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One thing I'll never do, should I ever explore space, I'll never give planets numbers for names; ie: Proteus 1, Velara 6. That just strikes me as lazy. Just naming the star and then giving the planets numbers. Lazy. :P


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Jun. 8th, 2003 04:00 pm (UTC)
Let's name it ten-syllable RANDOM CONSONANT STRING!

I can see corporations taking this over and being like OMG LET'S NAME IT PEPSI ICE!

It's a system, actually, the name of the star and then the distance outward, in orbit. (in number of planets.) BUT I'M SURE YOU KNEW THAT.

Yup. Being organized = Lazy. Course, one name doesn't necessarily mean it's the ONLY NAME. Which is where the POETICKS AMONGS YOUSE can get un-lazy to your heart's content.

For instance, I like to call Mary-Lynn "stupid motherfucker," but others like to call her Mary-Lynn!
Jun. 8th, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)
Um... I was referring to the Star Trek system, actually. How every planet is Somethingorother 6 or Suchandsuch 3, wherein the indigenous people of the planet don't seem to get to name it themselves.

But clearly you needed something upon which to rabidly pounce. So... um... carry on? o.O
Jun. 9th, 2003 03:28 pm (UTC)
Well the chart system of suchandsuch-number has been used for 30-someodd years as of this moment in time, yes. In fact, the planet you're standing on right now is named Sol 3 according to the charts that run off that system -- doesn't mean that the planet has been called that since back-in-the-day. I mean, we *did* name it Earth, now didn't we?

Besides, who says their names for our stars would be the same names? Star Trek is a hideously simplified universe, which is mostly attributable to the fact that it's set some four-hundred and change years in the future. I mean, if they've managed to work out some kind of system for Earth, then they've probably worked out some kind of system for the whole of the federation slash whateverchamacallit, since that would just, you know, make SENSE.

It's sort of like chemistry -- the periodic table is an international standard -- the names of the chemicals, however, do not necessarily match with those on the table. For instance, nitrogen is abbreviated N, but in French, nitrogen is called 'azote'. That's got to confuse SOMEBODY. Then there's Hg for mercury. It's what happens when you mish-mash them all together.

Yeah, it'd be nice if we got to hear indigenous names for every planet ever landed on by a starfleet vessel in an episode, but I think the writers are having enough trouble keeping up with the system AS IT IS. It seems like laziness, and I've wondered that too. But when you really come down to it, listening carefully, some of the peoples DO have a name for their planet which somehow doesn't end in a number.
Jun. 8th, 2003 10:35 pm (UTC)
Why do you speak?
Jun. 9th, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'd think the answer is obvious.
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