G & T Show 174 – Starfleet OSHA: Safety First
G & T Show 174 -Starfleet OSHA: Safety First is now available to download. Check it out here. This week Nick, Terry, and Mike are back with a new episode. They discuss the latest in Star Trek News, Star Trek Online News, a new STLV Update, and more. It’s a slow news day so they venture far and wide gathering squirrels. Don’t miss out on the fun.
They kick off this week’s show by breaking in their new studio in style with some skyping. We’ll work on the bugs. Nick kicks off Coffee Kaltch by discussing his nearly month long holiday vacation. Terry shares that this coming week, she will be moving out of her cubical this week so they can remodel her office. She’s now sitting in the COO’s office. Nick is feeling guilty that he didn’t get a chance to meet up with Jespah over the holiday break. He tells us about the rough day he had on Friday, before Mike jumps in to share his week. Mike’s knee is all jacked up and ended up taking a vicadin on Tuesday that put him in a fog for the next three days, so he didn’t get a lot of work done. Once it faded, he was able to edit a script and start assembling the next Gates of Sto’vo’kor episode. He goes on to tell us about some of the time he spent with his niece and nephews and the recordings they made for him including new G & T bumpers.
Nick points out that Matt Damon will be playing Shaft in an upcoming reboot. Terry and Mike both agree that they don’t think Damon is cool enough to play the role. Terry would like to see somebody of color. Terry would love to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the roll. They talk about Dwayne Johnson for a few minutes. They question the veracity of the report about Damon as Shaft. Nick reminds them that this is the show that brought them Goats In Trees.
They unofficially slip into Star Trek News-like squirrel when Nick mentions Minecraft and how Janice got him addicted to it. They talk about the game. Nick describes Minecraft as the Lego of Video games. Terry asks them if they saw the Minecraft Enterprise? The chatroom supplies us with video. They discuss the game for a little bit before jumping into the rest of Star Trek News. There’s not a lot of news, but Terry kicks it off with Christopher L. Bennett‘s upcoming Enterprise book: Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic. Look for it on March 24th. Mike thinks it will deal with Vulcans.
Terry moves us on to our favorite author: Dayton Ward and his latest Ten For Ward, where he discusses his ten favorite childhood Star Trek toys. Nick remembered owning some of those toys and tells us about some of his experiences with them. Terry didn’t since she was more into horses and shares a story about how her Barbie’s legs kept popping off whenever she forced one onto a horse. G.I. Joes were better suited for the task. Nick tells us his daughter got a head for Christmas. Terry reminisces over what she and her brothers had done to her Barbie head. Discussing toys that require patience, Mike explains that he used to spend hours and weeks laying down dominoes for two minutes of pleasure. It prompts Terry to share a story about the model of LAX she and a friend had built using bananas. Terry brings it back to Minecraft as a mindless time sink. Mike recounts a story of his niece and nephews playing together.
Nick was reminded about the seismic activity produced at the Seattle football game. They were able to test an earthquake warning system. It worked. It sparks another squirrel from Nick about a documentary he had seen about the ’89 World Series and other sporting events and the power people can produce when acting in concert. Science. Terry segues to a Star Trek article she had scene about 24th Century Cardiac Arrest. It is just as deadly as it is today. Most of those were caused by energy weapons. Mike thinks they should have warning labels on those things. It spurs them to discuss the idea of the 24th century’s version of OSHA and the fact that the starship itself would be its own warning label. Government regulation can’t cure stupidity.
Discussing safety allows Terry to segue to an IO9 article about Why Star Trek’s starships don’t have seat belts. They each discuss their own seat belt and other safety stories from their past. Inertial Dampers don’t compensate enough, requiring the installation of seat belts. Terry thinks Starfleet Osha would have added more regulation. Terry shares that she’s got seat belts in her fan fiction. Seat belts add tension in stories, but tends to reduce the tension when on film. They talk about good seat belt designs in various other films. Starship bridges are designed efficiently and have become a standard model. They discuss where bridges are located. Mike likes his bridges deep within a ship. Nick wants to talk with Christopher L. Bennett about starship design, Mike would like to speak with Doug Drexler. The only time a bridge at the top of the saucer was needed was for the Cage. Nick wonders why the battle bridge isn’t manned 24/7. Mike thinks that it could, but we never saw them on television.
Terry mentions a comment in the article that wonders if the safety belts would hamper crewmen from jumping away from exploding consoles and it even offers a training video showing how to properly be thrown across the bridge. Mike suggests that knowing how to properly be thrown across the bridge is an important skill set. Mike points out an article that recently came out that discussed the 10 design flaws in starship designs. Mike tries to recall some of them, but couldn’t remember them all. Terry locates the article and they discuss the other items on the list. It was determined that DS9 was the most difficult to take over, while Voyager was the easiest since their own crew hijacked the ship. Mike points out that even the Enterprise D was hijacked in space dock twice.
Terry moves us along to an article with Marc Guggenheim discussing the valuable lesson Arrow learned from Star Trek 3. It was in regard to the trailer and how much should be revealed. They discuss the topic. Nick discusses the Arrow mid-season finale and was glad the trailer didn’t show it. Mike brings up the trailer for Best of Both Worlds. UPN was horrible with giving away the plot points for Voyager. They talk about Flash and Arrow. When the chat room provides the trailer for Best of Both Worlds, Mike confirms that they show Picard being abducted by Borg, but never as a Borg. Afterwards, they discuss Agent Carter and how much they really enjoyed this new show. They even started posing a few theories as well as what they liked about it.
Getting back on track, they move onto Star Trek Online. Terry starts us off with the Bridge Officer revamp that will be going live with the anniversary event. Thomas the Cryptic Cat revamped all of the icons for the various powers in game. Mike offered some feedback when Thomas had shared them on Facebook. Terry thinks they will take some getting used to, but likes them all. Some are easier to read and understand than some of the older icons. Not only are the icons being revamped, but the bridge officer system is being revamped. They discuss some of those options and other aspects of the new system including training manuals and the ability to craft them.
Mike offers his theory that with the bridge officer system revamp, he believes that everything in our paper doll has now been revamped. He thinks that for the anniversary, not only are they getting this new system, but also a fully functional Gateway. With all of the various paper doll options, equipment upgrades, the R & D, fleet, and duty officer system now utilizing a touch-friendly interface, it’s the perfect time to launch the Gateway system as well. He goes on to explain that with the Gateway, he would be able to spend time away from his computer, doing everything that currently eats up his playtime, freeing him to actually play the game and collect resources during his time in STO. Before moving on, Mike reminds people that the Foundry Challenge voting period is now underway.
Running out of time, we quickly run through the STLV 2015 Convention Update. They quickly wind down the show. Before they do, they ask everyone to like their Facebook page, send in questions Ask Dayton, and follow them on Twitter.[amazon template=thumbnail&asin=1476779112]
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