So… there’s this post on Google’s blog titled “Stardate 0817.06“. Ignoring the fact that a Google programmer is blithely creating a Y3K crisis with the stardate, the central premises are sound. Those premises are 1) that Captain Kirk invented blogging and 2) that a lot of the stuff we do every day is right off Star Trek. I guess … it’s really neat and all … but I was promised a future that included the flying car.
The above photo is called Taxi driver freelances as communications officer on the Starship Enterprise in his spare time by Zara 1.0 who says she was a nerd before it was cool. The photo wins the award for “most perfectly titled photo to match a post” for the month of August. For that, Zara will be allowed to increment to 1.1 and add the “Beta” suffix to her appelation!
Google is also hosting a booth at the 5th annual Official Star Trek Convention in fabulous Laaaaaas Vegas. It looks like just about everyone from the Star Trek universe other than Ensign Ro Laren (my favorite Star Trek character) will be there. I wonder what it says about you when your favorite character in an escapist, utopian reality is the surly, maladjusted early 21st century patriot?
The whole “welcome to the future, now let’s have some fun” vibe that Google is pitching is compelling. I wish that was better at math and puzzles. I get bored with them almost instantly.