Monday, June 8, 2009
Beam Me Up, Scottie!
Yesterday (Sunday) John and I spent the day at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. there were 2 exhibits he wanted to see. the first one was the Galileo Exhibit. It was cool, but after looking at 50 astrolabes from the 15th century, it seemed like "If you've seen one astrolabe, you've been them all." Lots of cool portraits of 3 or 4 generations of Medicis.
John's been wanting to see this for some time. Since he's a complete math geek, this was right up his alley. He was excited to see Galileo's telescope and not a replica. There lots of documents and journals, astrolabes and barometers and other measuring tools (some doubled as daggers. these were serious science geeks!) I know ho-hum.
OK, so after that we strolled over to the Star Trek Exhibit. Now this was one I wanted to see! It was really cool to see the costumes the actors wore from some of the series and the movies. Khan's costume from The Wrath of Kahn and Picard's Robin Hood costume from the episode QPid, from the 4th season when Q makes them recreate Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
My favorite line from that episode is Michael Dorn, as Worf, dressed as Little John, growling, "I am NOT a merry man!" LOL (cracks me up every time!) .
Also Whoopi Goldberg's Guinan costumes were there too. We saw Picard's Bridge and a Romulan ship and lots of other stuff!
There were also the costumes of the crew of the newest Star Trek movie that just came out.
When we finished with the exhibit, John insisted on purchasing the pictures the took of us as we entered the exhibit. We were in front of a green screen and it shows us on the transporter pads. John got the holographic one where we look like we're transporting on and off the pads. There is also one of John sitting in the Captains' chair but he has that at his house.
We also saw a few other exhibits too. We've been there sevral times before so I didn't want to see all the other stuff again. After all, how any times can you walk through the human heart?
We ended our day watching the newest Star Trek movie in the IMAX theatre. The Franklin Institute's IMAX theater has a domed screen that is 4 stories high and frankly, I liked watching it on the flat screen better. We were reclined back and watching the movie. The battle scenes were so big you couldn't see anything! I'm glad I saw the movie in a regular theater before! I understand there's a flat screen IMAX theater not far from us and I'd like to check that one out too.