Dating back to about the 15th century in Europe, wooden nutcrackers as we know them now were carved to reflect the cultures of a local region. Now a traditional part of holiday decorating, we're still eager to showcase our personalities with these little figurines. Any geek worth their salt in a bowl of mixed nuts will want to swap their old toy soldier nutcrackers with one of these Star Trek or Star Wars replacements.
Halloween hasn't even passed, and it's already time to start thinking about those December holidays. Every year Hallmark rolls out a dozens of limited-edition ornaments, many referencing pop culture icons like TV show characters, superheroes, Star Wars, and Pixar films. For avid collectors this is one purchase that cannot wait until the season's in full swing.
Hallmark even offers exclusive ornaments at industry conventions like the recent New York Comic-Con, where the goods sold out in a flash. Check out this year's selection of geek-related Hallmark goods, and be sure to snag the ornament of choice before they're gone.
During the event, Leonard gave an hour-long presentation of his life and career, including his struggles to become an actor, which even included a gig as a cab driver who once had a very famous passenger — John F. Kennedy. Fellow Star Trek star Jonathan Frakes (Riker to fans), who was also on hand for the farewell, estimated Leonard has attended about 125 conventions, all to see and connect with the fans who made the space show popular.
Leonard concluded his speech by telling the audience "May each and every one of you live long and prosper" and flashing the Vulcan V sign. He'll continue to work on his other passions, including photography and the arts.
Were you lucky enough to meet Leonard at past fan conventions?
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Uh oh, dems fighting words, William Shatner. In a recent interview posted to his YouTube channel, the original Captain Kirk cheekily pokes fun at rival space movie, Star Wars, saying "Star Trek had relationships ... and stories on humanity ... Star Wars was special effects." He goes on to praise the J.J. Abrams incarnation of Star Trek noting the new film's special effects provide even more credibility to the franchise.
Watch the video below, and tell us which side of the entertainment space wars you're on.
There's nothing wrong with turning your favorite drink into something a little more adult. Thankfully, tea is not only relaxing but can be a great mixer with some stronger ingredients. Get out your favorite blend ("Earl Grey. Hot."), and check out some of these tea-infused cocktail recipes that are fit for a captain.
Try as I might to unplug during the weekend, peeking at Tumblr for just a minute usually turns into an hour or more. If you're looking for the perfect way to destress and lose yourself in a favorite TV show or the humor of the Internet, spend some time on these Tumblr websites.
- Leonard Nimoy photography seminar, Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. — The original Spock will lecture on conceptual photography, a subject he knows much about with his recent photography exhibit Secret Selves, portraits of people dressed as their fantasy personalities.
- The Captains on Stage, Sunday, August 14 at 1:20 p.m. — In the main theater, former Star Trek captains Sir Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, and Kate Mulgrew will take to the main stage in front of thousands of awestruck fans.
- World record of most Star Trek costumes in one place — Need to beat the current world record set by the European convention FEDCON this May of 691 costumed attendees. Saturday, August 13, at 4:15 p.m., the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention will attempt to beat the record.
Two more events for convention goers after the break.
In case you haven't heard, the 45th annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas is taking place this week, and if you're planning on hitting the strip along with thousands of other Trekkies, be sure to pack along these apps, gadgets, and accessories! If you can't attend (bummer), we'll even give you the scoop on how to watch celebs like Patrick Stewart, Leonard Nimoy, and William Shatner live from your desk. Read on and prosper.
The documentary The Captains, produced and directed by the original Star Trek captain William Shatner, will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. EDT on EpixHD.
The film looks at Shatner's life and career post-Captain Kirk and includes intimate conversations with other actors that have played captains in the Star Trek franchise, which will, of course, feature Patrick Stewart and Chris Pine as well. Check out the film's trailer below and sign up for a free Epix trial for a look at life as a captain.
How well do you know your Captain? You might know the basics, but only the die-hard Picard fan will know the correct answers to some of these questions. So click through to see how well you really know Captain Jean-Luc Picard.