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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

“Trek against Trump” urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton

by Ben

Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump.

Source: “Trek against Trump” urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton

J.J. Abrams Reacts To Death of Star Trek Actor Anton ‘Chekov’ Yelchin

by Ben

On Sunday morning 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin, who plays Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, was killed in a freak accident with his own car in the driveway of his home in Studio City. “It appears he momentarily exited his car and it rolled backward, causing trauma that led to his death,” a police spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter.

So sad.

Source: J.J. Abrams Reacts To Death of Star Trek Actor Anton ‘Chekov’ Yelchin – Slashdot

Star Trek movies (ships only)

by Ben

jwz: Star Trek movies (ships only).
Star Trek movie supercuts: just the spaceships – Boing Boing.

Star Trek movies recut to only have the ships. I’d agree that they’re soothing. But I wonder where the 2009 and later films are…

Watch ’em now; this seems like something that Paramount would issue a DMCA takedown notice for.