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William Shatner Takes On Social Networking

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  • by pandrijeczko (588093) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:54PM (#31446688)

    I have a lot of time & respect for Mr. Shatner these days - after spending decades as a bit of prima donna, in these twilight years of his he does appear to have developed something of a sense of humour & the ability to not take himself too seriously.

    And whilst I don't deny his impact on sci-fi TV & movies, he has put his name to a total of three trilogies (yes, nine books!) detailing the second coming of Captain Kirk following his resurrection by the Borg after "joining the choir invisibule" in Star Trek Generations. For those of you who haven't read any of them, rumour has it they were ghost written by Judith & Garfield Reeve Stevens (who have written a host of other Trek books) but within those volumes, The Risen Kirk goes back to meet and ultimately defeat himself as the Emperor of the Mirror Universe, single-handedly defeats the remainder of the Borg race Picard didn't defeat in Star Trek First Contact, and has many other adventures alongside Picard, Janeway, and just about every other character & spaceship from TNG, DS9 & Voyager... and I haven't even read the last trilogy yet!

    Don't get me wrong, they're occasional "The Adventure Book For Boys" fun pulpy reads in a similar fashion to those "Commando" war comics where every German stormtrooper dies at the dangerous end of a British Tommy's machine gun next to a "Yiearrggh!" speech bubble, but they're hardly classic science fiction...

    I'm sure Bill's heart's in the right place & there's a fun element to what he's trying to do here - but I wouldn't ask a teenage McDonalds employee to give me his opinion on cordon bleu cookery, so I'm certainly not going to take Bill's views on sci-fi too seriously either...

  • by Yvan256 (722131) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @09:19PM (#31447520) Homepage Journal
    Would be funny to pack all the ACs together, give them a single, unlimited, non-working karma variable. Just to see how it would go.
  • Re:It is logical (Score:3, Interesting)

    by deniable (76198) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @10:15PM (#31447902)
    Not if you're flexible about it.
  • give it time (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ChipMonk (711367) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @10:26PM (#31448012) Journal
    There were 3 that I'd talk to on graduation day. And now, I've lost touch with two of them.

    Far be it from me to equate my experience to yours, but bear with me. Twenty years ago, I was ecstatic to get out, get away, and shrug off the ties that held me down. All four in our group felt like that, and all four of us went out and made our marks on our corners of the world (mixed results, but mostly good). We each did things that the other three didn't; mine was waving a red cloth in front of a bull. Google "shakabuku" for an idea of what that's like.

    At our twentieth reunion, between 1/3 and 1/2 of our class was there--sadly, only one other from our group of four--and there wasn't a single frown in the bunch. Everyone had grown up, and everyone was happy to see one another. I even have a picture of myself with the two women who were the biggest elitist snobs of the class. Back then, I was the last person they would have posed with.

    I don't know how old you are, or how fresh the pains of high school are, so the only real bit I can pass to you is in the subject line. I certainly won't extol the virtues of FB; I'm too security-conscious for that. But I can promise you, after you give yourself time, you'll breathe easier at the prospect of dealing with your classmates once again. I'm living proof of it.

    And never mind the above comment about carrying HS grudges past 20. That's far too soon; 30 is more reasonable. I would have modded it down, but my mod points are fresh, so I'll comment instead.
  • by fm6 (162816) on Friday March 12, 2010 @02:31AM (#31449002) Homepage Journal

    How can you make fun of a man whose career is notable for its gravitas [youtube.com] and dignity [youtube.com]?

  • by Lemming Mark (849014) on Friday March 12, 2010 @03:23AM (#31449184) Homepage

    I don't generally friend people on Facebook who I don't know. People who I knew a long time ago and had unpleasant experiences with are slightly below them in my priority order - the known data suggests I don't want to friend them! So it seems fair enough to me. Also, "doing life wrong" isn't very fair in this context. Bearing a grudge to the extent that you seek out people and try to revenge yourself on them, that would not be the best choice. Having bad memories of people from a formative part of your life - par for the course, I'd say. Part of being human, although the ability to forgive / forget / let go can also be important.

  • by Ironhandx (1762146) on Friday March 12, 2010 @10:00AM (#31451006)

    Hah! Indeed.

    I hold no grudges and may even make small conversation should I run into anyone on the street that I knew from high school.

    This does not necessarily mean I wish to have them know details about my current life or continue communicating with them in any way.

    In many ways you could have called me the "cool" nerd. I knew how to do things that were useful and interesting, and I was fun to hang out with for the most part because I could carry a conversation about most anything. I was a social pariah by choice.

    I just wasn't interested in what most of these people had to say and didn't feel it necessary to subject either myself to their babble or them to my false niceties on a regular basis.

    Nothing against those people, and I'm not saying I'm better than them, but our interests were in vastly opposite directions. Most people would talk about sports etc... I have yet to sit through an entire game of anything in my entire life, except for a couple of times I went to a game live.

    Me and my friends that I actually kept in touch with on the other hand, we built a life-size scorpion out of solid steel, using a 5/8 leaf spring for the bow and a 20 ton winch to draw it.

    See? Most would look at me like a madman, or at the very least, slightly looney for doing something like that. We on the other hand just liked making things, we all liked the roman era, and wanted to see if we could embed a rebar bolt into a cliff face with it.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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