It’s Federation Day!

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IT’S FEDERATION DAY!
5 sign new UFP Constitution
SAN FRANCISCO, Earth (SNN) – Declaring it a landmark day in the history of each of their worlds, five envoys today breathed life into the fledgling United Federation of Planets with the signing of the new organization’s Constitution amid much pomp and circumstance.
“We are truly entering a brave new world of peace, exploration and security with the establishment of this Federation, declared Earth ambassador Thomas Vanderbilt, whose remarks were echoed by representatives from Vulcan, Andor, Tellar, and Alpha Centauri.
“Following the end of your world’s war with the unseen Romulan enemy, such a union as we create here today is the most logical course of action any of our peoples can take,” added Ambassador T’Jan of Vulcan.
UESPA Maj. Gen. Georges E. Picard, an aide to Vanderbilt, noted afterward the irony of the conference – which met in exactly the same fashion as the founders of the Earth’s old United Nations, who came together only 215 years earlier in the same city in the aftermath of the horrors of another costly war.*
“What is occurring here today is one sign that some good can come of such a scourge,” Picard noted.
“We defy anyone, even the Romulans, to test our resolve now for collective security,” declared AmbassadorNatha Kell of Tellar, while Sarahd of Andor spoke of future greatness for the infant union and predicted rapid expansion. Ambassador Titus Oleet signed for the newly independent Centauri system.
Today’s events were but the ceremonial endgame for the often-tumultuous negotiations, which began in earnest after the defeat of hostile forces at Cheron effectively ended the Romulan War only a little more than ayear ago. Even today, some sources reported a later fracas involving the Tellarite Kell and Sarahd.
Although those taking part today waived off revealing many specific details, the five after signing immediately convened the first-ever meeting of the UFP Council long enough to elect Vanderbilt as president, with Sarahd as vice president.
Also, the Council sources unanimously voted to continue meeting in San Francisco, with an all-new building in the design stages near the historic old Presidio fort and Golden Gate Bridge. Council sources predicted at least three months would be needed before the fledgling UFP bureaucracy would be ready for business.

Geeks of Christ Presents! October 5, 2012 Edition

Here’s a list of what I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, whatever from around the web.

The Last Thing Ray Bradbury Ever Wrote

In which the master of science-fiction confirms the identity of his god and asks the questions he, nor his god, could ever answer.

When I was seven years old, I started going to the library and I took out ten books a week. The librarian looked at me and asked, ‘What are you doing?’

The Clues of Creation: God Is Not Hiding

by Jared C Wilson

They wake up, go about their routines, and go to bed, only to start the ritual all over again. Sometimes they suspect the world is trying to tell them something about itself and what’s outside of it, but they fail over and over again to put those clues together. They are like a person who finds a watch on the sidewalk and assumes it is the natural result of millions of years of sand, wind, and sun.

The Grimm Reality of Childhood

by Chris Nye

These students have been hidden from the one reality they need to know: life is dangerous.
In the attempt to keep their children “innocent” and “free,” parents tell their children a different type of fairy tale, a modern American story: everyone loves you because you’re special, you are good at everything you try, and if you work hard enough and be a good little boy or girl, you’ll be successful.

The Great TNG@25 Theology Trek: “Where No One Has Gone Before”

by Michael Poteet

“The sickly, shy, bookish, eight-year-old Roddenberry dreamed, he says, ‘of a better world in which people would look past our exteriors and see whatever loveliness we have inside us.’ In response to his parents’ no doubt well-intentioned concern for him, he reflects, ‘Ah, how lovely all our daughters are inside, how fearless all our sons, if only we could see it.’

Geeks of Christ Presents! September 14, 2012 Edition

The Gospel According to Roddenberry

by John Otte

“Oh, sure. There are divinities of a sort, such as Apollo or Trelane or Gothos. And let’s not forget Q. But by and large, religion doesn’t play much of a role in 23rd and 24th century society. The few times it does come up, it’s mocked (such as when the Mintakan people mistake Picard for a god, the belief of which is roundly snorted at by the Enterprise-D crew). Or it’s co-opted in odd ways.”

Life Lessons From Star Trek: The Next Generation

by Jayne Ricco

“I’ve found that we make the best decisions, the ones that properly take into account the very essence of ourselves, when we use both our head and our heart.”

Doctor Who Monopoly – 50th Anniversary Edition

by Paul, from Time Vault

Playing Monopoly with a Time Lord? It’s gonna be A Long Game!

But seriously, where’s the Kandyman figure?!

Independence Day – Geek Style

Now that you’re stuffed full of hot dogs and potato salad, take a break and watch these sci-fi heroes explain what they think freedom is all about. Let them inspire you to take on another round of burgers and chips in the name of independence!

Let’s start this little video collection with some insipid schmaltzy garbage:

Slightly less stupid; several steps more inspiring:

Here’s a very inspiring speech from what may be Charlie Chaplin’s best film. Someone put some beautiful Doctor Who music behind it and it really enlivens the scene. (Beware the wonky theology in this video, I don’t agree with everything he says.)

To kick off the Star Trek portion of this list, here’s a little wisdom from a Q:

Picard takes on the eternally lovely Jean Simmons on behalf of Data’s rights:

Captain James T Kirk:

Finally

Thomas Jefferson wishes he had come up with this line: