Archive for the ‘USS Constellation’ Category

Yahoo Messenger and New Contacts

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

I’ve been a user of Yahoo Messenger for years. I use it mostly to keep in touch with friends, and most recently for when I’m online playing games.

I am listed in the Yahoo Directory, and I’ve been getting invites by one type of person only. Those that insist on showing me sexually oriented material after I accept their request. Once I do that, they ask to chat, and then send me a link where there is porn. I don’t do porn. I don’t like porn, and wish it didn’t exist.

I don’t mind that others utilize porn, by reading it, or watching it. But, when you answer a friend request and then immediately send a link to a porn site, that is just.. wrong. When that is done, I immediately block the person, and report them to Yahoo. Sorry, but what you do on your time is fine, but imposing it on me without warning is not. A simple “Can I send you a link to a porn site?” would work wonders.

As such, the only people I talk to on Yahoo Messenger are those that are family or close friends that I have known for years. I much prefer Facebook for meeting people to chat with. Or be email pals with. I’ll be looking into how to take my name out of the Yahoo Directory. No matter how much I may think I could help someone with a disability… it’s just really sad that the people that have these porn sites have to trawl the Yahoo Directory and ask to be added to an unknown person’s list then once there, they send a link and dump that person into a porn site which is most likely not welcome and may be very offensive.

It’s too bad… I could use Yahoo to gain members to the Star Trek clubs that I run, the USS Daniel Soule, a chapter of Starfleet International, where I am the Commanding Officer, and the independent club, USS Constellation, where I am the Executive Officer, help people with disability and service dog questions and gain new friends. But, nope, I’m going to retreat to being a private member, and only use it to contact people that I know.

Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I’m 46 years old today. Wow, feels like I’ve been alive longer than that! Seriously, I can’t believe how fast time has been flying by. It seems like yesterday that I met Keith, then we were getting married. Wow.

Here’s a list of stuff I’m involved in and happening currently in my life.

Married 19 years to the most wonderful man.

One of the top disability and service dog experts in the US.

The Commanding Officer of a Starfleet International chapter (the USS Daniel Soule) (working on the website, but you can join this Correspondance chapter from Starfleet‘s webpage.

The Executive Officer of a independant Star Trek simulation (the USS Constellation)

Disabled Accessibility Officer for Starfleet International and Region 5, Starfleet in which I put Starfleet’s newsletter, the Communique’, in audio format for the blind, and help Chapter Chairpersons by answering questions they may have on how to accommodate a disabled member.

Have a website Service Dogs and More! that is #1 on almost any search engine you can name! It still amazes me when I think about it!

Own and run the nationally known Owner Trained Assistance Dogs (OT-ADogs) email list at Yahoogroups. This list helps you train a dog to become a service dog.

Executive Producer of Star Trek on Audio, in conjunction with Roddenberry Productions. Putting all the Star Trek episodes and movies in audio format for the blind.

Amateur (Ham) Radio operator where I am heavily involved in community service and emergency preparedness.

I have been blessed throughout my life by God. Yes, I am disabled, but I firmly believe that God allowed it to happen for a reason. If I were not disabled, I doubt that I would be doing or experienced half the things that I have in my life. Sure, I am confined to a wheelchair, but the choice of using a wheelchair was just that, a choice that I made when I was 21. It cost so much energy and hurt too much to keep walking… sure I could do it, but I wanted a life, not just to exist, but to LIVE. Choosing to use a wheelchair was the best thing I ever did for myself. I can go anywhere within reason, at a reasonable speed, and I can enjoy life, instead of struggling through it.

The reason God allowed me to become disabled? I think it’s so I could help people with service dog advice and training and disability advocacy. I have been blessed with meeting many people, all because I am disabled. I would never had learned about service dogs if I weren’t disabled, and I would not have helped the hundreds of people personally with questions about service dogs and issues relating to disabled access and service dogs. And indirectly helping, I believe, thousands of people through my website, Service Dogs and More!. I still don’t know what I did to get it to the top of Google or any other search engine you can name. (including Bing).

Three wonderful service dogs:


Tyler

Tyler

Gillis, My 2nd Service Dog

Gillis, The Wonder Dog!


And last but not least:


Chewbacca

Chewbacca

I am currently looking for my 4th dog. Now, I do have a breeder of Doberman Pinscher dogs near by, and as soon as I can make my house puppy proof, I’ll go look at her dogs, and then probably have to save up for a puppy. I can’t expect someone to give me a dog like has previously been done.

Guess I better post this, and go pay attention to my hubby, who said he wanted to make me feel special on my birthday! I also have to answer all the birthday wishes I got on Facebook today! Wow! What a treat!

Babysitting (or the care and feeding of your RPG)

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

There are times when I don’t think I’m playing an RPG, instead, I think I’m babysitting a bunch of children. We got a new message board over at Band of Brothers, which encourages in character messages. Our message board, however, is for discussing character development, story ideas and other mundane type things.

I started a thread entitled “Crew Interaction” and Our Science Officer immediately jumped in with a post saying that he has been writing scripts for movies and plays and while none have sold (yet), he sees my character as very off-putting and that I should work on some off-duty time things for her to be approachable. Well, that’s a good idea, except in the way he presented it. I spent a few hours yesterday in tears because this is supposed to be ‘fun’ and I didn’t want Anna Tuttle to be me, and yes, she’s a spitfire, and yes, she tends to speak her mind, but she’s also fair, and will fight for you if you’re in the right.

But Lt. Piche cut me off at the knees, in a public forum. He said that he’d been writing scripts (none had sold YET), and that he saw Anna Tuttle as a person that would be hard for others to play off of. That I needed to change the character, because she was hot-headed, jumped to conclusions and basically created a wall around herself. Excuse me? I answered with an email explaining my real life situation. That I’m confined to a wheelchair, that I used service dogs for 18 years. I am one of the top disability and service dog experts in the US, and yes, it’s going to color what I say and do, and how I play games like this. I also explained that Anna Tuttle wasn’t the way I am, she is someone that I am playing as a character.

He apologized, saying he was talking to my CHARACTER, not me personally. Yeah, right. If his Science Officer is a playwright, why isn’t it in his bio? He panicked when he realized that he ‘beat up’ on a disabled person and fell back on ‘I was doing it in character’. Damn, I hate it when people do that. His apology means really nothing, because he was ‘in character’ when he tore me apart.

I came very close to just saying “screw it” and resigning as the XO. I still may. We shall see. I don’t need some ‘normal’ telling me how to play a character. I may be new to this kind of simming, but I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons since High School as well as other RolePlaying games. This guy sounds like he’s in his 20s and full of himself.

I also think I scared him when I listed all that I am currently doing, including working for Roddenberry Productions doing Star Trek on Audio… as well as all my service dog advocacy work. I think he didn’t realize that I do know what I’m doing on some things, and even though I’m in a wheelchair, it’s the body that doesn’t work, not the mind.

I’ve also been in Starfleet for 25 years. I’ve held positions ranging from Computer Sciences, to Assistant Science Officer, to Chief Science Officer, Executive Officer, Commanding Officer, and Regional Coordinator. It’s not like I’m new to this stuff. I just haven’t done it in the SIMM enviroment, where you write a story with x amount of other people in chat, or back and forth in email… writing your own part and waiting for their response. THAT is new.

It’s fun, and I’m having a blast, except for things like the above. Oh, well, live and learn.

The USS Constellation wants you!

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I’ve got a new hobby… okay, maybe not quite so new… I’ve not posted it here though.

I’m the Executive Officer of the USS Constellation, a Star Trek based RPG. Set in the time around Voyager, but we are exploring the GAMMA Quadrant, (compared to the USS Voyager exploring the Delta Quadrant), You are an officer aboard the USS Constellation, a Constellation class (what else?) starship. It’s an online RPG, with ‘posts’ which are stories done by the members of the crew.

It’s different in that the stories aren’t just written by one person, you are your character, and any mission post that is written, that uses your character, you are involved in. For example, Cmdr. Anna Tuttle, (my character), will interact with the various crew, but most notably with the Commanding Officer, Captain Tersus Aram, a Bajoran. Now, when we work on a story, and we have a basic idea (sometimes), and we go back and forth with each paragraph. Sometimes the results can be hilarious. I have a story that I am working on with the Captain, the Chief Engineer, and the head of our Marines, in our Officers Mess. Anna is trying to get the replicator to make a simple combination pizza. What came out of the replicator was um, interesting.

Anyway, in the course of the story, she suddenly has a ‘DATE’ with the Chief Engineer in his quarters as he makes a combination pizza to scan in to replace the corrupted computer file. THAT I did not see coming.

The USS Constellation is an independent RPG, not belonging to Starfleet International (where I, in another persona, command the USS Daniel Soule). We are not part of starfleet.org, (we just host the website there).

The Captain and I are partners in this – we run the sim and talk EVERYTHING over… which can be hard when you want to do something and surprise the other. ┬áIt’s a lot of fun, and a lot of work, but you can’t just sit around and expect fun to happen.

We have very few rules.

Our major rules are that you must post once every 7 days, and that any posts other than yourself are to be done with the others and not just alone.

The rules are simple and posted directly on the website.

If you would like to apply, please check us out at:

http://ussconstellation.starfleetuk.org