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2014-04-29 10:44:30 AM  
A refrigerator magnet that says "Esperanto es muy grooviamos?"
 
2014-04-29 10:59:52 AM  
I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.
 
2014-04-29 11:08:24 AM  

You Are All Sheep: I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.


Get a life.
 
2014-04-29 11:16:43 AM  
Denny Crane
 
2014-04-29 11:24:04 AM  
Cool. He still is involved in trying to get young'uns interested in the sciences, and has/supports various charities.
 
2014-04-29 11:47:12 AM  
He looks a lot like the guy in T.J. Hooker...but older.

www.moviepilot.de
 
2014-04-29 11:53:10 AM  

You Are All Sheep: I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.

 
2014-04-29 11:54:50 AM  
He's the farking Shat! No one, not even NASA, messes with the Shat!

Khan-dead
Klingons-Screwed over
Romulans-Faces on 21st Century Milk Cartons.

They messed with the Shat and lost!
 
2014-04-29 12:04:16 PM  
EYE just...hope.  His acceptance SPEECH will be......worthit.
 
2014-04-29 12:05:07 PM  
Also,

Yaw String: Denny Crane

 
2014-04-29 12:06:09 PM  

You Are All Sheep: I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.


The same could be said about Nimoy.  He pushed HARD to distance himself from Trek as well.  Several of them did.  The geekdom obsession thing was new, and most of these actors were trying to move on and couldn't.  They were constantly pestered.

Over time, they learned to let go and have fun with it, and a new level of interaction between fan and actor emerged, and is used in sci-fi today.  But you can't blame them for pushing back for a while.  And Shat was the primary focus at first, and got the worst of it.  He's still a jackass, but he's so much better than he was.
 
2014-04-29 12:14:31 PM  
Also, THIS just happened.

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"Captain."
"Captain."
 
2014-04-29 12:16:04 PM  
MISTER TAMBOURINE MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!
 
2014-04-29 12:19:12 PM  
I thought the big prize at NASA was a trip to space. Damn you congress for cutting back on our highest reward in the sciences.
 
2014-04-29 12:38:44 PM  
oh, and add the Hero of Canton as well.

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2014-04-29 12:51:43 PM  
The Rocket Man award?
 
2014-04-29 12:53:43 PM  
Verily, how low NASA has sunk. From being the very apex of the science world to honoring aged ham actors.
Goddamn every one of those stinking baby-boomer politicians who gutted the once proud agency and brought it to this whale sh*t level.
 
2014-04-29 12:55:33 PM  
Nathan Fillion appears to be the one eating all the supermodels' sammiches.

Seriously, man. Step away from the gravy.
 
2014-04-29 01:02:07 PM  

Khellendros: You Are All Sheep: I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.

The same could be said about Nimoy.  He pushed HARD to distance himself from Trek as well.  Several of them did.  The geekdom obsession thing was new, and most of these actors were trying to move on and couldn't.  They were constantly pestered.

Over time, they learned to let go and have fun with it, and a new level of interaction between fan and actor emerged, and is used in sci-fi today.  But you can't blame them for pushing back for a while.  And Shat was the primary focus at first, and got the worst of it.  He's still a jackass, but he's so much better than he was.


Nimoy was cool until he jumped on JJ Abrams's cock. Let him Live Long and fark Himself
 
2014-04-29 01:07:07 PM  
and the *oh my* guy grits his teeth, shakes his fists at the heavens, screams *SHAAAAAAAATTTT!* and biatches about how Shatner ruined his career
again
and again
and yet again
into infinity and beyond!
 
2014-04-29 01:09:00 PM  

Bslim: Khellendros: You Are All Sheep: I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.

The same could be said about Nimoy.  He pushed HARD to distance himself from Trek as well.  Several of them did.  The geekdom obsession thing was new, and most of these actors were trying to move on and couldn't.  They were constantly pestered.

Over time, they learned to let go and have fun with it, and a new level of interaction between fan and actor emerged, and is used in sci-fi today.  But you can't blame them for pushing back for a while.  And Shat was the primary focus at first, and got the worst of it.  He's still a jackass, but he's so much better than he was.

Nimoy was cool until he jumped on JJ Abrams's cock. Let him Live Long and fark Himself


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2014-04-29 01:09:49 PM  

Bslim: Nimoy was cool until he jumped on JJ Abrams's cock. Let him Live Long and fark Himself


You're turning on a good actor and a nice guy because you have a fanboy problem with the reboots?
 
2014-04-29 01:12:56 PM  

towatchoverme: Nathan Fillion appears to be the one eating all the supermodels' sammiches.

Seriously, man. Step away from the gravy.


In his defense he and I are the same age and you have to be diligent in maintaining a desired weight. That said, he probably makes more money and there for eat more often.

/Not fat.
 
2014-04-29 01:14:37 PM  
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Live long and prosper
 
2014-04-29 01:14:43 PM  

You Are All Sheep: I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.


Your thinking on Nimoy. He even wrote a book *I Am Not Spock*
When he figured how much money he was losing he wrote another *I Am Spock*
 
2014-04-29 01:16:06 PM  

Evil Mackerel: towatchoverme: Nathan Fillion appears to be the one eating all the supermodels' sammiches.

Seriously, man. Step away from the gravy.

In his defense he and I are the same age and you have to be diligent in maintaining a desired weight. That said, he probably makes more money and there for eat more often.

/Not fat.


His chair on the Castle set is right next to the craft table
He's *THE* star, he shouldn't have to walk
 
2014-04-29 01:18:04 PM  

Trik: You Are All Sheep: I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.

Your thinking on Nimoy. He even wrote a book *I Am Not Spock*
When he figured how much money he was losing he wrote another *I Am Spock*


He called his second memoir "I Am Spock" to stop the assumptions that he hated both Star Trek and Spock that "I Am Not Spock" inadvertently spawned.
 
2014-04-29 01:30:31 PM  
I heard that William Shatner, like, killed his wife or something. Didn't he, like, kill his wife or something?
 
2014-04-29 01:34:06 PM  

varmitydog: Verily, how low NASA has sunk. From being the very apex of the science world to honoring aged ham actors.
Goddamn every one of those stinking baby-boomer politicians who gutted the once proud agency and brought it to this whale sh*t level.


As much as I'm in love with outer space exploration (and colonization, and oh why not, dominiation and exploitation) and proud of NASA's accomplishments, I it took me to my 40s to see what Apollo, the Space Race and all that was; just another campaign in the Cold War.  The USSR beat us to space by artifical satellite, first man, and first woman.  We HAD to to something in response and looked to the Moon.  If we got there first and got to plant our flag and leave our lander for the whole world to see, then we'd have pulled off a propoganda coup that topped all.  We, the United States, sent men to the moon, landed them there and recovered them safely.  We did that.  Not an international consortium, not the United Nations and not the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  We did.  Our NASA pulled that off.

And once we'd accomplished it? Mission Accomplished.  There was never a follow-up plan because we never intended to be there long-term.  We only wanted to get there first.  That, in of itself was the goal.  Once achieved, it was time to clean house, close up shop, take down the sets et cetera, and move on.  I actually applaud those politicians who had the fortitude necessary to gut NASA like the white elephant it always was and concentrate on more pressing matters in the 70s and 80s.  They showed true foresight.

Outer space, if Heinlein is to be believed, will always be there, waiting for us and it's not going anywhere.  Even No Drama Tyson, the Ghost of Sagan Past, and William the Science Man could agree with this idea:  Clean up your room before you go play outside.
 
2014-04-29 01:49:41 PM  

You Are All Sheep: I guess they're glossing over that large period of time where he couldn't stand star trek fans until he learned there was money in it.


A lot of the bitterness he had during that time was the fact that he couldn't get any acting gigs, no one could see him playing anyone than Captain Kirk.

Dude might be a sell out but he's also a working actor who wasn't working for the longest time after Trek. Get a life indeed.
 
2014-04-29 01:54:43 PM  

markfara: I heard that William Shatner, like, killed his wife or something. Didn't he, like, kill his wife or something?


NO CHARGES WERE FILED he did get pretty teary-eyed and redfaced on camera when discussing her drowning. I don't think we ever saw that level of acting from him in his entire career before assuming he did have something to do with that backyard pool incident.

Case. Closed.
 
2014-04-29 03:22:59 PM  
THE SHAT!!!!!!
 
2014-04-29 04:34:59 PM  
NASA medals have always been pretty cool looking. Family friend worked for NASA and got some civil administrative medal it is pretty badass for a civil award
 
2014-04-29 05:39:31 PM  
CSB: I've worked on Trek for the past decade or so, and I constantly get 'that's so cool' messages from doctors, engineers, scientists and pilots who were inspired by Star Trek.

Yes. The acting was often incredibly uneven. The colors were bright like children's toys. The sets were barely there. The effects left an awful lot to be desired. The entire third season is a shiat show. But the impact it has had on both television history and actual science are not up for debate.
 
2014-04-29 06:35:13 PM  
should have given it to all the captains together. would have gotten more press... specially if farking magneto showed up with picard. then next year you give it to all the first officers... except that dude that played Chakotay. that character was terrible.
 
2014-04-29 09:52:47 PM  
There was a time when all of the command crew of Star Trek wanted the show to be put in the past. Nimoy, Kelly, Nichols, Takei and Shatner wanted to move on in their careers, not dwell on a show that wasn't that popular during its prime time run. It took over 10 years before the movies started coming out, but then they became Movie Stars instead of tv has-beens. Star Trek looked much better to them. And if I was in their shoes, I think I would have reacted the same way, from start to finish. More than 1/2 of the people who worked for Nasa in the 80's and 90's listed Star Trek as a positive influence to their interest in science.  Carl Sagan's Cosmos is in the same league, but after that the drop-off in influence is pretty huge. Let them get the accolades, they've earned it.

/Nimoy lost out when he voiced the Transformer who sold out his friends and followers in the robot metal testicle filled movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
 
2014-04-29 09:59:52 PM  
The world is a better place with William Shatner in it.

That is all I came here to say.
 
2014-04-29 11:50:56 PM  
Shatner? He didn't even bother to show up when they rolled out the Space Shuttle prototype.

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2014-04-30 12:31:36 AM  

Skyfrog: Shatner? He didn't even bother to show up when they rolled out the Space Shuttle prototype.

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I'm genuinely curious about the content of  the conversation between Kelley and that guy.
 
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