365 T-shirts - the reasoning

This blog should be sub-titled: a journal of my life in geek.

I get my geek on with things about which I am geeky: comic books, Baseball, Ultimate, science fiction, my favorite bands, books I have read and loved, and Jungian psychology to name some of the most frequently traversed subjects.

I began this project simply as a way to count my T-shirts. I own a lot of T-shirts. But how many do I have? Do I have 365? We shall find out.

When I started this blog, I thought about how each T-shirt means something to me. I bought it for a reason, after all. I set myself the task to post an entry about a new T-shirt every day as a way to simply write something every day, a warm up for writing fiction, which is my passion. Writing is like exercise. Warm ups are good for exercise. But after completing a month of blogging about T-shirts, I have learned that this blog serves as a journal; it documents my life in geek, sort of a tour of my interests in pop culture. The blog serves as a tool for self-inventory, for assessment and analysis of self and the origins of self, for stepping through the process of individuation in catalogues, lists, and ranks.

The blog also made me aware that I have some serious gaps in my T-shirt ownership, and I am in the process of collecting some new T-shirts for several of the great popular culture icons that I truly love. Stay tuned.

I was also a bit surprised that people checked out my blog and continue to check it, read it, and even comment on it. I am very appreciative of this readership. Please feel free to share your thoughts in my comments section. I will respond.

Also, please note that I have moved the original introductory text to the side bar. And now, I present to you the most recent entry of 365 T-shirts: a journal of my life in geek. Thank you for reading.
(Second Update - 1310.24. First Update - 1306.05 Originally Posted - 1304.25.)

Monday, April 1, 2013

T-shirt #11: Star Trek Science Officer

T-shirt #11: Star Trek: "What is logical?" No foolin'.

At some point, the T-shirt blog will be a bit repetitious. I have three of these Star Trek: TOS shirts as I confessed in T-Shirt #4. And you're going to see all three.

I count Star Trek: the Original Series as one of the most important pop culture influences on my life, and Mr. Spock and Leonard "Bones" McCoy among my favorite characters. Both Spock and Bones wore the blue shirts as science or medical officers.

Today's blog is not so elaborate. But it is a good time to celebrate a few choice quotes from this beloved series that I have probably watched more often and more repeatedly than any other television program.

"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." - Spock, "Amok Time," Star Trek: the Original Series.

"I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic circuit using stone knives and bearskins. " -Spock, "City on the Edge of Forever," Star Trek: the Original Series.

Contrary to popular belief, Dr. McCoy did not say "I'm a doctor not a ..." type quotes in every episode. He only had such lines in a dozen of the seventy-nine episodes.

My favorite is definitely the one from "Devil in the Dark," in which McCoy is "curing" the Horta by troweling silicon into its wound, about which he quips: "I'm a doctor not a bricklayer."


- chris tower
1304.01 - 9:01
Photo courtesy of Liesel MK Tower