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Chief O’Brien at work


Original title: Chief O’Brien at work.

Title of this edition: Chief O’Brien at work.

Author: Jon Adams.

Gender: Fantasy, Sci-fi.

Saga: Star-Trek.

Editorial: City Cyclops.

Edition year: 1, 2015.

Prizes: —

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Chief O’Brien is a character of the TV series Star Trek the next generation, he is in charge of transporter, however, through the series it becomes clear that he is completely irrelevant as crew members can order directly to the Enterprise’s  computer to be transported from anywhere in the spaceship to anywhere in the planet or nearby spaceships. The only times he appears in the show are when “something horrible happens to Chief O’Brien”, the rest of the time, he is waiting in the transporter room for someone to be transported (and that is a huge amount of time waiting if you think about it).

Personal Review: This book started as a web comic (we spoke about it back in 2014 TNG: Chief O’Brien). Then it turned into a Kickstarter project (we proposed it as project of the week back in 2015 and pay for a copy). Now it is 2016 and the book is now real.

I have to say that this book is for Star Trek fans and to nobody else, and even between Star Trek fans, you have to have watched the Next Generation, other way the jokes will be completely nonsense to you. For instance, if you haven’t watched the Next Generation, you will not know who Riker is, and what is funny about him (he is like the official Casanova of the Star Trek).

Something I really like is when it breaks the 4th wall and demonstrates how it was broken in the TV series. “Chief O’Brien, transport me back to the ship from the planet” “planet? what planet? Do you people realise that I work in a room without any windows and nobody ever tells me where we are?”. It is great, because in the TV series it doesn’t seem to be an odd request… but only because the viewer knows everything, that’s why when crew members request transportation, it is natural to us to assume that everybody shares the same amount of information that we have. Brilliant.

On the other side, something I don’t like about the book is that the format limits the jokes. Sometimes repeating the same frame over and over makes a joke, but if you do it all the time, then it is there only to fill space (and you have to do it in order to fill the space in the selected format of the book).

Just to finish with something good, be aware that the book has hidden messages, can you find all of them? [Spoiler to one of the messages]: Put the book under sunlight and then in complete dark.


The next project comes from the Science Museum in UK and it is an attempt to rebuild one robot of the beginning of the century. I think it will be a good addition to the museum it happens and a very nice way to tell the museum what kind of things matters to the people.


I consider the next project important because it is an attempt to improve the human-machine interface towards something more dynamic. I can actually imagine screens everywhere around me, on the walls, desks, tales, floating around…. and everything is in control with this device and I can move and go anywhere with it. Nydeum sense.


I think the next image is the strongest thing we can say towards public transport and in particular bikes.


That is why the project this week, which can improve safety riding a bike and convince more people towards using a bike rather than a car, is very relevant. beSEENS.


Robots, coding, learning, and fun. The next project can become a perfect toy for kids these days. This robot will contribute to prepare them to the technologically advanced world they will have to face. Enjoy Codeybot.


I rarely suggest funding movies, I only do it when it is something very geek to made money out of it but it still deserves to be done. In this case, it is important that we constantly encourage people to know more about science. Because science is not something some people do, it is an approach to understand and behave with the world, and everybody can gain by using the scientific approach in their daily life. Does this product really does what it says? How do I know it is true? Ask questions, investigate, learn and then improve your life.

The next project aims to make people more concious about products that advertise as doing something they really don’t do. Science moms!