Saturday, April 28, 2012

TWQ: Vacations

This week TWQ (the Weekend Question) asks how your annual vacation is planned.

How is your annual vacation chosen? Careful deliberation, with a pin or what. List your method.

My answers are:

It used to be a lot of careful deliberation and planning. Now there seem to be so many other factors, the last one was like a military operation and quite a chore. The further we go, the harder it is.

Now it's over to you...

Saturday, April 21, 2012

TWQ: Jobs To Do

This week, TWQ (the Weekend Question) asks what jobs you have to to, be it inside the house or outside (instead of than reading this!)

What tasks do you have to do inside and outside the house. List as many as you wish.

My answers are:

Tidy up all the useless boxes that have piled up.
Dump the junk mail that is building up.

Now it's over to you.....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Look

Time to write some more vital information as to how life is going on the Enterprise.

What's this? Who has changed the design?

"Computer!" I call out, "What has happend to the Captain's Journal?"

"It has been redesigned by order of Starfleet Regulation 1177/66ACF/24" the computer tersely tells me.

"I didn't want it changing!" I protest, computer, "Change it back to the previous design."

"That is not possible due to Starfleet Regulation 1177/66ACF/24." the computer reminds me.

"I've a feeling I'm going to know that regulation off by heart." I grumble to myself.

Deanna Troi enters. Doesn't the woman ever knock?

 "Oooh!" that looks snazzy!" the counselor exclaims, as if she has seen a dress she wants to buy at the Starfleet Mall, "I can't wait to have a go on that!"

"Do you mind, Deanna?" I snap, "I'm recording my private thoughts here."

"Don't be ridiculous." the Betazoid giggles, "Everybody knows what you write anyway." She walks out, still laughing to herself.

Maybe I can change it back with a Systems Restore. I press the button.

All power except Life Support is switched off.

"That action is in direct contravention of Starfleet Regulation..." starts the computer.

"Yeah, I hnow." I groan, "1177/66ACF/24"Undo the System Restore."

All the power comes on again.

I sigh.

"I suppose I'll get used to it."

Saturday, April 14, 2012

TWQ: Neighbour Tensions

Welcome to the new-look site. There may still be several changes to be made along the way, if I know what to do!

TWQ (the Weekend Question) asks what irritating things neighbours have been up to where you are.

What have neighbours being doing next to you? List as many annoyances as you wish!

My answers are:

* Parking across our driveway.
*Letting of fireworks exceptionally late on festival days
*Kicking footballs across the road to us.

Now it's over to you....

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Doctor's New Assistant (Part Two)

Guest Poster: The Doctor

Though I objected at first to having a human medical assistant to help me in SickBay, I have been rather pleased with Penelope Delmara, a Spanish beauty who likes to be called Penny. She is also an expert with holograms and the rights they have. Penny is a campaigner to increase the rights.


"Hello Joe." she says to me, as Penny has insisted that all holograms should have a name, she has given me this one until I decide on one for myself. I must admit, I am getting rather used to the name and am getting to like it.

Penny is wearing a beautiful blue blouse that looks just right with her dark hair. What am I thinking? My programming seems to be going into unfamiliar territory.

"Joe?" she asks "Are you all right?"

"Err...yes, Penny." I hesitantly say, "Is there something you want?"

"I'm off duty now." she tells me, "I'm going to the holodeck, and inserting a beach program. Do you want to join me there?"

"Well. as a hologram I have some extra hours." I tell her.

"Nonsense!" Penny angrily says, "Holograms are not slaves. You have duty times just the same as other life forms. Come to Holodeck 2 in twenty minutes."

A short while later, I enter the holodeck to see a beautiful beach, with ocean water in the distance. The sun is beating down. There seems to be no one around.

"Still in your uniform, Joe!" Penny laughs, as I suddenly see her just to my right, under a sunshade in a black one-piece swimsuit, "We'll have to do something about that!"

Penelope calls up the Arch and adjusts some programming on it. Suddenly, my Starfleet uniform has changed into a pair of tiny beach shorts!"

"Penny!" I exclaim.

"My, don't you look rugged and handsome?" she says, "Come and lie next to me and put some sun tan lotion on my skin."

"I've never worn anything like these shorts before." I say, looking at the only garments I have on.

"Then be thankful I remembered to include them in the programming, Joe!" Penny smiles.

We both smile at this, then laugh at loud.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Doctor's New Assistant (Part One)

Guest Poster: The Doctor

I'm arguing with Beverly Crusher, as usual, but this time it's about a different subject.

"I assure you, Doctor." I say, "That I most definately do not need a human assistant to help me with my medical work in SickBay. I have been programmed with the minds of the top doctors in Starfleet and am more than capable of handling things myself."

"Sorry, Doctor." she answers, "The order comes from up high at Starfleet HQ. Penelope Delmara not only is a qualified medical assistant, but is also an expert in holographics.2

I grumble, but know it won't do any good. I'll have some wrinkled old crone assisting me when I can do the job perfectly well by myself.


A few hours later, Doctor Crusher and I are standing by in the Transporter Room to welcome aboard my new assistant. The familiar buzzing takes place, and she appears in the room.

"Ah, hello Doctor Crusher." says the new arrival, in a charming Spanish accent, "I have heard so much about you. Pleased to meet you. I'm Penelope Delmara. Everyone calls me Penny."

Then she turns to me.

"I'm the holographic doctor." I say with a pleasant smile, "Welcome aboard the Enterprise."

"But what is your name?" she asks, "All holograms should have a name."

"I've never got round to it." I reply.

"Well, we'll have to do something about that!" Penny declares, "It's the fundamental right of all holograms to be individually named. I've campaigned for hologram activism for a long time. For the moment, I'll call you Joe until you decide on your name by yourself."

"Thank you, Penny." I say, warming to this young woman.

"No problem....Joe." she answers with a beaming smile as we prepare to leave the Transporter Room.

I think I'm going to like my new assistant!

To be continued.....

Saturday, April 07, 2012

TWQ: TV Box Sets

This week, TWQ (the Weekend Question) looks at the DVD/BluRay box sets that you have.

What tv box sets do you own? Which are your favourites?

My answers are:

The complete Battlestar Galactica (the re-imagined version) *favourite*
Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles   *favourite*
Lost          *favourite*           
Complete Prison Break
The complete original tv series Mission Impossible
Complete Voyager
Stargate SG1 (all 10 seasons plus two made for tv sequels)  *favourite*
Original Twilight Zone (all five seasons)

Now it's over to you....