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August 23rd, 2010

Extracurricular Activities: Fix Club

BBs, welcome to Fix Club. If this is your first night, you HAVE to show your appreciation for the finest engineers in Starfleet.



Fix Club, a.k.a. The Starfleet Academy Society for the Appreciation of Kickass Chief Engineers, was founded to honor the hardest-working, most dependable bunch of GQMFs in the galaxy: the problem-solving, polarity-reversing, matrix-recalibrating, life-support-sustaining, more-power-to-the-shields-providing engineers of Starfleet. Without the know-how and ingenuity of these brave men and women, every Federation ship, starbase, and station would fall to pieces. They'll keep givin' it all she's got until the last redshirt is beamed up, even if they have to break the laws of physics to do it.

RED ALERT: MASSIVE PICSPAM AHEAD. THIS IS NOT A DRILL, REPEAT, NOT A DRILL.Collapse )

If you've got any pics, GIFs, macros, vids, fics, fond memories, etc etc involving any of the fine GQMFs above, THIS, my fellow cadets, is the place to post them. And don't limit yourself to these characters, either! There are other engineers in Starfleet, and there are also technicians from outside the Fleet who we could all stand to learn from. As far as I'm concerned, anybody whose job it is to keep a place together with duct tape and elbow grease and a hope and a prayer belongs right here, having their hard work and masterful skills celebrated in this post.

Frederick Pohl on Gene Roddenberry

Cadets, please welcome reknowned science fiction author Frederick Pohl as our guest lecturer for this session.  He is here to talk about a figure from Earth's history: Gene Roddenberry.

(This is from Mr. Pohl's blog, which is immensely entertaining/enlightening if you're interested in the history of science fiction, stories about science fiction writers, etc.  In addition to writing lots of books, Mr. Pohl edited several science fiction magazines and anthologies for a long time, so he knows pretty much everyone in the biz.  As he says in his bio, "Frederik Pohl is 90 years old, and apart from a few years in the 1940s, when he was busy defeating Adolf Hitler with the assistance of the U.S. Army Air Force, has been involved in science fiction activities since the age of 11."  BAMF.)

Gene Roddenberry

The Starship Enterprise

“A kind of Wagon Train in space. . . .”

The Man Who Launched the Enterprise

 
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Discuss.

Source!

ENGINEERING 101

All right, Cadets, hurry on up to class, it's time for your first lecture!



ENGINEERING 101: Introductory Starship Engineering Operations and Essential Physics
Professor: Lt. Cmdr. winged_mammal
Class Location:: Cochrane Hall, room 342

Course Description: Engineering 101 is broken into two separate units: Unit One, Introductory Starship Engineering Operations, is supplemented by Unit Two, Introduction to Essential Starship Physics. In Unit One I will talk about how the essential systems of a Federation starship - including but not limited to warp and impulse drive, deflector shields, transporters, and weapons systems - work in-universe, with lots and lots of digressions where I insert random tidbits of information from science in our universe. In Unit Two I talk about some cutting-edge modern physics that could be utilized to make Trek science a reality. Most of it is purely theoretical and more than likely could never actually be used in any way, but it's interesting to talk about anyway. I had originally planned to do two separate posts, one with just in-universe science and a second with real-world science, but I found I couldn't stop myself from making comments so decided to just go with this route. If it seems like there's a total lack of coherence, it's entirely my fault and I apologize.

In general, this is an in-universe discussion.
And this is an accompanying real-world explanation.

Now, we all know Technobabble is half the fun of any given episode of Star Trek, but it makes for wildly inconsistent theory. So here, I'm going to go with what was used most often, or what makes the most sense. Like, an episode might say the impulse engines could make the ship go faster than light, but that makes no sense so I'm ignoring it. Generally I try to go with what canon says with a minimum of fanwank. Where things changed between the TOS era and the TNG era, I went with TNG since I'm more familiar with it. (And because it's generally less self-contradictory. I love ya, TOS, but consistency ain't your forte.)

But first, a caveat: I'm a senior-year college chemistry student, not a doctor in theoretical physics. I've taken physics and physical chemistry classes, which have taught me a fair amount about weird quantum stuff, and I eat up Discover articles for breakfast, but I don't pretend to understand all this perfectly, especially since most of it is not at all chemistry related. I think it's interesting as all hell, though, and love talking about it. So while I'm going to try my best to write about the real-world stuff clearly and, more importantly, accurately, there's always the possibility that I'll get something wrong. So, don't go using me as a source for your term paper or anything. If you're interested learning more about anything I mention, I recommend reading the things I list in the references before doing anything else. (For some stuff, though, I haven't got a proper source as it's stuff I've learned in my classes. Just google it or something.)

So. Science!

Unit One: Introductory Starship Engineering OperationsCollapse )


Unit Two: Introduction to Essential Starship PhysicsCollapse )

If you've got questions, by all means ask, because I'm sure there are at least seventeen different places I was horribly unclear.

EDIT: We had guest lecturer real-life physics teacher ladymac111 drop by and help out with a couple things. Check out her super comment here.
EDIT 2.0: I forgot to include this link to a page that explains Einstein's theory of relativity in four-letter words or less. Quite interesting.

MONDAY MEET-UP PLANNING POST/RECAP

MEET-UP PLANNING

This is the weekly post where members can plan meetups for movies, conventions, and misc events.

Just specify the city/country you're in and link to a post in your personal journal where your neighbors can plan the meetup with you. or else check out the list of communities dedicated to these meet-ups  under hereCollapse )

For upcoming Star Trek related conventions check here.

RECAP


For those of you who were able to document your meetups, please post your pics and recaps here, or better yet link to a post in your own LJ so that the comment pages here don't break the internet.

Last week, [info]ashkitty posted a thorough report on ClosetCon.

Even if you didn't take any pictures, please feel free to recount the awesomeness of meeting with other GQMF's, any funny conversations or accidental meeting of other Star Trek geeks fans. lol

Do it!


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