Breakthrough in Galactic Exploration
I have noticed a curious trend: every time I go out on an exploration trip, I bring in half as much detailed scans as all the scans from my previous exploration trips combined. According to my calculations, if this trend continues I will have scanned the entire galaxy in a couple of months. I can't wait!
A second trend I have noticed is that my stash of whisky is running low. Further research is...
Welcome to the 1K club
- "Yes Commander?"
- "I have a green notice icon on my screen without further info."
Beamer tapped the icon again. It was a generic non-critical information icon, a green pulsing triangle. It didn't respond to his taps.
- "That was me Commander. I thought you would like to know that you have just completed your 1000th full system scan."
We left the Circinus Pulsar two days ago. It wasn't a particularly spectacular sight, and yet it was amazing all the same. When I took my first scan of the pulsar itself the surface temperature readout was off the scale. It took me two hours of tweaking the sensors and reprogramming the presentation software before I could get an accurate reading. Or so I hope. Oh well, at 480 million degrees Kelvin,...
Beamer woke up with a shock. What was that sound?
- "... ought to you by: Thompson's Teeth, the only teeth strong enough to eat other teeth!"
Frankie must be digging through Crank's archives again. He unstrapped from his pilot hammock and swung handily through the corridor into the ... entertainment room. He used to call it his man-cave but with Frankie on board that wasn't true anymore.
Gotta tag them all
- "Yes Commander?"
- "Run my statistics package. Send the full report to my pad and give me a verbal summary of the highlights."
- "Right away Commander."
- "How long will it take?"
- "It's finished Commander."
- "That fast? That can't be right."
- "I implemented some caching of intermediate results Commander,...
I am an explorer, hear me honk
After arriving at Colonia a few days ago, I dropped off Frankie at Jaques Station, bought her a Sidewinder to get around the place, and immediately made a right turn heading back out there. On the final 1000ly run to Colonia I had skipped a system with an Earth-like so I went back to scan it. This close to inhabited space it's worth the extra 20 jumps back and forth.
I claimed the Earth-like and...
Lies, lies, statistics and lies
- "Yes Commander?"
- "Run self diagnostics module"
- "Right away Commander"
> Executing module package "Self diagnostics"
> All modules operating within established parameters
- "No problems found, Commander"
- "Run statistics package Lies Lies Statistics...
Colonia in sight
We're 2378 ly out from Colonia. Since we left the bubble last Friday night we traveled around 21 thousand ly to get this far. I expect to make it to Colonia later tonight. Two hours if I make a run for it, three if I scan a system or two along the way. A day more if I decide I want to spend another night in deep space with Frankie.
Bringing her along has been a huge pleasure. I'm a pretty decent...
Ship Cook's personal log
Log entry: 3303-02-04.01
By: Franciska Charron, a.k.a. Franka.
Function: Contracted Chef aboard the private deep space explorer vessel 'Crank' under Commander Beamer Miasma.
Last Friday night Beamer showed up on my doorstep. It was late, I was already dressed for bed watching the news before turning in. As I opened the door to my little cabin on Fisher Port he stumbled in - space leg style -...
Talking with myself
I started talking with myself again. I didn't even realize I had stopped. It's a good thing too, a spacer who doesn't talk with himself isn't sane. You have to be vigilant of course, you don't want to just be talking TO yourself... it's important to keep the dialogue open. When you start ignoring yourself it's time to find the company of others.
I never have the time for a good discussion with myself...