Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Space - the Final Frontier

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Excel web sharing - spreadsheet collaboration over the Internet made easy with BadBlueThe invaluable James Taranto notes a "back to the future" moment:

From "The Trouble With Tribbles," a "Star Trek" episode that first aired Dec. 29, 1967:
Klingon: Of course I'd say that Captain Kirk deserves his ship. We like the Enterprise; we--we really do. That sagging, old rust bucket is designed like a garbage scow. Half the quadrant knows it. That's why they're learning to speak Klingonese.

Chekov: Mr. Scott!

Scotty: Laddie, don't ya think ya should--rephrase that?

Klingon: You're right. I should. I didn't mean to say that the Enterprise should be hauling garbage. I meant to say that it should be hauled away as garbage!

Steve Chapman in the Chicago Tribune, July 31, 2005:
The little-known secret of the shuttle is that it's an airborne moving van, whose main role is to haul parts, supplies and other cargo to the International Space Station. Among the tasks assigned to the astronauts on Discovery is picking up the space station's garbage. . . . Maybe NASA needs to scrap the shuttle.

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