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(YouTube)   Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why the original Enterprise is the best spaceship ever. Watch out, comic-con nerds, we're dealing with a badass over here   (youtube.com) divider line 170
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2012-07-19 12:35:30 AM  
the man speaks the truth
 
2012-07-19 12:39:15 AM  
The thing I love about NDT is that when he's explaining things, he's like a little kid.

He just gets so happy and excited about the stuff he's talking about. That makes me want to get excited about it, too.
 
2012-07-19 01:06:05 AM  
Man, I would love so much to just hang out with that guy, have some drinks, and shoot the shiat. NDT continues to be one of my heroes. :)

eraser8: He just gets so happy and excited about the stuff he's talking about. That makes me want to get excited about it, too.


Exactly!
 
2012-07-19 01:24:07 AM  
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2012-07-19 01:29:09 AM  
He's right. It's looks like something functional that was built by humans. It was an imaginative revolution.
 
2012-07-19 01:34:44 AM  

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2012-07-19 01:34:51 AM  

mamoru: Man, I would love so much to just hang out with that guy, have some drinks, and shoot the shiat. NDT continues to be one of my heroes. :)


I got to do this. Well, no drinks, it was hanging out after he testified in a congressional hearing, but he stuck around and chatted with a bunch of us mortals who had been in the audience for about a half hour, until his handler practically dragged him out of the room.

He actually delivers on what you imagine that would be like. Great stories, and he ranges into a wide array of philosophical topics, but with real, concrete anecdotes rather than detached theory.
 
2012-07-19 01:41:35 AM  
Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?
 
2012-07-19 01:46:12 AM  

SN1987a goes boom: Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?


You've seen one star, you've seen 300 trillion trillion. There's really nothing else left to do in astronomy.
 
2012-07-19 01:46:46 AM  

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Sorry. NDT is objectively awesome. If you don't think so there is something dead and cancerous within you and you should probably seek medical help.
 
2012-07-19 01:52:21 AM  

mamoru: Man, I would love so much to just hang out with that guy, have some drinks, and shoot the shiat. NDT continues to be one of my heroes. :)


I'd rather hang out and smoke a fattie with Carl Sagan, but since he's no longer with us I'd settle with drinks with deGrasse-Tyson. Third on my list would probably be lunch with Bill Nye.
 
2012-07-19 02:00:21 AM  
In actual news (meaning something that is happening, not just snark) there is going to be a new Cosmos series with Tyson as the host.

I can't think of a better successor to Sagan.
 
2012-07-19 02:04:02 AM  

SN1987a goes boom: Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?


Yep. Tough he wishes he had time to do more.
 
2012-07-19 02:05:17 AM  

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2012-07-19 02:07:00 AM  
The man does have a point - but if you take it further back, I'd say Zephram Cochrane's Phoenix would take the prize - being the first human-built FTL starship in the Star Trek universe. Nothing in the Star Trek universe would happen if not for the Z's Phoenix.
 
2012-07-19 02:08:21 AM  
A wonderfully insightful argument Mr. Tyson, thank you!
 
2012-07-19 02:09:54 AM  

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I suggest a new profile pic for you:

www.newprophecy.net
 
2012-07-19 02:15:16 AM  

SN1987a goes boom: Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?


LOL, your username... You obviously have a slight interest in astronomy.

If he inspires people, he's worth it. It's about time the sciences got a rockstar.
 
2012-07-19 02:20:00 AM  

Noah_Tall: In actual news (meaning something that is happening, not just snark) there is going to be a new Cosmos series with Tyson as the host.

I can't think of a better successor to Sagan.


There has to be articulate, engaging advocates for science, otherwise the public at large just won't get it or care. Sagan is gone. Sir David Attenborough is an old man. But we have the likes of Tyson and Brian Cox taking up the mantle of scientific advocacy, which is a good thing. After all, how else is a humanities grad like me going to understand all the cool stuff going on.
 
2012-07-19 02:34:02 AM  
Has he even heard of the Tardis?!
 
2012-07-19 02:43:51 AM  

0Icky0: SN1987a goes boom: Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?

You've seen one star, you've seen 300 trillion trillion. There's really nothing else left to do in astronomy.


I think he's moved above the actual "hovering over a hot telescope" phase of astronomy and into "curating a planetarium and explaining things to muggles" phase.
 
2012-07-19 02:55:04 AM  
My math says otherwise, but who could argue with that man, my arguments are invalid.
 
2012-07-19 03:02:01 AM  

kayanlau: The man does have a point - but if you take it further back, I'd say Zephram Cochrane's Phoenix would take the prize - being the first human-built FTL starship in the Star Trek universe. Nothing in the Star Trek universe would happen if not for the Z's Phoenix.


Um, no. And way to miss his point. He's not talking about the ship in relation to it's existence in the Star Trek universe, but as it exists in ours.
 
2012-07-19 03:09:58 AM  
I have to totally agree with this man, back in 1965 the ONLY spaceships were just flying saucers or rocket ships and those were boring as can be.. but Roddenberry came along and gave us the Enterprise and then suddenly everyones idea for spaceships changed.. but ya.. when compared to what was available on Sept 8, 1966 the good old NCC 1701 no bloody A, B, C, OR D (love Relics TNG) was hands down the best one ever thought of at that time..
 
2012-07-19 03:11:36 AM  

StopLurkListen: LOL, your username... You obviously have a slight interest in astronomy.

If he inspires people, he's worth it. It's about time the sciences got a rockstar.


We need someone to make kids say "I want to be a scientist when I grow up!". Right now I see too many people Tweeting from their iPhones on the Internet about how science sucks and doesn't do anything practical.
 
2012-07-19 03:29:09 AM  

WhyteRaven74: SN1987a goes boom: Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?

Yep. Tough he wishes he had time to do more.


So you're saying he's going to invent a time machine O_o
 
2012-07-19 03:45:33 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: WhyteRaven74: SN1987a goes boom: Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?

Yep. Tough he wishes he had time to do more.

So you're saying he's going to invent a time machine O_o


Out of a DeLorean?

Seriously, I love this analogy. Babe Ruth would get his ass handed to him by quite a few minor league pitchers today, but back then he was so far ahead of everything else that it's still safe to consider him the greatest baseball player ever. And I know next to nothing about baseball, that's how pervasive his myth is!

Likewise, because the original Enterprise was so far ahead of everything else at the time, it is safe to consider it the best starship in all Sci-fi. This is brilliant.

/Would by the man a beer, but that would seem like an inadequate gift
//Whole keg it is!
 
2012-07-19 03:58:02 AM  
But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?
 
2012-07-19 04:13:00 AM  
He's got a point. It's stupid, uninteresting and meaningless, but a point, nonetheless.
 
2012-07-19 04:13:17 AM  

Dave The Slushy: tinfoil-hat maggie: WhyteRaven74: SN1987a goes boom: Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?

Yep. Tough he wishes he had time to do more.

So you're saying he's going to invent a time machine O_o

Out of a DeLorean?

Seriously, I love this analogy. Babe Ruth would get his ass handed to him by quite a few minor league pitchers today, but back then he was so far ahead of everything else that it's still safe to consider him the greatest baseball player ever. And I know next to nothing about baseball, that's how pervasive his myth is!

Likewise, because the original Enterprise was so far ahead of everything else at the time, it is safe to consider it the best starship in all Sci-fi. This is brilliant.

/Would by the man a beer, but that would seem like an inadequate gift
//Whole keg it is!


Oh hell, I would so get drunk with him and end up in his bed if I had my way :)
 
2012-07-19 04:23:51 AM  

Triumph: He's got a point. It's stupid, uninteresting and meaningless, but a point, nonetheless.


And there you go pooping on it.
 
2012-07-19 04:24:02 AM  

ausfahrk: But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?


The Borg use the Avast! free anti-nuclear bomb scanner.
 
2012-07-19 04:25:03 AM  
I still think he's a freak for biting that guy's ear off.
 
2012-07-19 04:27:58 AM  

ausfahrk: But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?


See, that's where the Enterprise-D fails.

/Farking Love Boat in space.
 
2012-07-19 04:36:54 AM  

ausfahrk: But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?


Because a nuclear bomb is less powerful than a photon torpedo by several orders of magnitude, and even those barley made a dent in the cube. Granted it would do more damage from the inside than the out, but unless they knew exactly where to hit the cube it wouldn't be enough to destroy it. Plus it seems to be fairly easy to block transporter signals, so after you do it once they'd take steps to prevent it.
 
2012-07-19 04:38:46 AM  

Ed Grubermann: ausfahrk: But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?

See, that's where the Enterprise-D fails.


Kindly direct me to the episode where Kirk transports an explosive device inside an enemy ship.
 
2012-07-19 04:45:17 AM  

Neondistraction: Ed Grubermann: ausfahrk: But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?

See, that's where the Enterprise-D fails.


Kindly direct me to the episode where Kirk transports an explosive device inside an enemy ship.


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2012-07-19 04:55:02 AM  

RoyBatty: Neondistraction: Ed Grubermann: ausfahrk: But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?

See, that's where the Enterprise-D fails.


Kindly direct me to the episode where Kirk transports an explosive device inside an enemy ship.

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Not exactly in the same spirit as what I had in mind, but technically it counts. Snark withdrawn.
 
2012-07-19 04:55:58 AM  

Neondistraction: Ed Grubermann: ausfahrk: But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?

See, that's where the Enterprise-D fails.


Kindly direct me to the episode where Kirk transports an explosive device inside an enemy ship.


Kindly show me an enemy vessel who didn't have shields that prevented transporters from working under battlefield conditions that the original Enterprise could not have easily defeated with phasers or photon torpedoes.
 
2012-07-19 05:00:17 AM  
Am I the only one that thinks he may have had a few brewskies before getting up there?
 
2012-07-19 05:00:52 AM  
Am I the only one that thinks he had a few brewskies before getting up there?
 
2012-07-19 05:30:15 AM  

Dave The Slushy: tinfoil-hat maggie: WhyteRaven74: SN1987a goes boom: Does this guy do any actual Astronomy, or does he just muse on Sci-fi, movies, and politics all day?

Yep. Tough he wishes he had time to do more.

So you're saying he's going to invent a time machine O_o

Out of a DeLorean?

Seriously, I love this analogy. Babe Ruth would get his ass handed to him by quite a few minor league pitchers today, but back then he was so far ahead of everything else that it's still safe to consider him the greatest baseball player ever. And I know next to nothing about baseball, that's how pervasive his myth is!

Likewise, because the original Enterprise was so far ahead of everything else at the time, it is safe to consider it the best starship in all Sci-fi. This is brilliant.

/Would by the man a beer, but that would seem like an inadequate gift
//Whole keg it is!


It shows... :P
 
2012-07-19 05:36:34 AM  

cptjeff: mamoru: Man, I would love so much to just hang out with that guy, have some drinks, and shoot the shiat. NDT continues to be one of my heroes. :)

I got to do this. Well, no drinks, it was hanging out after he testified in a congressional hearing, but he stuck around and chatted with a bunch of us mortals who had been in the audience for about a half hour, until his handler practically dragged him out of the room.

He actually delivers on what you imagine that would be like. Great stories, and he ranges into a wide array of philosophical topics, but with real, concrete anecdotes rather than detached theory.


Let me say that cptjeff speaks the truth.

Whether he's on TV, giving a talk or chatting one-on-one, with NDT what you see is what you get.
Its not an act, folks: this is how he is when you're having dinner with him (as I was lucky enough to)
or when he's dealing with his kids and wife.

That, to me, is a mark of true greatness.
 
2012-07-19 05:38:54 AM  

DeltaPunch: Am I the only one that thinks he had a few brewskies before getting up there?


Doubtful: while I don't think he's a teetotaler, I also doubt highly he drinks very much if ever..

The fact that he was sober and was still that animated and unselfconsciously goofy only makes him
better in my mind.
 
2012-07-19 05:52:48 AM  

Ed Grubermann: Neondistraction: Ed Grubermann: ausfahrk: But how come they couldn't just transport a nuclear bomb into the middle of the Borg cube?

See, that's where the Enterprise-D fails.


Kindly direct me to the episode where Kirk transports an explosive device inside an enemy ship.

Kindly show me an enemy vessel who didn't have shields that prevented transporters from working under battlefield conditions that the original Enterprise could not have easily defeated with phasers or photon torpedoes.


The Borg did put up a field to block transporters, though. They didn't at first, but after they beamed over looking for Picard and starting shooting shiat to knock them out of warp, they started putting up some kind of field to stop them from doing that. So yes, they technically could have beamed over an explosive once, but after that it wouldn't work.
 
2012-07-19 06:00:23 AM  
NX-01 was the best ship of that name. Looked most like
Less smooth and sleek and more human designed
 
2012-07-19 06:02:51 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: NX-01 was the best ship of that name.
Less smooth and sleek and more human designed feel to it

Oops posted before I edited myself

 
2012-07-19 06:03:24 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: I also doubt highly he drinks very much if ever..


He drinks. He posted a pic of him and Bill Nye having tequila sunsets the other day facebook.
 
2012-07-19 06:48:54 AM  

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Damn that Neil deGrasse Tyson for being smart and likeable! Let's bring back the good ole days of having fewer people who could get anyone excited about science!
 
2012-07-19 06:57:42 AM  
The ship is not stable against the rotational torque its nacelles produce. It would flip over and over.
 
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