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GTOlover
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Re: Star Trek as inspiration
GTOlover   11/7/2013 7:58:57 AM
Charles, so Vulcan was destroyed because of a video:-)

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/7/2013 4:41:36 AM
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Yes, NadineJ, I often found that about Star Trek as well. I was never a hard-core Trekkie but the episodes and movies I did see always struck me as not just scifi but also socially conscious. There is a reason there are so many devoted fans.

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Re: Here's 2 more categories
Battar   11/7/2013 1:44:59 AM
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Jim, 

       The "beam me up, Scotty" machine has no scientific basis. In fact, it has been proved that teh amount of energy required to power such a machine (or the energy equivalent of Kirks' mass when beamed) would be prohibitive.

Charles Murray
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Re: Star Trek as inspiration
Charles Murray   11/6/2013 8:51:42 PM
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I agree, Nadine. The number of Trekkies here is not surprising. There are many Trekkies in the world of technology...and beyond. The great Seymour Cray (one of the 20th century's greatest engineers) was a dedicated Star Trek watcher. So was Isaac Asimov and, yes, Frank Sinatra. Stephen Hawking is said to be a huge Star Trek fan. So are Al Gore and Colin Powell. Leonard Nimoy reportedly said that Barack Obama once greeted him with a Vulcan salute.

NadineJ
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Re: Never be the red shirt (unless you are Scotty)!
NadineJ   11/6/2013 8:01:24 PM
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@GTO-it wasn't just the red-shirts that were sacrificed in the earlier series.  Anyone in the landing party that didn't have a familiar face was most likely to die on some strange planet.  That included medical personnel-blue-shirts.  I never noticed before that security, gold-shirts, rarely beamed down.

Your career advice is spot on!

NadineJ
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Re: Star Trek as inspiration
NadineJ   11/6/2013 7:55:17 PM
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Very nice article.  I'm not surprised that there are so many Trekkies here. 

One common denominator amoung all Star Treks, from the original Desilu productions to today's movies, is that it holds up a mirror on modern American society.  Sometimes the stereotypes are too intense (and offensive) but a peak beyond the obvious reveals something interesting. 

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Here's 2 more categories
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   11/6/2013 4:22:08 PM
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Great insights, Dave –  "Read & Understood"  -- and  I agree with every word.  Two other categorical points I might add, each with numerous examples you'll recall:

·  first, the philosophical and cultural anthropology lessons which were subliminally taught from the venue of other planets (half white/half black are two-of-a kind !! )   -and-

·  second; of each of the many technologies showcased; from the warp-drive and communicators, to ear-buds and "On-screen" – each was actually based on an existing scientific theory.  Some of which have come into reality, and others of which are still unrealized; but each of which was more than just a crazy, wild thought from Mr. Roddenberry.  All had foundation.

GTOlover
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Never be the red shirt (unless you are Scotty)!
GTOlover   11/6/2013 3:43:44 PM
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Very good article, but you forgot to mention that a good engineer should avoid being the red shirt. They always got killed. So make sure that your engineering career is robust and your usefulness is more than taking a phasor shot for the  main characters.

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Amclaussen   11/6/2013 1:59:39 PM
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Well, I ACTUALLY LEARNED a lot of English by watching the series back in the last part of the 80's (it was The Next Generation). I never took any more English lessons other than those in basic education schools in my infancy, but for me, the absolutely delicious, clear and elegant language used by Captain Picard and his officers, was a delight and allowed me to fully understand the English language dialogues for the first time in a TV series (most other programming had a much more difficult to understand slang and "slum" quality diction).

Plus that series proved to be a top notch Sci-Fi writing, with true philosophical contents and too many visionary advancements to mention. Jules Verne would enjoy it a lot!

While the original series (Kirk et al) was the classic, TNG is the most polished of the lot.

Too sad it ended so soon. I bougth almost the complete collection and I'm keeping it to see it again when I have the time and calm to be fully absorbed again.

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Dave Palmer   11/6/2013 9:33:22 AM
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@Battar: Well, if you watch the Spanish-dubbed version (Viaje a las Estrellas), you will find that everyone in the universe speaks Spanish.

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