Brent Spiner Is Coming to DCC’16: Begin Subvocal Oscillations!

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Brent Spiner DCC

Spiner, best known for his portrayal of Data in the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series and films, will be attending the Denver Comic Con Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Post Star Trek, he played the slightly eccentric (but highly entertaining) Dr. Brakish Okun in the 1996 film Independence Day, a role which he will be reprising in the upcoming sequel Independence Day: Resurgence.

Note: For those confused by the title, it comes from an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Data composes a poem to his cat.

Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature;
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
A singular development of cat communications
That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion,
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

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