Saturday, July 19, 2014

STAR WARS vs. STAR TREK: In the film noir thriller The Third Man, black marketeer Orson Welles meets his friend, the Westerns writer Holly Martins, on a Ferris wheel in war-torn Vienna. At the end of their meeting, he gives one of the great speeches in cinema, comparing Italy under the violent and murderous Borgias with giving the world Michelangelo, the Renaissance, and Da Vinci. In Switzerland, by contrast, they had 500 years of uninterrupted peace -- and invented the cuckoo clock.

So let's see what Star Trek may have given us:
1) Transparent aluminum -- We have, instead, ALON...a powdered ceramic material that becomes transparent and crystalline with heat and pressure. The U.S. Army is using it for armor.
2) The communicator -- Cell phone, anyone?
3) The hypospray -- Injectable medicines have been around since the 1980s.
4) The tricorder -- Various versions of this exist in the U.S. and U.K., using soundwaves or magnetic waves to diagnose illnesses in the body.

So let's see what Star Wars may have given us:

Princesses, muppets, and fake lightsabers.

Looks like Star Wars is not science fiction at all, but fantasy films. Robert Pattinson, you're due on the Disney set to receive your cuckoo clock.

(Since there is no image of transparent aluminum -- duh -- I can only show you Scotty talking to a Macintosh computer.)

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