Quality webcomic Starslip Crisis included a completely unexpected Wing Commander joke on tuesday! I'm not sure if it's possible to explain the storyline behind the reference, but K'Tithrak Mang was included in a list of future art museums. You can read the whole strip here or start the storyline which lead to it here.
Hurleybird points us to a story in The Inquirer which claims that Origin founder Richard Garriott and Stephen Hawking, the inventor of the universe, are going to take a zero-g aircraft flight later this month:
RICHARD GARRIOTT, better known as the game developer Lord British has invited world's top theoretical physicist, no other than Stephen William Hawking - on a Zero-G flight on April 16th.
Bioforge? This is just the first step for Garriott -- his goal is to shoot down 20 TIE Fighters, becoming a Space Ace so that a princess will allow him to travel through time.
Garroitt is a gaming guru, having created Ultima, Bioforge, Lineage, City of Heroes and upcoming Tabula Rasa. He is also a space nut, investor in Zero-G company and one of trustee of the X-Prize Foundation.