- The USS Vengeance was built by the Bluth Corporation as part of a tax evasion scheme.
- Admiral Marcus is really Dick Cheney.
- An original song (in the style of the Ghostbusters theme) by Joseph Gordon Levitt backs the ending credits.
- Benedict Cumberbatch was unable to use his full name, Benedictineorderofmonkswholiveincatalonia Cumberlandstylebatchofbiscuitswithbutterandjam, because it will not fit on any movie screen that currently exists.
- The Starfleet dress uniforms are actual U.S. Navy dress uniforms stolen from the crew of the USS West Virginia while they weren’t looking.
- Scenes in the USS Enterprise’s engine room were filmed at the Large Hadron Collider, while it was running, which caused Chris Pine to transmogrify into a 5th dimensional being. As such, Kirk is portrayed for most of the film by a stunt double, Douglas Fir. Chris Pine’s whereabouts are currently unknown.
- Spock is naked from the waist down for the entire film. This is never acknowledged by any other characters.
- Sulu gets demoted and has to work at White Castle.
- The Klingons are all played by Jon Stewart.
- Spock Prime materializes on the bridge of the Enterprise, forgets what he came there for, and leaves again.
- John Harrison’s real name is Dick Whitman.
One day perhaps, one fine day, I will at last resist the temptation to talk about an unfinished thing before it is finished, but it is not this day.
My most recent post was about how I had bought a press, a very nice Chandler and Price. I lied a bit. I had not actually paid for the press or physically acquired it, and was leaving the logistics of moving and housing and using it up to the gods. But the gods can be fickle, or at least know when the time isn’t right for something, and the logistics fell apart completely. Any spaces I could find were either expensive or in out-of-the-way locations. All of the necessary trailers were in Texas (Texas!) and I, being a bit shy of 25, would not have been able to rent a vehicle large enough to pull one anyhow. So, in a nutshell, I did not buy a press, and probably will not for some time. So it goes.
However, I did gain, or re-gain, clarity in the process. I have a press, the one that I built, which is not yet perfect, but which I can make so. I have the willpower and a good portion of the know-how to build a print shop mostly from scratch, and so I am set more firmly on that course. The money that I would have spent on the C&P is being reinvested in type and tools and other things that I can actually use. The path becomes clear, but perhaps only by straying from it.
So I go on. In July, I shall be spending a few Saturdays at the Iowa City Farmer’s Market, hawking prints and notebooks and things, and perhaps picking up a few jobs to print along they way. I’ll provide more information on that as I go.
I feel a bit silly about the whole thing, but in a way this sort-of failure has given me the necessary kick in the pants to proceed with my endeavors. So proceed I will, and boldly. The important thing, the whole reason for at all, is to do the work. That’s where the joy is, and the excitement.
The previous owner of this press (a Chandler and Price 12x18 New Series) took this photo, and I refer to him as such because I bought this press yesterday. !
Yes, well, all jollification aside, I need a place to put this thing. Anybody in Iowa City have, or know of somebody who has, a back room in the store or a detached garage or some such place where I could set up shop? I need somewhere with electricity, a sturdy floor (maybe concrete), and a 36” door to move the press through. In return they would receive some rent money and the assurance that they are helping keep letterpress alive and well. You can contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.