RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 135,795
Posts: 5,217,915
Members: 24,224
Currently online: 713
Newest member: indianhairstore

TrekToday headlines

Q Meets NuTrek Crew
By: T'Bonz on Apr 18

Pine In Talks For Drama
By: T'Bonz on Apr 18

New X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer
By: T'Bonz on Apr 17

Nimoy to Receive Award
By: T'Bonz on Apr 17

Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone Comic
By: T'Bonz on Apr 16

These Are The Voyages TOS Season Two Book Review
By: T'Bonz on Apr 16

Kirk’s Well Wishes To Kirk
By: T'Bonz on Apr 15

Quinto In New Starz Series
By: T'Bonz on Apr 15

Star Trek: Horizon Film
By: T'Bonz on Apr 14

Star Trek: Fleet Captains Game Expansion
By: T'Bonz on Apr 14


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Welcome to the Trek BBS! > General Trek Discussion

General Trek Discussion Trek TV and cinema subjects not related to any specific series or movie.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old July 2 2013, 07:50 PM   #1
Morpheus 02
Commodore
 
Location: Chicago IL
Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

I am doing a presentation next month, and wanted to use Trek technobabble as an example for the point I'm making.

The idea is to create a sentence that to non-scientists, sounds fairly scientific. But to scientists, it's utter bull-oney.

So maybe some reversing of a polarity, and a singularity mention, perhaps.

Also, some deconstruction of that sentence would be nice too (i.e. why reversing the polarity is "wrong").

Thanks!
__________________
Morpheus 02
a.k.a.
JP Paulus jp [at] paulus . com
Morpheus 02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 2 2013, 08:41 PM   #2
Metryq
Captain
 
Metryq's Avatar
 
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

Turbo Incabulator the Original
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac7G7xOG2Ag

Be sure to read the story posted under the video.
__________________
"No, I better not look. I just might be in there."
—Foghorn Leghorn, Little Boy Boo
Metryq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3 2013, 02:00 PM   #3
Locutus of Bored
No Solicitors!
 
Locutus of Bored's Avatar
 
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

__________________
My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Locutus of Bored is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 3 2013, 07:27 PM   #4
Jonas Grumby
Vice Admiral
 
Jonas Grumby's Avatar
 
Location: Somewhere in the South Pacific
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

Morpheus 02 wrote: View Post
The idea is to create a sentence that to non-scientists, sounds fairly scientific. But to scientists, it's utter bull-oney.
Does it have to be based on a sentence? There are plenty of things seen in Trek that would make most scientists scoff.

Totally lifeless planets with oxygen atmospheres. Ancient, derelict spacecraft adrift in space for centuries, but with still perfectly functioning gravity, lighting, air and heat. Human-looking "aliens" everywhere.

Hell, just show 'em a shot of a spaceship traveling faster than light!
__________________
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer
Jonas Grumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 4 2013, 07:20 AM   #5
Herkimer Jitty
Rear Admiral
 
Herkimer Jitty's Avatar
 
Location: Dayglow, New California Republic
Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Herkimer Jitty
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

"The syncopating asynchronous neutron-flow buffer has reversed in polarity, resulting in a singularity resonance cascade."
__________________
"I've eaten breakfast cereals tougher than you! For reference, they were the ones with little marshmellows in them."
Herkimer Jitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 4 2013, 11:48 AM   #6
Metryq
Captain
 
Metryq's Avatar
 
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

There's an app for that.
__________________
"No, I better not look. I just might be in there."
—Foghorn Leghorn, Little Boy Boo
Metryq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 4 2013, 04:09 PM   #7
dub
Captain
 
dub's Avatar
 
Location: Location? What is this?
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

Just show a clip from Voyager.
dub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 4 2013, 09:32 PM   #8
137th Gebirg
Rear Admiral
 
137th Gebirg's Avatar
 
Location: Who is John Galt?
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

dub wrote: View Post
Just show a clip from Voyager.
QFT!
__________________
Gebirgswick - Ind, Tra, Sec & Env.
137th Gebirg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 7 2013, 04:55 PM   #9
King Daniel Into Darkness
Admiral
 
King Daniel Into Darkness's Avatar
 
Location: England again
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

__________________
Star Trek Imponderables, fun mashups of Trek's biggest continuity errors! Ep1, Ep2 and Ep3
King Daniel Into Darkness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 9 2013, 06:56 AM   #10
WillsBabe
Vice Admiral
 
WillsBabe's Avatar
 
Re: Need help constructing a technobabble sentence

This reminds me of an interview with Levar Burton who said that the TNG scripts often had "insert technobabble" as a place marker while the script writers dreamed it up.
__________________



WillsBabe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
language, technobabble

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 01:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.