Wrath of Khan Particle Animation

Here’s a fun clip I stumbled across on Youtube.  Some enterprising (ha) soul has created an animation of all the battles from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” still the best film in that mixed bag of a series.  If you know and love the film, it adds greater understanding to the choreography of the ships’ interactions.  Even if you have no or little familiarity with the film, it’s still fun to watch.

As an added bonus (for me, anyway), it brings back memories of the old vector-graphic-based Space Wars arcade game I so loved as a kid of the 70s (and which is still possibly my favorite arcade game, even now).

I never cease to be impressed with the creativity of fans.

Fathers and Sons and Phones in Space

Jason’s going through a sweet phase where he likes to tell me I’m a great dad. I’m trying to enjoy it while it lasts, and bank up all this praise to get me through his teen years, when he’ll doubtless consider me a colossal embarrassment at best.

This weekend, out of the blue, he pronounced, “You’re the best dad anyone could ever have.” So while ordinarily I’d be eager to share this awesome video with him, now I’m not so sure, since viewing it will at the very least rule me out as world’s coolest dad.

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

Sagan and Hawking Sing the Wonder of the Cosmos

Well, I’ve been wrong before and no doubt I’ll be wrong again.  I said YouTube might as well shut down after seeing “Shatner On the Mount,” which I dubbed the greatest internet video ever.  Now I’m eating my words already after watching this tribute to Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, which besides being entertaining is also inspiring and beautiful.  And if that wasn’t enough, it actually provides perhaps mankind’s first positive use for the scourge that is Auto-Tune.