Couldn't sleep, so I decided to watch some old TNG, helps me unwind. I picked 'a matter of time', and was a few minutes into watching it, and came across the scene where Picard asks Rasmussen why he picked him. And then it struck me that this is actually a good question, even if one knows his true motivation. First of all, it seems he did pick the Enterprise. Given the vastness of space, a random encounter with a ship seems quite unlikely, and moreover, it seems he knew what he could expect to some degree. Even though he was a very smooth talker and no doubt accomplished in 'cold reading'. So, I'm going to have to suppose that he did read up beforehand (or something), and then picked the enterprise as target. But why ? I can understand that he would travel to an era more advanced than his own but not too much more advanced, as he would still need to be able to reverse-engineer all the stuff he stole (and btw, why not just download manuals while he's at it). Even a time difference of 'only' 200 years would seem quite a stretch in that respect. But even so, why would he go to a starship, where control would be very tight ? I mean, suppose I'm from the 60's, time traveling to here, and I'd like to get my hands, on ordinary items like, say, a smartphone, or an iPod. Surely a navy ship (with an elite crew serving on it) wouldn't be the smartest place to try to steal that stuff ? He could have gone to any 24th century backwater with low- to no security and steal some 'worthless trinkets' that no-one really would have missed. Right ? Moreover, he wouldn't have needed the whole 'future historian' con act in a lower-profile place. So why DID he pick Enterprise ?