The Grazerite Gazette
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SFI - Region 12
Volume #1 Issue #5
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This is a rather long article from a guest author, Admiral Tom
Monaghan, Commanding Officer of the USS MAAT in Region One and former
Chief of Operations, STARFLEET. A lot of this takes place during a
time when most of you here in the Jaresh-Inyo weren’t even in
STARFLEET, so it may come across as a lineball totally from left
field, but do take the time to read it. The missive offers great
insight into the running of the Executive Committee.
For the entire backstory, I urge you to visit history.sfi.org OR look through past CQ’s. STARFLEET was in a tumultuous time in 1997. We were indebted to the IRS for back taxes and penalties (we are an incorporation), we were almost financially bankrupt, and chapters were leaving in droves all because of then Fleet Admiral and Commander, STARFLEET Dan McGinnis.
This is reprinted here with Admiral Monaghan’s knowledge and permission, copyright 11/28/2010 Thomas Monaghan.
Two Shots from the Top: My Thoughts on Serving on the Starfleet Executive Committee
by Admiral Tom Monaghan, Starfleet Chief of Operations
[Personal note: the following article contains personal opinions that may or may not be held by others concerning the facts and situations mentioned. My intention is to inform, not to condemn. It is not intended to deride or chastise any one person or action. It's just my own personal account of what went on at the time from my own point of view, no matter how skewed it may be. My hope is that it lends some insight into the world of Starfleet HQ at this volatile period in Starfleet International's history. -Tom M., May, 1999.]
I guess the best place to start an article about my experiences as a member of the Starfleet Executive Committee is to begin where it all began. No, this little trip didn't commence when the Smith Administration took over in January 1997. Actually, it started much earlier. About nine months earlier. At least in my case.
March 1996: Life in the Virginia Beach, VA (USS Maat) chapter was pretty usual but our relationship with Starfleet HQ was really heating up. It was about this time that the Commander, Starfleet himself had personally written us telling us that if we didn't like the way things were run at HQ we should consider leaving Starfleet entirely. Not the encouraging words from our CS that we needed but it wasn't unexpected.
We all knew things were not right at HQ. From day one with Dan McGinnis' infamous "Nelson Maneuver" into the office of CS we knew that things weren't right. Over a year later our suspicions were being confirmed. Starfleet HQ was not just doing nothing about anything, it was even encouraging it's members and chapters to leave! I don't even have to go into how many Dr. Dave nastygrams were issued and how many chapters did leave because of them. Sadly, many records of all this devious behavior at Fleet HQ have yet to come to light. However, Dr. Dave's nastygrams remain nicely preserved in HQ archives and in private collections throughout the association.
So this was largely the state of affairs in the Fleet in early 1996. Things were scary and we all wondered if there would be a Starfleet at all, let alone an election for CS, if the McGinnis Administration kept things up. I wasn't seriously thinking of jumping in to protest or declare myself a candidate for CS until I attended a small Virginia convention called Technicon in March. It was there that the seed of my quest for the office of CS began to grow.
There was this thing about not campaigning until September but there was nothing wrong with seeking nominations from the Commanding Officers of Fleet that I thought would support my cause. I have no idea how effective our initial campaign to gather up nomination letters was but this would all be moot in a couple of months anyway.
Why did I seek the office of CS anyway? There's a very good answer to that question. In March 1996 there appeared to be an unmistakable lack of organized opposition to McGinnis and his administration. Noting this, I believed that it was my duty as a dedicated Starfleet member to do whatever I could to save Starfleet even if it meant running for CS. Believe me, I was wonderfully relieved when the Smith/Freas campaign notified me of their desire for both our efforts to join together as one united opposition against the McGinnis Administration.
Well, I was very skeptical at first. To be totally honest, Mike and I did not get along at all when we first talked. We disagreed on every item of necessary improvement that we brought up. But we did have one thing in common: we both knew that if McGinnis wasn't stopped, we could kiss Starfleet's future goodbye. So, my campaign joined their team. And I was relieved knowing that someone else was now shouldering the vast majority of the burden of leading the opposition.
And so it went. The election eventually came and went. The Smith/Freas team were declared the victors and we took the reigns of power in January 1997. At this time Starfleet Operations was well prepared to hit the ground running. Team Ops had six months to prepare for this moment and as soon as it came our prepared staff immediately sprang into action. Even our departmental website was officially launched as soon as the news came in that we had won the election.
Looking back (and even at the time) our victory was almost a guarantee. No other opposition group matched the experience and enthusiasm of our campaign effort. Everything was expertly orchestrated to get the word out to all chapters despite the complete breakdown of official communication throughout the Fleet. We also had most of our headquarters staff already selected and participating in the campaign even before election season. To accomplish this task our effort completely embraced the Internet where the McGinnis Administration denounced it as an unofficial means of communication, not to mention being a major threat to their authoritarian hold on power.
It goes pretty much without saying that, in this time of darkness and lack of communication from HQ, our use of the Internet contributed to the salvation of Starfleet. But it wasn't the only method deserving credit for this feat. It was the members, chapters and regions of Starfleet as a whole that saved Starfleet. Starfleet HQ may have been shutdown but the members picked up where the McGinnis administration faltered. Through the hard work and dedication of our valued members who still believed in the dream Starfleet continued to exist simply because we refused to let it die. The McGinnis Administration could do all they wanted to harass our chapters and members and to deprive the association of needed membership services, but the membership of Starfleet would still be there to keep things rolling and to fix the damage when the McGinnis Administration was finally through.
On January 2, 1997 the Smith/Freas team was finally put to the test as news spread throughout the Fleet that we had won the election. Unlike other administrations which had a month or two transition period to work with the outgoing administration to ensure a smooth transition, we had to pick up as soon as the news came through. And did we! Since our campaign effort loosely doubled as a shadow administration anyway the transition was easier than expected. Our programs, services, departments, staff, publications, communications channels and websites were already in existence by January 2nd. All we had to do was change our label from "campaign" to "administration".
And that's how it began. The Internet would remain a very vital communications and administrative tool for our administration. All administrative tasks were conducted online, taking far less time to accomplish than by traditional means. Even when communication failures plagued our administration early on we could still rely on getting the word out and Fleet business accomplished through email, Internet Relay Chat, and web pages. Anyone with online access knew what was going on in this administration and the only regret that we had when traditional means of communication failed was that our off line members were largely left out of the communications loop.
But this is my personal account of the Smith Administration's first term. This is supposed to include personal insights into what was going on and how I felt throughout the term. So far I've been dwelling on established facts that we already know. But what about the Smith Administration behind the scenes and between the lines? As a front line observer of the actions of the Executive Committee and Admiralty Board I think I've seen just about as much Starfleet politics in action as I ever wanted to. Some of the following observations may not seem pretty but it's all part of the process inside Starfleet HQ.
Let me begin by first stating that it's probably no secret that Mike Smith and his Executive Committee members did not always see eye to eye. This is a good thing. If Mikey wanted a bunch of yes men in his staff he would be no better than the previous CS. Okay, so many of us lacked necessary conflict resolution skills when the email started getting nasty but we still got the job done. And that's the bottom line here. At times we may have conducted in some pretty vicious email attacks to get our points across and our goals accomplished but that was all a part of preventing our administration from following in the very same footsteps as the previous one.
My first experiences as Starfleet Chief of Operations could definitely be considered unusual. First, our records on what chapters we actually had were so skewed that we had to rely heavily on the MSR reports we received early on to build our vessel registry. No easy task and one which I must commend my vice chiefs, Les Rickard and Matt Myers, for their assistance in this effort. If it wasn't for their diligence, we would not have been able to adequately determine what chapters we had or did not have. Even with Les and Matt=s exemplary efforts, a small number of chapters fell through the cracks and had to notify us of their existence, much to their and our dismay.
However, my very first action as Ops Chief was to accept the departure of an unhappy chapter from Starfleet. No matter how much I tried to convince them that better days were ahead, they simply had enough of Starfleet. This saddened me just thinking that members and chapters were brought to frustration over the irresponsibility of the previous administration that they had no recourse but to leave. No one should have to quit a club. It's that simple. Clubs exist to be enjoyed, not hated. There definitely was something wrong with Starfleet.
Not long afterward I had received a string of phone calls from upset members in another chapter. They called me claiming that I had no authority to berate and insult their commanding officer like I had in a phone call to her. Funny thing was that I had not called their CO at all. I didn't even know their CO's phone number. Something odd was happening here. After further investigation it was discovered that some unknown person had called their CO and impersonated me. I eventually did call their CO to reassure her that I was not the person that called earlier and that I would do everything I could to help her chapter and it's members. But it was to no avail. Like a lot of chapters early in our first term, they simply had enough of Starfleet and decided to leave.
I think that this was the most distressing part of the first year of our administration. Chapters that left Starfleet or were decommissioned due to lack of enthusiasm, members, etc. were outnumbering the number of chapters that were being commissioned. From my point of view, it definitely looked as if things would only get worse before they got better. And that's the way it went. Fortunately, my enthusiasm was still high and I accepted these departures as necessary losses. As part of our renewal process we had to let go of those chapters and members who continued to be unhappy with Starfleet even despite our initial successes. It was no easy task to decommission those very chapters that chose to leave or whither away but what else could I do?
I thought that I had accepted the best job in the Fleet when I accepted my appointment to Starfleet Chief of Operations. I still remember that pride and feelings of accomplishment when my own chapter was commissioned. In Starfleet, there's no greater feeling than being part of a shuttle, starting everything from nothing, and transforming that group of individuals into a chapter of Starfleet. A Starfleet commissioning was justification that all that work was well worth the effort.Well, the feeling was exactly the same every time I sent out a commissioning packet. I'd sent out dozens of them and I always got emotionally attached, almost too much so, when I commissioned a new chapter. I just had to think back to January 1988 when I received the commissioning letter for my chapter, which I still have in my files somewhere, and I knew exactly how every commanding officer of all those new chapters would react when they plucked their chapter's commissioning packet out of their mailboxes. Now that's the best feeling in the world.
But we all had a new Starfleet to build and Starfleet Operations
was just a small corner of it. Sometimes we made considerable
improvements like our online MSR report generator and appointing a
staff that was actually responsive to concerns from the
membership And then there were times when it looked like the McGinnis
years all over again. Okay, it's a big stretch to compare the Smith
Administration to the McGinnis Administration but there were occasions
where we needed to step back and ask ourselves why the hell we did
what we did. These situations were fortunately few and far between but
they happened anyway.
There were many occasions when I couldn't help thinking that we had legitimate concerns that needed our attention immediately instead of being pushed to the back burners like they were. But this happens in any organization. Not to mention personal conflicts. Several of those heated issues we dealt with could have been resolved more quickly if we could put our personalities aside and just stick with the facts. This could easily explain why the Region 9/Region 21 issue dragged on for well over a year when, if we just kept to the basic facts of the situation, it should have been resolved in less than a month. Some issues need time to be resolved, like the proposed constitution review and revision process. However, deciding the fates of Regions 9 and 21 was not one of those situations.
Still, there were times when the EC and AB were able to act swiftly with very little personality conflicts getting in the way. Examples include the approval of the transfer of Michigan from Region 12 to Region 13, instituting the "anti God clause" banning EC and AB members from holding two EC or AB offices simultaneously, and the revocation of the much hated chapter charter fee. But the usual workings of the EC and AB actually landed somewhere in between. Even when discussions did get overheated there were always other members of the EC and AB with minds clear enough to see through the flaming and divert due process back on track.
Even I was not immune to this less than stellar behind the scenes behavior. I remember at least a couple instances where I threatened to resign for the sake of issues that I had allowed myself to become personally and emotionally attached. For instance, there was the formation of the Chapter Assistance Program (originally named Reserve Chapter Operations). I thought that it was one of the most necessary programs that Starfleet Operations could create since it dealt with helping chapters meet their membership requirements instead of threatening them with decommissioning. For some reason, others thought otherwise and did their best to keep us from launching the program. I also recall the heated arguments in early 1998 to get the Regional Creation & Realignment Proposal (committee appointed at IC'97) to a vote of the AB members. It eventually passed but not without the requisite verbal fisticuffs and gnashing of teeth.
But this is my experience with the EC and AB during the first term of the M. Smith Administration. It seemed to only get things accomplished when the situation, any situation, was at it's worst. For months we would not hear about anything unless it concerned a flag rank promotion request. Then something would come to a boil somewhere (most likely announced to the Starfleet Email List) then the EC and AB would convert into damage control mode.
Yes, there was the proposed constitution that was batted around the EC & AB for more than a year. But this was a necessary process. The complexities within this document demanded extra special attention. The old (1990) constitution was so vague and full of loop holes that any intelligent malevolent CS could easily get out of Starfleet all that he/she wanted. McGinnis knew that and he used the flaws in the 1990 constitution to his advantage and see where that got us. So it was crucial that the 1998 constitution not only eliminated these loop holes and flaws but also set definitive limits on the powers of the CS. At least that was our intention.
Despite the lack of activity in the area of policy making, outside the huge revisions to the proposed constitution, the EC and AB were constantly at the ready to discuss any point that came to our attention. And no matter how insignificant, too. About the most insignificant discussions we conducted revolved around if a member should be promoted or demoted. Personally I could care less when it came to ranks but they are a part of Starfleet and we were the body that made those crucial decisions. To me, anyone is deserving of a flag promotion if they have been a regular contributor in Fleet and did nothing to tarnish the association's name.
Still, we established guidelines for this sort of thing so it was up to us to interpret the meaning of those very guidelines. And like any group of diverse individuals, our interpretations often widely varied. I tended to look at things pretty liberally if they looked like an active member I usually voted for their promotion. However, I did vote no on occasion. It's got a lot to do with how I was feeling when the promotion request comes up. If I had a bad day at work then I'd probably be a bit more critical when it came to my decision.
But enough about ranks. Sheesh, haven't we had enough on this topic? But that largely sums up everything at the EC/AB level we've pretty much seen it all and heard it all. But, I believe that we had the common sense to take action on the valid points and let the dubious issues slide. It was finding that fine line between the two that was the hard part. And, again, each member of the EC and AB had their own concept where that fine line was. Most of our arguments were about just that, but once that line was defined we were largely agreeable on the outcome.
Each member of the EC was an individual and each one had their own distinct personality. Some of us changed over the course of the term while others tended to be rocks of stability. When Mike Smith first took on the responsibility of CS he was not one with whom you wanted to get into a difference of opinion. No matter your status in Fleet he would let you know exactly how he felt. Even during the campaign of '96 we knew that this was our biggest flaw. It was as if it was just part of his nature to be at the center of controversy. It probably was. Still, most of the time we could see through the bluster and he would eventually see reason. If he admitted it or not is a totally different issue.
If there was any one member of the EC that could keep Mikey in line it was Communications Chief Gordon Goldberg. Gord had an opinion on most everything, quite like Mike, but without the bluster that accompanied most of Mikey's observations. Gord was the keeper of the virtual 2x4. If Mikey got out of line we could always count on Gord to make an appearance and set things right again.
A close second in this capacity was Director of ShOC, Dennis Gray. Dennis was more subtle than Gord and, from my point of view, he usually voiced his disapproval only after he was pretty safe that he was not the only one that felt that way. Still, on most matters he kept to himself unless it was an issue that he was personally attached to or if it affected the rights of the membership.
Another champion of the rights of the membership was SFA Director Mandi Herrmann. She was more like a dispenser of common sense and reason. When things got out of hand she would calmly place everything back in perspective and let us all know that our main purpose was to do our jobs, do our best to serve the membership, and not argue about every minor detail.
Jesse Smith, Chief of Computer Operations, was the calm and quiet one. He's the type that gladly kept to the background but when provoked could come out charging like Mikey on a bad day. There were several occasions this was a welcome response. He also was not afraid to put things in perspective for all of us.
However, the one we tended to hear least from was VCS Chuck Freas. It was like he was not there at all most of the time, and rightly so, I believe. Chuck's main priority was to resolve our IRS issues and that he accomplished brilliantly. But even with this responsibility Chuck still had the time to contribute his opinions on most issues. Chuck's contributions were invaluable when it came to the legal ramifications of our actions and proposals. Being an incorporated not for profit association it really paid off to have Chuck's legal expertise handy to get us through the more legally binding situations.
And me? I'm not sure how I'd describe myself. I'd say that I largely kept to the background until cornered and provoked or disgusted into participation. I would like to think that I tend to address issues in a rational, friendly manner but I know better. I could be a real pain in the backside when pushed up against the wall. Well, it can be very difficult at times to keep an even hand when the rest of the bunch have also lost touch with the whole faith in the goodness of mankind thing as well. I only threatened to resign twice in the past two years so, I guess, things could have been worse.
Putting everything into perspective I'd have to say that any job at this level is very demanding, frequently misunderstood, and often thankless. It often made me wonder just what it was that kept us going. What was it that made us keep doing all this work for very little or nothing at all in return? Even now I can't say for certain. It was just something that I believed needed to be done and I believed that I was the only one that could get the job done right. Call it overconfidence or an over inflated ego but that's a requisite for the job.
But why go on with it when it demanded my attention three or more hours every day? Why put my family, job and personal life on hold to get a chapter commissioned or read through a stack of regional reports? What did I expect to gain from all my contributions? What will society one hundred years from now think how I handled the burden as Starfleet Chief of Operations or even Starfleet in general? Truthfully, do you have any personal feelings on the Eric Stillwell administration? Do you even know how to spell his last name correctly? I sure don't (to both inquiries) and I was third in charge of this show.
I firmly believe that Team Ops during the first Mike Smith admin went a long way toward rebuilding Starfleet as a whole. From rebuilding the vessel registry to establishment of the online MSR form to creation of CAP, to refinement of EFCP, to launching the Fleet Ops informational website, to providing exemplary customer service to all our chapters and members, especially those in need of assistance, everyone in Team Ops deserves credit for helping make Starfleet's Brightest Future a reality.
I see the Starfleet of tomorrow as a loose collection of Star Trek fans occasionally attend online Star Trek conventions discussing what the Mike Smith administration was like and wondering who the heck was his Chief of Operations. Okay, maybe not. We're just a club and I think as long as we keep that fact in perspective then we can avoid the whole holier than thou attitude thing and learn to have some fun while slogging through the administrative mumbo jumbo.
But that's just my take on it all. As Mikey says, YMMV.
TEAM OPS 1997-1998:
Tom Monaghan, Chief of Operations
FROM THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Greetings from the Sciences. I wanted to
announce a staff change in the Science Department. One that I am
quite proud of. I asked LCMDR Robert Towne to become the
Assistant Chief Science Officer. In that, he has accepted my
offer, and with our CO's blessing, Robert assumed his new duties on
10/16/10. In addition to his ACSO duties, Robert will continue
his duties as the Planetary Sciences and Geophysics Officer. I
am sure that Robert will continue his usual excellent work in the
For the last several months, in fact most
of this year, Robert and I have been submitting science articles on
the Jaresh-Inyo list serv. The articles have ranged from
Astronomy to Genetics, and other scientific disciplines that we could
think of for your reading enjoyment.
What would you like to see in the type of
submission we make? Is there a particular subject you are
interested in? A subject you would like learn more about?
If so, please let Robert or myself know. This also applies to
articles that we will be writing in the future. And if you find
anything that interests you, please submit it to the list, or send it
to me. If you have questions, information, or suggestions,
please send it to me at my science email address. It is firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.
In the mean time, we will be at our duty stations, working to help
bring the sciences to you.
CMDR Patrick Litton
REPORT FROM THE RANKS
The smoke is clearing and the fire from the
finger tips of some of our marines has gone out. It is really
amazing that these Marines keyboards haven't melted by now.
Lieutenant Colonel Tina Davis has been been
taking and completing SFMCA and SFA courses like a marine with a
target in her sights. In the month of October, she has completed
PD-10, PD-11 and PD-13 alone. She is also taking medical
courses, and others as well. She is doing an excellent job as a
student and we hope that she keeps up the good work! Right along
with LTC Davis is Colonel Christina Doane. COL Doane has been
working on advanced courses for Support and other areas that are
helping to gain our certification in the MURP program. She is
also setting the process in motion for entering the Vessel Readiness
Program. Both of these officers are fine examples of what
determination and hard work can achieve in our unit.
In the unit, there been discussion of possibly
creating a unit patch, and Gideon. These are in the talking
stage, as well as possibly purchasing a SFMC flag for those of us who
are able to attend regional conferences within transporter range of
I would like to encourage all marines that read
this report that are not active in the unit to consider becoming
involved in our unit. There are so many possibilities of courses
to be taken, future missions in the fiction realm, and other things
that you can create for your service in the 212th.
We need your input, and we would like to see you join us. My email address for all marine matters is email@example.com Feel free to contact me at any time should you wish to join in the fun!
Forgive the shortness of this report. Your
OIC is suffering from writer's block at this writing. The next
report will be more complete.
At ease, Marines,
LTC Patrick Litton
I would like to remind all marines that your reading list for the MARINE READING CHALLENGE is due by the end of the month (January, March, May, July, September, November). For those not in the know...I collect books and audio books read and listened to and submit them to the 12th BDE OIC each reporting period. This would mean for the months of February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September, October/November, December/January. I would encourage ALL Marines to become involved in this challenge. I know you read, so why not enter the challenge? Any book or audio book is fair game. Here is an opportunity to show the 12th BDE that we are Reading Warriors! There is a reading challenge list form on the WOJ list page, in the document section. Any questions, please contact me.
STARFLEET International Call-In System (StarCall)
The STARFLEET International Call-In System
(StarCall) is online and ready.
Teach family members how to use text messaging (also knows as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
There are currently three numbers assigned to the system:
COL James C Jones II
Director, STARFLEET Office of Emergency Preparedness
DOIC 4th Brigade
OIC 32nd MSG
TRACOM R&D Lead Illustrator
Director, Alumni Outreach Program
Biela's Comet or Comet Biela (official designation: 3D/Biela)
was a periodic comet first recorded in 1772 and identified as periodic in 1826
Subsequently, it was observed to disintegrate and has not been seen
since 1852, although remnants survived for some time as a meteor shower.
comet was first recorded in 1772 by Charles Messier. It was also recorded in 1805 by Jean-Louis
but was not recognized as the same object. It was Wilhelm von Biela
who observed it during its 1826 perihelion
approach (on February 27) and calculated its orbit, discovering it to be periodic with a period of 6.6 years. It
was only the third comet (at the time) known to be periodic, after the
famous comets Halley
its 1846 appearance, the comet was observed to have broken up into two
pieces. It was observed again in 1852 with the two parts being 1.5
million miles apart.
Neither part could be found on their predicted periodic returns in
1859, 1865, and 1872. However, on November 27, 1872, a brilliant meteor shower (3,000 per hour) was observed radiating from the part of
the sky where the comet had been predicted to cross in September 1872.
This was the date when Earth intersected the comet's trajectory. These
meteors became known as the Andromedids or "Bielids" and it seems apparent that they
indicated the death of the comet. The meteors were seen again on
subsequent occasions for the rest of the 19th century, but have now
may be related to comet Biela since it has a similar orbit
has sometimes been proposed as the source of meteoric impacts on
theory links together several major fires that occurred simultaneously
in America, including the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire, claiming that they were caused by
fragments of Biela's Comet striking the Earth.
The theory was first proposed in 1883, and was revived in a 1985 book
and further explored in an unpublished 2004 scientific paper.
November 27, 1885, an iron meteorite fell in northern Mexico, at the
same time as a 15,000 per hour outburst of the Andromedid meteor
shower. The Mazapil
has sometimes been attributed to the comet, but this idea has been out
of favor since the 1950s as the processes of differentiation required
to produce an iron body are not believed to occur in comets
Comet (and Comet
had a role in scientific history in the generally-discredited concept of luminiferous
as its orbit perturbed and shortened, the shortening could only be
ascribed to the drag
of an "ether" through which it orbited in outer space.
One reference (see External links) reads:
Encke's comet is found to lose about two days
in each sucessive period of 1200 days. Biela's comet, with twice that
length of period, loses about one day. That is, the successive returns
of these bodies is found to be accelerated by this amount. No other
cause for this irregularity has been found but the agency of the
LTC Tina Davis
Medical Scanner and Tricorders
Medical scanners perform simple diagnostic functions such as reading vital signs and internal scans. It can be used like a Starfleet scanner, to scan a specific area for general bio-signs. The scanner's range was used in close range, although it could be used from a distance of a few feet and still get accurate readings. There are handheld medical scanners being used in today's real world, that are 800 times more sensitive than full-size scanners. These scanners provide cancer, diabetes, and bacterial detection. It can also be used as anti-terrorist efforts.
Software exists to make hand-held devices simulate a tricorder. Examples include Jeff Jetton's Tricorder for the PalmPilot; the "genuine Tricorder from Elegant Solutions" Web application for the Pocket PC, iPhone, and iPod Touch; and an Android version.
A mobile medical imaging lab that operates using inexpensive mobile phones was demonstrated in 2009.
Vital Technologies Corporation sold a portable device dubbed the "Official Star-Trek Tricorder Mark 1" (formally, the TR-107 Tricorder Mark 1) in 1996. Its features were an "Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Meter", "Two-Mode Weather Station", (thermometer and barometer), "Colorimeter" (no wavelength given), "Light meter", and "Stardate Clock and Timer" (a clock and timer).
Spokespersons claimed the device was a "serious scientific instrument". Vital Technologies sold 10,000 units before going out of business. The company was permitted to call this device a "tricorder" because Gene Roddenberry's contract included a clause allowing any company able to create functioning technology to use the name.
In February 2007, researchers from Purdue University publicly announced their portable (briefcase-sized) DESI-based mass spectrometer, the Mini-10, which can be used to analyze compounds in ambient conditions without prior sample preparation. This was also announced as a "tricorder".
Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. is a major center for lab-on-a-chip research, and have developed many handheld instruments for biological or chemical analysis.
In October 2009, researchers from NASA showed their prototype for a device that detects deadly gases in the air; it contains a chip the size of a postage stamp connected to an iPhone.
LTC Tina Davis
Astronomers Find 'Snooker' Star System
ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2010) — Astronomers at The University of Warwick and the University of Sheffield have helped discover an unusual star system which looks like, and may even once have behaved like, a game of snooker.
The University of Warwick and Sheffield astronomers played a key role in an international team that used two decades of observations from many telescopes around the world. The UK astronomers helped discover this "snooker like" star system through observations and analysis of data from an astronomical camera known as ULTRACAM designed by the British researchers on the team.
One of the UK researchers on the project, Professor Tom Marsh from the University of Warwick's Department of Physics, said: "The two gas giants have different masses but they may actually be roughly the same size as each other, and in fact will also be roughly the same size as the red dwarf star they orbit. If they follow the patterns we see in our own star system of gas giants with a dominant yellow or blue colours, then it's hard to escape the image of this system as being like a giant snooker frame with a red ball, two coloured balls, and dwarf white cue ball."
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Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold
Book: Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold, Books 1 and 2
These two books incorporate all 5 Trek's. The Malkus Artifacts
are 4 deadly weapons of an instellar tyrant 90000 years ago which are scattered across the Alpha Quadrant when he was
A century later a second weapon is found by Bajoran Terrorist Orta on a Bajoran farming colony and threatens destruction.Commander Benjamin Sisko of Deep Space Nine along with Captain Declan Keogh of the Starship Odyssey must locate Orta and retrieve the weapon before initiates his threats.
While on a shakedown cruise on the USS Voyager, Captain Kathryn
Janeway and the crew of the Starship Voyager locate the third weapon in the Demiliterized Zone in the hands of the
Maquis.With the aid of Captain Robert Desoto of the USS Hood. Voyager Security Chief Lieutenant Commander Tuvok infiltrates the Maquis
and must gain the trust of Maquis leaders Chakotay and Cal Hudson both former Starfleet Officers, before they use it in the
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Academy News & Promotions
Colonel Christina Doane
LTC Tina Davis
MAJ Robert Mounce
Second Lieutenant Shelley Martin to First Lieutenant
Ensign Lacey Chavez to Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ensign Rachel Arrighi to Lieutenant Junior Grade
Attention to orders:
After discussion with Midshipman Aaron Coutu, we have decided that some of his responsibility on the chapter will reflect his real life responsibility as well. In real life, Aaron is a Librarian specializing in the Teen reading area. So as Ship's Librarian, he will be available to answer questions about reading materials for you and will be especially handy if you are a teen, read like teen (reminder Harry Potter and Percy Jackson were actually written for teens), or if you have teenaged children in your house. Don't worry to ask him about reading materials for adults either as I have been ensured he has the tools and resources available to him to research and get you an answer.
I mean, he does this in real life.
Also, I am breveting Aaron the rank of Ensign considering his new responsibilities. Congratulations on both appointment and promotion,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome Lieutenant Commander Sharon Norris to the ranks of the USS Jaresh-Inyo. Commander
Norris hails from South Australia. I will get her added to the yahoo list posthaste.
President of the United Federation of Planets
Jaresh-Inyo (c. 2372)
In 2372, the post was held by Jaresh-Inyo, a Grazerite.
His presidency was marked by a number of troubling foreign and
domestic policy developments, including the dissolution of the
Khitomer Accords and an undeclared war with the Klingon Empire in
2372, increasing tensions with the Dominion, and the rise of the
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Chief of Computer Operations
LTjg Richard McCreery
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Chief Science Officer/Marine OIC
CMDR/LTC Patrick Litton
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LT Jonathon Neale
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