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Experts debate the psychology of ‘Star Trek’ vs. ‘Star Wars’

Originally posted at Yahoo! News By 

ANAHEIM, Calif.At Friday’s opening day of Wondercon 2013, the swords were drawn early. Or, more specifically, the light sabers were drawn and the phasers were set to kill.

Four experts, including two psychologists, debated four specific topics as part of an epic breakdown analyzing the respective strengths and weaknesses of “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”

To an outsider, the debate might seem trivial. But to fans of each series, the differences have long run deep, pitting the more cerebral science fiction of “Star Trek” against the emotional, fantasy-driven stories of the “Star Wars” universe.

As the debate opened, it was clear a majority of the hundreds of Wondercon attendees who packed into the ballroom showed up in, er, force, to support “Star Wars.”

Well, first of all, there are not as many Trekkies here because they are all at work today,” quipped Larry Nemecek, author of “Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion.”

Round 1: Nature vs. Nurture

Thanks to the infamous “Star Wars” prequels, we now know that the villainous Darth Vader was not always bad. But the greatest villain of “Star Trek,” Khan Noonan Singh, was literally born bada product of genetic engineering who believed himself superior to lesser men. So, which is the better story?
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150 Years Ago I Believe This Flu Would Have Killed Me…

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I am normally not a big proponent of the flu shot but I’ll be dammed if after getting hit with this I don’t wish I had gotten one this year. This is probably one of the worst ones I’ve ever had. It hurts to swallow, it hurts to talk. I feel like I was hung in a sack and beaten with a baseball bat. I have a blinding headache and I cannot stop shivering, even though I am covered in sweat. If that wasn’t enough due to circumstances outside of anyone’s control I am also sitting at work this way. So I’m gonna say – what the hell – get the flu shot. It would have saved me and several others I know much unnecessary discomfort…

If you are not sure where to go to get a flu shot or think you can’t afford one, you might want to go here. They have guidelines and locations that you can check out for yourself.

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Jurassic Park 3D Trailer

jurassic_park_when_dinosaurs_ruled_the_earthOne of my favorite movies of all time is coming back to the big screen this month, this time in 3D! I am not even a Fan of 3D and I am excited about this news!!! Can’t wait tosee teeth coming out at me from the screen!

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Disney Kills LucasArts – RIP Maniac Mansion

Via Amanda Blain

Be still my heart. LucasArts, the classic video game company from the 80’s,.. was shutdown this week by Disney who took over the franchise recently.

Maniac Mansion, Secret of Monkey Island, The Star Wars Games, Sam & Max, Grim Fandango, Zak McKracken, and the Indiana Jones games were just a few titles to come from this company. The last title produced by them would be the lackluster Kinect Star War for XBOX.

LucasArts created the SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) which was the revolutionary in creating a language that was not quite programing language, not quite game engine…. that allowed for easier creation of the worlds we loved.  “Go to Mailbox”

I sure do miss classic adventure game titles like this. They are definately a large reason I still game today… playing those when I was younger. Whats your fav classic game?

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Joss Whedon Fans Are Just Better People

I would be remiss if I did not put this out there, being the huge Whedon fan that I am.

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New TV Spot for Iron Man 3 Revealed

April 01, 2013

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios have debuted a new TV spot for Iron Man 3 in which Tony Stark has a little greeting for the Mandarin. You can watch it below!

Hitting 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on May 3, the Shane Black-directed action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley and Wang Xuequi.

The film pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

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Tabletop Day Success: “I just spent 9 hours with complete strangers playing games I have never seen before, and not once did I feel uncomfortable.”

Originally posted on WIL WHEATON dot NET

I went through my Tumblr queue this morning, and approved over 325 submissions from people who did things on Tabletop Day to As Seen On Tabletop.

This is a lovely note I got from an anonymous Tabletop Day participant. It made my heart grow three sizes, so I wanted to share it.

Tabletop Day Note

Keep an eye on Seen on Tabletop for the next couple of weeks. There are a lot of great stories and pictures in the queue that will hopefully inspire you to play more games.

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Rachael Berkey: 5 Times TV Changed My Life

Originally posted at Hellogiggles.com

By Rachael Berkey

I spent a lot of my childhood horizontal. It’s not something that’s really changed. I can usually be found flat on my back with a book floating over my head or stretched out across any surface with a remote control in one hand and a beverage in the other. I just really like stories.

The cover story is: My life was shaped by the parents who loved me, the brothers who tortured me and the schools I went to for 20+ years.

But really? Stories changed my life.

Five Times Television Changed My Life

 

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