Captain’s Log: Stardate 201712.4. As some of you know, I have grown a beard, and as a result, I look more like Number One, Commander William Riker, than I do Kirk or Picard. So here I am on the bridge of 1701D as Riker. It makes sense really as it was Riker’s beard that got me interested in growing my own beard, albeit nearly 30 years after I first saw his. Also attached is a painting of me as Picard from season 5, but with hair. Make it so.
Captain’s log: Stardate 201710.5. Today I made arrangements for my name (and the names of my friends and Star Trek people I know) to go to Mars next year, courtesy of NASA. Attached is my boarding pass so my name can boldly go where no man has gone before. Also attached is a very recent photo of me with my new beard and a NASA polo shirt. So far both women and men seem to like my beard, and I’ve decided to keep the grey hair. Live long and prosper.
Captain’s Log: Stardate 201709.29. Happy Friday, everyone! Today is an important day for Star Trek. On this day in 1987, Star Trek The Next Generation premiered. I initially didn’t care for the show, but by the second season I began to accept and like it. In other Star Trek news, today my class watched and analyzed The City on the Edge of Forever, and one of my students, who knew I have a large collection of authentic Star Trek autographed photos, asked if I had one of Joan Collins as Edith Keeler. I said no, but I must rectify that, and I just did. Check out this autographed photo of Ms. Collins as Edith Keeler, authenticated by PSA/DNA, a recognized authority in forensic handwriting authentication. I just bought it, and I just need to find a place for this on my crowded wall. Have a good weekend!
Captain’s log: Stardate 201707.24. Although the focus in my Ethics of Star Trek class has been TOS except for the very first semester, when we also watched TNG (I stopped using TNG as students were confused by the technobabble and they missed Spock), I do love TNG as well. I am presently watching episodes from season 2 from TNG, and they are pretty good, and a definite improvement over those from season 1. Now that the 30th anniversary of TNG is coming in a few months, I intend to celebrate, although I will definitely not buy the season 1 DVD. Instead I am going to get this Picard/Data Christmas ornament tomorrow and also a TNG 30 lapel pin. Take a look at the photo attached. All I can say is that I think the figures of Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner are remarkably life-like. Just imagine Picard saying “Engage!”
Captain’s Log: Stardate 201707.19. With the purchase of an inexpensive acrylic stand from a vendor on eBay, the repaired starship Enterprise has been recommissioned and is on display in my office, as per the photo below. I was prepared to buy a whole new model just to get a replacement display stand, which would have been expensive, but luckily that was not necessary. By the way, note the title of the book next to the Enterprise. It seemed appropriate. Live long and prosper.
Captain’s Log: Stardate 201707.3. I am saddened to report that one of my favourite models of the starship Enterprise was damaged, and part of its display stand lost, by the cleaning staff when they came to my office today. I bought some superglue to repair the model, and tried to think of what to do about the missing stand. I tried to hang the model from the ceiling, but it didn’t look right, so I went on eBay and found a vendor who sells custom-made acrylic display stands for this model. They’re not cheap, but I can get one after payday. Rather than blame the cleaning staff, which I know would get me nowhere, I tried to come up with a compromise and we’ll see if it works. In the meantime, I have another model of the Enterprise at home, and although it is not as detailed as the one that was in my office, it will substitute until I get a new stand. After reading so much about stoicism in my Ethics of Star Trek class, I try to practice it as much as possible.
Captain’s Log: 201705.30. Well, the semester is now over and most of my students did quite well. I am presently dealing with a disrespectful troublemaker who thinks he is smarter than he really is (about the ethics of Star Trek), but there are students like that in many classes here. In other news, as some of you know, I have several authentic autographed photos of William Shatner in my collection, and I don’t really need any more, but this one with the phaser rifle just electrified me. As always, it’s been authenticated by a reputable handwriting expert. I just ordered it from a vendor on eBay. Live long and prosper.