Picard, Data, and the 30th Anniversary of TNG

Captain’s log: Stardate 201707.24. Although the focus in my Ethics of Star Trek class has been TOS except for the very first semester, when we also watched TNG (I stopped using TNG as students were confused by the technobabble and they missed Spock), I do love TNG as well. I am presently watching episodes from season 2 from TNG, and they are pretty good, and a definite improvement over those from season 1. Now that the 30th anniversary of TNG is coming in a few months, I intend to celebrate, although I will definitely not buy the season 1 DVD. Instead I am going to get this Picard/Data Christmas ornament tomorrow and also a TNG 30 lapel pin. Take a look at the photo attached. All I can say is that I think the figures of Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner are remarkably life-like. Just imagine Picard saying “Engage!”

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Starship Recommissioned

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201707.19. With the purchase of an inexpensive acrylic stand from a vendor on eBay, the repaired starship Enterprise has been recommissioned and is on display in my office, as per the photo below. I was prepared to buy a whole new model just to get a replacement display stand, which would have been expensive, but luckily that was not necessary. By the way, note the title of the book next to the Enterprise. It seemed appropriate. Live long and prosper.

Enterprise Acrylic Stand


Starship Disabled

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201707.3. I am saddened to report that one of my favourite models of the starship Enterprise was damaged, and part of its display stand lost, by the cleaning staff when they came to my office today. I bought some superglue to repair the model, and tried to think of what to do about the missing stand. I tried to hang the model from the ceiling, but it didn’t look right, so I went on eBay and found a vendor who sells custom-made acrylic display stands for this model. They’re not cheap, but I can get one after payday. Rather than blame the cleaning staff, which I know would get me nowhere, I tried to come up with a compromise and we’ll see if it works. In the meantime, I have another model of the Enterprise at home, and although it is not as detailed as the one that was in my office, it will substitute until I get a new stand. After reading so much about stoicism in my Ethics of Star Trek class, I try to practice it as much as possible. 


End of the Semester

Captain’s Log: 201705.30. Well, the semester is now over and most of my students did quite well. I am presently dealing with a disrespectful troublemaker who thinks he is smarter than he really is (about the ethics of Star Trek), but there are students like that in many classes here. In other news, as some of you know, I have several authentic autographed photos of William Shatner in my collection, and I don’t really need any more, but this one with the phaser rifle just electrified me. As always, it’s been authenticated by a reputable handwriting expert. I just ordered it from a vendor on eBay. Live long and prosper.


Spock Tie

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201706.7. Last week we watched and analyzed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Nietzsche would likely consider Khan a slave and a failure as an Overman because his desire for revenge overwhelmed him, whilst Spock’s self-sacrifice to save his crew made him a strong candidate for an Overman. Speaking of Spock, check me out in this 1998-vintage Spock collage tie that arrived today. I think I look rather cool and logical in it. Live long and prosper.

Roger Spock Tie 7 June 2017

The Wrath of Khan

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201706.2. Well, today we watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and learned that Khan’s desire for revenge prevented him from achieving the status of Nietzsche’s Overman. In other news, since Tuesday is a holiday (Memorial Day) and I don’t teach on Mondays and Wednesdays, I’ve got a nice five day weekend to kick back and relax, although I do need to get moving soon on the new syllabus for my Rhetoric and Composition class. Attached is a photo of the Japanese programme for The Wrath of Khan. Live long and prosper.

Star Trek II Programme

Election Day is Tomorrow

Captain’s Log: Stardate 201705.8. Tomorrow is election day in Korea, and as Kyung Hee University’s first foreign civics professor, and Korea’s first Star Trek professor, I think Spock would say it is logical for Koreans to vote tomorrow if they wish to have their say in how the country is run. Attached is a public domain photo of Spock for your enjoyment. Live long and prosper.