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    Thanks, anyrose!

    Incidentally, the latest issue of Naval History magazine has an interesting cover article on U.S. aircraft carriers in the Pacific during WW2. There are several references to the carrier USS Yorktown.

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    Happy birthday, ds9writer (one day late)!

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    Back from vacation. My brain is still in a fuzz due to jet lag, but I'll catch up in-game soon.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    The reptilian says, "Thank you, Ens. Hayes and Dr. Brownlock, for meeting me. It is good to see you again, and to come aboard this magnificent ship. That... beaming, you call it?... is a very [untranslatable] process. I think I would not like to do it again anytime soon." When he begins speaking, you notice, he stops making the chittering noise.
    Don't worry, it's just your body getting ripped away from your soul. It won't hurt the second time.


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    Wow. How did you figure it out from so few clues...?

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    Oops, I assumed we had already reached orbit.

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    A nitpick: Please avoid the phrase "away team," folks. It dates to ST:TNG and not TOS, when a "landing party" would be sent to visit the surface of a world, and a "boarding party" would be sent to another ship or space station. Thanks.

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    I am amusing myself with the idea that all these "(untranslatable)"'s are curse words.

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    Well that would certainly change the tone of things.
    So now they are just dirt-covered English people in fur pelts with credit cards.

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    Heeheehee. Not a bad idea!

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    I was thinking the very same thing, anyrose!

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    I'm going out of town (camping with my Cub Scout son) and will post again late Sunday, if all goes well. Hope you all have a good weekend.

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    Mosquitos probably helped Washington win at Yorktown: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...r=emailarticle

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    There's a What's your favorite Star Trek uniform style? poll over on the SDMB, if any of you're interested.

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    Thanks, Pleonast. I voted.

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    Jim Kirk, an inspiration to us all: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Wp-tQSLnT_...k-awesome1.jpg

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    You're all doing well, but I think maybe you need a little nudge at this point in the game.

    Consider what you have heard (from only one person, remember) about the various Banij governments. What inferences can or should you draw from that info, and what questions have as yet not been answered?... Why would no recent Zheng rays have been detected?... Consider what so much debris in orbit might signify... Why do the Banij sometimes stare, or tremble? What do any of the "[untranslatable]" words actually mean? No one has asked any of the Banij about these things... One of the six player characters has particular insight into something important you've already learned about the Banij System. He or she should do something with that knowledge... A thorough geological scan of Banij Prime itself has not, to my knowledge, yet been done... Finally, Vargas was described to you all as something of a martinet, but he has not really been one. Why might that be?

    Some or all of these points might be important. You may wish to take further action, and/or discuss them among yourselves, with superior officers, or with the Banij themselves.

    I hope you're all having fun (as I certainly am!). Constructive criticism, feedback or fulsome praise is always welcome, either in this thread or via PM. Thanks.

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    Minor note, for any fans of TOS, there is a series of episode by episode discussions in the Arts and Entertainment forum. Here is the newest one The Ultimate Computer S2, Ep53 Please join in if of interest.

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    Anyone who paid attention to where Pourtash served before the Yorktown might be able to guess that episode had an influence on me.

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    Greetings, fellow players. Elendil's Heir has encouraged me to share a personal challenge I am facing. I was diagnosed with diabetes on Monday. I saw the doctor today and I'm in pretty bad shape. I'm now on a very strict diet and four medications. This has been a shock, but I'm trying to be as positive as I can. I may just learn to love healthy foods and pricking my finger twice a day. <g> This online Trek game has and will keep me going in the days and months ahead. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate! WES

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    Thanks, WES! I know everybody here joins me in wishing you all the best, and in hoping for your better health soon and for the rest of your (very long) life. Take good care of yourself!

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    Good luck WES, I have several friends and even family members battling what you are battling. It is not good but if you keep on top of it, it is manageable. They keep making advances lately to improve the day to day life of people with diabetes. You might want to PM member Angua who has been living with diabetes for years. She seems to be doing very well with it.

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    And we're very lucky to have you here for our game, WES! I have a few family members with diabetes as well. Keeping on top of things medication and diet wise will help tremendously. Good luck.
    So now they are just dirt-covered English people in fur pelts with credit cards.

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    Thanks so much for the support and encouraging words. Very much appreciated! Trying to get my dr to prescribe a generic cholesterol med instead of the very expensive one that my insurance plan does not cover. SIGH Are we having fun yet? Sure wish I could beam Dr. McCoy directly to my house for a consultation!
    Thanks again!

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    from the game thread:
    The other three - Brownlock, Hayes and Collins - have not yet arrived when Dr. Villa, the CMO, walks in with a large medical carrying case.
    don't you mean "four"? Where's Pev? I thought he was coming with us.

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    Quote Originally posted by anyrose View post
    from the game thread:
    The other three - Brownlock, Hayes and Collins - have not yet arrived when Dr. Villa, the CMO, walks in with a large medical carrying case.
    don't you mean "four"? Where's Pev? I thought he was coming with us.
    Good point. I meant the three crewmates; Pev is of course with them.

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    Small Federation quality Toolkit for Engineering Away Missions

    Standard Tool Pouch
    1. Hand Welder, a modified Phaser for quick welding, drilling & cutting purposes. See Cutter Beam for larger example.
    2. GravDriver or Micro-gravatic rotational tool. Locks in on fastener for applying specific torque in or out. Delaney prefers this older tool to the newish Sonic driver. Though he sees where eventually the Sonic Driver will completely replace the trusty GravDriver
    3. Small Handheld Graviton emitter: Allows for some remote gravatic manipulations. Primitive compared to the example from DS9. Makes for a good blunt instrument for driving larger nails or spikes.
    4. Laser micrometer is a specialized instrument used for non-contact measurement and control.
    5. Small hammer.
    6. Small conventional top of the line tools.
    7. High powered, long lasting light with small headband.
    8. Small telescoping tool arm & Small Mirror & various bits
    9. Duct Tape: 22nd century equivalent of small roll of duct tape.
    10. Small epoxy set for variable materials.
    11. Small pencil, small china market & chalk
    12. Small bits of conductive material and wires for quick fixes.
    13. Small selection of various fasteners.
    14. Mini-electro magnets.

    Pocket/Belt/over the shoulder
    His pocket reader with tech manual data cartridges.
    Swiss Army Knife & Leatherman.
    Engineering Tricorder of course acts as variety of meters.


    Optionals, used mainly for power plants and to help on other ships.
    Hyperspanner: One of its many uses included repairing communication systems, relinking and bypassing the circuit boards of electrical systems.
    Flux coupler
    Micro-resonator is a tool used by Starfleet engineers to degauss relatively small devices. For larger objects, a magneton scanner could accomplish the same task.
    Magnetic Resonance adjusting tool {as seen in Jeffrey Tubes}
    Last edited by What Exit?; 05 Nov 2010 at 09:12 AM.

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    Wow. I said a dozen! Are items 1-12 the most important to you (actually, 1-13, since the tricorder would be slung over your shoulder), or do you want to narrow the list more selectively?

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    I'll re-edit the post above. Many of the items are the little things that find their way into a tool pouch. I speak from experience here. No tech/engineer would have only 12 items in his pouch. Also some of these items would actually be on a belt or in a pocket. For what it is worth, my smallish tool bag in the Navy probably had 18 tools and dozens of miscellaneous little parts and tape. It also probably weighed 15-20 lbs. I think this one would weight less by a good bit. The utility knives is something almost all techs and mechanics carry. I always had a Swiss Army knife back in those days. When I was an HVAC mech just after the Navy I had both a Swiss Army and a Leatherman knife.

    I reorganized though for optional items used more for going to another ship and listing pocket/belt items.
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    OK, thanks. The edited list looks more feasible.

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    Apropos of nothing, but perhaps interesting to my fellow Trekkers:

    Here’s one way to try to get a handle on just how immense our little corner of the cosmos really is, as described by Prof. Jay M. Pasachoff of Williams College-Hopkins Observatory in Williamstown, Mass. in his book Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe (Saunders College Publishing 1983). I've paraphrased a bit:

    Imagine the Solar System is scaled down and placed on a map of the United States. The Sun is a hot ball of gas taking up all of Rockefeller Center, a kilometer wide, in the heart of Manhattan in New York City. Mercury, then, is a sphere four meters wide in mid-Long Island. Venus is a ball ten meters around, about one and a half times farther away. The Earth is only slightly bigger, located near Trenton, N.J., while Mars is half that size, five meters wide, located past Philadelphia, Pa.

    Jupiter, the next planet out from the Sun, is a hundred meters across (about the size of a baseball stadium), past Pittsburgh on the Ohio border. Saturn, with its rings, is a little larger than Jupiter, and is beyond Cincinnati, toward the Indiana state line. Uranus and Neptune are each about thirty meters across, about the size of a baseball infield, and are near Topeka, Kans. and Santa Fe, N.M., respectively. Pluto, about the size of Mercury, is near Los Angeles, forty times the distance of the Earth from the Sun.

    And occasionally, a comet sweeps in from Alaska....

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    The first baby steps towards warp drive....

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe...ex.html?hpt=C1

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    I imagine that as she walks away, she hears the Soj and the Deq she was sitting between start to talk to each other, and that Collins would pick up pieces of that conversation; but I'm not allowed to say that's what happened.

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    You can ask if that's what's happening, and I just might agree with you....

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    Does it? (I guess it's too late now - we're back on the Yorktown)



    eta - Could maybe Ensign Cooper be in the gym when Collins goes there after failing to get to sleep?
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    Heh. Yes, the chances are good that Ens. Cooper will be in the gym.

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    Quote Originally posted by game thread, post # 440
    It's Ens. Chris Cooper,
    According to page 1 of this thread, his name is Ben.

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    D'oh! I was thinking of the actor. Yes, you're right, it's Ben.

    What Exit?, could you correct that reference, please?

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    Fixed as was the first post of this thread.

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    Many thanks!

    FYI, I'll be out of town over Thanksgiving, and probably won't post between tomorrow night and Friday night. Hope our American players enjoy the holiday.

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    Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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    Quote Originally posted by What Exit? View post
    Pleonast then hits this ghoul.
    Can I use a phaser on it next?

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    Trek and Tolkien are both good fun, but should be mixed with caution.

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    I have returned and am catching up! It feels like I've spent the past month bedridden. Yeesh.
    So now they are just dirt-covered English people in fur pelts with credit cards.

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    Welcome back! Hope you're feeling much better. We missed you.

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    So you can - thank you!

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    Welcome back, Zuul!

    Thanks for sharing, anyrose. That was great!

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    This week's Foxtrot has a fun Star Trek theme.

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    "But why are they all in Red Shirts?"

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