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Spock vs. Spock

Spock vs. Spock
The Doctor would not approve.

Photo by AudiOfAmerica, from the video.


Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  



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.


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