November 17th is National Unfriend Day

I got a kick out of this on a few different levels.  On a serious level, I like that he’s calling out the superficiality of internet relationships and the over communicating we do.  On a goofy level, I was cracking up when he was like ‘remember five years ago when we were fine without Facebook and knowing what our friend from high school had for lunch???’  And on a nerd level, I loved that William Shatner was in the video!

In other news, Shatner has more MySpace friends, Facebook friends, and Twitter followers than any of us will ever have.  Hypocrisy?  ; )

Star Trek cited by Texas Supreme Court

Patrick emailed me a link to this article that totally made my day!  Although I do have to admit, there is a part of me that finds it slightly disturbing that a supreme court would cite Star Trek II in their explanation – granted, it is the greatest of the eleven (soon to be twelve!) Star Trek movies.  Anyway, here’s the article:

Star Trek cited by Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Supreme Court when writing their opinion in Robinson v. Crown Cork and Seal cited Mr. Spock, effectively making him a legal authority for interpreting the Texas Constitution.

Appropriately weighty principles guide our course. First, we recognize that police power draws from the credo that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Second, while this maxim rings utilitarian and Dickensian (not to mention Vulcan21), it is cabined by something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.

Footnote 21 reads:

See STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Paramount Pictures 1982). The film references several works of classic literature, none more prominently than A Tale of Two Cities. Spock gives Admiral Kirk an antique copy as a birthday present, and the film itself is bookended with the book’s opening and closing passages. Most memorable, of course, is Spock’s famous line from his moment of sacrifice: “Don’t grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh . . .” to which Kirk replies, “the needs of the few.”

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Normally I’m not into these mash-up videos, but I got a kick out of this one! Who do you think would win in a show down between Star Trek and Star Wars?  Personally, I think Trek has the better tech … but the force does seem to level the playing field …

Star Trek Pizza Cutter

Yup.  I want this.  And I’m a little hungry.  You can actually buy them here at Think Geek.  The whole thing made me laugh, especially the part in the video where the two guys are eating pizza and the one is playing with the Enterprise pizza cutter.  Half of me thinks it’s ridiculous that they make this stuff … and the other half of me knows they’re on to something because I always want it!!!

Patrick gave me the heads up on this – thanks!

Biggest Loser has a Star Trek connection!

Okay, the nerd and trekker in me flipped when I saw this over on the Slice of Sci-fi blog today.  It’s a casting memo that was never supposed to get out listing the actors and actresses being considered for the various roles on Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Check out the one and only actor being considered for the role of Wesley Crusher … it’s J.D. Roth, the executive producer of Biggest Loser!  If I had known that back when I was having conversations with him and hearing pep talks from him … I probably would have been a mess!  : )

I’ve already mentioned before that the nutritionist for Biggest Loser used to be the personal chef for George Lucas (yup, she’s cooked for George Lucas and me!).  Who would have guessed there would be multiple connections to my favorite universes on The Biggest Loser?