links for 2009-05-12

  • Everything Star Trek is new again as J.J. Abrams reboots the beloved franchise this weekend in theaters around the world. does a photographic comparison study of the old-school crew that manned the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original TV series and the new, wet-behind-the-ears version. The original update of the Enterprise, as seen in the first three Trek movies (then rebuilt for a couple more), inspired much of the look of the new movie's flagship. Just ignore the astronomical odds against the new (old) Enterprise being built in an Iowa cornfield within easy driving distance of James T. Kirk's childhood home.
  • Military force was authorized yesterday after the alleged time travelers and their craft ignored an ultimatum to stop whale poaching.
  • This be not the droid that ye're seekin', matey!
  • TED has earned a lot of attention over the years for many reasons, including the nature and quality of its short-form conference presentations. All presenters lucky enough to be asked to speak at TED are given 18-minute slots maximum (some are for even less time such as 3- and 6-minute slots). Some who present at TED are not used to speaking on a large stage, or are at least not used to speaking on their topic with strict time restraints. TED does not make a big deal publicly out of the TED Commandments, but many TED presenters have referenced the speaking guidelines in their talks and in their blogs over the years (e.g., Ben Saunders). Below is a photo of the TED Commandments that have been sent to speakers in the past.
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