Nerd godhead William Shatner, not content with his beautifully polite tweets and sumptuous cover versions of classic pop, has given his backing to a new sci-fi flavoured social network called Myouterspace.
It's essentially a LinkedIn for creative types -- graphic designers, musicians, film makers, writers -- with a Star Trek twist. You join one of six 'planets', each representing a professional field, and post your best work for everyone to see. If a producer -- sorry, 'captain' -- likes your stuff, they'll invite you to become a 'crew member' on their 'starship', a laboured metaphor for working together on a project.
Yes, it's totally hatstand. Yes, it's quintessentially Shatner. And yes, it's basically a way for filmmakers to get free labour. But it has more than a little charm about it -- the planets and starships are all designed by veteran Star Trek illustrator John Eaves, who's also on board as a 'governor' of his own planet.
You can watch the Shat explain the concept in his inimitable way -- waving his hands around to ward off attacking starships is a highlight -- here. We can't embed that, so instead, here's Bill on another of his pastimes: climbing mountains.