What the funk? That ain't no moon!
Captains log, Stardate 4513.3. After rescuing a pair of androids, the Enterprise has been underway at warp 7 for four days. We are now entering the orbit of a planet that has never been charted.*
"Captain, sensors are picking up several million advanced life forms on the surface. I suggest sending down an away team."
"Sir, we're being hailed on all frequencies."
"Uhura, can you.....get a better.....signal?"
"I'm sorry captain. They've stopped transmitting."
"Spock! Can you.....tell me what....is..."
"CAPTAIN! It appears the planet's moon is altering it's orbit!"
At least, in my head, that's how it would happen. Not that a death star would pose any sort of significant threat to a federation star ship. "Oh look, they're shooting lasers. Isn't that cute."
But I don't really want to get into an argument about who would win in a Star Trek vs. Star Wars conflict. Because it would be no contest, and anyone who says differently will have a spread of photon torpedo's transported into their living room. End of argument.
The last two posts get awful researchy, so I'm doing a fluff post today. A shiny fluff post, that is. Although it's more of a ball instead of a post. And it's not really fluffy. So I guess it's really a shiny ball post.
Today is a post about the iconic disco ball. There really isn't much to say about the disco ball, though. I mean, what is it? It's a ball. That's shiny. Ooooohhhhhh.....
However, when one hears any type of disco music, what comes to mind? People with really bad hair, horrible clothes, and god awful dance moves. Plus, the effects of colored lights bouncing off the disco ball. In fact, if you go to a dance club today, chances are you will still see disco balls there. Heck, I was at a punk show last November. I saw Flag. (the original Black Flag, but due to legal reasons can only call themselves Flag. T.S.O.L. opened for them...) It was at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. And there was a disco ball. Yes friends, Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie had a disco ball.
But, who invented it? Do you want to know? Well, I can't tell you. Because no one knows. But it sure wasn't anyone in the disco era.
Pictured from jazz clubs in the early 1920's show disco balls hanging. Well, they weren't called disco balls then. They were called mirrored balls or glitter balls. But even in the 1920's they were old. The first recorded use of a disco ball....sorry, mirrored ball, was in 1897 in a newspaper article talking about ballroom dancing.
They are most likely older than 1897 by quite a few years. Unfortunately, we just don't know exactly how long they have been around. But it's not too far out of the realm of possibility that they have been in existence since the 1870's. Which means, there could have been a disco ball in every saloon in the old west!**
* This is an almost exact captain's log from the original series. It was in the 12th episode of the second season and was titled 'I, Mudd'. I'm a nerd. Deal with it. But I don't speak Klingon.
** There wasn't. But some dance halls in the old west may have had them.