Twitter Trek Part 1: ... 'Cause I'm a Rocket Man

The entire universe in blog form
Jan. 12 2014 8:00 AM

Twitter Trek Part 1: ... 'Cause I'm a Rocket Man

William Shatner sings/speaks Rocket Man
She packed my bow tie last night, pre-flight ...

Photo from the video (see end of post) via FuzzyMemories.tv

Twitter is a funny place; it sometimes allows you to communicate with people you might otherwise never contact in a million years.

Over the weekend, I saw a conversation between some friends of mine: sci-fi author John Scalzi, NASA Mars Curiosity engineer Bobak Ferdowsi, and some guy with a blog named Wil Wheaton. I decided to butt in because, truthfully, my joke was awesome. What happened next still has me grinning ear to ear. I used Storify to collect all the tweets into one coherent stream (you might have to click the "Read next page" button at the bottom to see the whole thing):

Advertisement

Yeah, baby. Now mind you, true to Star Trek form, there's a sequel to this. Stay tuned for Part 2: The Math of Khan.

… and for those who don't get what happened, the video here may help. And I swear as Q as my witness, I remember seeing this on TV when it happened.

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

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.

Why all cracker names sound alike.

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Afghan Town With a Legitimately Good Tourism Pitch

A Futurama Writer on How the Vietnam War Shaped the Series

  News & Politics
Photography
Sept. 21 2014 11:34 PM People’s Climate March in Photos Hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets of NYC in the largest climate rally in history.
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
  Life
Quora
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
  Arts
Television
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 21 2014 11:38 PM “Welcome to the War of Tomorrow” How Futurama’s writers depicted asymmetrical warfare.
  Health & Science
The Good Word
Sept. 21 2014 11:44 PM Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat? Why it just seems so right to call a cracker “Cheez-It.”
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.