Saturday, September 30, 2006

there's nothing quite like paper

i've been watching battlestar galactica lately and i love it. it's so much better than star trek. besides the obvious benefit to having a long storyline (as opposed to one-off episodes which certainly get tiring), i really enjoy how the portrayal is not so super hitech to the point of stupidity.

for instance, they use paper. this might not seem like much, but think back to any star trek tv show or movie you have ever seen -- did you ever see paper anywhere? highly unlikely. it did crop up, very rarely, and probably with the clear hint that the people using the paper were archaic, or the paper was super old.

now think about how useful paper is -- you can scrunch it up, it can be folded, you can drop your coffee on it, you can shove it in your pocket, it's super-high resolution, marking it is really easy...

what did they use on star trek? those clunky looking pads. and did you ever see anyone tuck that pad away in their pocket? no, they didn't have pockets, and even if they did, where would it fit?

i assure you the future will have paper.

6 comments:

James said...

Oh man... Halldor and I are the biggest BSG fans. I just bought a t-shirt that says "So Say We All". I can't wait for the new season.

Poor Halldor can't see it because Iceland isn't good enough to get SciFi channel. I'm thinking of planning a BSG night every week at the new RAD Lab (when they get direct TV installed). HDTV projector + 7.1 surround sound + BSG == orgasmic fun.

omar said...

oh man you need to let me know if you do that -- i'd be there in a heartbeat.

so i'm up to season 2.5 on dvd, and i'm on the dvd with episodes like "scar" and "black market." these episodes are frakkin awful -- hopefully things don't tank, and they are just anomalies.

Anonymous said...

What if we run out of trees?

Halldor said...

OK let's make the ground rules clear. You can make fun of me as much as you want, but the minute you make fun of my country I'll have the Icelandic branch of Al Qaeda come after you.

other than that, please burn the new series and send me :-)

Anonymous said...

halldor man! use bittorrent!

seema said...

yes, i'm with anonymous. what about the trees, omar? i love paper too, but i guess we should only love it if it's reused or recycled paper....
i was thinking recently that i want ummni to teach me how to make paper....that is cool.

i didn;t know battlestar galactica was good....

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