Date: Sat, 12 Aug 1995 12:12:43 -0500
From: Alan Williams vanyel[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RHF.BRADLEY.EDU
Subject: Re: speed (fwd)
(Another forwarded message from my friend and coworker.)
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 1995 17:23:28 -0700
From: Sylvia Swift madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU
To: Multiple recipients of list ADS-L ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: speed
i can't point to a print source for this, but i did see tv report
(_dateline_ segment? _c/net_?) in which it was stated that ibm purposely
chose the "warp" part of its new product name "os/2 warp" (sorry,
technoheads, if i got the punctuation wrong) as a nod to _star trek_ fans
and a signal that this product will be fun to use (if i am not mistaken,
this is what they were advertising with that series of subtitled
commercials, including "we shipped shore slop" and the polish(?) nuns
with beepers). the implication was (ok, so maybe it was the inference i
drew) that roddenberry or someone connected with the original series had
coined the term; an implication whose validity i remember doubting. but
_star trek_ undoubtedly popularized the term, and ibm's new whateveritis
may make it even more so. and after all, how impressive is lightening speed
in today's world? do they still say superman is faster than a speeding
bullet and more powerful than a locomotive?
"Lightning speed" is, from what I can tell, still considered pretty
impressive. It's still faster than human. And yes, they *do* still
occasionally use the "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful
than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"
references to Superman, even in the comic books. It's usually when
the writer's trying to emphasize something dramatic about Superman or
the story itself, and the nostalgic appeal can't be beat.
____ Alan Williams \ `Chivalry is dead,' Rowena thought mor-
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\/ awilliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]heartland.bradley.edu\ idiocy.' --Mercedes Lackey & Elisabeth
\ Waters, "A Dragon in Distress"