I’ve been extremely fortunate to have some time to try a few activities during the Great Pandemic Shutdown of 2020. First, on the serious side, I’ve been developing a small interest in drawing and painting on my iPad. And second, I occasionally vented by making some silly memes.
July 13, 2020
Today is the 20th anniversary of the launch of Star Trek Minutiae. (Wow, do I feel old...) The updates have been notably less frequent in recent years, but the site is still alive and well. It’s gone through many evolutions and redesigns, but the core purpose (if it has one) never really changed: it’s a place to share the Star Trek stuff that I love.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve done a little behind-the-scenes updating and tweaking. Of course I had to redesign things visually (just a little), so the site search box now looks more modern with custom CSS styles. I updated the about this site and site history pages to be a little more current. And I’m in the process of adding social media meta tags for linking to many of the main sections of my site.
I’ve never really had a long-term plan for Star Trek Minutiae. I just keep the lights on and add stuff when I find interesting things, or have ideas that I want to share. When STM launched, we had never heard of the NX-01 or Captain Archer, and now we’ve got so many new shows I can barely keep track of them all. So who knows what the future will bring? But I have a feeling that STM will be around in some form for many years to come!
...Because you just knew that there was going to be another starship comparison chart update coming too, right? This one adds more Discovery ships, plus a number of more recent Star Wars models too.
June 21, 2020
*tap tap* Is this thing still on? I’m still around, and even if I’m not updating the site as often, it hasn’t been forgotten!
There’s a lot happening in the world right now, but the events that may be most meaningful and have the most potential for positive change are the Black Lives Matter protests. I’m far from the best person to speak on the subject, but this is one of those moments when everyone needs to speak up. And since Star Trek is known for its philosophy of IDIC, I offer some thoughts on how beliving in IDIC is just the start.
July 13, 2018
I’ve been bitten by the starship comparison chart itch again, so it’s time to add in some starships from Discovery, The Expanse, Star Wars, and a couple other universes!
March 26, 2018
It’s not exactly content for Star Trek Minutiae, but I recently finished a huge project: The Starfleet Museum: The Print Edition. It’s a 286-page, full-color book with (almost) every article from Masao Okazaki’s Starfleet Museum. It’s available to order from Lulu.com (for the cost of printing, with no profit markup). I also have a short summary of how the book developed over the years.
(No, you don’t get any points for guessing what either of those episodes are about.)
October 17, 2017
As usual, I spend months leaving the site alone, and the first thing I do when I return is tinker with the site design! This time, I've made some improvements to the title banners, using the new <picture> element to display better-proportioned images on phones and other narrow displays.
February 3, 2017
I found some great source material for some of the ships featured in my favorite new series**, The Expanse. Check out the additions to the starship size comparison chart.
(To paraphrase Julian Bashir: I love Star Trek, I just like those other shows more.)
I’ve spent the last few weeks tinkering with the style sheets again, making some changes to the thumbnails and images across the whole site. Thumbnails for many images are much larger than before, and the index pages of the major sub-sections now feature larger buttons to make it easier to navigate. And the home page now has a list of the most popular or interesting sub-sections, to make it easier for new visitors to discover different parts of the site.
July 29, 2016
I've been a little busy lately... not with creating stuff for the website, exactly, but something far more exciting. About a year ago, Harry Doddema and I were contacted by Simon Pegg. Yes, that Simon Pegg! Here's the story of how we created vokaya for Star Trek Beyond.
(And as I said on Twitter, dedication is updating your blog manually, one page at a time, when the blogging software decides to stop working. The pages themselves should be fine... I’ll get it fixed next week when the excitement dies down.)