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Ever notice how they never have any money on the USS Enterprise?

Dig Editor Chris Faraone reports on a call he got yesterday from some TV producer all hot to get his reporters on a new TV show with William Shatner called "New Frontiers in Agriculture." Now, you might think the Dig wouldn't have much insight on new frontiers in agriculture, and you'd be right: The producer finally allowed as how Shatner would come and interview the reporters for the show after Faraone paid a $28,000 fee for the privilege. You can guess his answer.

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Gold-pressed latinum?

Well now hang on there. They had Replicator Credits, which I always assumed was like a Dave and Busters Power Card or Disney Dollars, but, you know, like, in space.

is worth $28,000. Just sayin.

No blah, blah, blah!

*That* has long been one of my favorite Shatnerisms. (Did the script call for him to actually say "No, blah, blah, blah!", or did he wing it?)
"I'm losing command! I'm losing control of the Enterprise! The ship keeps sailing on and on...I'm alone!"
"Lungs, filling with air again! To see again! Heart, pumping! Arteries, surging with blood!"

I could go on, but my wife is already looking at me with scorn.

"No "blah, blah, blah"!" was Kirk's response to the kids' "blah blah blah" non-response.
I sympathize with him - I feel the same way every time Belichek trots out the "it is what it is" f.u. response to questions.

...of "No 'blah, blah, blah!'" Like I said, I just wondered if Shatner came up with that himself or if the scriptwriter(s) did. Either way, it's a classic Shatnerism.
The episode also is notable for the appearance of two young(ish) actors who had significant roles in two landmark '60s films: Kim Darby ("True Grit") and Michael J. Pollard ("Bonny and Clyde").

What's the (expletive) rate of return on that? What's the return on talking for 15 seconds on a channel that probably gets fewer viewers than even the lightly-watched CNBC?

The cable networks must be getting desperate. I cut my cord. I don't have a budget for pay television, especially not if a William Shatner vanity project is part of the package. Much like with the colleges, I'll just sit here and wait for the old boomer media model to die.

For a nominal fee, you too can be the exclusive advisor/advertiser approaching (fill in the blank) large affinity group (fortune 500 companies, country clubs, hospitals, non-profits, universities - the list goes on).

All crap - I laugh at them and hang up. One of the joys of being a small business owner. Bad enough on your office phone - but sometimes they get your direct cell phone and really bother you.

Usually not to the tune of 28 large though.

Every contact they have with an alien society, notes great deference to the planets inherent religion and traditions. No one in Starfleet has any religious affiliation of beliefs apparently.

Certainly more noticeable than restrooms on the Enterprise. Some examples.

And, of course, the whole Vulcan greeting thing came from the Vilna Shul on Beacon Hill, thus proving Vulcans were one of the Lost Tribes (OK, OK, a bit of a stretch, but, yes, Nimoy got the idea from carvings there).

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It's been known to happen.....