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Since the topic came up in in last week's episode of Star Trek: Discovery...thanks to the suggestion of the Emperor Emeritus of the Terran Empire...which was rightly condemned by the rest of the people at that particular table.

https://twitter.com/marsrader/status/1120097175197900801

50-100 lightyears. And that's even before we get into the discussion of subspace effects propagating far faster compared to normal-space damage-waves, as established in Trekkish lore in movies VI and XI.

Noting also this list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_supernova_candidates

Alpha Lupi, cited in Michael Burnham's backstory in "The Red Angel", is definitely on that list. A good thing that it's about 460-465 lightyears away from us. Eta Lupi/Cerberus is about 150 lightyears closer to us...but still at least as safe, given current theory on supernovae.

(Would IK Pegasi be in Breen territory? Apparently not, going by Geoffrey Mandel and Jed Whitten. More likely, it's on the far side of what the former had pegged as Breen space in 2002.)
dewline: (Canadian spaceflight)
Something else that Star Trek: Star Charts has inspired me about...and I don't think I want to discuss it on TrekBBS, because "story idea" prohibitions.

Looking at the Known Space map in the second fold-out at the back of that book...we see a 750-lightyear "sphere" with breakout "bubbles" around several stars. We are not focusing on them, but upon the coreward Beta Quadrant side, where the furthest-coreward systems tagged as Federation-affiliated are Antares - see also Memory Alpha - and Eta Lupi AKA Cerberus.

Looking back to the "core" spaces of the Federation, we see the following systems marked out along its coreward fringes:

Berengaria
Arbazan
Rhaandar/Alpha Indi
Ivor/Eta Scorpii
Norkan/Pi Hydrae
Caldos/Beta Octantis
Zakdorn

First reasonable assumption to propose: there should be networks of routes connecting Antares and Eta Lupi to each other.

(FYI: Celestia suggests the direct-line distance between them is about 160 lightyears. GAIA, JWST et al. may either confirm or correct this.)

Second reasonable assumption: there should be networks of routes connecting those two systems to each of the latter group of seven systems as well.

Third reasonable assumption: along those routes established in assumptions one and two, there will be outposts, colonies, starbases, full-member worlds and their holdings, and independent star-nations and their holdings. Yet to have been documented on any official Trek series.

I don't yet know if any of the fan fictions - text, podcast, video - have covered that part of the Orion Arm. There could be stuff hidden in Archive of Our Own, whose creators have reached these same assumptions.
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I am impressed.

Again, spoiler warnings in effect if you read this before watching the episode...

Co-executive producer, and director of the two-part second-season finale for Star Trek: Discovery, Olatunde Osunsamni discusses the processes of making this episode in the link below:

https://ca.startrek.com/news/star-trek-discovery-finale-olatunde-osunsanmi-bts

To everyone who worked on that story, my thanks for work well done.
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This is interesting for Star Trek fans with interests in model-building, graphic design and the like, and you prefer to work with TOS Starfleet hull design aesthetics.

While I bought a license for Amarillo USAF from tlai-dot-com, and consider the freeware font Airborne II superior because it includes character sets for Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew (in case you want your Earth-built starship hulls to be multilingual), this one went in for getting lower-case glyphs added to the mix.

https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/stockbucket/hammer-and-tongs/
dewline: (canadian media)
After checking Historica Canada, it turns out that yesterday marked an anniversary: the day that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect in Canada in 1982.

Long live the Charter.
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Looking at this entry on Wikipedia at the moment:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Georg_Wilhelm_von_Struve

That's the profile they currently have on the guy whose binary-star catalogue listings got prefixed as "Σ" when cited in articles in Astronomy, Sky and Telescope and Deep Sky Quarterly going back to my teenage years. I don't pretend to know all the star catalogues that have ever been published, and I doubt that I ever will. Even in this age of Wikipedia and SIMBAD.

But, while re-reading My Enemy, My Ally once more, I note that one of the "landmarks" of the story is a system catalogued as "Σ 285 Trianguli". And I find that SIMBAD doesn't really keep track of which stars were known by Struve catalogue numbers these days for whatever reason(s), but if there's a way to nail down which catalogues' listings the star is known by these days...?

Oh. If you're interested, here's the catalogue prefixes that Wikipedia currently knows to keep track of:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_astronomical_catalogues
dewline: (Books)
Uncompromising Honor by David Weber. Which I've finished an initial read-through of, but going back to specific passages for effect and clarification now.

Re-reading...

My Enemy, My Ally by [personal profile] dduane. The first of her "Rihannsu" novels for the Star Trek: TOS line. A lot of stuff's been set aside by the TV and movie people, but as an espionage/adventure/space opera yarn, it still holds up over 30 years later.

So do Articles of the Federation and A Singular Destiny, both by Keith R.A. DeCandido.

More later...
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In addition to the news about Notre Dame de Paris and Gene Wolfe...Owen Garriott of Skylab 3 and STS-9 is no more.

My source for the info:

https://twitter.com/TheRealBuzz/status/1117875297334910977
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Cleaning up some iPhoto archives tonight after re-watching Star Trek: Discovery.

Yes, I know that Apple's moved on to Photos now. I have a machine with that software loaded up. I seem to recall some issues with maintaining control over the photos I've taken and dumped from my cameras into my MacBook Pro over the years, so I'm leaving the archive in said MBP for now. If I'm remembering incorrectly, please explain what mistake I've made.

Also, I still want to upgrade the RAM and hard drive on the slightly newer MacBook-that-isn't-Pro before I move said picture archives to that machine. I've been advised by several friends in my User Group to want to switch that machine from HD to SSD, but I'm (still) skeptical about the value of the trade-offs there.

I can't afford to buy the newest gear every couple of years, and Apple management's not making it easier for me with their growing desire to minimize the ability of owners to customize our gear once we buy it.
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...get over to this URL ASAP, please:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

For your protection, and everyone else's as well.
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My home? Probably not ready.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-building-code-climate-change-resilience-1.5092732

On the other hand, if you're looking for steady work for the next few decades? Construction, renovation and demolition just got much more support.
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I'll probably look the term up myself later today, but it comes up in at least one advertised position at the CBC in my Workopolis alert subscriptions this morning.

Any thoughts?
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According to exoplanet.eu, we are now over the 4000 mark.

4036 exoplanets confirmed, to be exact.
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The most recent one had been crashing immediately upon start-up on my other MacBook (Not Pro), so this might be a serious improvement.

https://twitter.com/GaiaSky_Dev/status/1115608904728113155

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