“Yeah, one [romance] was with an entity that was actually a monster. And the other was with a holographic representation of the woman who designed the Enterprise engines. Neither of which I would necessarily call a healthy relationship. I just wish [the writers] had allowed that part of Geordi to evolve… Because there were a couple of one-line gags that were present in the character — the first one being, “The blind guy flies the ship.” And we solved that by giving Geordi a specific area of expertise from which to contribute, when we moved him to engineering.
The other stereotype was that of the nerdy guy, the engineer who is inept around women. And we just never had the opportunity — we ran out of time, I guess — we never had the opportunity to evolve beyond that. And I believe with the core of my being that ‘Star Trek’ is better than that. ‘Star Trek’ is better than stereotypes.”
– LeVar Burton talks about his character Geordi La Forge’s lack of romantic interests on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which is coming out on Blu-Ray on July 24th (yay!). Amelia and I have always wondered about Geordi’s complete lack of game, especially because, in my view, Geordi was suuuuper hot. But what can I say? I’m a sucker for a guy in a Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement (VISOR). [io9]
My tropical storm has a first name, it’s F-A-B-I-O! But really you guys, the latest weather system ravaging its way across the Pacific is named Fabio. So far the storm doesn’t pose a threat to any land besides a tiny island, so you don’t have to feel weird about any sexual feelings this swirling mass of wind and rain might be bringing up for you. Apparently “Fabio” has been on the World Meteorological Organization’s list of storm names since 1982, when it replaced “Fico,” the name of a particularly devastating hurricane. According to The Weather Channel, 1982′s Hurricane Fabio “followed a path similar to the one expected for this year’s Fabio, staying well offshore. Afterward, Fabio returned every six years. Storms named Fabio brought locally heavy rainfall to Hawaii as remnant lows in 1988, 1994, and 2006, while the 2000 version of Fabio was a tropical storm that affected no land.”
As much as I like to think the storm-naming meteorologists had a thing for bodice rippers, the Weather Channel points out, “Fabio’s first appearance on the cover of a romance novel was for Hearts Aflame in 1987…So it would appear that ‘Fabio’ the storm came before ‘Fabio’ the model and actor.” [The Weather Channel]
Comic-Con is going on right now, and in case you were wondering, pretty much all of Hollywood is there. And many of them are wearing weird costumes! In case you weren’t able to make it to the largest yearly gathering of comic nerd-dom, we’ve collected a bunch of images from the event. Check out all the famous faces that made their way down to San Diego this past week.
Channing Tatum. Matt Bomer. Joe Manganiello. Alex Pettyfer. Matthew McConaughey. And Jason Biggs? Oh, if only he had fucked that mirror like he really meant it… Well, there’s always the sequel! [NY Daily News]
As I’ve said before, when you spend a portion of your every day looking at paparazzi photos of celebrities, you start to notice things. For example, that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are always whispering to each other. Another thing I noticed? That Kim Kardashian, who changes outfits two to three times a day on average, has worn a white peplum blouse (I think the one she wore on July 11 is slightly different that the other two) with either skinny black or white pants three times in the last month and a half. Now, for the average person, this is nothing! But I always imagined that Kim was like Diddy and Justin Timberlake, who have both admitted to throwing away clothes (or underwear) after wearing them once. I assumed she would never wear the same thing twice, let alone three times. I, for one, am glad to see her recycling looks, especially one that looks this great on her. Kim K., she’s just like us, in this one teeny, tiny way! [Photos: Fame/Flynet]