Meanwhile, in Bangkok...

Article by Hobbie

Welcome to this month's edition of the Blue Report! You might have already noticed that something's different this time. Indeed, I don't look like Bria. Sorry. ;)
In case you're wondering, there's nothing wrong with her - or at least no more so than usual, but she's in the middle of exams and so I got stuck with volunteered to handle some of her workload. She should be back next month, you can all rejoice, or be afraid, as you choose.

Now to sum up what happened in the past month; there has been a lot of changes in the EC, and the temperatures have been unusually high in many parts of the world. We haven't as of yet figured out whether or not those two events are related, but we are currently investigating (that is to say, the EC is currently having meetings to discuss the nomination of someone in charge of flipping a coin, the result of which coin-flipping will establish with absolute certainty and mathematical proof if the above-mentioned statement is correct). We'll keep you updated as soon as more information on this becomes available!

Anyway, you may now proceed with reading the rest of the report, which include more or less all the usual stuff, with only one exception. Much to our relief, Violent Violet has decided to go on vacations for a couple of weeks to harrass people at the other side of the world, and therefore hasn't been able to reply to your questions this month.

Have fun!
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One-Zero Division Update

Article by Polson

In Man in Hat’s absence, things in the OZD have slowed to a near stop actually. We’ve pretty much decided to close up the Star Trek section of OTF and reinvent it as, you guessed it, Rainbow Brite! Pretty soon you’ll be chatting amid rainbows and star sprinkles and babbling brooks with flying ponies! We’ll be redecorating Ten Forward as the Colour Castle, we’ll replace Vic and Guinan with Twink the Sprite and Starlite the magnificent rainbow riding horse, and I must say, Dmitri looks absolutely fabulous in his brand new “Tickled Pink” uniform. Kayana has taken over Brady’s position, and while she’s doing an excellent job, I think the Rainbow Brite dress and boots would have looked better on Brady.

Seriously though, Brady left good staff behind him like little gleaming piles of freshly droppedÂ…uhÂ…I mean, uhÂ…he left good people to fill his shoes and the OZD is still alive and kicking and ready to go fill the world with rainbows! Recently our homepage has been updated and itÂ’s lookinÂ’ rainbowlicious so be sure to hop on a flying horse over and take a gander. Also, weÂ’ve decided that although weÂ’re switching Ten Forward to Rainbow Land, weÂ’ll be bringing some new ranks with us for all of those who ever wanted to be a colourful Bajoran. I know some of you have been enjoying the hard work poured into those by the best Star Sprinkling Team ever.

WeÂ’ve also got some new Colour Kids to add to the OZD line-up, Cinna and the Green Knight (not to be confused with Patty OÂ’Green of the Green Grove) have agreed to come and work in the star sprinkle mines! I know IÂ’m personally looking forward for a good olÂ’ sprinkle digginÂ’ rainbow lickinÂ’ project or two with them both.

Lastly I - Oh, this just in, breaking news. The OZD voted again, we will not, repeat, not be going with the Rainbow Brite theme. Instead weÂ’ll be changing the theme toÂ…toÂ…Furbies. Who comes up with these things????

Word, yo.

Department of Something or Other

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The Senate Update: In, out, in...

Article by Bria

No, I'm not talking about last month, oh no, and nor is it a reference to a quote from Hobbie. I'm talking about this month, April, when people just kept coming and going! First of all, of course, we said goodbye to Jaden - and she finally got taken off the list, too, so now we can talk about her all we want to. Cynara has also decided to move onto bigger and better things. I would, however, like to thank Cynara for all her work during the time she was with us, and wish her the best of luck in whatever's next for her. On behalf of all of us here - thank you.

It's not all doom and gloom, though. Well, it depends on how you look at it, I suppose. AJ decided that retirement wasn't for him after all (sure he's only a youngun, bless 'im) and has taken up his old position in the Senate. Welcome back, Andrew!

In addition to that, we now have a new DSC - Amanda Sielu Paris. Right, you knew that, it's on the Updates Board. But I don't care, I have nothing else to write about and who reads those announcements anyway? Was there even an announcement? I don't know.

We're also going to be working on revamping the Senate's website, so I'll have an update on that for you next month. Well, hopefully next month; it could be the month after, actually, given how fast we work around here. I mean, look at me, it takes me forever to write these things and they're neither very complicated nor very good.

Will Jaden leap out of the warddrobe and kill Bria in her sleep? Will Andrew stay in for a bit longer this time and yes I am talking about the Senate thankyouverymuch, shut up Iain? Will Amanda ever make it onto the Senate site? And will Bria ever write updates that make sense and follow a logical structure? We may never find out... but keep reading, anyway!

Clear skies!

Bria Terrik
Senator of Corellia

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The Wizard Brief

Article by Bryce

There was a slight change in the command of the fantasy sector last month since I became the Fantasy Deputy Sector Commander. So far, within the brief amount of time I have had the position, there has not been much to do with it; but I am hoping to use it to get the fantasy sector a bit more active in the near future.

Moreover, the Wizards—particularly Ohm—have been continually working on the Wizards of Minas Tirith homepage. The decision was made to coordinate the project with the Engineering department, in order to design the site as proficiently as possible. I personally have been working on the content of the website, which will be finished soon. The website should be released within a month or so, depending on how swiftly we are able to work, so keep a look out for it.

Grey Wizard
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ST Patron of the Month Interview

Article by Polson

And the Patron of the month is the lovely, the colourful, the ever flexible, CL5 Ayanna!

1. Guess what! You've won the ST patron of the month! Feel any taller? Any smarter? Any faster? Any closer to over throwing Man In Hat?
Wow. Really?

2. Any idea what you did to deserve such honor?
Erm no to be honest i have no idea *L* just do my work and help out when and where i can. Guess people noticed.

3. Will this further or hinder your plans to take over OTF?
*looks around* What plans? *Coughs*

4. What's your favorite project to work on?
My Favorite project i would have to say is the Amazing Race OTF Style. It's a lot of work but it's also great fun.

5. What's your handle from?
My handle is from it's suppose to mean Flower in some language but i can't remember which. *L*

6. If you had grand cosmic powers what would you set out to accomplish?
To take over the world of course.

7. Why do you keep coming back to OTF?
Because i have alot of great friends that still go to otf and it's a friendly and wonderful place and yeah.

8. If you could give an award to anyone, who would you give it to and why?
I'd give best friend award to Jamie. cause she's my friend of course and yeah i know i'm doing a lot of rambling for 3 am. *L*

Congrats, Ayanna!

Department of Something or Other

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SW Patron of the Month interview

Article by Hobbie

Paige might be on leave, but she was able to sneak into someone's office and answer those questions and reveal some of her secrets.

1. Congratulations on your award. What does it feel like to receiveone of those?
Well it was like a month ago :P it was kinda random actually

2. How did you manage to obtain it, you think? Was there any bribery,blackmail, hard work or luck involved?
probably all of the above actually :P

3. What did you do upon receiving your award, did you celebrate in any way?
I don't remember, I've been out in the sun to long today, I don't even remember what I had for lunch :P

4. You are part of the Trivia Team. How are things going there these days, did they finally increase the cages' size as they keep promising?
Well Mike likes to brag about his fish tank....but my cage is just like I left it a year ago, still some old questions i wrote in there to *nods*

5. Soka is your division leader. So, tell me, what is it like to work under her? Is she really as evil as she claims to be, or is that all a bluff?
nahhh...Soka's just a little furry Ewok :P

6. Finally, are you currently involved in any kind of secret takeover plot or other such conspiracy?
now if I were and I told you then it wouldn't be secret anymore now would it? :P

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FY Patron of the Month Interview

Article by Bryce

The previous member to have earned the Fantasy Patron of the Month award was Luc Deathstryke (CL7). I asked him a few questions regarding the award as well as his new position as the Fantasy Sector Commander.

1. How do you believe you earned this Fantasy Patron of the Month award?
To be honest, I'm not quite sure what I did. All I know is that we [the Executive Council] started to discuss the award recommendations, when I was told by someone that I was going to receive the award, and that I was not allowed to suggest anyone as a replacement. I like to think that I am an active member of Outpost 10F, specifically of the fantasy genre, but I know that school also takes up a lot of my time, (school always comes before Outpost 10F!) and that I am not the only Outpost member in this position. Who knows, maybe I received it because I was able to balance my duties as Deputy Sector Commander and as a college student?

2. How does it feel to be the new Fantasy Sector Commander?
In all honesty, it's an amazing feeling, but it still seems surreal. I know one thing that a lot of people who join Outpost 10F dream of is to become a senior officer; and, if they are lucky enough, to one day become a Sector Commander. So to have my name up there with some of the great people who have passed before me in Outpost 10F is an extremely high honor.

3. So far, do you have any plans for the fantasy sector that you would like to reveal?
All I am going to say is that you better keep your noses glued to your monitors come July.

4. Hypothetically suppose that you are going to be stranded on an island and you could only bring five books with you. What five books would you bring and why?
Five books arenÂ’t enough, especially the way I read. If it were two series of books, it would be, without a doubt, the Harry Potter Series and The Lord of the Rings series, which includes The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. I think twelve books would be more apt, simply because you can go through a good book in no time at all.

5. The Outpost 10F fantasy sector has waned in popularity throughout the years. Do you think that it will ever be as lively as it once was?
Fantasy as a genre is fickle; it's tough to keep people’s interest because our [the Fantasy Sector’s] chat room is centered on such a finite part of fantasy. There is so much potential that we can tap into to bring people in on a consistent basis—either with movies that are coming out or movies that came out decades ago. Unfortunately, the older movies are unknown to a lot of members because they are so young. It will, without a doubt, be an interesting challenge to tackle in the near future.

I would like to thank Luc for allowing me to conduct this interview.

Grey Wizard
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To CL7:

  • Kayana (ST) - Her cooking skills and her ordering around of people in the EC and in the OZD have finally paid of. Man in Hat must be proud!
  • To CL6:

  • RPMObsession (SW) - Guilds' brand new #2 comes highly recommended. We'd better take cover, there's no telling what she might do with her newly acquired HTML access.
  • To CL5:

  • drop73 (SW) - As a Team Leader in Engineering, his work has been more adequate, in particular in regards to setting up this month's wallpaper competition (in which I advise you to participate). Congrats, and watch it with that maintenance work next time, we like the CCC's ceiling just fine right where it currently is!
  • To CL4:

  • cliftonian (ST)
  • Mothius (FY)
  • To CL3:

  • chief braun (ST)
  • GrievousApprentice66 (SW)
  • Nimrauko (FY)

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    Senator of the Month interview

    Article by Hobbie

    As we do every month now, we bring you more inside information on one of our inmates politicians. This time, Soka is our unlucky guest of honour.

    1. Let's start with the traditional question. Which is your favourite SW movie, and why?
    Whichever I'm currently watching, I love all 3 of them :)
    ... what you say there are more than 3 by now???

    2. Not to my knowledge, at least. You have been in the Senate for a while now. What do you think of your time there?
    Oh it has been uneventful mostly ... on the outside that is. My ears are still ringing from all the loud discussions and blaster shots bird's chirping.
    All in all, it's been pretty fun really :)

    3. In that time, is there any particular memory that stands out?
    I keep telling you, my memory is bad. How else would I have become Senator if I'd remember all the promises I made to get off that rock?

    4. Very true. Speaking of rocks, Nal Hutta is an interesting choice. With mud all over, and Hutts around every corner, I don't think a lot people would want to have anything to do with it. What was it that made you choose to represent that particular planet in the Senate?
    What can I say? I always choose and vote for the unpoular choices.
    Also, the Hutts can hardly speak for themselves, everyone only hears the evil laughs and is running.

    5. More generally, why did you choose to join the Senate in the first place?
    Hmm, I don't really know, that part of my memory is even more blank than the rest ... Hobbie and Jaden must have used some Jedi-tricks to lure me in :(

    6. I'm innocent! Last month, you and KypD led a takeover and managed to push for Ewoks to be accepted in the CCC. First of all, let me congratulate you on your success. I'm curious, however, as to what is it about Ewoks that made you decide to defend their rights. Would you be willing to share that with our readers?
    Thanks for the congrats, Ewoks really had been far too low-rated!
    I've always been an Ewok in the CCC as long as I remember, and with time a few more got lured to the furry side too :)
    People say they are far too cute, but only as long as they hang over our fire. Yub yub! *whistles Ewok theme*

    7. What goals did you set for yourself now, is there anything else you want to achieve?
    More power to the Ewoks! That is to say, I'm perfectly happy ... for now :K

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    Rank O'Matic

    Article by Kayana

    I am back, my peoples! Well until Iain discovers I have escaped from his "secret" lair in the tombs of Edinburgh University's main computer centre, located directly below the campus hot-dog stand...Mwhahaha someone shouldn't have let Mezoti stand guard when there were mouthwatering hot dogs to be had eh!

    Now, onwards with the Rank O'Matic!

    This month's winner of the Rank O'Matic is me myself and I and of course moi for my inspirational title of "Mr. Snuggles!!!" for CL4 Pr Moore!!! Goooooo me!

    I would like to thank CL6 Aeon for her usual outstanding work, and for remembering that in my eyes, Ferengis are sexy little beasts! *cheers*

    Now that the festivities have died down, *steals some confetti to decorate the home nest*, I'd like to announce this month's contestant: CL4 Lzrman!!!!

    Lzr as we all know, is a discrete and modest individual, best known for his shy grin, reticent ways and his love for wooden crossword puzzles! =P Jokes aside, Lzr has a wonderful sense of humour and now is your opportunity to celebrate OTF's very own Lzrbug!

    So Submit a Rank Today!

    Rank O'Matic Fiend

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    Cartoon: ISA Directors Are Alike

    Article by Polson

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    The REAL story behind Star Wars... part XII


    An Imperial Tortilla-Chip heads toward the evil planet-like battle station of doom, yes folks, it's the thing you've all been waiting for, Behold! Iain Vader's Vespa of Destruction and doomy doom doom!


    Eight Imperial senators, generals and a partridge in a pear tree, sit around a black conference table, proving that the dark side has good taste in furniture and isn't at all a cliche. Just once, I want the bad guys to have pink, furry cushions and /snip. Imperial stormtroopers, freshly polished, stand guard around the room in case there's an outbreak of rock, paper, scissors. Commander Taggeyou'reit, a young, slimy-looking general, is speaking. We can only presume he's supposed to.

    Until this battle vespa is fully operational we are vulnerable. The Rebel Alliance is too well equipped, they have blasters, ships, chocolate! They're more dangerous than you realize.

    The bitter Admiral Mottalivan twists nervously in his chair, spinning himself furiously up above the table until his legs dangle. Bizarrely, he's wearing brown sandles over grey socks.

    Dangerous to your starfleet, Commander, not to this battle Vespa!

    The Rebellion will continue to gain a support in the Imperial Senate as long as... ooh, this table is so shiny.

    Suddenly all heads turn as Commander Taggeyou'reit's speech is cut short and the Grand Moff Texan, governor of the Imperial outland regions and Oz, enters. He is followed by his powerful ally, The Sith Lord, Darth Iain Vader. All of the generals stand and bow (Except for Mottalivan, stuck up on his chair) before the thin, eeeeevil-looking governor as he takes his place at the head of the table (he takes it to the window and back again, figuring it was best there to begin with). The Dark Lord stands behind him, fiddling with his iPod-racer, wondering who deleted Britney Spears.

    The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I've just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently using the old Youtube trick of a few days spent in a glass of Coke. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away, which has only taken us (checks watch) oh, nearly twenty years. Pretty good considering. Anyone for a cup of tea?

    That's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?

    The regional governors now have direct control over territories (blah blah, get back to the cute robots!). Two things will keep the local systems in line. Fear, fear of this battle station, of my big, plastic coated buddy here and scary music... three things will keep the local systems in line... shall I come in again?

    And what of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical readout of this Vespa, it is possible, however unlikely, that they might find a weakness and exploit it. Cause, y'know, people do leave windows open and stuff.

    The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Ah, my chocolate, come back to me with all your gold-wrapped, nutty glory...

    Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they've obtained, even if they spot that hole we left. This station is now (presses echo function on mike) TEH ULTIMATE POWER IN TEH STAR WARS UNIVERSE. I suggest we use it!

    Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is teensy weensy next to the power of (presses blue button on chest, activating Dalek vocoder) TEH FORCE!

    Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Saruman Iain Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen chocolates, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebel's hidden fort...(the Rebels have a hidden fort? Coolies!)

    Suddenly Mottalivan chokes and starts to turn blue under Vader's spell (hat bunny, bunny hat).

    I find your lack of faith disturbing, and your chair-spinning antics unamusing. Plus, brown sandles, grey socks? N'uh! Do not mock the Ferrero Rocher!

    Enough of this! Vader, release him! We've just had this carpet cleaned by Intergalactic Shake 'n Vac specialists.

    As you wish. (mutters 'darn it' under his resperator)

    This bickering is pointless. Lord Iain Vader will provide us with the location of the Rebel fort by the time this Vespa is operational. We will then crush the Rebellion with one swift stroke, though, I guess that's more of a slap, or a homerun... Anyone for a cup of tea?

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