Greetings, Folks, and welcome to an all-nerd special here at The Corner. I have come across two stories that are both 'interesting' and 'fascinating'. (heh heh, I kill me) Uh, ahem, sorry. Anyway, some of you may be aware that Christie's is auctioning off some of the grooviest Star Trek props, models, and memoribilia ever sold this weekend. It is the stuff of legend, such as an original ILM built model of Enterprise-D, and the reconstructed Constitution Class captain's chair from the DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-ations. I've been reading the press releases over the last few months, and lamenting my poor lotto choosing skills, since most of this stuff is expected to go for thousands of dollars, but no one expected the financial depths of some of the more well heeled Treknerds out there. The above mentioned 78" long model starship, listed at between $25,000 and $35,000 eventually sold for an astronomical $576,000!! And the captain's chair, which is only ten years old and a copy, went for $62,400. So far the auction has racked up $4.9 million. Read more about it here.
Diving deeper into the geek end of the pool, here is a tale of some gamers with mad carpentry skills, and an abundance of free time. Behold the ultimate gaming table.
It has 6 gaming stations, each with it's own dimmable light, coaster, dice rolling pit, and glass plate under which the GM can put handouts and such. Plus each station has a MDS, or Message Delivery System, port where the GM can send secret messages via a pool table like system of tubes. The GM's station has two dice pits, places for miniatures and papers, and is set up for either a desktop computer or laptop. The table top itself is sturdy enough for a person to stand on, and covered with linoleum. It is quite impressive, and...are you listening D...the builders will soon be publishing plans for the thing. Go here for more pics. It is truly impressive.
Ok, nerdlings and nerdettes, I'm going to go surf the Christie's site and weep quietly to myself.
Live long and prosper.