“My son, the writer, thinks I should say something profound on this occasion. He even offered to write me a brief statement. I told him I’d take care of it myself. But, as it turns out, the only thing I can think of is: Begin Captain’s Log.”
— Captain Benjamin Sisko
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
We attach great importance to beginnings. We use silver shovels to turn the earth when an important building project begins. We smash a bottle of champagne across the hull of a ship to launch her. Cigars are traditionally given to friends at the birth of a child, and there are religious ceremonies that publicly connect the new child to God or the gods.
Because I am steeped in this human desire to mark a beginning, I feel that I should write something special for my first post. Like Captain Sisko, however, I think simplicity is best: Begin Catsignal.