Friday, December 31, 2010

Original Series Star Trek Movies

For Christmas, my wonderful wife bought me all of the Star Trek movies I was missing from my collection.  We’ve started watching all 11 of them in order now.  She hasn’t seen most of them.  So far we’ve made it through #7 (Generations).  We both agree that this is how we would sort the original series movies from best to worst:

  1. 6: The Undiscovered Country
  2. 4: The Voyage Home – Directed by Leonard Nimoy.  In one of his autobiographies, he tells how he used a “Mission Impossible” style plot structure: multiple teams of people working separately towards a common goal.
  3. 2: The Wrath of Kahn
  4. 5: The Final Frontier – Well connected plot—just not the best plot.
  5. 3: The Search for Spock – It seems bad to rank this one so low, but the plot wasn’t very connected.  It does set the stage for #6.
  6. 1: The Motion Picture – We both fell asleep during this one.

This ranking still preserve the rule that the even number movies are the best.

Next we’ll have to see how the next generation movies compare…

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse

Make sure you go see the total lunar eclipse tonight between 1:41am and 2:53am CST. The middle of totality is at 2:17am.

The 12 Stages of Monday's Total Lunar Eclipse
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/total-lunar-eclipse-12-stages-101219.html

How to Watch the Dec. 20 Total Lunar Eclipse
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/total-lunar-eclipse-moon-observing-tips-101215.html

Update:  Clouds messed up more than half of the eclipse last night, but I did get a couple of pictures:

Here are some pictures other people took of the eclipse: http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/10/12/23/

And here’s a video of the entire eclipse: http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2010/12/21/here-is-what-you-missed-during-last-nights-eclipse