Friday, May 08, 2009

Star Trek!

:: The New York Times published a very favorable review of the new Star Trek flick.
The editors must not realize both Spock and Kirk were first portrayed by Jews [/snark

:: Many eons ago, I saw a Purim shpiel which offered theoretical answers to Star Trek halacha questions. I recall:

  • Can Data be counted in a minyan (no)
  • Do you need two replicators, one for meat and one for dairy? (yes)
  • A starfleet ship can be as large as a small city. Does it require an eruv? (yes)
  • Do you sit shiva for someone who has been transported? (no, but only because it would impose a burden on the commuity) (Transporters convert a person or object into an energy pattern (a process called dematerialization), then "beam" it to a target, where it is reconverted into matter (rematerialization). Wikipedia)

    You're welcome to work out the underlying reasoning for yourselves.

    :: And finally, here's something to argue about tomorrow ben gavra l'gavra: Which fictional race is a more blatant and therefore more offensive, Jewish stereotype: The big-eared, greedy Goblin bankers in Harry Potter, or the big-eared, greedy Ferengi mercenaries in Star Trek?

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