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An asteroid? (5, Funny)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848627)

Hey may be getting a little soft in the middle, but come on... that's overstating things a bit.

Hey, libertarians! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849819)

Guess what, you insufferable nincompoops? Our government is itself the product of a market system. Cities like New York, London, and San Francisco are successful precisely *because* of their enormous governments--they compete for capital, talent, and prestige against cities with small, ineffectual governments that are unable to effectively lure and corral said capital, talent, and prestige. And as goes the city, so go city-states and nations: Somalia, being a libertarian paradise, is a rather unpleasant place to live for non-ideologues. Somalians, those who can, vote with their feet and leave.

Now go suckle Ayn Rand's rotten tits some more and leave the rest of us alone, you stupid fucking Paultards.

Re:An asteroid? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849827)

"Hey may be getting a little soft in the middle, but come on... that's overstating things a bit."

Well, considering it is Sulu...I'm guessing it is all about another part of the anatomy. ASS-teroid?

:D

Shatner is the asteroid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849829)

He's gotten so damn fat he has to catch his breath in the dramatic pauses he puts between words because of the effort he puts into delivering them.

You (wheeze) Klingon (wheeze) bastard! (huff huff) You (wheeze hack cough cough ack! [falls down])....

Re:An asteroid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20850247)

I had my assteroids removed a few years ago. Surgery works much better than Preparation H. The link in my name below mentiones the doctor, whose name isn't McCoy. But you knew that, right? Because I'm not dead, Jim!

-mcgrew [kuro5hin.org]

PS- I submitted this story yesterday. WTF happened to "ineedbettername, among several other readers, writes..." Come on, samzenpus, give some credit where it's due. I'm sure that ineedbettername and I'm not the only ones who submitted this.

Re:An asteroid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20850655)

That's all fine and dandy for George Takei, but what about me? I no longer have an asteroid named after me :(

    -- Mr 1994 GT9

that's... (-1, Flamebait)

cosmocain (1060326) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848629)

...really, really great news. deeply moved i hereby state that this news is total...

bullshit. c'mon. why is this on the frontpage? i do not mean to offend any takei-fans, but who actually cares that some minor lump of rock now is named after him?!

Re:that's... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849913)

If this wasn't here, it'd just be another slashvertisement or some stupid kdawson political stupidity. Some of us need a break from that shit now and then.

I guess the point is, shut the fuck up and move on if you're not interested in this story.

Loaded headline (3, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848637)

To keep things organized please post all gay jokes under this posting. Thank you for your cooperation.

Re:Loaded headline (5, Funny)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848649)

Why? Is the asteroid gay?

First Uranus joke ... (4, Funny)

weighn (578357) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848855)

Why? Is the asteroid gay?
Depends if Takei will crash into Uranus.

Re:First Uranus joke ... (4, Funny)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850759)

Professor: "I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all."
Fry: "Oh. What's it called now?"
Professor: "Urectum. Here, let me locate it for you."

Re:Loaded headline (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20848705)

why exactly is this news for nerds and stuff that matters, particularly the latter

Re:Loaded headline (3, Insightful)

skinfaxi (212627) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849879)

I have always admired George Takei and think it's great to name an asteroid after him. Gay jokes and calling him names is pretty foul. You would think I was new here to expect any better.

Re:Loaded headline (5, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850211)

I don't expect any better. But I will answer both the snickering adolescent homophobes and the people who have have a stick up their puckered asses over a mere "celebrity" being honored this way.

Yes, George Takei is queer. And although he felt he had to hide this fact for most of his adult life, he had the courage and integrity to come out of the closet, by choice, giving inspiration to those fans who are gay (of whatever age) to be a little more courageous in their own lives. Plus, he's done it with class and humor.

Yes, George Takei is an actor. But his dignified and non-stereotyped portrayal of a starship officer for whom being Japanese was only one of several interesting character traits, helped expose viewers to a broader picture of what Asian people were like, and to Asian kids in particular it gave another idea of what they might become. Plus his obvious contribution to Star Trek's promotion of space-related science.

So, yeah: There's no question he deserves the modest honor of having an object in space named after him. And he can handle the jokes.

Re:Loaded headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20850267)

What a great man! :rollseyes:

Re:Loaded headline (3, Insightful)

kisrael (134664) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850349)

Well said.

And he does put up with the jokes with humor and grace, even when Howard Stern was getting in on it. He does sound like a bit of a "queen", and I like him all the more for it, he's likely living the life that feels that much more natural for him, and probably having a ball doing it.

And the character of Sulu was always one of the coolest ones on that bridge. Kirk was always a bit too much bluster for young people to relate to quite as well, Chekov (inspired by the Monkees) was a bit too goofy. Sulu was all professionalism and skills.

Random Trek bit... one line that they say got through the sensors was when there was that mind-altering virus thing and everyone goes nuts, bare-chested swashbuckling Sulu addresses Uhura "Fair maiden..." and she replies "sorry, neither" -- very cute.

So, good for him.

Re:Loaded headline (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850687)

He's got more guts than Tom Cruise or Kevin Spacey. But, then again, he has a lot less to lose. It's not like he was playing romantic leads for millions of $ before he came out.

who didn't start their own religion .. (2, Funny)

rs232 (849320) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850539)

"To keep things organized please post all gay jokes under this posting. Thank you for your cooperation"

'He now joins the ranks of other famous sci-fi figures in space, such as 4659 Roddenberry, 68410 Nichols, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov '

At least they didn't try and start their own religion ..

I Have Decided To Reciprocate... (5, Funny)

patio11 (857072) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848659)

... and name a rock in my backyard after him. Now he has his name applied to two hithertofore anonymous rocks which he will never see.

Re:I Have Decided To Reciprocate... (1)

adatepej (1154117) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848889)

Are you questioning the value of naming celestial objects after celebrities?

Big Star Trek Fan...but.. (3, Funny)

teebob21 (947095) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848665)

I never knew Gene Roddenberry's first name was really 4659. "Gene" must be a stage name.

Plus, I'm not sure who this Nichols cat is, but Issac Asimov; I know. Now there's a sci-fi guy who's not afraid to use his real name!

What's next... (2, Funny)

Neitokun (882224) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848709)

Renaming a quasar CowboyNeil?

Re:What's next... (4, Funny)

SolitaryMan (538416) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848897)

I think CowboyNeal deserves to have a black hole named after him.

Re:What's next... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849469)

He'll have to wait a while then, because there's a pretty long list for black hole namings...

For instance, the next black hole discovery is slated to be HN8847 Goatse.cx

Oh god... did I actually stoop to a Goatse joke? Wow... Yeah, this is what the "Post Anonymously" button is for, I guess...

Re:What's next... (4, Funny)

caluml (551744) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849899)

I think CowboyNeal deserves to have a black hole named after him.
G0-AT-5E?

In Russia... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20848719)

....asteroids name YOU!

Re:In Russia... (1, Funny)

zrobotics (760688) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849631)

Geez....It's in Soviet Russia, r-tard.

C'mon, get your /. memes right. It's only been around for, what, 3 years?

On capitalistic Slashdot... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849949)

...meme forget YOU!

And thus begins the jealousy tantrum (4, Funny)

davmoo (63521) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848743)

I bet Shatner is pissed over this one.

Re:And thus begins the jealousy tantrum (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849121)

Well, at least it's better for him than having asteroid 34931 KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

Re:And thus begins the jealousy tantrum (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849741)

I bet Shatner is pissed over this one.
Screw that fat load. I'm glad Takei got the asteroid before Shatner. Gay or not, dude has a lot of class.

Plus, it makes my day when I hear him say "Balloon Knot".

Oh my.

Re:And thus begins the jealousy tantrum (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849963)

Ahh ha ha ha ha ha, Thank you very much.

George

Re:And thus begins the jealousy tantrum (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850753)

Yeah, and he's wiping his tears with the wads of cash he has made parleying ST into a career. Anyone remember TJ Hooker? Or whatever show he is on now? Priceline ads?

Is it fair that the rest of the cast has been ill treated (except Nimoy)? No. Is it reality? Yes. I can't see Shatner getting his panties in a wad over this.

Although naming one 1234-Khaaaaaan would be AWESOME! (thanks to the poster above who suggested it)

For once when I decided to read the article... (2, Informative)

lordsilence (682367) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848815)

I thought he had died!
Thinking his ashes might've been sent to space and then come down again.

Not reading those summaries are bad...

Re:For once when I decided to read the article... (1)

abes (82351) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849071)

He did .. didn't you see last episode of Heroes?

Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20848867)

hey stop with the 'if Tim Hardaway were a black hole' jokes already

Oh wait

Lucy in the sky with Takai, ... (2, Insightful)

itsybitsy (149808) | more than 6 years ago | (#20848911)

As long as we don't hear Shatner singing anymore.

Re:Lucy in the sky with Takai, ... (1)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849421)

then don't watch the last three minutes of Free Enterprise. It's a great film, but right at the end shatner sings. Never before have I hit the mute button so fast.

Re:Lucy in the sky with Takai, ... (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850057)

Then don't buy the album Golden Throats [rhino.com] - the track list reads like titles of new horror films.


* Proud Mary - Leonard Nimoy
* It Ain't Me Babe - Sebastian Cabot
* Blowin' In The Wind - Eddie Albert
* Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner
* A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Noel Harrison
* I Can See For Miles - Frankie Randall
* Try A Little Tenderness - Jack Webb
* Twist And Shout - Mae West
* House Of The Rising Sun - Andy Griffith
* Mr. Tambourine Man - William Shatner
* You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Jim Nabors
* White Room - Joel Grey
* Like A Rolling Stone - Sebastian Cabot
* If I Had A Hammer - Leonard Nimoy

Rumor has it that Nimoy actually thought he had a future as a folk singer, and was prepared to put out albums and tour. Frightening indeed.

Don't mix entertainment with history (4, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849187)

I honestly can't believe how people blur the edges of reality and sci-fi series. So now people deserve special honour because they played in Star Trek? I mean, the guy was probably a great actor, but what the heck.

Reminds me of the 20-th century museum in Futurama, where they have messed up the entire history and thought The Honeymooners were the first people to step on the moon ("Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon, Alice!"), and reimaging the astronauts as movie-style space cowboys complete with cowboy hats and attractive behavior.

It's just idiocracy happening slowly before our eyes.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (5, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849289)

Don't mix entertainment with history . . .

So . . . to hell with Bogart. Grant. Reagan. Arnold.

First of all, these are people in the science community honoring those that inspired or intrigued them in the pursuit of science. Or just acknowledging someone whose work they greatly appreciate. Second, it's not like this is a finite resource and naming a cosmic entity after anyone diminishes the chance for others to have them named after other people.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849319)

Yeah, but ST gets a bit of a free pass on this because (despite being somewhat cheesey) it genuinely inspired a whole generation of real astronomers / NASA personnel / general space enthusiasts. We all know why the first orbiter was named Enterprise [wikipedia.org], and it wasn't the bullshit official reason of being named after the CV-6 / CVN-65 carriers.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (3, Insightful)

Loke the Dog (1054294) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849425)

Well, what about all those ancient gods we have up there? They're just as distanced from reality as star trek.

And what names should we use in your opinion? I'd much prefer having objects named after celebrities than astronomers naming the rocks after their cat or whatever.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850343)

yeah, it would kinda defeat the purpose if half of the asteroids out there were named ### Spot or some such.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (1)

fireboy1919 (257783) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850431)

How about for actually accomplishing something?

Sort of like how we have nobel prizes, etc. we also have celestial body naming.

Also...hot women. I've always liked the idea of celestial bodies named after celestial bodies.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (1)

MoreDruid (584251) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850591)

I'd much prefer having objects named after celebrities than astronomers naming the rocks after their cat or whatever.
Yah... I don't think an asteroid called Pookie would be very terrifying, even if it was in a perfect collision course with Mommy Earth.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849779)

I honestly can't believe how people blur the edges of reality and sci-fi series.
You must be new here.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (1)

swein515 (195260) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849787)

Star Trek was an inspiration to generations of scientists. Naming an asteroid after one of its actors is an honor, a tribute, a thank you. And if it gives the field a bit more publicity, that's good too.

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849799)

So now people deserve special honour because they played in Star Trek?

Dude... is that a question?

When the president can have his own stupid wars to extend his TV time then it should be allowed to write the names, of the Star Trek celebrities we like, all over the universe.

Why complain about something that doesn't suck?

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history (2, Insightful)

PietjeJantje (917584) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849947)

My father was a water biologist. They, and their biology colleagues everywhere, find new species and organisms all the time. Especially the really small ones. In fact, there are so many of them, they are pretty much named after everybody, in "latineze". There are zillions of them. Two crustacean types have been named after me. He was -this- close to honoring the dog. Most remain unnamed though and just carry an id. I ask you, has this been a problem to you and did it mess up history as you suggest? Now, take the universe and pieces of rock you'll never see, or, even better, stars instead. We can safely honor every thug on earth (and their dogs) with their own stars, and still end up with relatively all of the stars not being named. In this number game, they wouldn't win even if they would make it their full time profession to give silly names to stars. In other words: it's not a problem as long as they don't rename Mars to Shatner.

people who deserve special honour .. (1)

rs232 (849320) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850445)

"So now people deserve special honour because they played in Star Trek"

A lot of people were inspired to take up science because of StarTrek. In fact StarTrek was one of the first TV series where you had an 'African American' (Nichelle Nichols) playing a character with some authority.

She was going to leave after the first season but a meeting [startrek.com] with Martin Luther King changed her mind. Admittedly she only worked the telephone exchange and had to sit at the back of the Bridge .. :)

Re:Don't mix entertainment with history

Re:people who deserve special honour .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20850789)

Not only that, but to have a Russian during the cold war and a Japanese guy so soon after the second world war - the show doubtless did a lot to influence the political opinions of people at the time, therefore it deserves its place in history.

Oh my! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849397)

Howard Stern rulez

firs7 post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20849687)

minutes no3 While 'doing something' to any BSD project, You have a play dabblers. In truth, you all is to let

A small request (2, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849727)

Please do not plot an intercept course with Earth. Or any Earth space equipment for that matter.

Political or military names (2, Insightful)

FlopEJoe (784551) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849839)

...it [IAU] warns would-be namers to avoid anything "in questionable taste" and any names honoring political or military figures sooner than 100 years after their deaths.

Well that odd. I have nothing against George and I'm fan of most of the recipients listed. But it seems out of perspective to honor actors hundreds of years earlier than people who accomplish such monumental, world changing achievements. "Here's a guy who died to take out a bunker so that others can free France. Oohh, No wait, here's an actor!"

Re:Political or military names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20850021)

Star Trek is more important than France. So is the dog shit I almost stepped in this morning.

Re:Political or military names (1)

Zontar_Thing_From_Ve (949321) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850223)

Well that odd. I have nothing against George and I'm fan of most of the recipients listed. But it seems out of perspective to honor actors hundreds of years earlier than people who accomplish such monumental, world changing achievements. "Here's a guy who died to take out a bunker so that others can free France. Oohh, No wait, here's an actor!"

What a strange post. What's the deal about "hundreds of years earlier"? Do you think it's necessary to wait until someone has been dead for hundreds of years before they are honored? For example, would it mean anything to you if you heard that an asteroid was named after Lionel Barrymore? Would you even know who he was? At least Takei is still alive to enjoy this honor.

By the way, I met George Takei over a year ago and he was an incredibly nice person. I think it's great that he got this honor.

Re:Political or military names (1)

faloi (738831) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850239)

The cynic in me says that they do that to let the acts get some historical hindsight going before they make complete a**es of themselves. Imagine, if you will, naming an asteroid after a certain influential German leader circa 1935... Wouldn't look so hot 10 years later.

Entertainers don't run the risk of having that baggage later, at least not generally. There are, undoubtedly, exceptions.

Wil Wheaton (3, Funny)

n3tcat (664243) | more than 6 years ago | (#20849863)

So when does Wil Wheaton get his own asteroid?

Re:Wil Wheaton (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#20850043)

Can't be long now that the homo barrier has been broken.

This is important? (1)

solafide (845228) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850333)

C'mon, it's not that hard to get an asteroid named after you. I've got an asteroid named after me: 23128 Dorminy. If I have one, why is this important?

George Bush now a Haemorrhoid (0, Flamebait)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 6 years ago | (#20850531)


In recognition of his outstanding contributions to being a pain in the arse, I've decided to name my most recent haemorrhoid in his honour. Now he can take his rightful place nestled in between "Rush Limb-owww!" and "Rosie O-ring'Donnel"

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