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  2. Or they spent a year or two planning and the plan didn't work as well as hoped or they ran out of time. The attack was a last ditch effort when their plan failed.
  3. Watching Star Trek Discovery #SoFarSogood

  4. I agree if the star were within say, the bounds of where Neptune is within our own solar system, yes. But if this other star within their system were a dwarf star and maybe a good light year away? It's possible the planet could survive relatively intact. It'd take over a year for the full effects to reach them anyway, if the star were that far out. As it is, I don't think the star was that far away, otherwise the Bynars wouldn't have been in such a hurry, right? I also cling to my initial feeling that the writers meant to say 'extreme solar event' but wound up mistakenly labeling it a supernova. An ESE would fit all the criteria of the episode (as far as I could infer, anyway) but it lacks the dramatic punch of the word supernova.
  5. Yesterday
  6. I don't think they would have had the know-how to MOVE a planet. That being said, this is quite insightful with regards to star systems. I still think that a star at close enough range going supernova would do a lot more to Bynas would do more than just knock out their main computer, it would do other things as well.
  7. Well, I'm watching the the show tonight on CBS. I will get All Access eventually but I may wait a few weeks and binge watch the shows I missed.
  8. Yeah that's a longshot. But what if the Super Jupiter had a very weak magnetic field but the Binars own planet had a strong magnetic field. The mass of the star and the super Jupiter by good luck were perfectly placed to block the initial radiation burst from the Supernova. And because of the speed of the Binars planets orbit, it remained in the Super Jupiter's shadow for several weeks. The planet's electric field protected the life on the planet, up to a point. But electronics are more vulnerable to electric pulses than life is. So the main computer was damaged while the people survived.
  9. I really enjoy this one. The last time I visited Venice beach’s boardwalk, I was tempted to do a “Future’s End/Torchwood” tour...
  10. Terminus Timeline - Starships and Interiors

    Like the generous use of color in your console displays! Feels like a nice nod to both TOS and TMP’s sets.
  11. Don’t feel bad. I was lucky enough to get a hand-me-down, as-yet-unused Roku streamer from a friend of ours only Tuesday (so we could watch it on our main TV). Otherwise I was prepared to watch it only on my computer, iPad or iPhone...now that’s cheap.
  12. I don’t know; if they needed a mobile starship computer to upload their main computer’s database, it seems unlikely (though not impossible, granted) that they’ve mastered planetary/stellar engineering. Maybe they once had spaceflight and even planetary/stellar engineering earlier in their evolution, but maybe those skillsets have atrophied (?).
  13. The Orville

    Agreed. The very timely subject of gender identity/modification done with a good story and some very powerful acting. There was a bit of sophomoric humorearly in the ep but the meat of it was really solid.
  14. Cheap bastard that I am, I signed up for All Access last night. Definitely will be watching tonight.
  15. "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Galaxy Chronicles"

    Finally got your first story finished (not that it was bad, just that I've been really busy). I really liked the overall story and the mystery and way the new aliens you introduced functioned not just biologically, but you put some thought into the way they thought and treated each other and the universe. I had a few minor notes that I'll PM to you. I really did enjoy it though. Nice work!
  16. Terminus Timeline - Starships and Interiors

    Arcelyn turned in her chair to look at the consoles coming up one by one. She allowed herself the brief celebratory moment. They were still going to have to test each of the systems to make sure they were working correctly, but this was a huge step up from having nothing to do. Lisbeth moved to the comms and got a hold of Emily who was working down in the computer core. "You owe me a week's worth of the late shift" Emily's voice came through clear over the Engineering station's internal comms. "She did the fist thing didn't she?" "You'll eventually learn not to take that bet, Emily. Today is not that day," smirked Lisbeth. Emily sounded annoyed and defeated. "And here I thought the six hours I'd spent down here goofing off would have worn her down. Oh well, back to aligning the core with the ship's network ports." Arcelyn stared with an annoyed expression at her friend. "You know this bridge isn't that big. I can hear you two." ************** Finished up the textures for the bridge so one last render, well maybe second to last, while I go work on another part of the ship. A few of the monitors had a red alert version that takes the place of the 'System Nominal' there. The lighting would also probably subtly change as well. Took me a bit longer to tackle these than I thought it would but I think the result was worth it. Does seem a bit weird seeing the 2270's interface working on the 'Hathaway/Enterprise-C consoles instead of the Trek IV Okudagrams, but I'm liking it the more I look at it. And now I'm seeing some mesh errors in the support beams. Grrr... That'll need to be fixed, but other than that then this bridge is good to go.
  17. Just watched Future's End. Very enjoyable. I'd agree that Voyager did mostly great two-parters (except maybe for Endgame, if that counts).
  18. Maybe the Binars world started out in very distant orbit. The Binars had a very advanced civilization and a thousand years warning, moved their planet closer.
  19. Whether it’s a moon to us or not, it’s still a world to the Bynars/Binars (sp?). At any rate, that’s another good point; if the Bynar home world were a satellite of a much larger planet with a stronger magnetic field protecting it, the effects of a post-nova star a light year outside the main planets would be somewhat negated. But any planet orbiting a Jupiter-like planet (with its enormous & deadly magnetic field) would be fried like an egg on a skillet by lethal radiation. Unless...it lived under ice (as theoretical life forms on Europa might’ve evolved). Water-ice is a near-perfect barrier to intense radiation. It’s one of the reasons that reusable/recycled water stored and circulated within the walls of a manned Mars mission spacecraft would be near-ideal radiation shielding as well.
  20. Astronomers have found binary stars that in orbit a light year apart in the real world. You could have a system with two stars. The main star in the system is a the smallest size star that can go supernova. The second star is a very small star and it's just barely gravitationally locked to its companion star which is 2 light years away. The Binars planet is actually a moon of a large super Jupiter. It orbits the super Jupiter closely enough that the planet is inside the super Jupiter's magnetic field, but the planet's own unusually strong magnetic field protects the planet from the super Jupiter's magnetic field. The super Jupiter orbits very closely to its star. It would be inside the orbit of Mercury if it were in our system. Now the most dangerous part of a supernova takes around 100 seconds. There are aftershocks but they are much less powerful than the initial explosion. So at the time that the supernova happens the Binars star is directly between the Binars planet and the exploding star. By chance, the super Jupiter is also between the Binars planet and the explosion. The initial explosions effects are minimized because both the star and super jupiter are physically protecting the Binar's planet. There are also three magnetic fields deflecting particles, the sun's fairly weak field and the super jupiter and Binar's planet's strong magnetic fields. Since the explosions effects travel by light speed, they have two years warning to harden all their electronics. Technically the Binars live on a moon not a planet but I doubt that this distinction would be made in ordinary conversation.
  21. What's You're Favorite Data Moment?

    I like how it spirals into funny.
  22. What's You're Favorite Data Moment?

    I love this one!! * adds it to mine * I call it “Stalker-Data.” Irving Berlin...
  23. What's You're Favorite Data Moment?

    This movie is not great, and Data has a number of awesome scenes, but this is among my favourites!
  24. I was inspired to open this thread by a conversation I was having (and enjoying) with Rusty 0918 in the “Last ST Watched” thread. I realized I was pulling it waaaay too far off-topic, but it was too fascinating to end there. The topic started with Rusty’s inquiry about the Bynar’s star system in the TNG S1 episode, “10101100”; if a star in the Bynar’s home system went supernova, how was their planet spared? This is a very good question. Personally, I think the “10101100” ‘supernova’ was most likely a writer’s goof that accidentally substituted ‘supernova’ in place of the more accurate ‘extreme solar event’, but oh well... let’s assume they meant to say supernova. What then? The Bynars were very specific in two details; the star was a star within the Bynar system; not the star. Which suggests automatically that the Bynar system is a multiple star system (binary, or trinary star systems are actually quite common throughout our universe; our neighboring system of Alpha Centauri is, in fact, trinary; Centauri A, Centauri B and Proxima Centuari, the smallest and closest to us). And, as unlikely as it seems, there are ways a star within a multiple system could go supernova (well, not quite super; but nova at least) and leave a planet relatively intact, but circumstances would have to be VERY exact. The star would have to most likely be a brown, cool dwarf star (which would probably lack the mass to go supernova anyway, but...maybe it was aliens, who knows?) somewhere in the outer periphery of the system; maybe in that system’s equivalent of our own cometary Oort cloud (?). Or maybe it was a tiny cool 'rogue’ star with no planets that was juuuuust outside the boundary of the main Bynar system but is ‘claimed’ by Bynar; much as the US Virgin Islands are protectorates of the United States, but not actual states. Thing is, we also don’t have exacting parameters for what constitutes a multiple star system; just as we no longer have exacting criteria for what makes up a planet (the Pluto-Kuiper Belt Object controversy threw all of that out of the window). How close does a star have to be to be part of a ‘system’? Is it a matter of physical proximity or gravitational influence? Because a star can be very far away but still have some influence within a neighboring system.
  25. What's You're Favorite Data Moment?

    My favorite is Creepy Data in "Unification":
  26. The fact that she said ‘a star’ (instead of ‘the star’) suggests that the Bynar system is a multiple star system. And it still doesn’t negate the possibility of the problematic star being within the outer periphery of the system (or of it being a possible ‘cooler’ brown dwarf). And yes, the Bynar system would be flooded in x and gamma-rays; but... if the offending star were cool, small and far enough within the outer periphery of the system? It’s not inconceivable that a ‘supernova’ might not destroy the planet (I still say they misspoke & meant to say 'solar event,' but oh well). One must also remember there aren’t exacting boundaries for multiple star systems yet, just as we’re still hashing out what exactly defines a planet. Maybe the offending Bynar supernova was just outside the system (far enough away not to destroy Bynus but still close enough to flood it with cosmic rays) and the Bynars simply claimed it as theirs; much as certain islands are commonwealths of larger nations. Anyway, I gotta stop myself; I’m getting too nerd-picky here. But this IS a potentially fascinating topic to pick up either in a new thread or in the episode’s thread. LSTIW: VGR, S2’s “Projections.” I had entirely forgotten this episode, and that Lt. Barclay made his first appearance on VGR waaaaay back in S2.
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