Today is the 47th anniversary of that most iconic of television shows: Star Trek.
I love Star Trek. I am not the kind of person to make costumes and hang out at conventions (although I would love to have my own tribble) but I just love the show, in almost every version (DS9 - meh). I love the optimism, the humor, the technology, the thrill of the unknown, it's just so freakin' cool. Stephen Fry has said that "most of human history and art can be expressed through Star Trek plots." (link here) and I quite agree.
Even better, there's going to be a new movie in 2013! and Benedict Cumerbatch is playing the bad guy! The Star Trek movies are notoriously uneven, but even at their worst they are not as ponderous as Lucas's re-working of Star Wars. (way to kill a good franchise, George)
Google seems to share my sentiments, making their doodle for today an homage to Star Trek.
Fun Fact: Brent Spiner (Data) is from Houston, Texas.
Live long and prosper y'all!