Technobabble

Technobabble

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Douglas Moran By dougom Completed

During the filming of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", there would frequently come times when the story called for the characters (and in the early days, it was often that bane of Trekkies everywhere, Wesley Crusher, the Platonic Ideal of Dork) to fix some far-future technical problem.  Which means said characters had to employ far-future tech.  Which by definition hasn't been invented yet.  What happened over the course of the series was that they engaged a couple of people to be in charge of continuity and technology, and the script writers would insert into the scripts, "[technobabble here]", leaving the staff TechGeek to insert the proper futuristic-sounding tech gibberish.  You know:  Stuff that sounds realistically scientific, but is really just verbal handwaving.  "Tachyon fields"; "Inertial dampers"; and so on.  Welcome to my non-fictional, non-Star Trek, highly-idiosyncratic take on tech, tech-related topics, and sometimes random stuff that's just obliquely related to tech that was triggered by me reading or hearing or seeing something that happened to drift through the wide-open transom of my brain and get stuck there.  Some of the items you will see here are funny, some I hope are thought-provoking, some could probably be filed under the hashtag of #DougRant, filtered through what my life-partner calls my "weird perspective".  If you enjoy reading them, then they will have served their purpose.  So read on and, hopefully, enjoy!

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entrepaman entrepaman Jun 11, 2016
a mode of behaviour or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
ArtyFriar ArtyFriar Jan 26, 2016
I think you were on the way to a major breakthrough in deflattening technology. Either that or the shower system of the future. Clearly, you should apply for a research grant, for science!
MiltonMarmalade MiltonMarmalade Sep 20, 2014
Another useful fact added to the global storehouse of human knowledge. Thank you.
                              Soda machines died in this country because although you can buy them it is very hard to get the replacement canisters. But we can get Orangina and San Pellegrino in cans so that's all right.
theattentivesoul theattentivesoul Jun 16, 2014
I like this already...sounds like something I'd try! Well done. Vtd
dougom dougom Apr 22, 2014
Probably anyone with more functioning brain cells than myself. :)