TG #19: The Penultimate Star Tech

January 12, 2009 – 5:00 am

Did Star Wars or Star Trek influence culture and technology more? We’ll be the judge of that! It’s also time for Lame News.

Star Tech
Scott Johnson’s blog poses the question which is more influential on technology: Star Wars or Star Trek? In his opinion, Star Trek is the most influential. What do we think?

  • Star Trek: A world without money is a utopian impossibility
  • Star Wars: The restoration of the republic is a return to a theocracy (Jedi “divine right” warriors police the populace)
  • Star Trek: Given the ST history (WWIII etc) there’s no way they could be at such a level of technology in the 23rd century, since most of the 21st would have been devoted to reconstruction from WWIII
  • Star Trek: Mathematical language translation is cool, although in real life, the universal translators would be very distracting (hear it in other language – what you need is translator microbes)
  • Both: Neither seems to have a discernable middle class… that’s where most of the innovation comes from
  • Star Trek: Beaming tech is instant death!
  • Star Wars: Ship design has become an art form, but it’s totally impractical
  • Star Trek: Science. Even things like telepathy are science. Star Wars: Magic (midichlorians? magic magic magic with crappy faith storyline elements)
  • Star Wars: Spaceships are more like cars. A dude and a Wookie can fix a spaceship. In Star Trek, it takes a team of skilled engineers.
  • Star Trek: “According to The Making of Star Trek, by Stephen Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry, the bridge design of the NCC-1701 was once considered for use by the real-life United States Navy, because of the efficiency of its style and layout.” [Wikipedia]

“We’ve replaced this starship’s dilithium crystals with Folgers Crystals… let’s see if they can tell the difference…”


Lamest News of the “Week”

Or, as Laurie suggested, is it Weakest News of the Lame?

A tumor removed from a newborn’s brain contains a foot. Kind of a “fetus in fetu” thing. Small tumor contained a tiny foot, partial foot, a hand and a thigh!

Our sometimes-host Laurie sent us an article about stories of Social Network defriending. Some of these stories are most definitely LAME.

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  1. 6 Responses to “TG #19: The Penultimate Star Tech”

  2. How many petabytes do PETA members have? Do they get extra credit for their ethical treatment of animals and their fondness for canned beats?

    Does the force make it so Yoda has a yottabyte of data? (yotta = 10^24)

    Har. Har. Har.

    By brandon on Jan 12, 2009

  3. Good work fellas!

    I liked the article about the defriending and I think that there could be a good segment to discuss on a future show.

    I joined facebook back in october and in no time at all I had a large group of friends. I hit accept and invited everyone I saw. After a while I started thinking about the list and wondering did I really want everyone reading the things I posted.

    And some of the folks I had added I would not be willing to go meet for why add them? So I cleaned them out, one was even a co-worker. He asked me if I dropped him and I said yes, that I was culling down the list. Nothing personal. Not sure he liked it, but the benefit of being an ass sometimes is just not caring. I view it as a tool for me. Maybe that is rude and selfish, but I try to somewhat cautious in what I put out on the web that can directly be tracked back to me.

    I would be interested in hearing what you think about defriending folks, and any experiences you may have had with it.

    Just my 2/5’s of a nickel.

    By ShadesOfGrey on Jan 13, 2009

  4. After recording that episode, I have been refusing friend requests from people that I don’t really know very well. I really like the “would so and so have lunch with me” test. Good guideline.

    I am going to defriend everyone that has ever listened to T&G. Then what will I do with the other 129 friends?

    By Craig on Jan 13, 2009

  5. Incidentally, I changed my gravatar 3 days ago, and it seems to not be changing… how irritating!

    By Craig on Jan 13, 2009

  6. Great episode! While not necessarily my favorite episode (how could I possibly choose?), this is my favorite episode content. Plus, all of the arguments you both provided are the kinds of things I think about while waiting for my computer to catch up.

    By Michael Swindler on Jan 25, 2009

  7. To follow the side note. It took about 6 hours today for my gravatar to change.

    By ShadesOfGrey on Jan 28, 2009

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