Saturday, 28 October 2017

NASA's IXS Enterprise

Old news, perhaps, but this is NASA'S futuristic star ship, the IXS Enterprise. Named after the Star Trek's USS Enterprise, it is a conceptual superluminal spacecraft designed by NASA scientist Dr. Harold G. White and revealed at SpaceVision 2013, designed for the goal of achieving warp travel.
The conceptual spacecraft would be a modified version of the Alcubierre drive* which uses exotic matter (not to be confused with antimatter) to travel faster than light.
While the concept had been out since 2013 the design of IXS Enterprise was popularized in June 2014 after a series of media outlets reported on the conceptual artwork done by Dutch artist Mark Rademaker in collaboration with NASA. According to Mark Rademaker, over 1,600 hours have been spent on the conceptual artwork that he created.

* The Alcubierre drive is a speculative idea based on a solution of Einstein's field equations in general relativity as proposed by theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre, by which a spacecraft could achieve apparent faster-than-light travel if a configurable energy-density field lower than that of vacuum (that is, negative mass) could be created.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Role of the Chief of Wellbeing and Counselling

LT Erika Stroem, Chief of Well-being and Counselling

The mind is a mystery… People have been trying for years to work out on what makes us tick …
There are so many avenues we could talk about, but I shall concentrate on one at the moment—a dilemma I come across very often in my talks with the crew, namely, how they feel about being offended by someone.
More often than not the client focuses on how THEY feel about the situation … Am I being childish? Have I gone OTT with my response? Would I have done better just accepting what they have thrown at me?
Mostly the answer would be, “mo, no and no”, however, there are normally two sides (or more) to every story and until you have heard both/all sides, you have no way of giving sound advice as not only is the mind a mystery, it can be a funny old soul too. There is nothing worse than giving wrong advice as this can lead to all sorts of complications and as the person is not in sound mind at that time, it can also lead to misinterpretations.
Sometimes all can be sorted by just listening and often, if you can nudge them in the right direction, the client often answers their own questions. Needless to say, there are times where we have to go a step further and sort some kind of mediation. A far better way of getting true facts is putting them in front of each other to explain what or how each of them 'put it, took it and absorbed it', as so many times I have come across something that has been said and it has been taken the wrong way. It could even be that the person giving it out did not realise (did not think) they were doing any harm, but this can be construed as bullying and it needs to be nipped in the bud, and the perpetrator needs to be made aware that they are doing it. But be prepared; mediation can also confirm that the accuser is just stirring trouble for someone.
This is just one of the more simple tasks I have in a day’s work.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Simple Star Trek Cookies

The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle

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 You will need four cutters to make every cookie in the Star Trek collection. You can try them all or just pick a fave. Try eBay if you don’t have the Wilton boy cutter. It’s discontinued but its easy to find if you look around.

To make the Starfleet Insignia cookie, simply trimmed a star cutter.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Role of a Chief Medical Officer

LT Erika Stroem, Second Officer & Chief Counsellor

Having just done an exam for medical, it asked what it means to be Chief Medical Officer, so I had to do a poem on it.

I am Chief of Medical
On board a Starfleet ship.
Come and see my sick-bay,
It will be worth the trip.

My doctors and my nurses
Will care for all your pain.
They will not leave your side
Until you’re right again.

But I’m not like any old Doctor …
As I am based in space,
So it’s not just humans I see to.
I deal with any race.

I come across weird diseases
That can really drive me insane,
And I need to find an antidote
To make the crew better again.

Captain's ill? But Captain's stubborn
"“Don’t worry, I’m on my way,
So go to bed and do as you’re told
'Cause I out-rank you today."

In simple, I deal with all sorts—
Healing, surgery, concocter,
Or should I make it easier…
Damn it … I’m a Doctor.