OK, here's a bit of news and some mental gymnastics for crossover fans and the reality challenged -- ready? Good.
It all started when I read that a potential challenger to Google as the king of search engines now appears to be more of a supplement than a "Google Killer," according to Christopher Dawson of ZD Net. The application? Wolfram Alpha (the site isn't live at the moment, but I provided the link for completeness).
Going off on a small bout of free-association, "Wolfram" reminds me of Wolfram and Hart from Joss Whedon's Buffyverse, and Alpha draws up a swatch of mismatching data reference points: Memory Alpha, a Star Trek wiki; the phrase "alpha and omega" -- used in Biblical and other reference material ad infinitem, particularly when dealing with apoloclysms and savior scenarios; Terminator: Salvation (indeed, the entire Terminator franchise) and a weird melange of Omega Man and the Cylon race of Battlestar Galactica, which is not to be confused with Cylon of Athens or the bloody coup where the followers were all wiped out.
...still with me so far? Hope so...'cuz we're not done yet.
One remaining thread of the frayed free-associative thought process derives from the word nehalem, which my eyes swept across on the same page as the original article (remember the Google killer that is now more of supplement that started all this?), and a few other tidbits blew into focus: the definition of nehalem per the Salish language ("the place where the people live"); a Native American tribe called the nehalem (same link); a mental misdirection (brain fart?) that summoned up the Hebrew word nephilim which is somewhat clumsily translated as "giants" and oft defined as the offspring between humans and "the children of God"; a free-associative offshoot of nephilim that summoned forth the phrase "They Might Be Giants" (from the film, not the band) and the quote "standing on the shoulders of giants".
In the midst of all this, of course, and ignoring the growing background noise as multiple cross-references through ancient history, literature, religious texts and scholarly works both various and sundry began to collide in a growing cacaphony, the concept of angels (via the Bilibical references and the nephilim disconnect) and demons ("Wolfram and Hart") gave rise to Angels and Demons and led back to The Da Vinci Code, conspiracy theories and the deeply embedded human mythos of humanity intermingling (and interbreeding) with "the Divine" (either Christian-Biblical, or Pagan, or Greek Mythos, or any of the other associated myriads of sociological and cultural belief systems). Along the way, the history remnants of memories about how religions and religious movements impacts history -- often violently -- kept sloughing off and falling to the side of the growing torrent of informational cross-references.
Now, to round everything out, touch-back to the reference point above where my eyes had initially scanned "nehalem" on the page with the article about the Google non-killer-now-likely-supplement (remember that?). Following up on Intel's advertising campaign for the nehalem components, they stress the advanced intelligence of the chipset -- re-evoking and underscoring both the Teminator and Cylon (BSG) reference points.
How's that for a bout of morning mental gymnastics?
Oh, well. Maybe next time. In the meantime, this is an Open Thread.