friendship, ...beyond family"
|Issue No 7||
From The Captain's Chair
by COMM Roy Jackson
When we first organized the Endeavour, many people told me we would not be able to keep up with older, more seasoned ships. When we grew so fast, I was told we were a "flash in the pan" and we would not last. After over two years, we have definitely proven the skeptics wrong. We started out with high hopes and dreams, but now we have something even better. We have a history.
Our friendships have grown stronger as we brought family and new members into the fold. I still believe that the glue that holds us together is not our common appreciation of science fiction, but rather, a deeper hope for the future of mankind. Even if we never make first contact with another race from another planet, we can all see a future similar to that portrayed in "Star Trek." We hope for a civilization where equality means equality, nothing less. We can see a world with no room for poverty, war, or greed. I will probably never see that day, but knowing that we make a difference today keeps that hope alive for future generations.
We Got Future!!
by Captain Cyndi Jackson
Sometimes we have the occasion of looking at who we are, what we are doing, and where we are going with being the largest ship of the Fleet. I recently had such an occasion when one of our younger midshipmen visited me. Young Mayci Jackson has been experiencing the challenges of growing up and dealing with what life sometimes has to offer. I am very proud of how she chose to deal with such matters when she excitedly informed me to "take notes" because she had some great ideas. She began informing me of ideas for our next parade, who could do what, how the float and costumes could be created, and guided my notes along with pictures of how it would work. As I watched her excitement in those big brown eyes I realized we have a future. Even at the young age of six, Mayci is proving that the Endeavour is on the right track.
She and many of our midshipmen are playing an important role in our group now. Who knows what ten, even twenty years from now will hold. In looking at our midshipmen, I believe the Endeavour has a future and will hold the title of being the largest ship for many years to come. So take note fellow Fleet members, don't downplay our midshipmen. They are interested in us now, which I consider an honor, and as they grow with us, so does the Fleet.
by Captain Stacy Mulder
We spend a lot of out time talking about space-that makes sense since we are a Star Trek group interested in all things extraterrestrial. But let's not forget our base planet-good old Earth. Let's talk a little about our Earth, how it moves, and its seasonal changes in this edition of Sem-rik.
Our Earth is constantly in motion. Because we are on the planet, we travel with the Earth as it moves at an average speed around the sun at 106,000 kilometers per hour. This movement of the Earth around the sun is called revolution, and each revolution takes 365.24 days, or one Earth year.
For everyone on Earth, the most observable effects of the Earth's rotation on its axis are day and night. As Earth rotates from west to east, the sun appears to rise in the east in the morning. The sun then travels across the sky and sets in the west. At any given moment, it is daytime on the hemisphere of Earth that faces the sun and nighttime on the hemisphere of the Earth facing away from the sun.
Earth travels in an orbit. The Earth's orbit, or path around the sun, is slightly elliptical, or oval-shaped. Because of this elliptical orbit, our Earth is not always the same distance from the sun. At its closest point to the sun, the Earth is said to be at perihelion; at its farthest point, the Earth is at aphelion. Earth reaches perihelion on January 3 of each year and reaches aphelion on July-the day of the Midnight Parade!
The earth's aphelion distance is 152 million kilometers; its perihelion distance is 147 million kilometers. The average distance between the Earth and the sun is 150 million kilometers. When the orbit of the Earth is drawn on a graph, it appears perfectly circular; the orbit, however, actually in the shape of an ellipse.
As math students will recognize, the Earth's orbit lines in a plane. The Earth's axis is tilted 23.5 degrees, and as the Earth revolves around the sun, the direction the axis points does not change; it always points toward the North Star. Consequently, during each revolution, the North Pole tilts at times toward the sun and at other times away from it. When the North Pole is tilted toward the sun, the Northern Hemisphere has longer periods of daylight. When the North Pole is tilted away from the sun, the Southern Hemisphere has longer periods of daylight.
The rays of our sun are nearly parallel to one another as they reach Earth. Because the Earth's surface is curved, however, the sun's rays strike different parts of the Earth at different angles. The amount of solar heat that any given area receives depends upon the angle at which the sun's rays strike that part of the Earth's surface. When the sun is directly overhead, its rays strike the Earth at a 90 degree angle. The closer to 90 degrees that the rays are, the more concentrated they are and the greater is the heat they produce on the Earth's surface. As the angle of the rays decreases, the rays then spread out. When this happens, the solar heat reaching the surface of the Earth becomes less intense, and surface temperature then become cooler.
What we have, then, is that the angle at which the sun's rays strike each part of the Earth's surface change as the Earth moves through its orbit. When the North Pole is tilted toward the sun, the sun's rays strike the Northern Hemisphere at higher angles. When the North Pole is tilted away from the sun, the sun's rays strike the Southern Hemisphere at higher angles.
These changes in the angles at which the sun's rays strike the Earth's surface-and the accompanying changes in daylight-cause the seasons. For example, when the North Pole is tilted away from the sun, the angle of the sun's rays falling on the Northern Hemisphere is lower. As a result, there are fewer hours of sunlight. The weak rays of the sun and the short hours of daylight produce the cool winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, just like we are having now. At the same time, the angle of the sun's rays striking the Southern Hemisphere are presently higher, and there are more hours of daylight. Those strong rays and the longer hours of daylight are producing the warm summer season in the Southern Hemisphere right now!
So. Armed with this knowledge, you can make a decision. If you are a summer lover, you need only switch hemispheres every season and you can stay warm in the sun all year long. If you are a snow bunny, you can follow those lower sun ray angles around the world and ski to your heart's delight every month. Or-you can just pop into the holodeck and design whatever season and landscape you desire!
Mene Sakkhet Ur-Seveh
In the News
by Captain Cyndi Jackson
As our group has grown our lives have become entwined as only family could appreciate. Our family has been faced with many changes and challenges and it has been comforting to know the Endeavour and Fleet is here to support each of us. As we face the New Year I hope that such support will continue and prayers will reach and comfort those in need. I have found new belief after spending an evening with one of our midshipmen, Samual, after an accidental overdose of a new medication. The little guy survived and he is now on the charts as what the medication, Heaven forbid, will do in future cases. I hope we will never have to face another trial such as his.
I am also blessed that Dylan and two of his friends (many of you have met Mike and Zac) were involved in an accident that resulted in only one serious injury (of course the injured is Corey's girlfriend). She too is recovering and Corey has proved to be a dedicated friend as she recuperates.
And then we have Pat. (Stop laughing midshipmen) If you have met Pat you know he faces challenges by throwing caution to the wind. Well, Pat now realizes caution sometimes is a good thing as he recovers from a broken and torn knee from being hit by a car. Patrick has been a real trooper with dealing with a little bit of teasing about his endeavor. We appreciate that he is doing as well as he has.
Most of you know Jim from the many events that have taken place at Vickie's home. Just before Christmas Jim found that he would have to have a kidney removed due to a tumor. Jim has done a great job of dealing with the surgery. His trials are not over as new meds are being looked at to deal with his newfound cancer. His moral has been up lifting as he takes life one day at a time and blesses each day as one more day in his life. This appears to be helping Rod who has also been facing the removal of a kidney. Rod will have his kidney removed in Indy next week. The doctor's believe his tumor is confined to the one kidney and that he has a 90% chance of recovery. His main concern has been that he will be around for his (still) new wife and beautiful baby girl. Our concern, who's going to drive the SRV? Not really Rod, we love you and are hoping you survive this as you have all the other challenges in your life. I for one, have no doubt that you will.
Through membership and family many of you have heard that Woody (my mom's husband) unexpectedly passed on a week ago. I have found new strength in watching my mom deal with her grief and can only hope that I could be as strong as her. So keep the prayers and thoughts coming, I still think I can reach my new year's resolution of making 2006 the best year I have ever had. Sure, it has started out to be a challenge but with this wonderful group and family I have no doubt. Thank you all for your support.
|Samual||Dylan,Michael, and Zach||Patrick||Jim||Rod||Woody and Viola|
by Captain Cyndi Jackson
This year's Halloween party proved to be a true success for the Endeavour. Lt. Misty Jackson opened her home for the event. Because of her house size and location there was plenty of room for a bonfire, games, walks in a graveyard, and Karaoke. The food was great and I was able to find more games than there was time to play. Our mid-shipmen seemed to enjoy many of the games and everyone enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Stacy even brought a dance mat that takes more coordination than anyone having a nip or two could master. But what the heck, you know when there is a challenge the Endeavour folks will try!
This was our third Halloween party and we had 83 members attend throughout the night. Our captain supplied a picture memory board of past Halloween parties and we were all surprised to compare the past two parties with the "celebrities" that have attended in the past. I was especially pleased to compare the past pictures with how we are today. All I can say to that is WOW! Our midshipmen have grown more than the ship. Keep it up Endeavour. You are all looking great!
Let's Do the Monster Mash!
by Julie and Stacy Mulder
Well, we didn't actually DO the "Monster Mash" at our annual Halloween party, but we made up for it in many other ways!
Our annual Endeavour Halloween party was held in 2005 at the home of Misty Jackson-Beckley. Misty's house, big enough for all of us and then some, was decorated with all the superb trappings of the ghostly season: things that moved, things that glowed, and things that went bump in the night! And what a night it was!
The food as always, was amazing. Among the many talents of the Endeavour crew is a fantastic capability to provide quite a feast whenever we have a pitch-in. Our Halloween party was no exception as we munched on grisly treats that tasted great no matter what their spooky names might be!
Games this year were designed and presided over by Cyndi and Roy Jackson, and what a great addition they were to the festivities! Kids both big and small delighted in skill competitions involving oranges and in a wild cakewalk that featured headstones as the stepping stones. (We saved a few of the more notable headstones!) A few daring individuals also tried the new DDR.
As mentioned earlier, we did not manage to do the "Monster Mash," but we DID manage to unveil a new dance and song from the karaoke collection: the "Numa-Numa Song" (Dragostea Din Tei). Though not intended as a dance release, the song has captured the imaginations of the Endeavour crew and joined the regular ship dance standards of "The Macarena" and, of course, the "Time Warp."
Costumes, costumes, costumes! We are indeed a creative group. Our little ones were supreme in the myriad of characters they represented at the party, our teenagers' outfits were both gruesome and delightful, and of course the adults were definitely up to their usual standards of excellence. Everyone outdid themselves, for sure, and we were a sight to behold as many made a tour of the graveyard to look for risen goblins and witches.
All in all, it was a great evening. The weather held well for us, and save for a few mishaps of the type that seem to occur on Halloween night all over the world, it was definitely a successful endeavor (pun intended!).
Our resident chef, LTjg Gary Barclay
has added a new section to the Endeavour Newsletter.
Starbase Indy 2005-Julie's Perspective
by CMDR Julie Mulder
I have to say that to me, usually the best part of any convention is the time I get to spend hanging around with the other teens and kids on the ship. We get along really well together, so the time between work shifts is always a good time.
But I also love the Dealer's Room. I could spend hours in there, literally, and often do! It amazes me that so many things are available there, and they are things that don't always have to do with whatever convention we are attending, either. If we go to a Trek con like SBI was in 2004 and 2005, then there are lots of Trek things, for sure. But we can also find things that pertain to Star Wars, Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Lord of the Rings-you name it!
This year at SBI I worked in two areas-Registration and Security. The people I worked with in each area were friendly and helpful, and I really didn't see any great problem anywhere except that it would have been nice to have more people working Security. It seemed like there were more posts to cover than we had people to cover them.
Would I do it again? You betcha! Conventions are now a part of my life that I wouldn't want to miss, and that doesn't matter if they are SBI cons or Vulkon cons or whatever. I have great stories to tell at school after a convention, and I have pictures from cons that no one else at school has. Let's keep on the convention track, Endeavour!
by LTjg Gary Barclay
Dr. Kathy Hohman of the Starfleet Medical Forensics Unit did a wonderful job of explaining forensics. I took 2 years of biology and 1 year of zoology along with chemistry and physics in high school. I was an Oceansystems Technician in the U.S. Navy studying oceanography. Dr. Hohman did a great job of explaining how to determine how to tell the age and sex of a person by looking at their bones. Some examples would be the wear and tear on the joints and the pelvis region is designed in one sex for childbearing. She also had everyone to ink their fingers and print them. Each person had to examine the other's to see how much different that they were. Dr. McCoy "Bones" would have been proud of her.
by Captain Stacy Mulder
In 2004, SBI treated us to headliner Connor Trinneer from Star Trek: Enterprise. In 2005, we got the chance to meet yet another Enterprise star-Dominic Keating. Although the Enterprise series had unfortunately been cancelled by the time of SBI's second year, it was great to get the chance to meet two actors who have now joined the prestigious ranks of Star Trek.
Again working Registration for SBI, I found that things went much more smoothly than in Year One. In fact, comments from patrons assured us that registration was very well organized in comparison to what sometimes occurs at other cons. We were happy to hear that kind of remark and hope to improve even more for Year Three.
In addition to working Registration and Security, this year brought a new experience for out ship's crew-Endeavour Karaoke. Armed with brand-new karaoke song books and a new RSQ machine, we presented two nights of karaoke for the con-and the crowd loved it. Mark Williams provided microphones, sound board, effects machine, screen and projector to make our karaoke a really strong activity. Mark, Stacy, Misty, and Sam all assisted at various times in "KJ-ing" for the con, and together we all made a pretty good team. The Endeavour karaoke went so well, in fact, that there is talk of us presenting the karaoke at InConJunction for the 2006 convention (and it is already firm that we will be back at SBI this coming Thanksgiving weekend). Way to go, Endeavour!
On a personal note, I also got the chance to judge the Masquerade competition in 2005. This was a really fun experience. We not only ended up with lots more contestants than we first thought we would have, but we also got a surprise announcer: Geoff Mutch, who among other Trek roles was Jonathan Frakes' double.
History of Astronomy
by LTjg Gary Barclay
Dan Goins, local astronomy teacher and Martinsville HS Planetarium director did an excellent job of showing and talking about our universe. I always like to take the time to check out shows from PBS to the Discovery channel to view new findings in our universe. However, Mr. Goins presented picutes from NASA that I have never seen before. He not only showed many different planets and clusters in the universe but also explained the theory on how they were created. This is my only way to explore strange new worlds and to boldly go where no one has gone before. I found Mr. Goins talk to be fascinating, that is to borrow from Mr. Spock.
Starbase Indy-November 25th thru the
by Captain Mark Williams
Again, as always, all that went had a great time. The turn out was small but no one that I spoke with was unhappy with the way that the convention ran. I arrived Friday morning with my wife and a friend of mine that drove up from Alabama. We checked in and then went to our room. This year's room was much nicer then last year's. After settling in we hit, of course, the dealer's rooms. After that, much of the weekend was a blur. It went by so fast. My wife and I helped with security and I was there as part of the Trek United group. It was great getting to meet people from around the world that drove or flew in from as far away as England. Other then Tim Brazeal, I had not met any of them in person. I have become good friends with one of the members with us emailing or calling each other at least once or twice a week. Starbase Indy is just like that a great place to meet some great people.
Digging the New Battlestar Galactica
by LTjg Gary Barclay
Kevin Spencer, frequent contributor to the Matrix articles at (en.wikepedia.org) and on Battlestar Galactica at (www.battlestarwiki.com) did an excellent job in his presentation on Battlestar Galactica. First, I want to point out that Kevin won a price as Morpheus at the Masquerade contest. He painstakingly went through the show's plot lines and gave an in depth profile on each of the main characters. Kevin explained how he liked the simple nuts and bolts portrayal of the show like using actual equipment from aircraft carriers. I had friends on two aircraft carriers when I was in the US Navy, so I got to take a tour of the USS JFK and the USS Independence. The show definitely caught the essence of a real battleship. I saw Kevin's eyes light up each time that I would enter the discussion. I watch SciFi Friday's and I watch Stargate Monday's, which includes the last new airing of Battlestar Galactica from the Friday before. Also, SciFi will run Battlestar Galactica back to back once in a while on Tuesday's. I watch that as well. I think that Kevin was pleasantly surprised of my knowledge but mine surely pales in comparison to his. Kevin Spncer was really cool. He is the kind of person that I like to hang out with. The nice thing about going to the conventions is meeting like-minded people.
Live long and prosper \ \/ /,
Endeavour Christmas 2005
by Captain Lisa Wehmanen
For the third year in a row, the Endeavour held it's annual Christmas party at the American Legion. We have been lucky to get this venue for all our Christmas parties and it is a good thing since our attendance each year has reached over 80 people.
The weather was comfortable for a December evening. Even though the party was held on the 17th, which is only a week before Christmas, everyone made time for their extended family.
I am always amazed at how so many people can get so organized so quickly. There was a large variety of food and fun with a pitch-in and karaoke. The kids played for hours while the adults spent most of their time socializing.
We also had a visit from our "big-spender" Santa who wasn't afraid to tuck a buck after passing out goodies to the younger generation. Check out the website for more pics.
News On The New Toys
by Captain Mark Williams
If you collect toys I hope that you have a thick check book!! Diamond Select Toys won the rights to do the new action figures for the Trek line. DST asked Art Asylum to stay on and design the toys with DST doing the marketing and such. This leaves AA free to do what it does best.
So far since DST has taken over we have received a few figures and a repaint of the NX-01 Enterprise from the episode In a Mirror Darkly. The I.S.S. Enterprise came out about a month and half ago to a mostly positive review considering that it is a repaint.
DST also released 4 figures from the DS9 Episode Trials and Tribbulations. Again these were repaints and used body's that were used for the wave one and two lines of TOS.
They also put out a repaint of the classic Phaser from TOS that AA had put out close to a year earlier changing it to the white handled one from the first season.
Several of the prop collectors that I know helped with the repaint on this one helping AA get it as close to the real prop as AA could get without retooling the molds.
Next DST is releasing the next Wave of Figures that will have 3 versions of Riker and 3 versions of Worf. Master Replicas is going to release to 1701 Enterprise in studio size and one new Trek prop. You had better get the credit card out for the MR stuff. It's real nice stuff not a toy more of a high end display piece and it is priced accordingly
Till next time,
Capt Mark Williams
And now for some Star Trek
Courtesy of Captain Stacy Mulder
What do you call an illegitimate child hanging from the ceiling?
A cling-on bastard.
Why did Q cross the road?
He was being the chicken.
What's the next Star Trek film going to be rated?
How do you make a Horta float?
Two scoops of ice-cream, one scoop of Horta, and a splash of soda.
What do you get when you cross a Vulcan with a Ferengi?
How does Kirk clean the outer hull of the Enterprise?
He sets phasers to "rinse."
What do you call a cry-baby android with a chip in his head?
Why didn't Sisko come back to Starfleet at the end of DS9?
He realized it was a non-prophet organization.
What's black and white and red all over?
The bodies of those two guys at the end of "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."
What did Spock say to the redwood after he had planted it in his mother's garden?
"Live log, and prosper."
What do you call a fleet of Borg ships?
A block party!
What does Captain Kirk and Toilet Paper have in common?
They both fly around Uranus looking for Klingons
What is the difference between a Trekker and a Trekkie?
A Trekker objects to Spock because he is part Vulcan -- A Trekkie complains that Spock is part Human.
What do you find in the toilet on the USS Enterprise?
The Captain's Log!
Next Gen characters answer the question: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Picard: There are four lights!
Riker: I don't know why, but I know how: with pleasure, sir.
Troi: I feel the chicken's pain!
Data: The chicken, in observing that it was on the opposite side of the 20th century Terran paved roadway, was aware that its immediate goal should have been to traverse the distance without interception by an kind of combustion- propelled personal transport vehicle, but I am unclear as to why any kind of domesticated fowl should desire to perambulate upon a conveyance normally reserved for the usage of...yes, sir.
Geordi: Well, wherever it's going, I'm sure it'll have more luck with women than I do.
Worf: KLINGON chickens do NOT cross roads.
Dr. Crusher: If there's nothing wrong with the chicken, there must be something wrong with the universe.
Tasha: That depends...was it fully functional?
Wesley: I'm not sure, but I can figure it out if I reroute these systems and reconfigure the warp field and run a complete internal whootchacallit on the computers and...
Lwaxana: Oh, Jean-Luc!
Mr. Homn: (ding)
Q: Wouldn't you like to know? Too bad your puny human brain wouldn't be able to comprehend the answer.
Dr. Soran: His heart just wasn't in it. (Scenes of chicken torture with nanoprobes have been edited out.)
Hugh the Borg: Maybe it just needed a big hug!
The Borg: Crossing the road is irrelevant. The chicken will be assimilated.