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Star Trek versus Star Wars Chess Set Proposal

I have already proposed a revision of the Superman versus Batman chess set, a DC superheroes versus DC supervillains set and DC versus Marvel chess set.  Below is my fourth proposal:


Star Trek

King – Captain Kirk

Queen – Captain Janeway

Bishop – Captain Picard

Knight – Data

Rook – Worf

Pawn – Star Fleet Security


Star Wars

King – Yoda

Queen – Ahsoka Tano

Bishop – Luke Skywalker

Knight – Hans Solo

Rook – Darth Vader

Pawn – Imperial Troops

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Am I a Geek or a Nerd?

The above infographic (http://walyou.com/nerd-geek-infographic/) while funny is fairly useless when it comes to answering the question: Am I a Geek or Nerd?  There is an assumption in the infographic that geeks love Star Wars and nerds love Star Trek.  Well what about people like me who love both?  My intra-universe likes and dislikes are of greater importance to me than my inter-universe likes and dislikes.  I think the Star Wars prequel crap is ok while considering the original Star Wars to be mythic.  I like all incarnations of Star Trek except Enterprise.  I hate Enterprise far more than I hate the Star Wars prequels which I really don’t hate but just think the prequels are not as good as the original movies.  You cannot say I prefer Star Trek to Star Wars but that I like some incarnations of Star Trek more or less and some incarnations of Star Wars more or less.

I do prefer the expanded Star Wars universe that includes novels, game sourcebooks and comic books as being part of the Star Wars universe versus the more narrow movie canon view.  However, I do like the Star Trek reboot which makes continuity a problem in Star Trek and probably means there will never be as detailed a Star Trek future history as the Star Wars future history.  What I really like is wars between imaginary sci-fi universes rather than any particular sci-fi universe.

I am the sort of guy who posted the following comment at my Star Trek vs. Warhammer 40K post the other day in response to a comment from a reader about the Titans of the Imperium and how powerful they would be in ground warfare:

“The Star Trek universe doesn’t really deal with ground forces very much unlike Warhammer 40k whose sourcebooks go into this aspect of war in loving detail. The Classic Trek show kind of suggested that the Federation pretty much handled ground situations with orbital bombardment. The Enterprise was shown stunning gangsters (Season 2 Episode 17) from space with incredible accuracy so the natural argument that air power alone doesn’t win wars could be brushed aside to some extent. Maybe super sophisticated air power would work and you might have some brass in the USAF that buy into this idea. A qualitative edge will ultimately surmount the historical limits of air power supremacy.

However, pg. 47 of the more recent The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon (DS9) states that Federation mechanized forces have assault skimmers, phaser tanks and other ground vehicles. This section also mentions special-forces such as the Starfleet Rangers and 3rd Andorian Battalion. The same sourcebook also provides a lot of detail about Romulan (pg. 58), Klingon (pg. 54) and Dominion (pg. 66) ground forces.

The big point made is the sourcebook is that the Federation is basically behind other aliens in the Star Trek universe when it comes to ground force equipment. I mention this because there is a paupacity of stuff about ground forces in the Star Trek universe. There are literally over a dozen sourcebooks with detailed descriptions of the star ships but nothing about ground forces. This contrasts with the Star Wars universe as well! Orbital bombardment will be ineffective against sophisticated foes like Klingons, Romulans and the Dominion since they will have counters to such a tactic including ground force shielding and driving out Star Fleet from the air leaving their superior ground forces to win the day. I think the lack of ground force description in the Star Trek universe is basically due to a lack of cheap CGI when the universe was created. Space battles between two to three ships was relatively easy to show with models but imagine trying to show a futuristic ground war way back in the sixties! A ground battle with one or two tanks would not be believable. Star Wars; The Clone Wars clearly shows that current technology is up to the task and maybe this is a natural extension of the Star Trek Universe.”

A far more useful diagram to deciding the issue of whether I am a geek or a nerd is provided at Great White Snark (http://www.greatwhitesnark.com/2010/03/25/difference-between-nerd-dork-and-geek-explained-in-a-venn-diagram/) below:

Based on the above Venn Diagram I am clearly a nerd not a geek.  I have strange obsessions.  I do have a doctorate from a top university so that is probably some indicator of intelligence.  My verbal percentile rank on the GRE was in the 92nd percentile.  My quantitative score was far lower and a secret.  I have created and run educational programs which demonstrates social aptitude.  Actually getting a doctorate does require a great deal of Machiavellian skill which is why dorks and dweebs don’t generally get doctorates!

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The Number 13 in Movies/Television

The symbolism of the number 13 is probably the best known of any number.


13 Days


1408 – The number 1408 when added up is 13.  The number is the room number of a haunted hotel room.


Airplane – The plane docks at Gate 13.


Alien – Standard suggests the use of N-13 sticks to blow up aliens.


American Beauty – Ricky states, “It’s called G-13”.  He is referring to a genetically engineered type of pot.


Batman – 13 people die from contaminated products created by the Joker.


Battlestar Galactica – Earth is the 13th lost colony.


Believer – On screen title “13 YEARS LATER”.


The English Patient – The onscreen title reads “November 13, 1942”.


Entrapment – “13 Days until the end of the World” is scrawled on a sheet of paper.


The Fugitive – Gerard states, “Route 13 east”.


Friday the 13th series


Midnight Express – Bell states, “He got raped something bad in Section 13”.


Minority Report – Anderson states, “At 1:13 the two Precrime officers”.


Return To Me – The onscreen title states “INT. TUNER BOWLING – LANE 13 – NIGHT”.


Resident Evil – Red Queen states, “the infection would have spread to cover the United States within 13 days”.


Rush Hour – The clock on the wall reads 7:13.


Rushmore – Max states, “I hear about your science fair project on Action 13 the other day”.  Action 13 is a TV channel.


Spartan – “Rule #13: Every night you will be told where to Meet.  If Surrounded by


Superior Force”.  One of the rules soldiers of the future follow.


Star Wars – George Lucas is the creator of Star Wars.  The number 1138 (1+1+3+8) shows up in several episodes of Star Wars.  THX 1138 is the title of the first film of George Lucas.


The Time Machine – The dial of the time machine stops on “13 September 1917”.


Thirteen Ghosts – The use of the number 13 is clearly related to its supernatural significance and as opposed to the number 12 as in the 12 signs in astrology.


THX 1138 – This is the first film George Lucas ever made and 1+1+3+8 = 13.  As mentioned this number also shows up in his best know series of films, Star Wars.  Man states “command 13”.


You’ve Got Mail – Channel 13 does a special.


X-Files – 13:58 is on the digital display of an explosive device.


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Star Trek vs. Star Wars

If there was a war between the Star Trek galaxy vs. the Star Wars galaxy then who would win? 


Funniest site!  And you must check it out even if you don’t care about the debate all that much.



Most technical site



Most comprehensive site



Easiest to understand site and the one that leads me to believe that even putting aside the Republic or Empire encompasses thousands of world vs. the 180 worlds of the Federation the Star Wars guys would win with equal numbers.  There weapons are just too powerful. 


I do think the fundamental way the debate is framed generally Empire vs. Federation is not the best way to frame the debate due to the total inequality of numbers.  The Empire is bigger than the Federation by at least a factor of ten.  Now if you assume all the Star Trek empires unite including the Klingons, Cardassians, Romulans and even the Dominion you still have a huge numerical disparity since as far as I can tell this would be hundreds of worlds but not thousands of world.  But if the Borg unite with all the other empires then you have a different picture.  One Borg cube can take out a fleet and who the heck knows how many cubes there are.  The Borg did unite with Voyager against a common threat so this possibility has already been established.




There are Elder Races in the Star Trek universe that have powers far beyond that of the Empire/Republic or Federation. The Q might be able to shrink a whole fleet of Star Ships to the size of fleas. 


 I am more a Star Trek fan and disappointed but “facts are facts” and even given equal numbers Star Trek is in trouble.




Which franchise is more successful in the real world?


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