I was going to post about an article at the economist concerning the development of the English language, but since this week saw the passing of a brilliant, shining star of a woman, I figured I would wait on that until next week, and instead do a post about Star Trek.
Majel Barrett, wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and sci-fi heroine in her own right, passed away December 18 at the age of 76. Aside from her roles as Nurse Chapel on the original series, and the forthright and outgoing Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, she also played the voice of the ship's computers, and produced two further series: Andromeda and Earth: Final Conflict, both excellent shows in their own rights. She will be sorely missed.
And so, as an excuse to talk about Star Trek on a medieval blog, here's the trailer for the wonderfully wrong Star Trek: Voyager episode "Heroes and Demons," in which the holographic Doctor, going by the ever-so-heroic name Schweitzer (Robert Picardo), enters a holodeck program gone bad, taking on the role of Beowulf to fight an alien entity that has taken the place of the monster Grendel in the holo-novel. Hilarity ensues.
Normal Version (funny in its own right)