Star Trek + Design: a site dedicated to collected Star Trek memorabilia

Garak, Captain Janeway, and Chakotay holding a MGMug designed by Michael Graves for Alessi.

We have quarantine to thank for this awesome Star Trek fan site from “long-time Trekkie and new-time collector” Eno.

Star Trek + Design began as a personal quarantine project in March of 2020, a little over a year since buying my first Bodum Bistro (Picard Cup) set. I’d just been laid off from my job due to the pandemic, and found myself spending far more time watching Star Trek than I had when I was employed. Being drawn to the aesthetics of Trek, especially of The Next Generation, made me curious about the specific objects that set designers used to create the visual embodiment of what living and working on a starship would look like in a technologically-advanced, post-scarcity future. I’d already known about the contributions of Carsten Jorgensen (Bistro Cup), Maurice Burke (TOS Tulip Chair), and Joe Colombo (Boby Cart), and decided to research the other designers whose work may have been used.

Was Spock bad at logic?

Julia Galef appeared in Episode 462 of Wired’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast to call out Spock’s flawed logic.

[…] Not only does Spock have a terrible track record—events he describes as “impossible” happen 83 percent of the time—but his confidence level is actually anti-correlated with reality. “The more confident he says he is that something will happen—that the ship will crash, or that they will find survivors—the less likely it is to happen, and the less confident he is in something, the more likely it is to happen,” Galef says.

Still better than Nostradamus, probably.

The Klingon language and its influence on modern culture #

Like any story worth telling, the history of the Klingon language begins with improvisation. Some reports—including the DVD commentary for Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director’s Cut—maintain the genesis of the language rests with James Doohan (who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on the original show) and the film’s associate producer Jon Povill. The two had a meeting where they established a few basic words the aliens would utter throughout the movie. Doohan recorded the words for veteran Trek actor Mark Lenard, who portrayed a Klingon captain in the film. Lenard transcribed the words phonetically and practiced them to nail the delivery of his lines in the film. Doohan and Povill didn’t develop the language further. That honorable duty befell another man who wouldn’t enter the picture until Wrath of Khan’s editing phase.

Enter legendary linguist Marc Okrand, the creator of the Klingon language.

(via Tedium)

See also: Triqqa Pli’c: a Pizza Hut advert for Klingons

This is some kind of Star Trek: The Next Generation supercut

some kind of Star Trek: The Next Generation supercut

Gotta love a supercut and this one involves Star Trek: The Next Generation characters saying “some kind of…”, created by YouTuber Ryan’s Edits.

It quickly turns into a nonsensical ramble but it’s oddly endearing, not least because the alternative would be worse, like some kind of technological shower of lexical discharge.

Barely related: A Pizza Hut advert involving Klingons and KENOBI, the Star Wars fan film.

Star Trek: Some Kind of Next Generation Supercut

Triqqa Pli'c: a Pizza Hut advert for Klingons

Triqqa Pli'c: a Pizza Hut advert for Klingons

Pizza Hut pulled out all the stops in the 90s with their unorthodox commercials. But this was features a language from another planet!

Pizza Hut’s Klingon advert was the first full non-English advert on British television when it aired in 1994. While I don’t remember the advert from childhood, I do remember the promotional Star Trek cups that came with them because I had two (which, in hindsight, I wish I’d kept)!

If you plan on emulating this commercial and want to order a pizza in Klingon, here are some suggested phrases:

  • nuvpu’ Qong (Deep pan, please)
  • pagh latlh vIlegh’a’? (Can I have extra cheese?)
  • ghorgh lutu’lu”a’? (Is the base gluten free?)
  • ‘uQ’a’ (Meat feast)
  • tlhIngan taHqeq chuS’a’Daq yIjaH?! (What do you mean the ice cream machine is broken?!)

jochqu’ ‘e’ yIHar or stream it below.

Star Trek - Pizza-Hut Klingons (Funny Commercial)