Monthly Archives: May 2015

Too Short (You still look like an angel)

CONTRIBUTOR: Raven Akashiya

Growing up I always heard make the most of life. To never take anything for granted and never go to bed angry at a loved one. Yesterday to my shock those words rang in my head as I looked at an obituary that brought me to tears.

I remember the days of my youth clearly when it comes down to her. The sheer joy in her voice when she would see my mother and the huge bear hugs they would share. The girl I knew as “my friend with the pretty hair” is her daughter. I can ever remember when the chemotherapy stole her hair for the first time; I can remember whispering to my Nana, “She still looks like an angel”. These memories ran through my mind as I spoke to my mother. This wonderful lady who always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye, is now gone.

As I spoke to my mother I felt the same heartbreak and realized that this had happened to me in August 2013. The same sudden shock and extreme disgust in myself. I had lost my uncle suddenly, now my cousin. I never made any effort to talk to them while they were alive. For that I know I will feel the pain of anger, not towards them but for myself.

Life is too damn short to think that there will be a tomorrow! If I could turn back time I would tell her I love her and give her the biggest hug I could muster.

Rest In Peace Sue… You still look like an angel

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Old Friends

CONTRIBUTOR: Raven Akashiya

Sometimes one call is all it takes. Yet what if that one call is too hard?

This past weekend I spent with three amazing people. Two were my friends, the other happened to be a friend that I had once shared with my ex. I knew that my friends and I would have a blast, as we always do. However, I was a little skeptical about the shared friend. After all I did leave my ex and after nearly four years of no contact was sure to leave a bad taste in his mouth. However I once again was shocked by what came about.

I had spent the past couple weeks calling and texting him everyday just trying to catch up on what was new, after all four years is a long time. Since we had spoke last my life had done a complete 180. I was now living back home in the midst of a nasty divorce with different issues that I had never experienced before; while he had kept moving forward in his life with little to no setbacks. I had never thought in a million years that the conversations of our different situations would lead to an almost three hour long drive for him.
I sat impatiently waiting for him. I had not seen this man, my best friend, in over five years and I was unsure what to expect. Yet, when he pulled up he greeted me with a smile and a hug. It was almost as if a day had not passed without our hour long conversations and the normal joking. My fears of the awkwardness that came with complete abandonment of a strong relationship was all for nothing. We spent several hours chatting, drinking coffee, and munching on a dip known as “Texas Caviar”. Not once did I feel the need to hide anything and I realized that our relationship had only grown stronger. It wasn’t affected by the distance, the lack of communication for all those years, or even my ex. Sometimes all you need to do is make the first move.

I have been accused having of a cynical attitude, I guess they are right.

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Being an Adult Legally, Doesn’t Mean I Know What I’m Doing

Contributor~ Amanda Zober

I’ve come to a point where I have realized that I keep a lot of things to myself and I have trouble speaking out and putting my thoughts into words. I’m not exactly sure what I am doing with my life, nor do I have any idea on what it is that I want with my life. I’ve gone through the last year believing that I was content with how things were, but recently it feels like content became complacency. Somehow everything that I thought I wanted and everything that I was truly okay with, even six months ago, doesn’t feel right anymore.

I don’t quite know how to explain it. It kind of feels like the life I thought I wanted is coming together, but it now feels like someone else’s life. I still answer any questions about where I want to go like I would have before, only now it comes out as if it were rehearsed lines, continuously said until they are automatic responses. It feels like I am just parodying someone else’s life.

So when I try to fix things because I really just have no idea what I’m doing, I get called fake. And a whore and all this other shit. Okay, I have issues with a lot of people that I hang out with. I really don’t consider them friends. Well, some of them I do. So when everyone gets together, I try to have and not cause waves. Sometimes I lose my temper and I do say something, which causes things to backfire on me. Now I do try to be as genuine as I can, and sometimes things don’t go as planned, but I am trying. I have no idea what I am doing. School never really prepared you for real life and social interactions.

So here are some facts about me that no one really seems to understand.

1) I absolutely love horror movies, but I’d prefer to watch comedy.
2) I don’t like the idea of drinking too much, but I will keep drinking if it’s in front of me.
3) I hate the idea of being in a relationship. The idea of settling down makes me feel really sick, in a stomach curdling way. It terrifies me. Although I do want someone to go on dates with and be with. I like romance and I want it, but I can’t handle serious.
4) I am a very angry person. I hate how I used to lose my temper so I try to hide it and pretend that things don’t bother me. Now I have no clue how to even stand up for myself because I’ve tried so hard to hide that part of myself.
5) I really have no self confidence. It’s all false bravado and sheer impulsiveness.
6) I rush into things without thinking a lot, but I do try to think everything through. It just doesn’t work out very often..
7) Even if I cannot stand you and want absolutely nothing to do with you, I will be there to do anything for you if you ever needed my help.
8) I don’t do nice things for everyone to make myself look good. I do them because I feel incredibly guilty if there was something I could do and I chose not to.
9) I am very lazy! I work 60 hours a week and I dance, but when it comes to doing things in my personal life, I am just too lazy to bother half of the time.
10) I do not get along with my family all that well, but I will fight back if anyone else were to say anything about them.
11) I am not lying when I say I have a temper. I look quiet and small, but I’m mean. I know I am and I know that I have hurt good people for no reason. Just because you know me now and have never seen it, doesn’t mean the anger isn’t still there. I’m just better at controlling it now.
12) If I care about you, that’s it. Even if we aren’t friends anymore, I will always have your back if you need me to.
13) I know I am weird and I like abnormal things. I can accept that about myself. Doesn’t mean that I’ll hide my interest for your benefit.
14) I talk a lot of shit. You can bet your ass though, that I have said it to your face first and have made my position clear.

I really have no clue how to fix my social life. Letting go is hard for me. I have lost a lot of people and losing anyone else terrifies me. I try and give up. I go with the easier ways out sometimes because I am just so tired of fighting. My brain and heart go on over drive and everything gets so mixed up in my head that I have trouble remembering to breathe half of the time. So call me fake. I have no idea who I am or what I’m doing. I’m trying to figure it out as I go. I don’t know how I can be fake when I don’t even know who I am. It’s your judgement call; apparently you know me better than I know myself.

Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to The Dark Tower Fans

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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1. Kaa led them to the Dark Tower? That’s bizarre! I mean the Harry Potter references are one thing, but Jungle Book characters are a bit too much!

2. The first three books were good, but then they just got real weird and went off the rails. Apparently half way through Stephen King forgot the face of his father.

3. Yeah this series is definitely not one of Stephen King’s better works. Oh well, not all can be winners. I’m going back to reading The Tommyknockers.

4. Dark Tower? Stephen King wrote a fanfiction about the Barad-Dur? Cool!

5. With Stephen King inserting himself into the story and making Easter Egg references to ‘Salem’s Lot and The Stand I begin to question whether Stephen King has not become too narcissistic. It’s like his career wound down and Dark Tower is nothing more than his literary “Greatest Hits” album!

Next Monday: Sci-Fi Movie Month

Rick’s Star Trek Blog #6: Star Trek Chronology Revised Edition

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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Awhile ago I posted an exhaustive list of every episode/movie of Star Trek in order of their place on the Star Trek Timeline and for the most part I was satisfied with it. Looking back at it, however, I have come to the conclusion that the timeline I presented had some minor imperfections that I felt could be improved upon and have aimed to fix them here.
In this rewrite some noticeable differences should become apparent to the reader immediately. For instance, I have presented the timeline as bearing a closer resemblance to an actual timeline and have done away with season divisions and references to television pilots. This is to make the list appear more like a galactic record and less like a compilation of episodes of a fictional TV series. To aid with this effect I have also added years and some dates. I have refrained, however, from going by Stardates because they were inconsistent and led to continuity errors. There are, for example, episodes of the first season of TNG where Tasha Yar is alive and well which had Stardates occuring after Skin of Evil. It soon became obvious to me that arranging episodes by Stardate would be impossible.
Additionally I placed markers to separate eras of galactic history and have changed the order of a few episodes to fit the chronology. The series finale of Enterprise is now placed in the middle of the TNG section right after The Pegasus. This is because in the finale all scenes depicting Archer and his crew were holodeck images that Riker was viewing during that TNG episode.
Besides some other minor alterations to make the list’s design more consistent the rest of the chronology is the same as it was before. I hope you enjoy.

Pre-Federation History

The Missions of The Enterprise NX-1 (2151-2155)

ENT: Broken Bow
Fight or Flight
Strange New World
Unexpected
Terra Nova
The Andorian Incident
Breaking the Ice
Civilization
Fortunate Son
Silent Enemy
Cold Front
Dear Doctor
Sleeping Dogs
Shadows of P’Jem
Shuttlepod One
Fusion
Rogue Planet
Acquisition
Oasis
Detained
Vox Sola
Fallen Hero
Desert Crossing
Two Days and Two Nights
Shockwave Part 1
Shockwave Part 2
Carbon Creek
Minefield
Dead Stop
A Night in Sickbay
Marauders
The Seventh
The Communicator
Singularity
Vanishing Point
Precious Cargo
The Catwalk
Dawn
Stigma
Cease Fire
Future Tense
Canamar
The Crossing
Judgment
Horizon
The Breach
Cogenitor
Regeneration
First Flight
Bounty
The Expanse
The Xindi
Anomaly
Extinction
Rajiin
Impulse
Exile
The Shipment
Twilight
North Star
Similitude
Carpenter Street
Chosen Realm
Proving Ground
Stratagem
Harbinger
Doctor’s Orders
Hatchery
Azati Prime
Damage
The Forgotten

The Council
Countdown
Zero Hour
Storm Front Part 1
Storm Front Part 2
Home
Borderland
Cold Station 12
The Augments
The Forge
Awakening
Kir’Shara
Daedalus
Observer Effect
Babel One
United
The Aenar
Affliction
Divergence
Bound
In a Mirror, Darkly Part 1
In a Mirror, Darkly Part 2
Demons
Terra Prime

23rd Century Federation History

TOS: The Cage 2254

The 5 Year Mission of Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise

Year 1/5 (2265-2266):
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Corbomite Maneuver
Mudd’s Women
The Enemy Within
The Man Trap
The Naked Time
Charlie X
Balance of Terror
What are Little Girls Made of?
Dagger of the Mind
Miri
The Conscience of the King
The Galileo Seven
Court Martial
The Menagerie Part 1
The Menagerie Part 2
Shore Leave
The Squire of Gothos
Arena
The Alternative Factor
Tomorrow is Yesterday
The Return of the Archons
A Taste of Armageddon
Space Seed
This Side of Paradise
The Devil in the Dark
Errand of Mercy
The City on the Edge of Forever
Operation: Annihilate

Year 2/5 (2267):
Catspaw
Metamorphosis
Friday’s Child
Who Mourns for Adonais?
Amok Time
The Doomsday Machine
Wolf in the Fold
The Changeling
The Apple
Mirror, Mirror
The Deadly Years
I, Mudd
The Trouble with Tribbles
Bread and Circuses
Journey to Babel
A Private Little War
The Gamesters of Triskelion
Obsession
The Immunity Syndrome
A Piece of the Action
By Any other Name
Return to Tomorrow
Patterns of Force
The Ultimate Computer
The Omega Glory
Assignment: Earth

3/5 (2268):
Spectre of the Gun
Elaan of Troyius
The Paradise Syndrome
The Enterprise Incident
And the Children Shall Lead
Spock’s Brain
Is There in Truth No Beauty?
The Empath
The Tholian Web
For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky
Day of the Dove
Plato’s Stepchildren
Wink of an Eye
That Which Survives
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
Whom Gods Destroy
The Mark of Gideon
The Lights of Zetar
The Cloud Minders
The Way to Eden
Requiem for Methuselah
The Savage Curtain
All Our Yesterdays
Turnabout Intruder

Year 4/5 (2269)
TAS: Beyond the Farthest Star
Yesteryear
One of Our Planets is Missing
The Lorelei Signal
More Tribbles, More Troubles
The Survivor
The Infinite Vulcan
The Magicks of Megas-Tu
Once Upon a Planet
Mudd’s Passion
The Terratin Incident
The Time Trap
The Ambergris Element
The Slaver Weapon
The Eye of the Beholder
The Jihad

Year 5/5 (2270):
The Pirates of Orion
Bem
The Practical Joker
Albatross
How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth
The Counter-Clock Incident

Post-5 Year Mission

Star Trek: The Motion Picture 2270’s
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan March 22, 2285
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 2285
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 2286
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 2287
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 2293
Star Trek: Generations (Prologue Sequence) 2293

24th Century History

The Assignments of The Enterprise D, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise E (2364-2379)

TNG: Encounter at Farpoint
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
Where No One Has Gone Before
Lonely Among Us
Justice
The Battle
Hide and Q
Haven
The Big Goodbye
Datalore
Angel One
11001001
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
Home Soil
Coming of Age
Heart of Glory
The Arsenal of Freedom
Symbiosis
Skin of Evil
We’ll Always Have Paris
Conspiracy
The Neutral Zone
The Child
Where Silence Has Lease
Elementary, Dear Data
The Outrageous Okona
Loud as a Whisper
The Schizoid Man
Unnatural Selection
A Matter of Honor
The Measure of a Man
The Dauphin
Contagion
The Royale
Time Squared
The Icarus Factor
Pen Pals
Q Who
Samaritan Snare
Up the Long Ladder
Manhunt
The Emissary
Peak Performance
Shades of Gray
Evolution
The Ensigns of Command
The Survivors
Who Watches the Watchers
The Bonding
Booby Trap
The Enemy
The Price
The Vengeance Factor
The Defector
The Hunted
The High Ground
Deja Q
A Matter of Perspective
Yesterday’s Enterprise
The Offspring
Sins of the Father
Allegiance
Captain’s Holiday
Tin Man
Hollow Pursuits
The Most Toys
Sarek
Menage a Trois
Transfigurations
The Best of Both Worlds
The Best of Both Worlds Part II
Family
Brothers
Suddenly Human
Remember Me
Legacy
Reunion
Future Imperfect
Final Mission
The Loss
Data’s Day
The Wounded
Devil’s Due
Clues
First Contact
Galaxy’s Child
Night Terrors
Identity Crisis
The Nth Degree
Qpid
The Drumhead
Half a Life
The Host
The Mind’s Eye
In Theory
Redemption Part I
Redemption Part II
Darmok
Ensign Ro
Silicon Avatar
Disaster
The Game
Unification Part I
Unification Part II
A Matter of Time
New Ground
Hero Worship
Violations
The Masterpiece Society
Conundrum
Power Play
Ethics
The Outcast
Cause and Effect
The First Duty
Cost of Living
The Perfect Mate
Imaginary Friend
I, Borg
The Next Phase
The Inner Light
Time’s Arrow
Time’s Arrow Part II
Realm of Fear
Man of the People
Relics
Schisms
True Q
Rascals
A Fistful of Datas
The Quality of Life
Chain of Command Part 1
Chain of Command Part 2
DS9: Emissary
Past Prologue
A Man Alone
Babel
TNG: Ship in a Bottle
DS9: Captive Pursuit
TNG: Acquiel
DS9: Q-Less
TNG: Face of the Enemy
DS9: Dax
TNG: Tapestry
DS9: The Passenger
TNG: Birthright Part 1
Birthright Part 2
DS9: Move Along Home
The Nagus
TNG: Starship Mine
Lessons
DS9: Vortex
Battle Lines
TNG: The Chase
DS9: The Storyteller
TNG: Frame of Mind
DS9: Progress
TNG: Suspicions
DS9: If Wishes Were Horses
TNG: Rightful Heir
DS9: The Forsaken
TNG: Second Chances
DS9: Dramatis Personae
Duet
TNG: Timescape
DS9: In the Hands of the Prophets
TNG: Descent Part 1
Descent Part II
DS9: The Homecoming
The Circle
The Siege
TNG: Liaisons
Interface
Gambit Part 1
Gambit Part 2
DS9: Invasive Procedures
Cardassians
TNG: Phantasms
DS9: Melora
TNG: Dark Page
DS9: Rules of Acquisition
TNG: Attached
DS9: Necessary Evil
TNG: Force of Nature
DS9: Second Sight
TNG: Inheritance
DS9: Sanctuary
TNG: Parallels
DS9: Rivals
The Alternate
TNG: The Pegasus
ENT: These are the Voyages…
TNG: Homeward
DS9: Armageddon Game
TNG: Sub Rosa
DS9: Whispers
TNG: Lower Decks
DS9: Paradise
TNG: Thine Own Self
DS9: Shadowplay
TNG: Masks
DS9: Playing God
TNG: Eye of the Beholder
DS9: Profit and Loss
TNG: Genesis
DS9: Blood Oath
TNG: Journey’s End
DS9: The Maquis Part 1
The Maquis Part 2
TNG: Firstborn
Bloodlines
DS9: The Wire
TNG: Emergence
DS9: Crossover
TNG: Preemptive Strike
DS9: The Collaborator
TNG: All Good Things…
DS9: Tribunal
The Jem’Hadar
The Search Part I
The Search Part II
The House of Quark
Equilibrium
Second Skin
The Abandoned
Civil Defense
Meridian
Star Trek: Generations
Defiant
Fascination
Past Tense Part 1
Past Tense Part 2
VOY: Caretaker
Parallax
Time and Again
DS9: Life Support
Heart of Stone
VOY: Phage
DS9: Destiny
VOY: The Cloud
DS9: Prophet Motive
VOY: Eye of the Needle
DS9: Visionary
VOY: Ex Post Facto
Emanations
Prime Factors
DS9: Distant Voices
VOY: State of Flux
DS9: Through the Looking-Glass
Improbable Cause
The Dies is Cast
VOY: Heroes and Demons
Cathexis
DS9: Explorers
VOY: Faces
DS9: Family Business
VOY: Jetrel
DS9: Shakaar
VOY: Learning Curve
DS9: Facets
The Adversary
VOY: The 37’s
Initiations
Projections
Elogium
Non Sequiter
DS9: The Way of the Warrior
VOY: Twisted
DS9: The Visitor
VOY: Parturition
DS9: Hippocratic Oath
Indiscretion
Rejoined
VOY: Persistence of Vision
DS9: Starship Down
VOY: Tattoo
DS9: Little Green Men
VOY: Cold Fire
DS9: The Sword of Kahless
VOY: Maneuvers
DS9: Our Man Bashir
VOY: Resistence
DS9: Homefront
Paradise Lost
VOY: Prototype
Alliances
DS9: Crossfire
VOY: Threshold
DS9: Return to Grace
VOY: Meld
DS9: Sons of Mogh
VOY: Dreadnought
DS9: Bar Association
VOY: Death Wish
DS9: Accession
VOY: Lifesigns
Investigations
Deadlock
DS9: Rules of Engagement
VOY: Innocence
DS9: Hard Time
Shattered Mirror
The Muse
VOY: The Thaw
DS9: For the Cause
VOY: Tuvix
DS9: To the Death
VOY: Resolutions
DS9: The Quickening
VOY: Basics Part 1
Basics Part 2
DS9: Body Parts
Broken Link
VOY: Flashback
The Chute
The Swarm
DS9: Apocalypse Rising
VOY: False Profits
DS9: The Ship
VOY: Remember
DS9: Looking for par’Mach in all the Wrong Places
…Nor the Battle to the Strong
The Assignment
VOY: Sacred Ground
DS9: Trials and Tribble-ations
VOY: Future’s End
Future’s End Part 2
DS9: Let He Who is Without Sin…
Things Past
VOY: Warlord
Star Trek: First Contact
DS9: The Ascent
VOY: The Q and the Grey
Macrocosm
DS9: Rapture
The Darkness and the Light
VOY: Fair Trade
Alter Ego
DS9: The Begotten
VOY: Coda
DS9: For the Uniform
VOY: Blood Fever
DS9: In Purgatory’s Shadow
By Inferno’s Light
VOY: Unity
Darkling
DS9: Doctor Bashir, I Presume
VOY: Rise
Favorite Son
DS9: A Simple Investigation
Business as Usual
VOY: Before and After
DS9: Ties of Blood and Water
Ferengi Love Songs
VOY: Real Life
DS9: Soldiers of the Empire
VOY: Distant Origin
DS9: Children of Time
VOY: Displaced
DS9: Blaze of Glory
VOY: Worst Case Scenario
DS9: Empok Nor
VOY: Scorpion
Scorpion Part 2
DS9: In the Cards
Call to Arms
VOY: The Gift
Day of Honor
Nemesis
DS9: A Time to Stand
VOY: Revulsion
DS9: Rocks and Shoals
VOY: The Raven
DS9: Sons and Daughters
Behind the Lines
Favor the Bold
Sacrifice of Angels
VOY: Scientific Method
Year of Hell
Year of Hell Part 2
DS9: You are Cordially Invited…
Resurrection
VOY: Random Thoughts
DS9: Statistical Probabilities
VOY: Concerning Flight
Mortal Coil
DS9: The Magnificent Ferengi
Waltz
VOY: Waking Moments
Message in a Bottle
DS9: Who Mourns for Morn
Far Beyond the Stars
VOY: Hunters
DS9: One Little Ship
VOY: Prey
DS9: Honor Among Thieves
VOY: Retrospect
DS9: Change of Heart
VOY: The Killing Game
The Killing Game Part 2
DS9: Wrongs Darker than Death or Night
Inquisition
VOY: Vis a vis
DS9: In the Pale Moonlight
VOY: The Omega Directive
DS9: His Way
VOY: Unforgettable
DS9: The Reckoning
VOY: Living Witness
DS9: Valiant
VOY: Demon
DS9: Profit and Lace
VOY: One
DS9: Time’s Orphan
VOY: Hope and Fear
DS9: The Sound of Her Voice
Tears of the Prophets
Image in the Sand
Shadows and Symbols
Afterimage
VOY: Night
DS9: Take Me Out to the Holosuite
VOY: Drone
DS9: Chrysalis
VOY: Extreme Risk
DS9: Treachery, Faith, and the Great River
VOY: In the Flesh
DS9: Once More Unto the Breach
VOY: Once Upon a Time
DS9: The Siege of AR-558
VOY: Timeless
DS9: Covenant
VOY: Infinite Regress
Nothing Human
Thirty Days
Star Trek: Insurrection
VOY: Counterpoint
DS9: It’s Only a Paper Moon
Prodigal Daughter
VOY: Latent Image
Bride of Chaotica!
DS9: The Emperor’s New Cloak
VOY: Gravity
DS9: Field of Fire
VOY: Bliss
DS9: Chimera
VOY: Dark Frontier
DS9: Badda-Bing-Badda-Bang
VOY: The Disease
DS9: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges
VOY: Course: Oblivion
The Fight
Think Tank
DS9: Penumbra
Til Death Do Us Part
Strange Bedfellows
VOY: Juggernaut
DS9: The Changing Face of Evil
VOY: Someone to Watch Over Me
DS9: When it Rains…
VOY: 11:59
DS9: Tacking into the Wind
VOY: Relativity
DS9: Extreme Measures
VOY: Warhead
DS9: The Dogs of War
VOY: Equinox
Equinox Part 2
DS9: What You Leave Behind
VOY: Survival Instinct
Barge of the Dead
Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
Alice
Riddles
Dragon’s Teeth
One Small Step
The Voyager Conspiracy
Pathfinder
Fair Haven
Blink of an Eye
Virtuoso
Memorial
Tsunkatse
Collective
Spirit Folk
Ashes to Ashes
Child’s Play
Good Shepherd
Live Fast and Prosper
Muse
Fury
Life Line
The Haunting of Deck Twelve
Unimatrix Zero Part 1
Unimatrix Zero Part 2
Imperfection
Drive
Repression
Critical Care
Inside Man
Body and Soul
Nightingale
Flesh and Blood
Shattered
Lineage
Repentence
Prophecy
The Void
Workforce
Workforce Part 2
Human Error
Q2
Author, Author
Friendship One
Natural Law
Homestead
Renaissance Man
Endgame
Star Trek: Nemesis

25th Century History

Star Trek Online 2409

23rd Century History Alternate

Star Trek (2009) 2258
Star Trek Into Darkness 2259
Star Trek Beyond 2260?

Rick’s Star Trek Blog #5: Why Admiral Archer’s “Prized Beagle” May Have Been Porthos

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

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As some of you remember, in the alternate timeline (as seen in the 2009 Star Trek movie) Montgomery Scott was reassigned to Delta Vega as disciplinary action when he tested his theories on transwarp beaming on Admiral Jonathan Archer’s prized beagle.
In the TV series, Star Trek: Enterprise, we see Captain Archer has a pet beagle aboard named Porthos. However, the 2009 movie never clarified if the beagle Scotty turned into a test subject was the same dog. Fans have argued that since the NX-1 Enterprise began its mission in 2150 and the year Star Trek (2009) took place would roughly be about a hundred years later Porthos surely would have been dead by then.
Nevertheless, as my title suggests, I am going to point out how I believe that the unfortunate dog-turned-guinea pig was indeed the same beagle.

My chief argument for why I think he was Porthos is that in the 22nd and 23rd centuries medical science had improved so that average lifespans had been increased. It was not uncommon in Star Trek for humans to reach the age of 150 or more. Of course, I do admit, that we are talking about a dog here and thus Porthos would still have a shorter lifespan than humans; but I think it is not impossible that veterinary medicine would have similar improvements in the future. Just as human medicine has made life longer and more comfortable I think it not unreasonable to believe that a dog from the 22nd and 23rd century would also have a lifespan much longer than a contemporary dog.
The question could be asked, I suppose, would people in the future value the lives of their pets as much as they do that of sentient species? At least enough to make it so dogs like Porthos could live to be over 100? I, for my part, believe so.
In the future originally conceived by Gene Roddenberry humanity had overcome war and disease living in a peaceful environment where resources were refocused for bettering humanity morally, physically, and intellectually. Economics changed drastically where money was no longer existent and human greed and the need for an aggressive military were no longer commonplace. Humanity became more humane.
In a future where humans improved in a such a way I think it would be very likely that people would put extra effort into making sure their pets lived long, comfortable lives that hold as much value and care as their own.
If a human like Jonathan Archer can live to be over a hundred and forty years old than I am sure Porthos could (with excellent care and a healthy diet) live to be over a hundred years old too.

That leaves us with only a final problem. If the beagle mentioned in Star Trek (2009) is, indeed, Porthos then his fate is sadly uncertain. We never did find out if Scotty successfully got Porthos to resequence at his destination. It is possible that in the 23rd century Porthos was fated to become a collection of molecules stuck in a pattern buffer until the sequence decayed. Terrible way for an innocent beagle to go.

Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to 4 Fandoms + an Apology for the Delay

Contributor: Rick McGimpsey

As some of you realised by now I have been AWOL for nearly a month. Suffice it to say I had been dealing with some personal matters and took some time off. To those who read these lists of mine each week I offer an apology and a quick catch-up by posting all four delayed lists in one post. I hope you enjoy them and can forgive my absence.

List #1. Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to NCIS Fans

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1. The spin-offs are so much better. They have less annoying characters like Ducky or Abby.

2. Those black & white flairs and freeze shots at the beginning of every commercial break are annoying as hell. I am getting a headache.

3. 12 seasons! Good lord! Can they just cancel this dead show already!?

4. You know what would be an interesting story arc? Killing off Gibbs.

5. I don’t much care for this show. It seems more like a poor rip-off of JAG.

Here begins the first three lists for what would have been Book Series Month:

List #2. Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to Harry Potter Fans

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1. If I went to Hogwarts I would be put in Hufflepuff. That’s where Robert Pattinson went. He’s so dreamy! ❤

2. Why did the Order of the Phoenix in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows all take polyjuice potion to look like Harry if he is Enemy Number One? Why not all look like someone else or, even better, make Harry look like someone else? You know, someone the Death Eaters wouldn’t try to hunt and kill?

3. Harry Potter is an evil series promoting Druidism and anti-American values such as pagan rituals and blood sacrifices! Have I ever read them? No, of course not! Why would I?

4. Am I the only one who finds the Quidditch chapters tedious and boring?

5. Hogwarts is a terrible school. The students are constantly put in perpetual danger by incompetent staff. It’s set next to a forest filled with violent centaurs and giants. The school’s disciplinary methods apparently includes a school dungeon with all the trimmings such as trolls and three-headed dogs. It is divided into an archaic four-house class system encouraging bigotry and snobbery. And most of the teachers have history involving lycanthropy and/or associations with Grindelwald or Voldemort. What parent would ever send their child there? I would feel safer if my child was put in Durmstrang!

List #3. Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to Sherlock Holmes Fans:

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1. Psh! Sherlock Holmes is a nobody. Everyone knows the world’s greatest detective is Batman!

2. Arthur Conan Doyle? Didn’t that guy write The Lost World. Sherlock Holmes? Wait, you are saying Sherlock Holmes was in Jurassic Park? I am so confused.

3. Sherlock Holmes is terrible literary material for young readers! The man is a crack addict who is antisocial and self-centred. What kind of role-model is that? How could a hero with such imperfections be interesting?

4. Moriarty? Isn’t that the name of the Dwarf mines in Lord of the Rings?

5. Data from Star Trek was a much better Sherlock Holmes than Robert Downy Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch!

List #4. Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to Ender’s Game Fans:

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1. There is a character named Bean. The author of the books is Orson Scott Card. There must be a connection somewhere, somehow to actor Orson Bean! I will find it!

2. Buggers? Wow, that sounds incredibly dirty!

3. Am I the only who has problems with Ender Wiggin’s morals? He saves the world from a serious threat and throws a fit about it even though it was necessary. That doesn’t make you a saint; it makes you a traitor.

4. So you are telling me a game reprogrammed itself and became an artificial sentience named Jane? Sounds to me like Mr. Card is ripping off TRON!

5. 15 books, huh? Orson Scott Card is gonna milk profit from these books until they are dry I guess.

This Monday (I promise): Top 5 Things You Do Not Say to Dark Tower Fans