August 15, 2003

The Obvious Solution

In listening to the news concerning the power outage, and the need to slowly put the power stations back online it occurred to me that there is a better solution!

In the classic Star Trek episode, The Naked Time, the Enterprise’s engines were shut down, which was a problem because the ship’s orbit was decaying (seems like it was often doing that) and Scotty needed thirty minutes to do a controlled restart (much like what is happening in the northeast right now-except those nasty twentieth century tech power plants need hours). But, as Kirk pointed out to him “we don’t have thirty minutes!!” to which Scotty, in a reply for the ages noted, “I canna change the laws of physics!” Of course, Mr. Spock was able to remember a theory that would allow an instantaneous restart of the engines, thus saving their hides to roam the galaxy for at least another week. Indeed, Scotty and Spock were able to do so, and the nifty side-effect of the cold restart was that the ship went back in time three days (don’t ask me, I just report-you can decide).

So, I figure they should just slam the switches on and, if they're lucky, travel back in time at least one day, which would allow them to avoid the problem in the first place.

So, there you go.

Poliblog: the place for answers.

Posted by Steven Taylor at August 15, 2003 08:24 AM | TrackBack

As a commentator to OTB noted, we should go back in time and elect Al Gore. He would have headed this off at the pass.

Posted by: James Joyner at August 15, 2003 08:32 AM

Indeed. If Gore had been elected, Anerica would have fusion power by now.

Posted by: Matthew at August 15, 2003 09:06 AM


In fact, when he was in Congress, he took the initiative in creating nuclear power.

Posted by: Steven at August 15, 2003 11:12 AM

I'll talk to Scotty. He actually shops at a Safeway near me (seriously). I've seen him there and he looks extremely pathetic shopping by himself (seriously). Asking him for advice may cheer him up.

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