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Todie is a good dye today

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Found this through that.
Basically, it threads many of today’s element back to Star Trek, such as the communicator, voice-controlled computers etc. However, its main premise is that Kirk invented blogging. Now that’s a bit far fetched.

Diaries, journals and logs were being created since man first learn to write. Naval officers were keeping the ship’s day-to-day, as well as the special events in a book called ship’s log. This log was used then both as a formal report, the consistency in the events description was proof that the Captain didn’t changed course in the middle of the voyage and went to Tahiti, and as a “black box”, which would allow others, in case of a disaster happening, to reconstruct the events leading to that disaster. When creating Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry borrowed a lot of naval traditions, practices and concepts, this was one of those.
Another element that we tend to interpret wrongly is that Star Trek didn’t really “invent” or “foretold” anything. Many things in there were either created based on current technology (for that time), or were later used by engineers and inventors as an inspiration (some cellular phone designs were clearly influenced by ST’s communicator). Either way, I agree with the writer, the influence of Star Trek on our lives is amazing.

Written by Erez

Friday, August 25, 2006 at 2:04

Posted in Blogging, Technology

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  1. Yep. The old captains were definitely the first. I did like the way the auther came up with a way to add meat to a post that has tghe primary purpose of saying “we’re going to be at the Trekkie con and looking for geeks to work for the Federation … I mean Google”.

    farlane

    Friday, August 25, 2006 at 2:22

  2. Trust me, a Trekkie needs very, very little to start a 300 word post about Star Trek. Not to mention how they manage to find Star Trek references, even where there are none.

    Erez

    Friday, August 25, 2006 at 7:36

  3. I take issue with that last comment.

    One of the definitions of reference is:
    “mention: a remark that calls attention to something or someone;”
    If something calls my attention to something else, and that something else happens to be strongly related to Star Trek, then it’s a Star Trek reference.

    Uri

    Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 13:54

  4. I knew you’d take issue with that comment. That’s why I wrote it.

    Erez

    Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 21:45


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