January 19, 1968: premiere date of Star Trek episode ‘The Immunity Syndrome’.
The crew of the Enterprise encounters an energy-draining space creature.
The space amoeba!
In which we also learn that there was a starship manned solely by Vulcans.
Spock has a bad reaction to the death of over 400 Vulcans.
Eventually, a Shuttlecraft is sent in (with Spock aboard) to gather information about this organism, and the Enterprise crew end up destroying it with a probe armed with an anti-matter warhead.
This episode is not to be confused with the Space: 1999 episode of the same name:
While on a survey of a planet to replenish food and water on Moonbase Alpha, an alien form attacks a crewman who seemingly goes mad; after a brief struggle with the crewman, Tony Verdeschi is attacked by the alien as well. Koenig and the survey party must find Tony and help him regain his senses before the madness kills him and solve the mystery of the alien life form. All their technology breaks down, preventing them from leaving or receiving aid; all food – native and their own supply – become toxic.
You fill a small amount of popping corn in the bottom of the bowl, up to one of the lines (oil optional), put it into the microwave, and then either pop for 2-4 minutes, depending on the wattage, or press the ‘popcorn’ setting on your microwave.
The first time I did it for 2 minutes 15 seconds, and there was a lot of unpopped kernels in the bowl, so I put those back in and hit the ‘popcorn’ setting, and they all popped, but I should have turned it off manually because it then burned some of the popped kernels.
I picked up this LEGO set over the weekend, mainly because of this little guy:
A LEGO Porg.
I then emailed LEGO to ask if it was possible to order more porgs, and they sent me this response:
I’m sorry, but we aren’t able to help you get the LEGO® parts you requested. The pieces you need are based on a story and characters we didn’t create ourselves. Our licensing agreements with their original creators specify we can only sell these “licensed” pieces as part of a set.
Bummer. But I understand. No way I’m buying that $800 Millennium Falcon, though, just for two more porgs.