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May 8 2013 8:00 AM

Spock vs. Spock

Spock vs. Spock
The Doctor would not approve.

Photo by AudiOfAmerica, from the video.

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If you haven’t seen it, take a look.

So. Many. Inside. Jokes. Leonard Nimoy singing to himself slayed me, but you have to understand why. Also, the lens flares as Zachary Quinto drives off in his car…masterful.

But I noticed something I haven’t seen anyone else mention. When Nimoy is at his house, on the phone with Quinto, we get a good shot of his bookshelf:

Nimoy's bookshelf
Hmmmm, I don't see my books there.

Photo by AudiOfAmerica, from the video.

When I saw that, I do what I always do when I see a bookshelf: I scan the titles. And what leapt out at me?

Flim-Flam, by James Randi
I hope it's autographed.

Photo by AudOfAmerica, from the video.

Ha! “Flim-Flam!”, by my old friend James Randi. I have a copy on my own shelf; it's Randi's best-known work, and a fantastic guide to pseudoscience, from seances and spoon-bending to fairy sightings and dowsing rods. Even better, I had to chuckle ruefully knowing Nimoy hosted “In Search Of”, a show I loved as a kid even though it took a not-very-skeptical look at a lot of pseudoscience.

I don’t know if that’s actually Nimoy’s book, let alone his bookshelf. I rather hope it is (and not just because I choose to believe that sculpture is actually the Fesarius). It makes me smile with delight thinking so.