Friday, February 29, 2008

Homeland Security issues alert to be on the look out for possible "alien" rabbit

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Chuck with a pre-Easter greeting for us! Aren't we glad that Scott had his iphone ready this for not-of-this-world action.

Last Blog's ST Trivia Question:
Which famous actor played the night shift communications officer on the Excelsior in ST4?

Christian Slater. His mom, Mary Jo Slater, was casting director on the film.

Today's ST Trivia Question:
We all know the prime directive but what is general order 15?

In honor of Chuck- today's Ferengi Rule of Acquistion is Rule 7:
Keep your ears open!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ship's Log: Pics and SW Magazine Winners

Which device is absolutely necessary for a prepared Star Fleet Officer to have? Forget about the tricorder, who needs a sonic screwdriver, when you have a iphone with a camera ability!

Thank you Scott for sending the pictures of the February meeting. They are great. Everyone looks like they are having a wonderful time.

Last month I had a contest for making comments on this site. The winners of a Star Wars Magazine are James Austin, Tony and Lt. Uhura (please let me know who you are in this universe). The SW magazines will be at the USS Bonaventure table at the Stellar Con convention. If you do not want the magazine let me know and I will let the next runners up have them.

ST Trivia Answer from the last post:

Which famous drummer was a fishlike Antedean Ambassador in Next Gen episode "Manhunt"?

Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac was the Fish Guest on Next Gen

Today's ST Trivia Question:
Which famous actor played the night shift communications officer on the Excelsior in ST4?

All trivia questions and answers are coming from the SFX book- The Ultimate SF & Fantasy Trivia Book Volume 2

Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #3:
Never pay more for an acquisition than you have to.

The surprise picture from Chuck deserves its own blog! So you will have to wait for tomorrow to see it!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Communication Log: Must Read Update on ST:The Tour

If you are looking for the inside scoop on ST:The Tour you must read this article, To Boldly Go Where You've Gone Before and start saving up your money. To star in your favorite ST episode and get the dvd will cost $40.00. They blue screen you in and you read from a script. Also available is a motion postcard of you being transported, price unknown. This article has 5 pages of details and it sounds like the most out of this world experience. I can't wait, Scotty beam me there now!

ST Trivia:
Which famous drummer was a fishlike Antedean Ambassador in Next Gen episode "Manhunt"? Find out tomorrow and get to view the pictures from the February meeting.

Ferengi Rule of Acquistion 1: Once you have their money, you never give it back.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Must See Vigilante TV

I must be a vigilante sympathizer because I have really been enjoying some tv shows that seem to have the vigilante (one who takes or advocates the taking of law enforcement into one's own hands) theme occuring in them. Maybe it is because true justice seems so rare in our society today. What tv shows are you watching?

Dexter- Sundays at 10pm
Dan recommended watching Dexter. Since I usually like the shows that Dan recommends I decided to watch although I was a little hestitant thinking that a drama about a serial killer would be a downer. Actually it was very funny in a dark sort of way. It was satisfying to see "evil" killers get their due. Dexter is a serial killer who only kills other serial killers. He is an outsider who doesn't "get" other humans but he is good at "faking" or fitting in. I will definitely be watching future episodes.

Lost- Thursdays at 9pm
I enjoyed this past episode where Sayeed gives back a little bit of what the Losties have been getting. Instead of waiting to see what the Others are going to do to them, Sayeed in both the present and the future takes action. I can't wait to see how this story is going to turn out.

Prison Break- Mondays at 8pm
Although the season finale was not bad, it was not as good as past finales. I think it was because of the writer's strike that this episode was being used as a finale.

Terminator- Mondays at 9pm
This show is a hit or miss. Some episodes have been very good and some episodes have been fair. I do not think it would have lasted this long if the writer's strike was not going on. Once it has "competition" against it (anything new on tv), I think the ratings will drop. I do like Summer Glau (from Serenity/Firefly/4400) and the mom, Lena ? (from 300).

What are you watching?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The What The Hell con was small but charming. I enjoyed myself. What did you think about the convention?

I arrived Saturday around 10:30am. I watched the sword fighting and found it entertaining. I would not want to have all of that armor on. I imagine it would get hot and uncomfortable.

I found the dealer's room. Unfortunately there were not many dealers, mainly authors trying to sell their books. Acme Comics was the only "store" there. They were having a 50% off sale but I didn't see anything I wanted.

I attended the scifi writing class at 11:00am. It was a great class where we concentrated on getting our opening line for our story just perfect. Mae and Jerrod were funny and gave useful advice.

At 12:00 I attended the film making class. The director of Geekin talked informally with us. I asked his advice for inexpensive equipment that my Technology Club at school could use. It was a shame I couldn't see his movie because it was airing the same time as the Bonaventure meeting.

After the film class, I went to visit Dan Johnson at his own table in the Artist gallery. I ran into Diane and Gordon at Dan's table and we talked for several minutes.

At 2:00 I headed over to Jam's for the "lunch" part of the Bonaventure meeting. Because Jam's did not have seats that could be moved we returned to Dana auditorium for the meeting. It was a beautiful day but just a little chilly.

I returned on Sunday for a Video Game Design class by the writer of Snood. It was interesting. For a "free" convention I had a nice time.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ship's Log February 9th Meeting

The February Bonaventure Meeting was held at Guilford College after meeting at Jam's Deli for lunch. Scott Gibson presided over the meeting.

14 people attended: Scott, Eric, Stephanie, Robert, Chuck, Diane, Gordon, Tony, Chris, Rene, Jill, Richard, Elaine and Dan

What do you want to see in the AAWFO?
People mentioned that they liked the online newsletter. Suggestions for future items were a convention list and more participation from everyone. Diane asked what health issues should be covered in the medical section.

Service Ideas
Several charities were discussed such as blood drive, rest home visits, manning balloon at Christmas parade, and a can food drive at the Star Trek movie premiere.

Official announcement of ship upgrade
The USS Bonaventure is now officially an emissary class, sector control ship. We were able to keep the same number that we have had for almost 20 years, 102A

Stellar Con
We will have a table and will show New Voyages episodes. The March meeting will be on Saturday, March 15 in the lobby of the Radisson so you will not have to pay admission to attend. The meeting will start at 2:00pm. Cost to attend Stellar Con is Friday- $15.00, Saturday- $25.00, Sunday- $20.00 or Weekend pass- $$37.00. For Stellar Con questions you may contact Richard at

Web Site
The web site needs to be registered. It will cost $27.00 per year for the web site. Many members made donations of $2.00 each. More donations are needed.

Clothing Sale
Money was collected for items with the USS Bonaventure logo on them. Tshirts up to 1x are $8.00, hats are $12.00, sweatshirts are $15.00 and patches are $14.50. Scott is going to check to see if he can find patches less expensive at a different place.

Trek News
The Star Trek movie trailer is online. A point of discussion was the fact that it showed the Enterprise being built on land instead of in space. The movie may have multiple time lines as Spock tries to save Kirk from being killed by the Romulans.

At you are able to see the new Mego toys. They retail for $18.00 each.

Raleigh and Charlotte are listed as tentative cities for the Star Trek: the Tour. The group will "road trip" to the closest location. Other destinations mentioned were the Zoo, the NC Battleship, and the Transportation Museum.

Gordon Craighead was promoted to Ensign. Congratulations!

Live Long and Prosper! Pictures will be posted when received by our "official" photographer Scott.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Communication Log- Sci Fi Channel 45 is showing Star Trek All Day! Which episode is your favorite?

The Sci Fi Channel 45 is showing Star Trek episodes all day today (Sunday)! As you watch them you may want to think about which are your favorite episodes. When Star Trek: The Tour comes to the East coast you will be able to place yourself in any of the original Star Trek episodes as an extra and see yourself on a dvd with the original cast.

I'm trying to narrow it down to it down to 5 to 10 episodes. Which ones would you want to appear in?

My favorite has to be Mirror, Mirror