained, and The Void Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton. Oh, and watch Firefly.

– I heard when Gene Roddenberry was alive that he refused to ever allow The Enterprise to be shown upside down. When JJ Abrams got ahold of it, he flipped that motha all ova the place. (sweet sweet JJ Abrams – thank you for saving Star Trek for all of us – we can’t wait for the next one!)

Funny TNG Videos!

That Jean-Luc Picard:

Bridge Buffoonery:

A Fistful of Explosions:

Uneventful Day:

Beard on Beard (almost NSFW) :

Daily Photo – The Glowing Louvre

Here’s another photo from the amazing PhotoWalk in Paris. This was supposed to be the end of the walk, but it ended up being the halfway point!

In post-processing this one, I made the Louvre feel a little more warm and inviting, while the outside stayed a bit more cold and foreboding. I edited this one in front of a live class in Christchuch… I hope people enjoyed that bit ! 🙂 Not all of my edits were successful that day, but I think this one turned out alright.

The Glowing Louvre

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  • susan ratcliff

    Beautiful! Especially with that ominous looking sky – love it and Happy New Year’s in NZ!

  • Casper van Zyl

    all the best for the New Year Susan

  • Casper van Zyl

    I like as well,just looking at the glow seems to give off warmth. Wish all a happy New Year

  • David Campbell

    Other than your Wesley Crusher crush, I can find no fault in your observations on Star Trek.

  • Great photo, Trey!! Happy New Year’s Eve. Can’t believe it’s the end of 2012!!

  • susan ratcliff

    Happy New Year Casper and family!!

  • If you like STNG as much as I do, you’ll love DayJobOrchestra on YouTube. They do the most amazing lip synced audio dubs on STNG ever. Here is a popular one of theirs:

  • great picture from Paris…but I actually didn’t like the Abrams Star Trek at all. Too loud, too much historical rewriting, and bad plotting that required changing who some characters were (Chekov) halfway through the film.

  • Trey: Yet another Great Shot! Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful photos and photo enhancing videos Russ

  • I LOVE DJO!! Saw their very first dub when they first posted it (the FDR one) and was hooked. Visitors should note that they’re totally NSFW. 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks ! 🙂

  • Trey Ratcliff

    watching now! 🙂

  • Nick Herbert

    other great sci-fi – Hyperion series by dan simmonds. eXisTenZ by david Cronenberg, Dune by frank herbert, lots more i’m sure you know. ps great photos, have been following stuck in customs for a while now and learned heaps, chur bro.

  • I’m impressed, Trey – I had absolutely no idea that you were a Peter F Hamilton fan too. Happy New Year!

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