Thursday, January 6, 2011
The toupee and Blu-ray.
Some of you may have wondered how the William Shatner School of Toupological Studies funds its operations - so we thought we'd explain: The majority of our finances come from transferring technologies to the wider market that we initially developed to study William Shatner's toupee . For example, back in the 1970s, we were frustrated that we couldn't more easily view William Shatner's various film and television performances, so we developed two competing home video technologies: Toupomax and ToupHS (Toupological Home System). Within two years, these were then licensed and introduced to the wider market as Betamax and VHS.
But we were still unhappy at the resolution at which the toupee was being resolved, leading to DTP (Digital Toupological Disc), which was then introduced to the market as DVD. Yet we knew that there was still more resolution available in Bill Shatner's performances shot on 35mm film. Which brings us to our latest technology: Toup Ray, which has since been introduced to the market as Blu-ray.
The website Trekcore.com has recently been undertaking important toupological work, providing high definition frame-grabs of the remastered Star Trek series (enabled by our technology). While the site is ostensibly set up to study all of Star Trek, the aforementioned work is clearly central to its purpose. In the remastered high-definition Trek, lace lines are visible as never before, while ruffles and other toupological manifestations resolve with remarkable clarity.
We've posted some of these images in this post. But if any of our you feel like trawling through the hundreds of images on the site and alerting us to any other particularly notable ones, then we'll certainly be very grateful. Amateur toupology is hard work, but certainly rewarding! On another note, ever wondered how Bill Shatner feels about the Blu-ray Star Trek releases? - when the series was filmed, no-one could have expected the series would ever be viewed as this resolution.
Images in this post via Trekcore.com from the episodes "Amok Time" and "The Savage Curtain".
UPDATE: Reader "Anonymous" points to some pretty visible (click images for full resolution) lace lines in "Assignment: Earth":