When was the last time you invited someone to check out Outpost 10F? Really, think about it. With social media so engrained it should be really easy for those of us that have been coming to the Outpost for some time to invite someone else. In reality it is much easier than it was when we began back in 1997.
Why haven’t you haven’t invited anyone to the Outpost lately? What is holding you back? Those of us actively trying to market Outpost 10F to other individuals and groups would like to know. It will really help us to improve things and make the Outpost attractive to newcomers.
If you haven’t invited anyone because you haven’t really thought about it, well then I’m here to plant that bug in your ear. Make sure to share us with your friends. Like many things, if we are not growing, we’re dying. There is no in-between.
Now, in this months issue we’ve got some awesome articles. I had time to sit down with JH for our New member spotlight, Rob Atkins debuts the new Tastes of the Outpost Article, Paulie gives us his take on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and a whole lot more.
That’s it from me. Thanks for reading this month’s issue of the Blue Report.
The following members have been promoted for the month of April 2014.
Congratulations and thanks to all of you for your contributions to Outpost 10F!
We've got a bunch of new members around the Outpost and in the interest of getting to know these people, the Blue Report will spotlight one per month. This month I had the opportunity to sit down for a few questions with the ever delightful Julia, known in chat as JH.
BR : JH, Thanks for taking some time for the Blue Report.
JH: It's my pleasure!
BR :So, tell us about yourself
JH : Let's see. I am a Nationally Certified Paramedic and I currently live in Texas. I run a Facebook group to help people who want to go Paleo and get in shape. I stumbled into Paleo about a year ago as a way to get in shape for a cosplay I was going to do and it radically changed my life. Now I try to help others do the same! Outside of that I am also a member of a fantastic Star Trek fan group called Fleet 31. I am in charge of helping us expand internationally. We are a fan based organization whose top priorities are fun and helping out in the community through charity work.
BR :So what made you come to our corner of the galaxy?
JH : I was looking for a way to get to know more people who had the same passions as I do. Even though I hadn't been in a chatroom for ages, it seemed like a good place to start. 10 Forward was the third one (I think) that I tried out. I met some great people that first week, yourself included! I also enjoy knitting and crocheting and it turns out one of your members enjoys the same! It is a great bit of fun to stay up lateand talk about anything from Star Trek, to food, to our daily lives. It is a very casual environment and I appreciate that. In case I confused anyone, I am a female, I just happen to like Kirk in a fedora (my avatar).
BR :HAHAHA. Fair enough. So tell us about the other group you are involved with, Fleet 31.
JH : Fleet 31 is just amazing. When I met our founder, Fleet Admiral Cameron Wilkinson, I was told about this fan group he was in. I got along great with him and the others I met at that particular convention where I happened to be, and when I joined - well, it blew my mind. This was not your basement nerd crowd. These were real people with real lives, and everything was beautifully organized. We have ships all over the United States now, aswell as internationally. We are always looking for new members, and if you ask any of ours, we have a blast! Many of our crews hang out regularly. Some go out to eat, some go bowling or to museums, others volunteer their time at local food pantries. I couldn't have stumbled into a more fantastic group of people. I am honored to represent them.
BR :What does your position entail?
JH : I am an admiral with the fleet, my particular title being "International Development". What I do is seek out those who live outside the United States who may be interested in our organization. We are not exclusive and we have no dues - anyone is welcome to join. Whether I find them, or they find us (by our website at Fleet31.com), I help them learn how we work and and introduce them to our other members, as well as anyone in the fleet who may live near them. Occasionally we have members who do not speak English, and then I might have to translate e-mails or pieces of our website to make sure that those new members have everything that they need. We recently commissioned our first intercontinental ship, the USS Surrey, in England, UK. I can'twait to see another one out that way!
BR :I can vouch for it being a ton of fun. Getting back to the Outpost, what's your favorite part so far?
JH : Just meeting new people. I'm always getting to know someone else, learning about their interests or job. We goof off a bit, crack jokes. A lot of what I do can be stressful, so it's nice to have a casual place to sit back and enjoy the other person's company. The Outpost is very diverse. All age groups, a wide range of personalities. It's never boring!
BR :You said it. You mentioned Cosplaying, Is there an specific show(s)?
JH : My first cosplay was as a Blue Lantern. The suit is spandex from the neck down. That's why I originally worked so hard to get in shape! Haha! I also have a Star Fleet uniform based off the newest movies, as well as my Fleet 31 uniform. I just went shopping today, actually, to get more supplies for a Wonder Woman costume I'm going to attempt! I'm kind of hoping little magical creatures will sneak in tonightand make it for me. I've never worked with this material before. I'm kind of nervous about it!
BR :Do you have a con that you'd like to go to one day?
JH : Actually I do! This will be my first Dragon Con. I've been waiting a long time, I'm so excited! I am also hoping to make it to Las Vegas next year for the Star Trek convention.
BR : Well you like OTF, are we going to see more Fleet 31 Officers?
JH : I have told several about it, but I think I will need to make a sometime soon. All of you are fantastic people, it would be a shame not to share!
BR : Thanks, and I have to say I haven't met anyone in Fleet 31 whom I haven't taken a liking to. Do you have anything else you like to add for the good of the order?
JH : I hear that you guys have been around for a very long time. What is it, nearly two decades? I hope that our fleet can do the same. It looks like great people are the foundation to longevity, and so is having fun. It's great to have someone like yourself with so much experience. I look forward to spending more time will all of you at the Outpost!
BR : Hear Hear! JH, thanks for taking some time to talk to us.
JH : The pleasure was all mine!
The Outpost 10F Blue Report was once again packed with information this month, on a wide variety of science fiction news.
On March 29, it was revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be returning to the big screen in the next Terminator movie. He did always say that he’ll be back.
The next day, Whovians mourned the passing of Kate O’Mara, known in the classic series as the renegade Time Lady, The Rani.
April 3rd brought news of a Lucasfilm collaboration with The Big Bang Theory, for an episode commemorating Star Wars Day, this May the Fourth.
That was sandwiched by another death in the classic Whoniverse, this time beingGlyn Jones, the writer of the First Doctor serial, “The Space Museum”. May they both rest in peace. Or regenerate. Whichever is appropriate.
April 7th brought news of a long overdue reunion between Robin Williams and Pam Dawber. Our veteran members of OTF will remember that Robin Williams became famous during his time on the sitcom wth a scifi spin, “Mork And Mindy”. Dawber would guest star on “The Crazy Ones” with Williams, April 10th on CBS.
Ten days later, StarTrek.com published an article featuring a Q-Continuum based comic.
A week later, Robert Smith posted a mock up of a movie poster, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Grand Admiral Thrawn, of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and while that article claims that the writers of the film/trilogy “will take inspiration from everywhere”, they seem uninterested in bringing the EU into onscreen canon. This was substantiated by another article that said much the same thing, posted the afternoon of April 26th. And lastly, for our Tolkien fans, it was revealed that the third Hobbit film will be entitled “The Battle of the Five Armies”.
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In speaking to Tanya about this particular recipe, she said that she originally found it online about 2011 because she was looking for cookie recipes that did not use much sugar, thought it does use some chocolate chips but the real sweetness comes from the use of bananas, coconut, and the cinnamon which have a natural sweetness. Tanya says that she values alternative ingredients and loves to test them out.
Tanya adds “You can add in other things you like as well. Usually if I add a nut or seed flour (ie. flax meal) I will reduce the amount of oats by the same amount” she also adds that if you want to really cut down on the sugar further, then you can add just a bit more coconut, cinnamon, and vanilla and cut down on the chocolate chips.
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier picked up where The First Avenger left off, with Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, with his trusty notepad, still trying to acclimate to having been asleep for 70 years, and finding that Hydra was still the enemy.
The humor was apparent from the outset of the film, with Steve Rogers running circles around the soldier that would later be revealed as Falcon, a role that was cast brilliantly in the form of actor Anthony Mackey. Once they were done with their early morning workout, Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow arrived. She pulled up in a car and said she was ordered to bring a fossil back to the Smithsonian. And if you listen closely, you’ll hear the voice of Gary Sinise on the loudspeaker at the Smithsonian.
Then came the meat of the film. Captain America and Black Widow were thrust into a 2-prong mission, again highlighted by humor. Back Widow was trying to convince Steve Rogers to ask a nurse on a date, to which he told her to “secure the engine room” of the boat they were on first. This was just the start of the mystery that was woven through the plot of “The Winter Soldier.”
How is Steve Rogers going to cope in a post-9/11 world? Why did SHIELD go on lockdown? Why were Steve Rogers and Nick Fury under attack? Whose side is Robert Redford’s Secretary Pierce on? What’s the real deal with Emily Van Camp’s character? Who is the legendary The Winter Soldier, and how has he been at work undermining the security of every nation on the globe for the last 70 years? Where would Stan Lee make his standard cameo in this Marvel movie? And of course, if you’re a true Marvel fan, you wondered about the mid-credits and post-credit scenes, and how they set up Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Winter Soldier, the way Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Emily Van Camp, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackey and (spoilers!) The Winter Soldier all played off of each other, and eagerly await the likes of “Guardian Of The Galaxy” and “Age Of Ultron,” as well as the newly rumored “Black Widow stand-alone film. Maybe we’ll finally find out what happened in Budapest.
The wait for more on the crew of the USS T’Kumbra is over!
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