Love and Consoles

Star Trekking for February 14, 2021

Welcome to Star Trekking, my weekly attempt to share points of interest and random intersections in the final frontier.

The ongoing thesis of this newsletter is that, whether you’re actively looking for it or not, Star Trek is everywhere.

Sometimes it’s spread out right in front of you.

Earlier this week, my friend Neil S. Bulk sent me this video.

Sly doesn’t specifically mention Star Trek but he says that the console in front of him looks like it’s from a starship.

And then, a day later, I was minding my own business, reading an article about Mars probes in the New York Times, and came across this sentence:

Cheers erupted in the control room, where the mission’s managers sat at sleek computer consoles that would be at home on the bridge of a starship from “Star Trek.”

Sleek computer consoles! Ah, the Star Trek aesthetic come to life!

This week’s other news items included this Star Trek console news - someone created both Trek and Doctor Who sets in his basement.

I wish I had a basement.

The downside of Star Trek consoles.

Which leads to this.

I remember seeing these toys on the shelves and dismissing them because they didn’t look enough like the actual props. Though that console is pretty sweet. And, really, I now wish I had all of them.

More evidence that they were better than I remember.


Or, more accurately, I guess I want to HAVE HAD THEM when I was a kid. Sigh.

The D is not my favorite Enterprise, but I love a love note.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s more Trek love, beginning with some pickup lines.

And now, some cards from me to you.

I know my heart is just a bit warmer now. Or maybe it’s angina. Who can say.


  1. You know you want to watch Celebrity Bowling with William Shatner (it’s episode 15).

  2. A podcast titled Live Long and Prosper. It’s about reasons to be cheerful, not Star Trek.

  3. Warm yourself with a Star Trek scarf.

  4. Tonight on the Hallmark Channel you can see Marina Sirtis in the premiere of a movie called Valentine’s Again.

  5. Create your own console? Make it so.

That’s all for this week. Thank you for reading.

Have you come across some random Trek this week? Let me know!

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Star Trekking is written and edited by Neil Shurley, except where noted.
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