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from the Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/the-day-william-shatner-tweeted-at-an-astronaut-and-the-astronaut-replied/266824/


The Day William Shatner Tweeted at an Astronaut (and the Astronaut Replied)

That day, my friends, is today.


William Shatner @WilliamShatner

@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB
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Chris Hadfield @Cmdr_Hadfield

@WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we're detecting signs of life on the surface.


So this just happened:

William Shatner, he of Priceline and also of spoken-word poetry but mostly of Star Trek, is also William Shatner of Twitter. And this afternoon, the actor took to the service to ask a question of the Canadian Space Agency's Chris Hadfield, who is currently serving as the International Space Station's Flight Engineer for Expedition 34 -- and who has indeed been tweeting from space.

Hadfield's glorious reply to this glorious question is above. And there really is not much more to be said about the matter. Except that, basically, a fake starship captain just sent a tweet to a real-life space station engineer, who replied using the language of the fake starship captain ... and all of us got to see it. And then retweet it. And then make lame-but-awesome Star Trek-related jokes about it. MBB: What a world.


read: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/the-day-william-shatner-tweeted-at-an-astronaut-and-the-astronaut-replied/266824/


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bigtree Jan 2013 OP
ThoughtCriminal Jan 2013 #1
postulater Jan 2013 #8
Hekate Jan 2013 #10
calimary Jan 2013 #14
Hekate Jan 2013 #16
calimary Jan 2013 #23
postulater Jan 2013 #32
calimary Jan 2013 #35
freshwest Jan 2013 #2
Recursion Jan 2013 #36
freshwest Jan 2013 #37
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #3
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #4
cer7711 Jan 2013 #5
A Little Weird Jan 2013 #6
calimary Jan 2013 #15
A Little Weird Jan 2013 #33
roguevalley Jan 2013 #7
Hekate Jan 2013 #9
pangaia Jan 2013 #11
edbermac Jan 2013 #12
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bigtree Jan 2013 #13
calimary Jan 2013 #17
MrMickeysMom Jan 2013 #19
garthranzz Jan 2013 #22
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #24
edbermac Jan 2013 #25
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #26
Throckmorton Jan 2013 #29
napkinz Jan 2013 #30
TrogL Jan 2013 #18
WhoIsNumberNone Jan 2013 #20
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #21
progressoid Jan 2013 #28
bigtree Jan 2013 #31
Spock_is_Skeptical Jan 2013 #27
pinboy3niner Jan 2013 #34
bigtree Jan 2013 #38
One of the 99 Jan 2013 #39

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:34 PM

1. Scanning for life forms



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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:10 PM

8. Data is my absolute favorite ST character.

Well, maybe next to Spot.

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Response to postulater (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:20 PM

10. Spot? Is he Spock's dog?

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Response to Hekate (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:04 AM

14. Spot was Data's cat. Such a COOL little subplot.

Data had a cat! To which he fed multiple numbered varieties of feline supplement that he created fresh from the replicator every day.

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Response to calimary (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:11 AM

16. I never knew!

Thanks for that tidbit.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:30 AM

23. Data was just a FREAKIN' WUNNNNNNNDERFUL character!!!

One of my all-time favorite Next-Gen episodes was "Data's Day," which followed Data around from his getting off the overnight shift in command on the Enterprise bridge and then going about the rest of the regular day (Data didn't need to sleep. His quarters did not have a bed). So we followed him around the ship as he considered a wedding gift for Chief O'Brien and his fiancee Keiko, and tried to advise Lt. Worf on one, as he fed and petted Spot, tried to learn to dance for the wedding from Dr. Crusher ("NOBODY better find out I used to be known as the 'dancing doctor'!"), and she thought he meant tap-dancing. And it went on.

It was just the sweetest, most fun, most engrossing, most enjoyable little slice-of-life episode. No phasers. No photon torpedoes. No chase scenes at Warp 8.5. No fist-fights with aliens. No explosions or time warps or quantum singularities or any such thing. Just a day-in-the-life. And it was JUST WUNNNNNDERFUL!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:18 PM

32. Thanks for the reminder.

BBC had a Trekathon over the holidays. So I recorded a couple dozen episodes of SNG. Data's Day in one of them, so I'll watch it now.

One of my favorite Picard episodes is Darmok, where an alien dies in an attempt to learn how to communicate with humans. War is averted by the willingness to understand the other race's view.

I kid my daughters that their first words were "Space the final frontier". It's nearly true. And they thank me for it. It was the best tv ever.

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Response to postulater (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:47 AM

35. Oh MAN, I loved that one, too!

Paul Winfield played that alien - did a very good job making him an adversary who becomes a very sympathetic character.

Also liked "Haven," in which Data had a line that my husband and I continue to use - to this very day! "Please continue the petty bickering. I find it most intriguing!" One of my favorite "Star Trek" lines of all time, up there along with "he's dead, Jim"!!! Another one of those moments when Data is observing Deanna Troy's mother and would-be mother-in-law in a awkwardly-contained cat fight. Hilarious!!!!

One other episode I really love is "Family," when Picard goes home to France after this two-parter where he's captured and assimilated by the Borg. WUNNNNNderful writing and performances - conflict and sibling rivalry and a whole lot of wonderfulness, especially where Picard and his brother Robert get drunk together after rolling around in a fistfight in the mud.

Just all these little moments that I really, really appreciate. Around here, when there have been some conflicts within the band, I've tried to point out that "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." "Star Trek" is a cultural GIFT!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 09:58 PM

2. I thought the standard reply was...



Pretty cool tweeting, though.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:52 AM

36. "Beam me up, Scotty" was never said in any series or movie

It's something of a mystery how that osmoted into the culture...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BeamMeUpScotty

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Response to Recursion (Reply #36)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 08:17 AM

37. I love that site. But fiction on top of fiction on top of..

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:13 PM

3. Awesome

As a fan of both Star Trek and the Canadian Space Agency, this post is inspiring.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:29 PM

4. That was fucking awesome.

Star Trek was my dear departed mom's favorite show. She would have loved that.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:41 PM

5. Life Imitating Art Imitating Life Imitating . . .

. . . I'm dizzy now.

(Shatner Voice): "Must . . . refocus; bring rush of blood back to the brain . . . try . . . and hold on don't reel and pitch and flail TRY . . . to remember . . . where . . . and what . . . Iwasdoing before . . . humanity . . . IS! . . .

KHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:42 PM

6. Cool!

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Response to A Little Weird (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:10 AM

15. Welcome to DU, A Little Weird!

What a great thread! Glad you're here to enjoy it - and more - with us. I LOVE all things "Star Trek"! Always have, since the original series. And I was hot for Spock. I still remember the TV Guide issue whose cover story featured Mr. Spock and the question - "is it sexy to be smart?" That's because Spock had every bit as big a following as he-man sex symbol male-lead Captain Kirk, and many many women were (surprisingly to some) utterly mad for him.

I've always liked the smart ones.

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Response to calimary (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:12 AM

33. Thanks for the welcome!

I lurked for a long time before joining. I like it not only for the politics, but also because you can come across fun threads like this one. And I absolutely agree that smart is sexy!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:43 PM

7. Shatner is Canadian. :D My friend was on the board to build a mcauliffe

center here in the boondocks of Alaska. She got some kids stuff on board a shuttle and when it was in space orbiting, got a download to our school so we could sit in the library and ask questions of a lady astronaut. She was floating in the ship. It was awesome.

This OP is awesome.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:18 PM

9. Make it so!

How wonderful.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:47 PM

11. I remember a number of years ago,

not many. a couple guys who were on the space shuttle, I think it was, called Click and Clack. The actually called them. And Tom and Ray and I, and I assume many others, were totally fooled for a few minutes. I seem to remember they said something about having a problem with sudden acceleration, and some other issues.. it was quite hilarious when Tom and Ray- and I- finally realized who they were.

Here, I found it. :>

http://www.cartalk.com/content/flashback-car-talk-outer-space

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:54 PM

12. "No blah blah blah!!!!"

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Response to edbermac (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:02 AM

13. .

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Response to edbermac (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:11 AM

17. Oh rip that shirt. Show that glimpse of skin.

Loved it! We rewatch all those "Star Trek" series quite frequently on DVD.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:17 AM

19. How great is THAT?

I'm gonna remember THAT one!

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Response to edbermac (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:23 AM

22. So that's how Obama dealt with Boehner and McConnell


Note: You have to be a pretty good actor to pull that off. I can just imagine what the gag reel looked like that day.

Now I'll have to re-watch that episode.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:34 AM

24. HAAAAAAA!

Wonder what that's an outtake from?

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:34 AM

25. No outtake, Shatner in all his glory

From episode called Miri.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #25)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:45 AM

26. ohhhhhhhh yeah...I do remember that now!

Thanks!!!!!!!!!

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Response to edbermac (Reply #25)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:47 AM

29. It is better out of context N/T

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Response to edbermac (Reply #25)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 07:21 AM

30. blah blah blah ... sounds like obstructionist Rethugs in Congress

And Obama as Kirk trying to break through to them.








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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:11 AM

18. The signs of life were pictures of cities. He got a good shot of my office.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:18 AM

20. Nerds of the world, this is a very big day.

Time to go turn over some cars.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:20 AM

21. Who or what is MBB?

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:13 AM

28. "My Best, Bill." William Shatner's signature

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Response to progressoid (Reply #28)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:01 AM

31. thanks for confirming

that's what I came up with . . . kinda like the Prez signs his -bo

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:50 AM

27. SQUEE!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:16 AM

34. I'm an engineer, not a miracle worker!

(Adapting one of McCoy's famous lines.)

But Scotty did share the secret of how he maintained his reputation...





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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:42 AM

38. blah blah blah . . . !

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:27 AM

39. Capt. Kirk explains the Constitution to a Tea Partier.

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