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Here is something that I usually don't write about. Something that has to do with the real world . Well sort of . This has a science fiction type of feel to it. South Korea is planning to build a Robot Land theme park that is dedicated to .... Well .... Dedicated to everything robots. Hmmmm Sort of like Westworld or Futureworld movies of the 70's. But I have no doubt that this park will have nothing like those movies but when I heard its building I could not help but muse offer the similarities. So for those that have no idea what these movies I mentioned are I for the fun of it included the trailers to the pre mentioned movies that reminded me of this project.
The park that is now in the conceptional phase of the project is going to have according to the developers official website (Robot Land) several facilities one of which will be an amusement park area. Also included are and Exhibition Halls , Experimental Educational Centers , Laboratories and Sports Center etc.. I wonder wit we will be able to see robotic Taekwondo in the sports center. Now that would be something. I have to hand it to the South Koreans they have a futuristic vision that will fire up the imagination and the spirit of their young much like other Asian countries have done and are developing towards that goal. Something that the west has lost a bit for the moment.
The park itself is projected to open sometime in 2016 . Now to start saving my pennies for a trip there.
The specifications of this park are as follows in the first image. The other images are concept drawings of what the park is suppose to look like after completion. With the exception of the convention booth pic.
Click images to enlarge.
Trailers of Westworld and Futureworld
Nashville Comic Con 2013 Day 1
Hey its been a long long time since I made one of these videos of an event around here. Sticking with the same type of format of mash ups with videos and stills in a slide show format I did in previous video's that I posted on Youtube . So here is the first day of the Comic Con here in Nashville sponsored by Wizard World in the new Music Center Convention Center.
Once again Creation Entertainment is bringing Star Trek to Nashville's Opryland Resorts this weekend (Saturday & Sunday June 9-10, 2012) with some real big names in the ST universe . John Tenuto , John de Lancie ("Q") , Screenwriter Morgan Gendel, LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge), Chase Masterson (Leeta of ST:DS9), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), George Takei (Sulu of classic Star Trek) , Nichelle Nichols (Uhura of classic Star Trek), and Avery Brooks (Sisko) will be attending this years event .
Last year was a blast and I am hoping to make it this year again. There was so much to do and all the merchants and people involved were fantastic. Plus The Opryland resort is always a treat to visit. Huge is not the word. Anyway I copied the activity list from the schedule listed on Creations site tickets are reasonable especially the general admission .
2011 Star Trek Convention video I took last year. I was only there for a short time and I missed seeing William Shatner but still had a fantastic time.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012
8:00 am to 10:00 am Vendors Room Set-Up/Vendors Only
9:00 am to 10:20 am Pre-Registration for our Gold Weekend Patrons, a convenience not a necessity, you can come anytime registration is open.
10:00 am to 7 pm Vendors Room Open
10:15 am to 8:15 pm Theatre Open
10:20 am to 10:40 am Pre-Registration for our Preferred Weekend Patrons, a convenience not a necessity, you can come anytime registration is open.
10:40 am to 6 pm Registration Open for All
11:15 am Music Video Open
11:20 am John Tenuto Presentation: PICTURES OF THE FUTURE: RARE PHOTOS FROM THE MAKING OF STAR TREK II AND VI. June 2012 is the 30th anniversary of the premiere Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Please join John Tenuto as he shares almost 100 rare behind the scenes images from Star Trek II and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country including the only known pictures of William Shatner and Ricardo Montalban together on stage for cast/crew photos. Based on four years of research, the images are culled from the University of Iowa's Nicholas Meyer Paper Collection. The photos were donated to the University by alumnus Nicholas Meyer, the writer and director of Treks II and VI, and he has generously given permission to share these photos with Creation Convention attendees. The presentation will share behind the scene stories of the contributions of the artists who helped make these two of the most popular Trek films.
Noon John de Lancie ("Q")
John is signing in the vendors room for a nominal fee paid directly at his table.
12:40 pm Star Trek Music Video
12:45 pm Screenwriter Morgan Gendel, Hugo-winner for the Star Trek: TNG episode "The Inner Light," offers new insights into this fan-favorite tale about Picard's alternate life. Hear all about the sequel that never was, the Ressikan Flute that almost wasn't, plus otherworldly experiences with William Shatner, Stan Lee and others.
Morgan will be available throughout the convention to speak with fans and will be autographing handmade authentic Ressikan Flutes designated Official Star Trek Prop Replicas by Roddenberry Productions.
----- 12:50 pm Photo Op with John de Lancie, tickets available at registration for $40. Please note that John is also doing photo ops Sunday and your ticket is good either day.
1:25 pm Star Trek Music Video
1:30 pm LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge) LeVar is signing at his table in the vendors room, autographs $30 payable directly at the table
2:15 pm SPACE TREK Join Chuck Schlemm and others and see your future in spaceflight and space exploration. From flying Dragons, Dream Chaser mini-space shuttles, to your personal ride on the first Spaceship Enterprise. Prototype hotels are already in space and NASA's Curiosity rover goes to Mars. See how you can benefit from space.
----- 2:20 pm Photo Op with LeVar Burton, tickets available at registration for $40. Please note that LeVar is also doing photo ops Sunday and your ticket is good either day.
----- 2:50 pm Photo Op with Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton and YOU! $80, your ticket is good either Saturday or Sunday.
3:15 pm Music Video
3:20 pm Chase Masterson (Leeta of ST:DS9)
Chase is signing at her table in the vendors room throughout the weekend for a nominal fee paid directly at her table.
3:50 pm Music Video Presentation
3:55 pm Richard Arnold, Gene Roddenberry's long-time right hand man who is the world's leading authority on all things Star Trek. Richard will be covering the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Part One in this talk.
----- 4:00 pm Photo Op with Chase Masterson, tickets at registration for $40. Please note that Chase is also doing photo ops Sunday and your ticket is good either day.
4:25 pm Star Trek Music Video
4:30 pm Sandra Piller (songwriter and widow of beloved Star Trek writer/producer, Michael Piller) will be appearing on stage with her group, Nashville Writer's Round on Saturday. The group which features 3-4 songwriters including Jane Bach (award-winning hit songwriter for Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntire and JoDee Messina) will be sharing stories about their songs and performing both radio hits and songs that haven't been recorded yet. In addition, Sandra will have a table in the Vendors room to sell her CDs and some of Michael's personal Star Trek collection.
----- 4:35 pm Photo Op with Jonathan Frakes, tickets at registration for $40 Please note that Jonathan is also doing photo ops Sunday and your ticket is good either day.
5:05 pm Intermission/Dinner Break
----- 5:10 pm Photo Op with Marina Sirtis, tickets at registration for $40
5:40 pm Star Trek and Sci-Fi No Minimum Bid Auction: Lots of Star Trek collectibles, including our famous banners and autographed stuff, plus a good representation of non-Star Trek genre goodies! All up for grabs at no minimum bid!
----- 5:45 pm Imzadi Photo Op with Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis and YOU! $80, your ticket is good either Saturday or Sunday.
6:20 pm Music Video Presentation
6:25 pm Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker) Jon is signing at his table in the vendors room, autographs $30 payable directly at the table
SATURDAY EVENING EVENT IN OUR THEATRE:
7:20 pm Costume Contest (with special extra prize for best TNG costume). Star Trek fans get to use their creativity and skills by entering the famous Star Trek Costume Contest set for Saturday! This year along with a $250 gift certificate first prize for best costume in the show we are offering an additional gift certificate prize of $200 for best TNG costume. So, come in costume and join the fun! Contestants be in the audience at 7:10 pm please.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012
8:30 am Sunday Morning Breakfast with Original Series Legends George Takei and Nichelle Nichols! A continental breakfast to share with fellow fans and two show business icons that we've loved for 45 plus years! Tickets are $69 each, there may be a few left, check at registration on Saturday please. In The Jackson Room F: Convention Center Mezzanine Level.
8:45 am to 9:00 am Vendors Room Set-Up/vendors Only
9:00 am to 5 pm Registration and Vendors Room Open for all
9:30 am to 6 pm Theatre Open
10 am Music Video Open
10:05 am Richard Arnold, Gene Roddenberry's right hand man for 15 years, on The Making of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Part Two)
----- 10:10 am Photo Op with Chase Masterson, tickets at registration for $40
----- 10:20 am Photo Op with LeVar Burton, tickets at registration for $40
----- 10:40 am Photo Op with Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton and YOU! $80, your ticket is good either Saturday or Sunday. If you have Nichelle Nichols' meet & greet, you may go first.
10:45 am Music Video Salute
----- 10:45 am Private Meet and Greet for TEN lucky fans for one hour with Nichelle Nichols. We have some seats available at $150, please see registration for availability.
10:50 am: John Tenuto Presentation: 25 Years of the Official Star Trek Fan Club: Rare Photos from the Pages of the Communicator. Before the Internet, the Official Star Trek Fan Club was the lifeline of information for fans through its publications, the Official Star Trek Magazine and the Star Trek Communicator. Former publisher and fan club president Dan Madsen has given sociology professor John Tenuto permission to cull the archives of these magazines to show some rare photos from the world of Star Trek. You'll see great images such as the only known photo of Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas together and many wonderful behind the scenes photos from the making of the Star Trek television shows and films. Also included are vintage merchandise ads and a history of how Dan Madsen created the fan club and magazine.
----- 11:00 am Photo Op with Jonathan Frakes, tickets at registration for $40
11:30 am Star Trek Music Video Presentations
11:35 am Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi)
Marina is signing at her table in the vendors room for a nominal fee paid directly at her table.
12:15 pm The Creation Star Trek Yes/No Game: Win $100 gift certificate by being the last person standing: we have three rounds and the winner in each will play to try to double their money! Be in the theatre to be one of 90 players to participate!
----- 12:30 pm Imzadi Photo Op with Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis and YOU! $80, your ticket is good either Saturday or Sunday
----- 12:50 pm Photo Op with Marina Sirtis, tickets at registration for $40
12:50 pm Star Trek Blooper Reels: the classic flubs of the original crew!
1:10 pm George Takei (Sulu of classic Star Trek) and Nichelle Nichols (Uhura of classic Star Trek)
2:00 pm Star Trek Music Video Mix
----- 2:10 pm Photo Ops with George Takei, tickets at registration for $40
2:30 pm Intermission/Food Break
----- 2:35 pm Photo Op with Original Series stars George Takei and Nichelle Nichols and YOU, tickets atregistration for $80
----- 3:00 pm Photo Op with Nichelle Nichols, tickets at registration for $40
3:10 pm The Final Creation Star Trek and Sci-Fi Media No-Minimum Bid Auction: this fast moving and bargain filled event offers up tons of great collectibles, including our famous banners, all up for grabs at low, low prices!
----- 3:30 pm Photo Op with John de Lancie, tickets at registration for $40 each.
3:50 pm Music Video Presentation
----- 3:40 pm Photo Op with Avery Brooks, tickets at registration for $65
3:55 pm The New Star Trek Movie coming in 2013: what do you want to see, what do we know so far? What did you think of the first JJ film (we loved it!). Join Richard Arnold and Adam Malin for a lively audience participation discussion
4:25 pm Avery Brooks (Sisko) It is a pleasure to welcome this multi-talented performer to our stages in Nashville!
5:30 Autographs with Avery Brooks, Nichelle Nichols and George Takei as follows: On One Side of the Theatre, Avery Brooks will sign on a complimentary basis for our Gold and Preferred Weekend Patrons (we will call you row by row) followed by those with separate Avery autograph tickets, available at registration for $75. On the other side of the theatre: Autographs with Nichelle and George, first Gold and Preferred Weekend Patrons will be called up row by row followed by those with autograph tickets, which we will call up by number, tickets available at registration for $40 each.
Please note, for those buying separate autograph tickets for Avery, George and Nichelle:there will be a considerable wait until we get to you since we have about 400 folks in the two complimentary sections. You can go out and come back, but make sure to be back on time! You can judge the speed of signatures by watching the line.
Must Do’s for SCI FI junkies in Orlando
After this vacation and learning that Disney is preparing to build an Avatar Land it dawned on my that there is so much for us SCI FI nuts that you can not avoid around the Orlando area. Most of them are in Universal and there is some in the Disney Parks. Over the years I have traveled with my family a number of times to the area and I have been lucky enough that my family likes the same stuff that I do. So it is real easy to become a kid once again and do all that geeky/nerdy/sci fi/ F-en awesome SH*T without any problems. So without going into to much detail on what is what . I will just list the rides in the parks they belong to and if possible find a Youtube video of them to give you an idea of what they are about via excerpts from the descriptions on Wikipedia. And these days that should be easy. Its like almost everyone post their vids of their experiences up on Youtube and there is always someone writing in Wiki in reliable and exact detail about those attractions these days. Since this is a lengthy one and most likely will have some add ons in the future as I find more and more I have broken this into pages with each of the attractions having their own page. You can go either find the ride your interested in by title or just click the next page.
My list of the top rides and attractions in Orlando Florida.
So I will start of at Universal Parks which contains more of those specialized attractions then any other I have ever seen. There are two parks that contain different types of rides. One is more movie based and has attractions and rides like Shrek and Men in Black called Universal Studios Florida. The other is Islands of Adventure and basically is more a thrill type of rides but also has its footing squarely in movies such as Jurassic Park, Harry Potter etc....
Both are a treat to visit and its a great alternative to Disney especially for the teens and older crowds like myself. Here is a list with videos of the better Sci Fi must see's and do's in Universal and Disney.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Islands of Adventure) Universal Florida
First of all the whole area is set up to match the movie world of Harry Potter. That alone is awesome enough but the ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a fanatics dream.
Here is one of the full experience including waiting on line . But there is so many cool features to see on line.
The area's flagship attraction is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey which exists within a re-creation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It takes riders on a journey through Harry Potter's wizarding world. Other attractions include Dragon Challenge, a pair of inverted roller coasters, and Flight of the Hippogriff, a family roller coaster. The area also features a re-creation of Hogsmeade which includes a full-sized model of the Hogwarts Express as well as many gift shops and restaurants from the series of Harry Potter books. These including Dervish and Banges, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Zonko's Joke Shop, The Three Broomsticks and The Hog's Head.