Meet Data

January 21, 2009 at 4:36 pm | | grad life

My wife and I recently adopted this little guy.  Originally my wife was shopping scientist names for him, but I’ve always thought that was a little too cliche.  Were it up to me, he’d be named Yossarian, but you’re supposed to go 2 syllables.  After hitting all the obvious candidates, we had reach a soft agreement on “Fermi,” since I’ve always wanted a white cat named Fermi.  And about $3.50.


It was about that time I realized the Fermi idea originated from the eminent Lt. Commander Data’s own cat Fermi, at which point the choice of naming was clear.  They’re both pale white, frequently cock their heads and stare blankly, and I can only imagine an android also relieves himself in postures a contortionist would find impossible to achieve.


While formally named after the TNG character, our choice of alias also satisfied an ulteriour motive.  In the incidence where I get caught going home early, I can confidently tell my boss, “Don’t worry, I’m going home to play with my Data.”


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  1. Cute! (Would be cuter if he were feline, though.) :)

    Comment by psi*psi — January 21, 2009 #

  2. Wrong on both accounts Kendall! My TNG pocket encyclopedia states quite clearly that Lieutenant Data’s cat was a tabby named “Spot.”

    Fermi is a fine name for a cat.

    Comment by Joel — January 23, 2009 #

  3. In case you don’t believe me, Spot has his own fanpage:

    Comment by Joel — January 26, 2009 #

  4. I realized my error the second you said Spot. As soon as the investigation into my Star Trek credentials concludes, we now must ask from whence did the name Fermi actually come?

    Comment by Kendall — January 27, 2009 #

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