Warp Factor 29!

Do I have a great job or what?

Okay, you all (both of you reading this) know by now that George Takei is finally getting married to his longtime partner Brad Altman.  I can’t believe he waited this long!  Oh wait, it was the government that kept him waiting.  Kinda like it kept him waiting in the concentration (sorry, “internment”) camps back when he was an extremely dangerous foreign (by which I mean “natural-born American”) enemy (by which I mean “child”) back during WWII.

But I digress.  So yeah, I heard on NPR that he was getting married, and it made me very happy.  I’m not a huge Trek fan, but I have probably watched nearly all of The Original Series, and the movies through #4, when they jumped the shark.  (Technically a whale, but close enough.)  And somehow it just seemed like a great improvement in the world that Takei-san could marry his love.

But wait, the story isn’t over.  He is coming to my workplace next Tuesday to give a talk, and being a space-oriented sort of workplace of course he wants a tour.  And guess who gets to give him the tour of building 29?

Do I have a great job or what?

10 Responses to “Warp Factor 29!”

  1. 1 Peter Boyce

    Giving Sulu a tour. How great is that?!!!

  2. 2 uncle allen

    I thought it was “internet” camps. No wonder they all complained.

  3. 3 Maggie

    So was the tour cool? How did it go? I’m not sure I ever heard?!

  4. 4 Kevin

    Yeah, it was pretty darn cool. I gave him a big “congratulations!” when I shook his hand, and he looked really happy. Mike Adams gave him a nice talk about the history of the servicing missions and the new instruments, and then handed it over to me to discuss the ACS and STIS repairs. It was almost like it was coordinated in advance, but it was totally improv! Yay us! George said he’d and Brad would be high in the Andes on October 8, and would be thinking of us.

    So yeah, that was good!

  5. 5 Craig

    All this hand-waving brings to mind the Chewbacca defense…

    Ladies and gentlemen, consider Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense!

  6. 6 Kevin

    1. If the gloves don’t fit, you must acquit.
    2. ???
    3. PROFIT!!

    Like that? Or am I confused? Again.

  7. 7 Craig

    More like: “Intelligent Designer is to Science, as Chewbacca is to Law.” If you’re an engineer who gets why the Chewbacca Defense is silly, then you should get the other thing too. Or am I confused? Again?

  8. 8 Kevin

    I think the original quote was “William Dembski is to science, as Chewbacca is to law”, wasn’t it?

    Though I could be confused. (It’s been a very long day. Maybe I’ll post about it when my brain is working again.)

  9. 9 Craig

    Whoops, I guess I poached on someone else’s quote.

  10. 10 Kevin

    Nothing wrong with convergent evolution. Some things are just obvious.

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