Conversation with #ussatlantis at 6/2/2010 9:39:51 PM on (irc)

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(10:04:10 PM) CdrTKirr [Mibbit@] entered the room.
(10:04:20 PM) CdrTKirr: Hey you
(10:05:27 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hey there
(10:05:52 PM) CdrTKirr: It's obvious I've been so busy lately... sim hasn't been top of my list as you know and I hope you haven't felt abandoned
(10:06:35 PM) CdrTKirr: Got bit by a deer fly four times today, I'm on antihistamines... worked great for the swelling but not so much for clarity of mind. o.0
(10:06:46 PM) CdrTKirr: How have you been?
(10:06:52 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Wait, back up.
(10:06:57 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Bit by a deer.
(10:07:02 PM) ColDougMcKnight [] entered the room.
(10:07:03 PM) CdrTKirr: Been texting like a madwoman but not to you
(10:07:13 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya Mike
(10:07:18 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Evening.
(10:07:19 PM) CdrTKirr: Deer FLY
(10:07:23 PM) CdrTKirr: Not a deer
(10:07:30 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: That makes more sense!
(10:08:19 PM) CdrTKirr: Also known as yellow fly
(10:08:50 PM) CdrTKirr: Hi Mike. Were you here last week?
(10:09:29 PM) ColDougMcKnight: No, missed it last week.
(10:10:20 PM) CdrTKirr: Yeah, me too.
(10:10:33 PM) Percy [] entered the room.
(10:10:39 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya Rachel
(10:10:39 PM) Percy: Hey all.
(10:10:59 PM) DrRoxanneCarre [] entered the room.
(10:11:00 PM) CdrTKirr: Hey =) How's life?
(10:11:06 PM) LtJGAlexisWright [] entered the room.
(10:11:15 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Yay and there we go!
(10:11:16 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: (( Sorry I am late! ))
(10:11:21 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Weee
(10:11:25 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Ignore that text I just sent :v )
(10:11:27 PM) CdrTKirr: Hi, glad to see you
(10:11:43 PM) CdrTKirr: Carre sorry I never got with you in Aion
(10:11:56 PM) CdrTKirr: Haven't had much time to play lately
(10:12:00 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: S'okay...whats a couple million kinah?
(10:12:01 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: (Stuck at a fundraiser that took longer than we expected.)
(10:12:52 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Alrighty then
(10:13:09 PM) CdrTKirr: :: TWEEEEET :: Attention!
(10:13:17 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: AA ::
(10:13:17 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: aa ::
(10:13:51 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::AA::
(10:14:49 PM) VAdmBlackthorne has changed the topic to: Venya Kashar has agreed to help us track down the pirate leadership if we use our considerabe resources to solve the seismic issues Refuge has been experiencing. Science and Engineering are hard at work to develop a method to ensure the trading post's survival.
(10:14:59 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Questions?
(10:15:00 PM) Percy: ::AA::
(10:15:14 PM) CdrHarper [] entered the room.
(10:15:26 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Can I collect a couple of species to study?
(10:15:36 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: If you ask them nicely.
(10:15:43 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Sweet!
(10:16:05 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: And feed them and clean up after them.
(10:16:07 PM) ColDougMcKnight: So are we all off the station itself? That's where we left off, right?
(10:16:21 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Fine...make it difficult. :p
(10:17:00 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: We're back on Atlantis.
(10:17:24 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Kay.
(10:17:38 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Carre check your PM)
(10:17:40 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: There's no log up from last week, huh.
(10:18:02 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Last week was canceled. You probably mean the week before. I'll work on that right now, y'all go ahead and go.
(10:18:03 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:18:05 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:18:08 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:18:25 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: (( I just can't remember what I asked the computer to do right before we paused sim. XD ))
(10:20:04 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (11:30:18 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Computer, please provide in-depth scan of the planetoid's geological makeup and determine approximate epicenters of past seismic events given the data I am currently providing. :: keys ::
(10:20:39 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: finishes keying data into computer and waits for calculations to complete ::
(10:21:59 PM) Percy: :: Percy, at the moment, was looking at seismic recordings from Refuge, using the vibration wavelengths and how they appear in various parts of the asteroid to attempt to determine the cause, or at least theorize.::
(10:23:50 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Chatlogs are up!
(10:24:03 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Having enjoyed his raktajino, which I believe was McKnight's last action, the ensuing lack of activity, and the knowledge that others are making themselves useful, compels him to make an unscheduled trip up to the bridge.::
(10:24:32 PM) CdrHarper left the room.
(10:24:32 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: running analysis on the species data collected planetside ::
(10:25:04 PM) CdrHarper [] entered the room.
(10:25:32 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: in the flag office, reading reports ::
(10:26:28 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Nods to Rak'nar, standing at the station.:: You're relieved, Lieutenant. But just in case one of these rocks slips past me, I'd like you to put together a damage control drill for the marines.
(10:26:41 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: heads out to the bridge ::
(10:29:41 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks about at the flurry of activity ::
(10:30:28 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Rak'nar> ::Casts a quick look down at the tactical console, as though loathe to surrender command of the ship's firepower in favor of practicing cleanup:: Yes, sir. Now that we have their schematics, however, might I also offer my services in planning an assault in the event it becomes necessary to take control of the outpost?
(10:30:28 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Shakes his head:: Looks like we're going a different direction with that. But having been there, I'm not much more comfortable about senior staff being over there without armed escort. Get a good time out of the troops, and I'll make sure you're on the next detail.
(10:31:25 PM) CdrTKirr: :: gets a beep from the computer and looks over :: Orbital analysis complete, or at least complete as it can be with available data. No unusual patterns detected.
(10:31:48 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Commander, come take a look at this...
(10:32:40 PM) CdrTKirr: :: glances at Wright before tapping one last time on the console and moving to her side to peer at the screen ::
(10:33:50 PM) CdrHarper: :: allocating power around to give Sci/Eng everything to the sensors ::
(10:34:48 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: points to the screen :: See this here? To me, this looks like... there are some... oddly shaped cavities in the asteroid. The computer seems to indicate that plate tectonic activity here is limited at best... :: taps and points :: but if you look up closer to the surface, the cavities seems to be more and more disrupted.
(10:34:54 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Noting Rak'nar appears to gain a bit more enthusiasm, or at least fake it better at the prospect of "stretching his legs", he takes the Klingon's station and begins watching the proximity alarm.::
(10:36:32 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I tried the raktajino with brown sugar, Doug. Quite good.
(10:36:42 PM) CdrTKirr: :: squints suspiciously :: Disrupted?
(10:36:53 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: studies the preliminary analysis, wonders if we'll take any prisoners ::
(10:37:03 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: The computer is analyzing the substances within the cavities as having variable matter states, so.... this is going to sound crazy...
(10:37:27 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: nods :: yes, disrupted.. .more evidence of... collapse. Loss of structural integrity.
(10:39:13 PM) CdrTKirr: You're not talking about collision damage. :: peers curiously at Wright ::
(10:39:28 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: I've never actually seen this before, but it's come up as a theoretical scenario in my graduate studies... what if this asteroid was semi-hollow but supported internally by a substance in a solid state, and a minor change to atmospheric temperature causes the matter state of this substance to change?
(10:41:03 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: I think this sort of disruption is something we would see if... say... large deposits of this substance underground change from solid to liquid... and then the liquid densities shift frequently because of tidal influences from the surrounding asteroid field?
(10:41:45 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Thus swelling within some cavities and receding in others, causing them to bulge and collapse respectively.
(10:42:07 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Grins:: Thanks for waiting until Rak'nar left to pass that along. Not sure an actual Klingon would appreciate the innovation quite the same way.
(10:42:27 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: PADDs a message to Harper "I need some bio samples, take prisoners kk?" ::
(10:43:02 PM) CdrHarper: :: replies - "Oh, I'll TOTALLY go do that right now!" ::
(10:43:16 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ::chuckles :: Probably not.
(10:43:42 PM) CdrTKirr: I'm unfamiliar with this theory. You're applying it to this situation based on the state of the cavities and the scans of the internal mass?
(10:44:12 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: replies "Yay! I knew I could count on you. I need an orion and a horta to start with."
(10:44:51 PM) CdrTKirr: :: looks back to the computer :: What readings do you have of this "substance"?
(10:45:01 PM) CdrHarper: :: smirks and answers, "I'll throw in a Tellarite for free!" ::
(10:46:06 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Yes, and Refuge's atmospheric reading records seem to indicate that the surface temperature has risen to approximately 2 degrees above normal ... at least, as far as the records go back.
(10:46:41 PM) CdrTKirr: :: nods :: What do you suggest our next course of action be?
(10:46:55 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: replies "Sweet! If you cant bring the whole body, samples would be okay."::
(10:47:23 PM) Percy: :: Percy, frowning, takes her PADD up to Science to do some combined study-work, realizing that she'd be more useful in the "but how do we fix it" area of expertise, rather than the initial diagnosis.::
(10:47:24 PM) CdrHarper: :: shakes her head ::
(10:47:28 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Well, I guess the first step should be to test this hypothesis. Any ideas?
(10:49:15 PM) CdrTKirr: (sorry phone)
(10:49:39 PM) CdrHarper: :: then contemplates sending a bunch of fake body parts to Carre's replicator ::
(10:51:16 PM) CdrHarper: :: in fact, does just that, ordering up a bunch of movie prop arms and legs and has them appear in sickbay's replicator ::
(10:51:33 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: replies "P.S. You will not use my bio replicator to send me false parts." ::
(10:52:21 PM) CdrHarper: :: adds some jackpot bells to make it seem like a slot machine paying out ::
(10:52:30 PM) Percy: :: Enters Science:: Hey guys. What've you got? Anything I could blow up maybe?
(10:53:18 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Percy! :: explains hypothesis :: Any ideas on how to test it?
(10:53:20 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: hears some odd sounds coming from the main room, looks and sees a pile of extremities :: Oh my...
(10:53:51 PM) CdrTKirr: I suggest we gain a sample of the substance and do our own tests.
(10:54:32 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Percy, do you see a good point of entry to send a probe into?
(10:54:51 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: PADDS off a note to transport some 'medical supplies' to storage coordinates. :: Hope she sleeps tight tonight. :: laughs ::
(10:55:57 PM) CdrHarper: :: being as she's sitting at HOps, she catches that transport in progress and diverts it ;:
(10:56:01 PM) Percy: That seems like a good idea. The northernmost cavity is what I'd suggest. From what I can tell from the seismic records, we'd have to drill through the least crust to get to the core substance.
(10:56:39 PM) Percy: (brb)
(10:57:34 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: nods :: sounds good to me. How does one go about launching a probe off of this baby? My only concern is that the substance may be volatile, but probes are tough these days.
(10:58:41 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: sits down in the center seat and resumes his reading ;:
(11:00:47 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: hails the bridge :: I think we have an update for you.
(11:01:10 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +Wright+ Blackthorne here, go ahead.
(11:03:08 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: +Bridge+ We have a theory about what may be causing the instability, but we need to acquire a physical sample to proceed. We'd like to send a probe to drill through part of the crust on the northern part of the asteroid and obtain a sample to bring back to our labs here. May we proceed with this plan, Sir?
(11:03:55 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +Wright+ Yes. We'll inform them of our plan and then proceed.
(11:04:22 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Kate, let Refuge know what we're doing so they aren't alarmed by it.
(11:04:31 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: +Bridge+ Aye, Sir. We'll keep you posted.
(11:04:57 PM) CdrHarper: :: sends off a message to Refuge ::
(11:05:19 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Send a probe to drill?
(11:05:35 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: gives the computer the specifics of the probe's task and orders deployment of probe ::
(11:05:45 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: There's a specialized sample-return probe just for that purpose.
(11:06:40 PM) CdrHarper: :: gets the order and fires off the probe ::
(11:07:06 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: watches the probe onscreen in her lab ::
(11:08:13 PM) Percy: :: Watches the asteroid crust and core density with only slight worry.::
(11:08:50 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: probe> arrives at designated coordinates and begins drilling
(11:10:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ::watches the tiny arc shoot out from the ship ::
(11:10:56 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Now, the only real concern I have for the probe at this point is if the substance vents as a gas when the surface is pierced... the pressure within could be... hmm.
(11:11:13 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: she says, to no one in particular ::
(11:11:15 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: probe> :ohdear:
(11:12:18 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: catches an object on the view screen monitor :: Wonder what that is. :: watches ::
(11:12:57 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: mentally pictures a giant plume rising from the asteroid with the hapless probe careening wildly out into space ::
(11:14:41 PM) Percy: Aw crap in a hat. Did it just do what I think it did?
(11:15:54 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Why am I picturing the probe as Wall-E)
(11:16:17 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: probe> :: actually IS knocked back by a short, sharp vent, but recovers and - having completed the drilling process - enters the cavity to collect the sample ::
(11:16:30 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: ( Because it totally is Wall-E. )
(11:17:32 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: probe> :: collects sample without further incident and signals Atlantis that it is ready to return ::
(11:17:49 PM) CdrHarper: The probe is requesting recall.
(11:17:52 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: nods ::
(11:18:03 PM) CdrHarper: :: beams the probe to the science lab ::
(11:19:30 PM) CdrTKirr: :: turns as the probe is beamed in ::
(11:20:35 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: has already suited up in her protective gear and entered the "clean room" where the probe has been deposited :: Let's see, let's see. :: removes the sample container from the probe ::
(11:22:07 PM) CdrTKirr: :: sets up appropriate diagnostic equipment to begin sample studies ::
(11:24:30 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: separates the sample into 3 different containers and sets one aside as a "control" :: Okay, this stuff is weird. At ambient room temperature, it appears to be a very dense gel-like substance.
(11:24:41 PM) Percy: :: Sets up a holo-projector to display the diagnostic information T'Kirr receives and apply it to the current known information about the asteroid.::
(11:25:15 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: I think we should take these two samples and slowly heat one and see what happens to the matter state, and slowly cool the other.
(11:25:34 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: pushes the samples across the table to Percy and T'Kirr for them to inspect ::
(11:25:50 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: What do you think?
(11:26:48 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: turns off the viewscreen monitor, signs off on 139 PADD requests/reports, heads off for some exercise :: I can be reached on my com if you need me. :: points to a random Dr. :: You're in charge.
(11:27:11 PM) CdrTKirr: As temperature seems to be the variable, I would agree.
(11:27:26 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Dr. Random> Yes, Doctor.
(11:27:30 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Three minutes!)
(11:28:46 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: the three vixens in the lab set about testing the sample as discussed ::
(11:28:51 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: enters her quarters, sets up a mildly challenging jumper course and mounts her horse for a ride ::
(11:29:10 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: ( Ensign Horse? )
(11:29:50 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: (No, Perv!)
(11:30:06 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: ( :P )
(11:30:11 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM!
(11:30:12 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM!
(11:30:14 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM!
(11:30:29 PM) CdrTKirr: :: pauses ::
(11:30:47 PM) Percy: ::paused::
(11:30:49 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Its rather like the pony rides at the grocery stores with a course projection unit. Doesnt take quarters. :p
(11:30:59 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :: Paused ::
(11:31:00 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: || ::
(11:32:08 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: chuckling :: Nice job tonight.
(11:32:31 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Science and Engineering plot with no shooting!
(11:32:41 PM) CdrTKirr: Yay
(11:32:45 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: *soothes McKnight*
(11:33:05 PM) CdrTKirr: Good job Alexis
(11:33:13 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Thanks... *blush*
(11:33:21 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Yay!
(11:33:45 PM) CdrTKirr: Unfortunately, I've gotta get right to bed. >_< See you all next week. Text me if you dare!
(11:33:52 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Nini!
(11:33:54 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: Night guys! <3!!
(11:33:56 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Night!
(11:33:59 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: *texts*
(11:34:07 PM) DrRoxanneCarre: :D
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(11:34:57 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Having trouble staying conscious myself. Night, folks.
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