Conversation with #ussatlantis at 6/9/2010 9:55:36 PM on (irc)

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(9:55:36 PM) ChanServ 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.
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(9:55:46 PM) LtJGAlexisWright [] entered the room.
(9:55:49 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya
(9:55:53 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: lo
(10:00:01 PM) ColDougMcKnight [] entered the room.
(10:00:06 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya Mike
(10:00:13 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Evening.
(10:00:14 PM) Percy [] entered the room.
(10:00:26 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hiya Rachel
(10:00:29 PM) Percy: Hoy all.
(10:03:43 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: afk a moment, I need to engage the cat in mortal combat over who gets to sit in the recliner.
(10:04:36 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: LOL
(10:05:13 PM) Percy: Heh, I just had to do similar to one of ours over whether the cat's nails were too long or not.
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(10:08:49 PM) LtJGAlexisWright [] entered the room.
(10:09:48 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: I texted our stragglers.
(10:13:50 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: OK, heard from Roxy, she'll be late.
(10:14:18 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Let's' get going, at any rate. Colonel, the whistle duty falls to you.
(10:14:37 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: What's a Roxy?
(10:14:41 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Oh, dear. Let me take a moment to contemplate this responsibility.
(10:14:44 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Brat?
(10:14:49 PM) CdrTKirr [Mibbit@] entered the room.
(10:14:59 PM) CdrTKirr: o.0
(10:15:00 PM) ColDougMcKnight: (Crap. Can I still do it?)
(10:15:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Sure, go ahead. :) )
(10:15:10 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Hiya T'Kirr)
(10:15:33 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (And yes, that's Brat)
(10:15:52 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::TWEEEEEEEEEEET::
(10:16:02 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Attention on deck, you lazy space scum!
(10:16:02 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: aa ::
(10:16:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Nice touch.
(10:16:10 PM) CdrTKirr: Hahaha
(10:16:15 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Thanks, I thought so.
(10:16:17 PM) CdrTKirr: :: AA ::
(10:16:26 PM) Percy: ::AA::
(10:16:48 PM) Percy: (Also, who you callin' scum, honey? :-P)
(10:17:06 PM) VAdmBlackthorne has changed the topic to: Science and Engineering have returned a sample from Refuge and are hard at work on a solution to the planetoid's seismic activity.
(10:17:51 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Questions?
(10:18:03 PM) CdrTKirr: Nice to know I elicit such words upon arrival. No, no questions.
(10:18:19 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: May I have a cookie?
(10:18:25 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: If you fix Refuge, yes.
(10:18:58 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:18:59 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:19:00 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(10:19:26 PM) CdrHarper [] entered the room.
(10:19:59 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: on the bridge looking over the latest report from Science ::
(10:21:52 PM) CdrHarper: :: is blinded with Science ::
(10:22:57 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: looking over test results with Percy and T'Kirr :: Okay, so.
(10:23:32 PM) Percy: :: Looking at test results:: So. Now we're at the fun "How do we fix it?" stage.
(10:23:35 PM) CdrTKirr: :: looking ::
(10:24:36 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Is seated at tactical, because I call bullshit on only the weapons guy having to stand, coordinating with the Sharks on patrol to form a picket against any asteroid impacts with the ship. So far, nothing's impacted worth paying any mind, unless you're easily freaked by minor rocking.::
(10:25:02 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Well, the test results seem to indicate that our original hypothesis was correct, which is nothing short of a remarkable set of coincidences.
(10:25:43 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :; smiles as a CAP fighter flies by the main viewer ::
(10:26:38 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: The core of the asteroid is mostly this substance that is liquefying because of recent changes in heat and that's causing major geological disruption, and could lead to catastrophic collapse and loss of life. Ideas?
(10:27:20 PM) CdrHarper: :: collating the reports from the Sharks, which are, as McKnight said, uninteresting ::
(10:27:52 PM) Percy:'s kind of a longshot, but we could drill strategically placed vents in the crust so that the liquidizing core has a place to expand to.
(10:28:26 PM) CdrTKirr: :: looks to Percy and considers ::
(10:29:26 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Well.... that would be rather counterintuitive. It's not that the pressure is too much, it's that the liquid matter does not take up as much space as the solid matter.
(10:30:02 PM) CdrHarper: :: watches a Shark pulverize an asteroid and seem to have a lot of fun doing it ::
(10:30:33 PM) CdrTKirr: I would suggest finding a way to prevent the cause. Keep the substance from liquefying at all.
(10:30:53 PM) Percy: (Oh, right. The problem reversed itself in mah brain)
(10:31:23 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: nods at T'Kirr:: I concur. We need to figure out what's causing the temperature increase, I think.
(10:32:31 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Nice shot. :: also noticed ::
(10:33:58 PM) Percy: That would make sense. So....what's changed now that wasn't the same way before?
(10:35:31 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: shrugs ::
(10:36:16 PM) ColDougMcKnight: (Someone left the coffee pot on!)
(10:37:38 PM) CdrTKirr: :: pulls up the data files ::
(10:37:48 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: I wonder if they've been doing anything different on Refuge lately.
(10:39:02 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Power generators? Storing... interesting cargo?
(10:39:49 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: ( Venya> :: unplugs her hair dryer :: Whoops. )
(10:40:59 PM) CdrTKirr: Perhaps we should ask.
(10:42:17 PM) Percy: Asking would make sense! Wait...aww, does that mean we have to talk to Miss Leather and Nothing Else?
(10:42:32 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Probably.
(10:42:59 PM) Percy: Maaaan.
(10:43:05 PM) ColDougMcKnight: ::Takes aim at a particularly large asteroid, approaching from the outer edge of their effective weapons range. A sustained phaser burst takes several seconds to saw the rock in half, the explosive force of its destruction nudging the two halves away from each other enough to hopefully bypass Atlantis on either side.::
(10:43:34 PM) CdrTKirr: +Blackthorne+ T'Kirr to Bridge.
(10:43:47 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks up and watches the Sharks swarm on the two halves like hungry, well, Sharks ::
(10:43:52 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Go ahead.
(10:44:11 PM) Percy: Sid> ::Pew pew!::
(10:47:27 PM) CdrTKirr: +Blackthorne+ We have studied all the data received from Refuge, but we believe it's possible there could be an explanation not documented within for the increase in heat that is creating the geological disruption. Perhaps you could ask our gracious host if any recent changes come to mind.
(10:48:13 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Chaka> ::Grabs a small chunk blown off from the larger rock in his tractor beam, reading as approximately a metric ton::
(10:48:23 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +T'Kirr+ I'll give her a call.
(10:49:49 PM) CdrHarper: :: already calling up the comm ::
(10:51:16 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Venya> Admiral, I hope you have good news?
(10:51:49 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks up as she appears on the viewer :: Somewhat. The seismic activity is caused by an increase of heat in the planetoid. Have you been doing anything differently to cause such heating?
(10:52:26 PM) CdrTKirr: :: as if thinking maybe they had missed something, begins scanning over the data again ::
(10:52:57 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Venya> :: frowns :: Nothing comes to mind. It's the usual spaceport operations down here.
(10:53:12 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: blinks at T'Kirr and peers over her shoulder ::
(10:53:35 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Chaka> ::Calls dibs on the next approaching rock, and the moment his sensors confirm a projected collision course, he guns his accelerator, speeding toward the asteroid at full impulse.::
(10:54:03 PM) Percy: :: Peers over the other one. And in the back of her mind, can't help but think that the three-girl lineup would make a kickass action photo.::
(10:54:44 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Well then, we'll continue our work. Thank you, Atlantis out.
(10:54:59 PM) CdrHarper: :: cuts the comm, envious of the Sharks who seem to be having more and more fun ::
(10:55:29 PM) CdrTKirr: ( Charlie's aliens, oh no )
(10:55:30 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Blackthorne to T'Kirr.
(10:58:45 PM) CdrTKirr: +Blackthorne+ Go ahead.
(10:59:32 PM) CdrTKirr: (test?)
(10:59:34 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Chaka> ::Keeps up the speed until his own instruments warn of an impending collision, before he grins and releases his tractor beam. He pulls up just in time to dodge the asteroid by the span of a football field. A moment later, his payload strikes home, the intense heat and sheer kinetic energy of relativistic travel hitting like a handful of nukes::
(10:59:43 PM) Percy: (No lag here)
(11:00:14 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Venya Kashar reports no abnormal operations outside the scope of a spaceport.
(11:00:52 PM) CdrHarper: :: sees that and is impressed and jealous ::
(11:01:18 PM) Percy: Sid> :: Watches as the asteroid is ripped through:: +Sharks+ Woohoo! That was a good one!
(11:04:05 PM) ColDougMcKnight: Chaka> ::Yips and hollers uproariously as his fighter comes zooming out of the blast radius.:: +All those listening+ What do you think? I think Atlantis can stop worrying about that one!
(11:05:04 PM) CdrHarper: +Sharks+ Nicely done, Chaka!
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(11:06:53 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Looks like she lagged out after all.)
(11:07:35 PM) CdrTKirr [Mibbit@] entered the room.
(11:07:55 PM) CdrTKirr: ( modem issues, miss me? Ignore if this line doesn't fit anymore...)
(11:08:16 PM) Percy: (WB!)
(11:08:23 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (There you are. :)
(11:08:37 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: T'Kirr+ Venya Kashar reports no abnormal operations outside the scope of a spaceport.
(11:08:52 PM) CdrTKirr: ( damn you didn't get my reply? )
(11:09:09 PM) CdrTKirr: +Blackthorne+ Understood.
(11:09:18 PM) CdrTKirr: :: shares a look with Wright ::
(11:10:32 PM) CdrTKirr: :: looks to Percy :: While we can't rule out Refuge's interference, we must consider other possible causes.
(11:11:21 PM) Percy: :: She nods::
(11:13:26 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: agrees :: Well. Other heat sources. :: counts off on her fingers :: Solar proximity/orbital changes. Gravity well. Atmospheric changes.
(11:13:38 PM) Percy: And, of course, other asteroids.
(11:14:25 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: looks at Percy questioningly ::
(11:15:11 PM) CdrTKirr: :: perks eyebrow ::
(11:16:03 PM) Percy: Well, something COULD have changed in the asteroids around us, theoretically. I mean, I may be mistaken, as my particular field of expertise is less scientific. But this is an asteroid field. Presumably they have symbiotic effects on each other.
(11:21:29 PM) Percy: :: She pauses.:: I'm not...completely off here, right?
(11:21:39 PM) CdrTKirr: Unless there is thermal activity other than friction between collisions present, I don't see how their relationship could cause a sufficient amount of heat to liquefy the core of Refuge.
(11:23:19 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: I have to agree with T'Kirr on this one, unless you're seeing something we're not?
(11:23:37 PM) CdrTKirr: :: looks to Percy expectantly ::
(11:26:34 PM) Percy: Hm...that's a point. But heat isn't the only thing that causes a change in physical state. Or maybe there's an entirely different factor that we're just not seeing here.
(11:28:02 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: (Three minutes!)
(11:29:03 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Well, we have to determine the cause before we can posit a solution. I'm open to suggestions.
(11:30:41 PM) Percy: Hm...I propose that we do a thermal scan over the next few hours, as well as a pressure read on the area on and around Refuge. It may be that the key to our confusion here is time.
(11:31:04 PM) Percy: (*to solve)
(11:31:45 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: Agreed. :: provides scan parameters to computer ::
(11:32:35 PM) CdrTKirr: :: stares fixedly at nothing for a moment before meeting their eyes in turn :: If there is something within the surrounding asteroids that is somehow affecting Refuge as you say, it would be diligent for us to retrieve samples from them as well.
(11:32:37 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(11:32:39 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(11:32:40 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUS ESIM
(11:32:50 PM) Percy: :: Paused::
(11:32:55 PM) Percy: Go team Science!
(11:32:56 PM) CdrTKirr: :: pauses ::
(11:33:04 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: For science!
(11:33:15 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: :: || ::
(11:33:19 PM) LtJGAlexisWright: BRILLIANT!
(11:34:02 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BRILLIANT!
(11:34:44 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Now I want the Guinness guys doing the science report.
(11:35:05 PM) Percy: Heehee
(11:35:48 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: "We've discovered a way to solve Refuge's quakes using the fermentation of sugar! BRILLIANT! BRILLIANT!"
(11:36:16 PM) Percy: ....OF COURSE
(11:36:28 PM) Percy: We will solve Refuge's problem with BOOOOOOZE
(11:36:35 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: BRILLIANT!
(11:36:39 PM) CdrTKirr: Very brilliant. Beats salt and space blobs.
(11:38:07 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Ohhhh, space blobs.
(11:38:18 PM) CdrTKirr: Well, that's what it was
(11:38:21 PM) CdrTKirr: Sort of.
(11:38:52 PM) CdrTKirr: Big blob, mind. Ate a ship, it did.
(11:38:58 PM) CdrTKirr: A rather nice ship. =/
(11:39:05 PM) CdrTKirr: Never living that down. Ugh.
(11:39:27 PM) CdrTKirr: Anyway, with that... I must go. Sleep, then segways. Must be awake for segways!
(11:39:28 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: Hey you're not the captain who lost a starship to it sinking.
(11:39:45 PM) CdrTKirr: Yeah but you can still blame it on me. =P
(11:40:04 PM) CdrTKirr: Nah... that wouldn't be very captainy
(11:40:17 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: A prototype starship at that.
(11:40:23 PM) CdrTKirr: >_<
(11:40:42 PM) CdrTKirr: Really going now! See you all next week, let's fix this asteroid!
(11:40:46 PM) VAdmBlackthorne: See ya :)
(11:40:50 PM) Percy: Will do! G'night!
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