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Star Trek 45 Years Later, Enterprise Feels Like a House with all the Children Gone.

The Man Trap. The first episode of #StarTrek aired 45 years ago today (September 8, 1966), titled 'The Man Trap' on NBC. It was not the first episode made, nor was it a pilot episode, but the suits at NBC wanted a

Today marks 45 years since the very first episode of Star Trek aired. It was September 8, 1966 when NBC aired 'The Man Trap' to an unsuspecting audience. It is not the "birthday" of Star Trek... die-hard fans ('Trekkers') know that the series had two pilot episodes commissioned. The first pilot, 'The Cage' dates back to 1964, and the follow-up pilot, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before,' to 1965. The first episode to air was not meant to go out first, but the suits at NBC wanted an episode with a "monster" in it (they felt it had to compete with Lost in Space at the time), 'The Man Trap' had a monster and therefore it was selected to air first.

This anniversary is bittersweet for me. It comes just a couple weeks after loosing a long time friend who had been a great Star Trek fan. It was an unexpected loss and therefore I have to say even now, I am still in shock and disbelief about it.

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 7 and 8 "Immortal Sins" and "End of the Road" Reviewed on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 17
Running Time: 1:20:53

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 7 - "Immortal Sins" and Episode 8 - "End of the Road" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback.

Hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani and Dave Cooper @daveac and Graeme Sheridan @The2ndDoctor

Doctor Who: 'Let's Kill Hitler' and 'Night Terrors' Reviewed in Doctor Who: Podshock 254

Doctor Who: Podshock 254

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 254
Running Time: 1:21:54

We review Doctor Who: Let's Kill Hitler and Night Terrors live over the net with live listener feedback.

Hosted by Louis Trapani ( @LouisTrapani ) and Dave Cooper ( @daveac )

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 6 "The Middle Men" Reviewed on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 16
Running Time: 1:36:06

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 6 - "The Middle Men" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Abersoch, Mystery Presenter, and Duckworth.

Hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani and Dave Cooper @daveac and Graeme Sheridan @The2ndDoctor

The Oncoming Storm: Postponing Live Review Shows for Sunday, August 28th

Flashback 1985: Hurricane Gloria — The ocean and sky during the eye of the storm. Taken in Long Beach, NY during Hurricane Gloria.

Due to the oncoming storm that is Hurricane Irene which is predicted hit here on Sunday. Not knowing if we will have power, let alone internet, it may be best to postpone our two scheduled live review shows for that day. Doctor Who: Podshock and Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi were both originally scheduled for a live-over-the-net review (of Doctor Who and Torchwood: Miracle Day respectively) on Sunday will be postponed to the following Sunday (4 September 2011) when we will double up and review two episodes of each series on each respective show to catch up.

"What Would YOU Do? What Would WHO Do? Panel Discussion Featured in Doctor Who: Podshock 253

Doctor Who: Podshock 253

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 253
Running Time: 1:21:05

What would YOU do? What would WHO do? Panel from our meet up and party on 20 August 2011. Panel discussion with Terry Lightfoot, Oolon Sputnik, Victor 1st Mornington, and Saffia Widdershins.

Hosted by Louis Trapani ( @LouisTrapani )

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 5 "Categories of Life" Reviewed on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 15
Running Time: 1:26:06

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 5 - "Categories of Life" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Robert Carrie-King.

Hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani and Dave Cooper @daveac

Instagram "Fun Facts" Infographic via Followgram

Passing Passenger Trains

The infographic below is from Followgram. It depicts some "fun facts" about Instagram. According to the note on the bottom of the infographic, Techcrunch and the Instagram blog is the source of the data in the graphic.

Having been on Instagram from just a week after they launched, I have seen how they have grown and matured as a social network. Most recently they announced that they have passed 7 million in users. It was only in June when they had hit 5 million. I remember each of these milestones as Instagram hit them. This infographic illustrates them as well other interesting facts.

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 4 "Escape to L.A." Reviewed on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 14
Running Time: 1:25:58

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 4 - "Escape to L.A." reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Robert Carrie-King.

Hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani and Dave Cooper @daveac

Fire Island Lighthouse at Dusk

Fire Island Lighthouse at Dusk

Fire Island Lighthouse at Dusk. I have been posting photographs mostly to Flickr and not so much here. Of those these days, it's been mostly iPhone photos that I have been sharing via Instagram. This is a DSLR photo taken a couple summers ago (2009). I've been meaning to get back there again to photograph it again. Those horizontal lines are contrails formed by planes.

© 2009 Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani

Google+ Plus Five Weeks

It was more than five weeks ago that I first entered the new Google+ social networking platform as a "field beta tester." It certainly is hard to believe it has been that long already. This coming Monday or Tuesday will be six weeks since the initial beta launch of the service, but I guess as the old saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun."

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Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 3 "Dead of Night" Reviewed on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 13
Running Time: 1:09:41

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 3 - "Dead of Night" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Samantha.

Hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani and Dave Cooper @daveac

Instagram: 150,000,000 Photos Later

Looking Up 5th Avenue

I understood it was new when I started using it, but I don't think I knew that it was only one week after it launched when I took my first Instagram shot on my iPhone on that fateful Wednesday, 13 October 2010 (Instagram was launched the week before on the 6th). It seemed to be the natural successor to my Project 365 at the time. Indeed it was, but it has been so much more.

Instagram has just celebrated their 150th million photo shared via its service. They are seeing Instagrammers sharing photos at the rate of 15 photos per second. They have also seen incredible growth since launching with more than 7 million users now.

For those uninitiated, Instagram is a free app in the Apple App Store (currently only for iOS devices) which allows you to share your stories via photos and words. It is Twitter meets Flickr in a sense. Like Twitter, you follow people and people can follow you. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it is thousand more than what you can convey in a 140 character tweet on Twitter.

San Diego Comic Con 2011 is Covered in Doctor Who: Podshock 252

Doctor Who: Podshock 252

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 252
Running Time: 1:29:27

Our coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 with Tara Wheeler.

Hosted by Louis Trapani ( @LouisTrapani ), Ken Deep ( @kendeep ), Tara Wheeler ( @TARDIS_Tara )

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 2 "Rendition" Reviewed on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 12
Running Time: 1:43:41

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 2 - "Rendition" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Benjamin Elliott, Darth Skeptical, Tim Drury, and Mark Goodarce).

Hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani , Dave Cooper @daveac , and Graeme Sheridan @The2ndDoctor

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