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Daily Star Trek Quotes: October 18-24

Mr. Spock discovers that he does not understand Human or Klingon humor.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of October 18th through the 24th.

October 18
“You make your own luck. We all know that.” Kira- Rivals, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

October 19
“Oh, I know you, Mister Spock. You’ve never voiced it, but you’ve always thought that logic was the best basis on which to build command. Am I right?” Dr. McCoy “I am a logical man, Doctor.” Spock- The Galileo Seven, Stardate: 2822.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

October 20
“For humans the sexual act brings a closeness and intimacy. It can be a very pleasurable experience.” Riker- The Outcast, Stardate: 45614.6 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

October 21
“If the rest of my group arrives, you will be taken as well. I’m giving you a chance to run.” Alpha Hirogen
“We don’t run.” Janeway- Hunters, Stardate: 51501.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

October 22
Happy Birthday to Christopher Lloyd. @DocBrownLloyd #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“He’s hiding something. We may have dealt him a more serious blow than I thought.” Kruge- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Stardate: 8210.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

October 23
“You’ve lost compassion and empathy – things that give life meaning. And if that’s what it takes to be advanced… I don’t want any part of it.” Archer- Observer Effect, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

October 24
Happy Birthday to F. Murray Abraham. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“In six hours, every living thing in this system will be dead or dying.” Ru’afo- Star Trek: Insurrection, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: October 11-17

“Ya know, if you wanted to get rid of the couch, you could have sent it to a thrift store.”

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of October 11th through the 17th.

October 11
“This may be a gilded cage, filled with everything you’ve always wanted, but it’s still a cage.” Kirk- I Mudd, Stardate: 4513.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

October 12
“Take a look around you. This is how the twentieth century saw the future. We are studying sociology.” Paris “Perhaps you can teach a course at Starfleet Academy “Satan’s Robot: An Historical Overview.”” The Doctor- Night, Stardate: 52081.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

October 13
“Your Honor, the courtroom is a crucible. In it, we burn away irrelevancies until we are left with a pure product—the truth—for all time.” Picard- The Measure of a Man, Stardate: 42523.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

October 14
“You asked me if I miss them. The answer is yes. Every one of them—the children, the wives, even the other husbands.” Dr. Phlox- A Night in Sickbay, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

October 15
Mark Lenard born on this date in 1924. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“It is difficult to answer…when one does not understand the question.” Sarek- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Stardate: 8390 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

October 16
“There is an ancient Klingon proverb that says, You cannot loosen a man’s tongue with root beer.” Worf- Rapture, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

October 17
“I….love you….Brother.” Lore- Descent, Part II, Stardate: 47025.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Comic Books, Doctor Who, Role Playing Games, Star Trek

Two Trek tastes that go great together

Modiphius and IDW Publishing working together.
Modiphius and IDW Publishing working together.

In the “I wasn’t expecting this news today” department, Modiphius released a supplement for their Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game. The IDW Year Five Tie In detailing the events from the Star Trek comic series, Star Trek: Year Five by IDW Publishing.

What makes this product so unique is that it’s based off of another Star Trek licensed publication instead of from a television series or movie. This is something that I’ve been wanting to see for quite some time with a Star Trek roleplaying game. There have been comics based off of a video game (Star Trek: Elite Force) and a novel based off of the MMORPG, Star Trek Online (Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many) but nothing with RPGs so far. Since IDW has been publishing Star Trek comics for over ten years, I hope that this is the start of a long line of products. IDW has had a successful series of Next Generation comics based off of Mirror Universe characters. There was an interesting Romulan series dealing with internal politics. The Kelvin timeline was greatly expanded with several comic series. Basically there are too many storylines to list here, most of them very enjoyable.

Having been inspired by the fan created, Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space Expanded Universe series, I was planning to write up my own series of Star Trek Expanded Universe publications (not for sale since I don’t want to violate any rights of the IP holders). Since Modiphius has released one IDW supplement (and hopefully more), I’ll avoid stepping on any toes by creating homebrew stats from non-IDW sources.

I’ve really been fired up by today’s release. I had to buy the book immediately from DriveThruRPG. It uses some of the wonderful artwork from the comics (a bonus which helped I’m certain). There are three new playable races. The I’qosa (a new race introduced in the comics), the Iotians (yea, the Piece of the Action guys) and the Tholians. We get the stats for one new Starfleet vessel as well as ships from the Tholians and I’qosa. Some of the character write ups includes Harry Mudd, Surak, Gary Seven and Isis, all of which were represented all over the Year Five series. There are also two new factions that the gamemasters can use in their campaigns.

While there was a lot packed into the 26 pages. I was really hoping for a racial write-up for the Centaurans (A Federation race featured in the series). There were also several possible NPCs such as the various candidates for UFP president that could have been written up as well. Hopefully there will be a supplement to the supplement.

One set of ships that I doubt we’ll see stats for are the original FASA Starfleet ships that made it into the artwork of Star Trek: Year Five. There were several ships that were clearly inspired by the Federation Starship Recognition Manual. FASA Star Trek references have shown up in quite a few episodes and other licensed works.

Once again, thumbs up to Fred Love and the team at Modiphius for releasing this great supplement for Star Trek Adventures. Don’t make me pull out the “Please Sir, can I have some more” meme when it comes to works like this.

UPDATE: After I posted this entry, I went into my local comic store and picked up my hold on my monthly visit. This included the last issue of Star Trek: Year Five. At the back of the comic book was an advertisement for this product. This issue was releasd on the same day as the announcement from Modiphius.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: October 4-10

Use the Force, Tom Paris.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of October 4th through the 10th.

October 4
“I can safely say that to know him was to love him and to love him was to know him. Those who knew him loved him while those who did not love him from afar.” Data – The Schizoid Man, Stardate: 42437.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

October 5
“It’s pretty hard to overcome prejudice.” Dr. McCoy- The Cloud Minders, Stardate: 5818.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

October 6
“These people are natural-born explorers, Neelix.” Kes “These people are natural-born idiots if you ask me.” Neelix- The Cloud, Stardate: 48546.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

October 7
“Stop right there, Major! When was your last day off?” Dr. Bashir “I don’t know! What does that have to do with anything?” Kira “If you can’t remember, then it’s been too long. You’re off duty as of this moment.” Dr. Bashir- Defiant, Stardate: 48467.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

October 8
“Well, your guess is as good as mine.” Dr. M’Benga “My guess, doctor, would be valueless.” Spock- That Which Survives, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

October 9
Happy Birthday to Scott Bakula. @ScottBakula #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“There are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy, we’ve only explored a tiny fraction. You have a lot of work to do.” Archer- Azati Prime, Date: January, 2154 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

October 10
“I know you want to look beautiful but I’m just a barber, not a miracle worker.” V’sal- Data’s Day, Stardate: 44390.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 27-October 3

A piece of Star Trek technology I wish was real.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 27th through October 3rd.

September 27
“We’ve learned to tie into every Human organ in the body except one. The brain. And the brain is what life is all about.” Dr. McCoy- The Menagerie, Stardate: 3012.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 28
Star Trek: The Next Generation premieres on this date in 1987 with the episode Encounter at Farpoint. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.” Picard- Encounter at Farpoint, Stardate: 41153.7 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 29
“Stop breathing down my neck!” The Doctor “My breathing is merely a simulation.” EMH Mark II “So is my neck, stop it anyway!” The Doctor- Message in a Bottle, Stardate: 51462 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

September 30
“Knowledge is freedom.” Kirk- The Magicks of Megas-Tu, Stardate: 1254.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekTAS #WeAreStarfleet

October 1
“Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed more often!” Worf- The Vengeance Factor, Stardate: 43421.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

October 2
Happy Birthday to Avery Brooks. #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“There’s an old saying: Fortune favors the bold. Well, I guess we’re about to find out.” Sisko- Favor the Bold, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

October 3
“I lived on Earth for more than 30 years, Commander. In that time I developed an affinity for your world and its people.” Soval “You did a pretty good job of hiding it.” Tucker “Thank you.” Soval- Awakening, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Community Service, Conventions, Cosplay, Fan Club, Rant, Star Trek

FanX after-con report

Salt Lake Magazine interviewed me at FanX 2021
Salt Lake Magazine interviewed me at FanX 2021

FanX: The Salt Lake Comic Convention was held at the Salt Palace on September 16-18. In my duties as Commander-in-Chief of Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet, I helped man the charity booth that we were running at the con. The club was raising funds for the Best Friends Animal Society of Utah.

While I was there, I was able to get some additional photos for my online photo gallery. I was also able to obtain some new Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars autographs for my autograph collection. Spending time with Larry Nemecek and John Eaves was a highlight of the convention. I was even interviewed by Salt Lake Magazine in one of their FanX video reports. The video is posted below.

Salt Lake Magazine interview

Some of the additional good things included how most people were following the health guidelines. Watching the attendees from the booth I’d say that 99% of the people were wearing masks. Hopefully enough people will take steps to make the conventions next year a safer event. I also really loved the wider aisles that were mapped out on the vendors room floor. While the con was still crowded (I was told that more tickets were sold for 2021 than 2019) it wasn’t crazy sardine packed on the vendors floor. I really hope that FanX keeps the wider aisles for future years.

I’m going to go a little bit on a soapbox here. I really think that autograph prices are getting way too high. There were several guests that I ended up skipping because I didn’t want to pay that much for a signature on a photo. I think that managers hear the term “Comic Con” and automatically hike the prices up by 30-50%. It also bugs me that the autograph prices are not advertised before the con so I can budget ahead of time. The con website posts the photo op prices, but the autograph prices are always listed as TBA. When I show up and find out that someone wants $90 for an autograph that I didn’t plan for in advance, I turn it down. Speaking of photos, what is the deal with charging for a selfie? Yes an autograph creates a value on an item that can be resold, so I can understand a guest charging for that. But you can’t really re-sell a selfie. All of the selfie-style photos that I have posted on this website were obtained without extra payment. While they are kewl and I thank the guest for posing with me, I don’t see myself paying for a selfie. If I wanted to pay for a photo with a guest, I’d get a professional photo done. End of rant.

After not being able to attend a convention for two years, it was good to see my convention friends and geek out. There are a certain number of people that I only see at these events. It was good to see who had kept themselves safe. I hope that things will get better so we can continue to have more events and conventions. The new uniform worked great and I may pick up a few more from that manufacturer.

Here are some of the photos that were taken at the con.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 20-26


Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 20th through the 26th.

September 20
“Captain, we have the right to survive.” Deela “Not by killing others.” Kirk- Wink of an Eye, Stardate: 5710.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 21
“You ‘improvised’ your way through an entire cheesecake as well as three servings of Ktarian chocolate puffs! Now I have to deal with the consequences.” Seven- Body and Soul, Stardate: 54238.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

September 22
“I sense you have a closed mind, Captain.  Closed minds have kept these two worlds apart for centuries.” Spock- Unification II, Stardate: 45245.8 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 23
Happy Birthday to Rosalind Chao. @rosalindchao #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“Knowledge is power.” Keiko- A Man Alone, Stardate: 46384 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

September 24
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on this date in 2017 with the episodes The Vulcan Hello and Battle at the Binary Stars. #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

“We were biologically determined for one purpose and one purpose alone: to sense the coming of death. I sense it coming now.” Saru- The Vulcan Hello, Stardate: 1207.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

September 25
“To employ an aphorism, one cannot “cheat fate.”” Data- Time’s Arrow, Stardate: 45959.1 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 26
Star Trek: Enterprise premiered on this date in 2001 with the episode Broken Bow. #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“Do you know how to tell him to shut up?” Archer “Shut up!” Sato- Broken Bow, Date: April 15, 2151 #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 13-19

Worf after watching The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 13th through the 19th.

September 13
“Why don’t I give you two some privacy?” Janeway “Oh, Kathy, don’t you like to watch?” Q- The Q and the Grey, Stardate: 50384.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

September 14
Happy Birthday to Walter Koenig. @GineokwKoenig #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow. A very nice place. It must have made Adam and Eve very sad to leave.” Chekov- The Apple, Stardate: 3715.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 15
Happy Birthday to Tom Hardy. #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

“Our eyes reflect our lives, don’t they? And yours, so confident!” Shinzon- Star Trek Nemesis, Stardate: 56844.9 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 16
Happy Birthday to Jayne Brook. @thejaynebrook #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

“We wanted the best of Starfleet to survive. And as this conversation makes clear, that was you… and all you represent.” Cornwell “Thank you.” Pike “You’re welcome. Now, will you get off my ass so we can get back to work?” Cornwell- Project Daedalus #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery

September 17
“Captain, perhaps it would be best if we discussed this…” Picard “SHUT UP.” Riker “…I beg your pardon?” Picard “I said SHUT UP! As in close your mouth and stop talking!” Riker- Future Imperfect, Stardate: 44286.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 18
“Logic saved us, but it took us nearly fifteen hundred years to rebuild and travel to the stars. You Humans have managed to do the same in less than a century.” Soval- The Forge, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

September 19
“Wives serve, brothers inherit. Rule of Acquisition number one hundred thirty nine, if I’m not mistaken.” Odo- Necessary Evil, Stardate: 47282.5 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

Posted in: Community Service, Fan Club, Star Trek

My Star Trek Day interview on KRCL 90.9FM

The Treknologist plaque that I mentioned in the interview.

Wednesday, September 8 2021 was the 55th Anniversary of the Original Star Trek premier on NBC with the episode The Man Trap. Star Trek fans have been celebrating this date as Star Trek Day. There were several events that happened on this date including several series announcements for Star Trek: Prodigy, Star Trek: Picard (season three confirmed) and casting news for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

My friends from The Thermians from Utah Galaxy Quest fan club (hat tip to Frank and Roxanne) reached out to me to see if I wanted to be interviewed by Lara Jones the host of RadioACTive on Community Radio KRCL 90.9 FM. I had a great time talking by Zoom with Lara and we probably could have talked for several hours about Star Trek, Stargate, Star Wars and Doctor Who. But unfortunately I wasn’t the only guest scheduled for the hour long program.

Here is the link to the RadioACTive September 8th show notes with a recording of the interview. There is a brief introduction about Star Trek Day at the beginning followed by an interview regarding the Utah Greek Festival. Then the section with my interview starts around the 27:39 minute mark. After the interview I realized I mistakenly stated David Allen Stiers instead of David Ogden Stiers from MASH fame (I’m horrible with names). There is a little bit of electronic garble from the zoom connection, but other than that I thought the interview went pretty well. I was able to talk about Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet, what Star Trek meant to me and why am a Treknologist and she even mentioned this blog. Playing Star Trekkin by The Firm was a nice touch to wrap up the interview.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been interviewed. Back in the early 90’s a roommate was an intern at a local talk radio station and he got me on the air with a host to talk about Star Trek. I really hope I can find the tape recording of that interview as it now contains the voice of a friend who has long pasted on. I’ve been interviewed by magazines and local newspapers. Dan Pope of KTVX Ch 4 has interviewed me at FanX and I’ve been down to the Ch 4 studios for a cosplay special.

Thank you Lara Jones and KRCL 90.9FM for the opportunity to talk about Star Trek. I hope you all had a happy Star Trek Day. Live long and prosper.

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Daily Star Trek Quotes: September 6-12


Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of September 6th through the 12th.

September 6
Happy Birthday to Idris Elba. @idriselba #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“Without struggle, you would never know who you truly are.” Krall- Star Trek Beyond #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

September 7
“The question is, who will take the initiative? Who will make the first gesture of trust? The answer is, I will.” Picard- The Enemy, Stardate: 43349.2 #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

September 8
Star Trek premieres on this date in 1966 with the episode The Man Trap. #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

“One of the missions of the Enterprise is to protect human life in places like this.” Kirk- The Man Trap, Stardate: 1513.1 #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

Star Trek The Animated Series premieres on this date in 1973 with the episode Beyond the Farthest Star. #StarTrek #WeAreStarfleet

“It’s beautiful. What kind of people could have built it, to touch even a starship with grace and beauty?” Uhura- Beyond the Farthest Star, Stardate: 5221.3 #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

September 9
Happy Birthday to Jeffrey Combs. @jeffreycombs #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“Don’t you think resolving family squabbles can wait until after we’ve won the war?… Weak eyes, good ears.” Weyoun- Favor the Bold, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

September 10
Happy Birthday to Harry Treadaway. @TreadawayHaz #StarTrek #StarTrekPicard #WeAreStarfleet

“Everyone is hiding something. Whether they know it or not.” Narek- The Impossible Box, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrekPicard #WeAreStarfleet

September 11
Happy Birthday to Roxann Dawson. @roxdaws #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

“I don’t run to sickbay every time I stub my toe.” Torres- Extreme Risk, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

September 12
“I guess even Vulcan can fall prey to temptation.”  Archer- The Seventh, Date: Unknown #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet