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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: Kobayashi Maru

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Kobayashi Maru Kobayashi Maru by Michael A. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I actually liked this book more than I thought I would. The description from Memory Alpha is "Captain Jonathan Archer's Enterprise and Captain Erika Hernandez' Columbia become embroiled in the shocking events that became the infamous Starfleet Academy no-win scenario." I always took the Kobayashi Maru to be a theoretical simulation (something concocted by Starfleet researchers and instructors for training purposes), but it's interesting to see that it was in-fact based on real (in-universe) history. I also like that at the end everything's not honky-dory. Archer 'wins' in the no-win scenario, but is about to lose some of his bridge crew over it. Oh yeah, Trip is still a spy.

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Review: Star Trek: The Manga Ultimate Edition

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Star Trek: The Manga Ultimate Edition Star Trek: The Manga Ultimate Edition by David Gerrold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is really a collection of the "ultimate" (I guess) stories from the other three separate volumes of the TOS manga. I did like the colorized version of the borg story, but I don't know what rubric they used to select stories for this volume. Maybe they should have just picked all stories from the previous volumes and done and omnibus :) The larger format was welcomed, and Star Trek as manga can be a lot of fun to read (if you put a few things aside...)

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Review: The Good That Men Do

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The Good That Men Do The Good That Men Do by Andy Mangels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite an enjoyable read. I would have loved to have seen this on-screen. Section 31, Romulan mystery, spycraft, and Trip is alive and spying on the Romulan Empire as a section 31 operative. The pacing of this novel was pretty good. I didn't feel lost, or bored, or wondering "what the heck is going on now?" Need an adaptation for TV ;-)

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Review: Star Trek: The Manga, Volume 3: Uchu

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Star Trek: The Manga, Volume 3: Uchu Star Trek: The Manga, Volume 3: Uchu by Nathaniel Bowden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not a bad collection of TOS stories. This book had a similar feel to the other two volumes in the series.  Too bad the manga didn't have as much of a following and Tokoypop decided to cease producing it.

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Review: Star Trek: The Manga Volume 1: Shinsei/Shinsei

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Star Trek: The Manga Volume 1: Shinsei/Shinsei Star Trek: The Manga Volume 1: Shinsei/Shinsei by Chris Dows
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was actually a fun read, and many of the stories "felt" TOS-like in their telling and execution. The final story was a little too Mecha/Gundam and it kinda felt like it didn't connect with TOS, but it was a fun nevertheless. Who says there can't be mecha in the Star Trek Universe? After all, there was recently a Star Trek - Transformers crossover by IDW...

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Review: Star Trek: the manga Volume 2: Kakan ni Shinkou

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Star Trek: the manga Volume 2: Kakan ni Shinkou Star Trek: the manga Volume 2: Kakan ni Shinkou by Wil Wheaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not a bad set of stories. Compared to the TNG Manga the stories here really felt more like original TOS, with a manga aesthetic.

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Review: Star Trek Phase II: The Making of the Lost Series

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Star Trek Phase II: The Making of the Lost Series Star Trek Phase II: The Making of the Lost Series by Judith Reeves-Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not really "finished" with this book since it seems more like a reference book, but I did skim through it and found it interesting (as a library borrowing I didn't have a ton of time with it). This seems like one of those books to own for any trek fan ;-)

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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volume 1: The Manga: Boukenshin

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volume 1: The Manga: Boukenshin Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volume 1: The Manga: Boukenshin by David Gerrold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a bad attempt at TNG stories in Manga-style comics. Although I do see why Tokyopop didn't continue to produce these. While the stories were enjoyable they didn't really 'feel' very TNG. The characters were a bit off in the dialogue they used. The facial expressions sometimes also didn't match the dialog in the speech bubble. Not a big point, but something interesting: I am surprised that the reading direction wasn't back-to-front as is the case in Japanese manga, but rather front-to-back as with all western books.

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Think Geek April Fool's

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Last but not list, on the 2019 list of of April Fool's jokes is Think Geek.  These were my favorite (and some times these things become reality!)  I don't know what that string of numbers on on the Captain Marvel pager.  Any Marvel fans out there to help me out?


Captain Marvel Universal Pager (link)
RETRO TECH FOR THE MODERN HERO
Pagers. Every cool 90’s kid had them, but what exactly were they for? Seriously. It's not like people in the 90’s were constantly waiting for a page so they could quickly fax someone an important document printed out on a dot-matrix printer from a file on a floppy disk. All while rewinding a VHS, waiting for a dial-up modem to connect, and flipping a cassette in a Walkman. Any of these words resonate with you?

Pagers are confusing and not even the people who had them know why they were necessary… but they totally were. You just have to take our word for it. Or at least take Captain Marvel's word for it. Because sometimes when you need a hero, the easiest way to get in touch is to page them.

This Captain Marvel Universal Pager might not be intergalactic, but it works as long as it's close to your phone. Powered by Bluetooth®, this pager will clip right on your pocket, belt loop, or high-waisted jeans. When you receive a phone call or text, your pager will alert you that you need to check your phone by flashing and beeping- just like in Marvel's Captain Marvel. Fortunately, instead of running to a payphone, all you have to do is pull out your cell phone. For a limited time, this Captain Marvel Universal Pager is available for only 1 cent with a 2-year contract commitment.

The Captain Marvel design is sure to impress your friends, and the colors go really well with a neon geometric wind breaker. It's perfect for emergencies - like when you run out of eggs, or you're being snapped out of existence.

What's the point of a pager if you still need your phone to use it? It's a secret.
Product Specifications

  • Captain Marvel Universal Pager 
  • A ThinkGeek exclusive 
  • Fully functioning pager that connects to your phone via Bluetooth® 
  • Displays up to 4 lines of text and 80 characters per line 
  • Only $0.01 with a 2-year contract ($9.99/month) 
  • No emoji support 
  • Up to 30,000 Maximum character capacity 
  • Compatibility: Supports all Android, Apple, and Stark devices 
  • Wireless Range: 30 ft. 
  • It's not actually intergalactic 
  • Only 90’s kids will remember to forget pagers 
  • 17 4011123 123801176 7415 53170 4379 
  • Materials: Plastic 
  • Dimensions: 2" tall x 3" wide x 3/4" long 
  • Power: 1 AA battery (included) 
  • Manufactured by Chronicle 




Kirby Roomba (link)
TIME TO DO THE KIRBY DANCE
Kirby's hunger is never-ending. He's inhaled enemies, friends, blocks, bricks, and food. But he's not satisfied. He wants more. He wants… to clean your house.

Stemming from years of enhanced vacuum technology and dirt disposal, this Roomby Kirby robot vacuum uses advanced smart mapping technology to remember your floor plan and responds to a variety of different voice commands.

Kirby (Knowledge Interface Robot Buddy Yielder) is a complex intelligent AI emoter, and will transition between different poses to let you know when it’s full and needs to be emptied, when it’s charging, and when it’s in regular roaming mode. And because it's Kirby, our developers have brought even more customization. When vacuuming, you'll hear sound effects provided by Makiko Ohmoto who performed over 41 unique Kirby emotes that have never been heard before. 

To fully interface with the Kirby robot vacuum, we recommend downloading the custom app (available exclusively on Switch). Though it can function with voice commands only, the app unlocks additional features like navigated piloting (for custom hand-held cleaning) and Smash Mode (compatible with select robot vacuums - sold separately). 

Robots are definitely going to take over the world, but until then, let them vacuum your stuff! (>'O')> 


Mjolnir Mailbox (link)
BECAUSE YOUR MAIL IS WORTHY
We at ThinkGeek usually take a playful tone with our copy, but there's nothing cute or funny about vandalizing someone's mailbox. We swear to Odin, if we have to replace our mailbox again we'll set off Ragnarok ourselves. *Deep breath.* Sorry, you didn't deserve that. It's not like you're the one taking a baseball bat to our mailbox. RIGHT?

If you too have experienced the harsh sting of collecting scattered letters (ahem, bills) after finding your mailbox on the front lawn, we've got a solution for you. Before you go all Revengers on anyone, try out this Marvel Thor Mighty Mjolnir Mailbox. We named it after Thor's mighty hammer not just because it looks like Mjolnir, but also because this mailbox is nearly indestructible. Seriously. With a healthy stash of uru and signoff from some Dwarven blacksmiths, we've provided an ultimate solution that has a lifetime guarantee. Your mailbox will never be moved again. Even if you wanted to.

In addition to holding your mail and being virtually unmovable, we've added some extra features to make this mailbox an active part of your smart home. Ever had people snooping around in your mailbox? Not anymore. Just like you have to be worthy to wield Thor's hammer, you also have to be worthy to open this mailbox. This mailbox cannot be opened by anyone but official USPS workers and you. It comes with facial recognition technology that always has the most up-to-date list of USPS employees, and you can add up to 4 friends and family members as well.

Wondering if that mail has come yet? The sides will light up when your mail has been delivered (with optional push-notifications to your mobile device). Don't worry about replacing batteries or running power cords - it runs on solar energy. Need to mail something? We've replaced the boring mailbox flag with the wings of Thor's helmet. Because if we're embracing authenticity, we might as well go all the way.  
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The Impossible Whopper

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Burger Kind punks everyone who thought their Whoppers were made of real beef.  Sadly, I think one of these days we will find out that fast food was not beef all along (and not, it won't be veggie burgers :p)


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