:: The Blue Report :: Issue 104 :: July 2018
Letter From The Co-Editor [by Carol]
Hey Guys and Gals!
Welcome to July's issue of The Blue Report. I'm super pleased that we were able to get out on time. As many of you know half of the staff moved at the end of last month so we were all very busy. But I am exremely happy to announce that this is the biggest issue we've put out since Leslie and myself have taken the lead on The Blue Report. And I am very
proud of our team for it!
I'll leave it there and let you get on with the reading! Enjoy!
Co-Manager of The Holodeck
Co-Editor of The Blue Report
Promotions and Awards [by Carol]
Hey guys! Guess what? No, not chicken butt. Promotions and awards happened! w00t! Check out June's promotion and award recipients!
Congratulations to the following individuals for their promotions and awards!
CL5 to CL6:
CL7 to CL8:
Congratulations from all of us at the Outpost Carol and Robert!
Senior Officer of the Month:
Brent's been very good at dealing with chat issues this month, with good nature and patience.
Whenever he's in chat, he tries to greet and hold conversations with everyone despite being busy at work. Mitsky gets this month's outstanding patron award for his consistently pleasant presence in the chat.
Tyler has been fabulously keeping us company all month long!
Congratulations again to our newly promoted officer and the recipients of awards! You guys are all awesome. And just remember; getting promoted isn't
everything. The key feature to OTF is fun
If you have questions, comments, complaints and/or compliments about this month's promotions, you may send a polite inquiry
Bridge Crew Sound Bite: Upcoming Anniversary [by Bridge Crew]
We're coming at you live
from the Bridge! (Just kidding. This was written at least a few days ago.)
The Bridge Crew just wanted to let everyone know that we've begun planning for August's Anniversary. All hands are on deck with planning. Our mission is to not only celebrate another year of OTF but to keep you entertained while doing such! So hopefully we'll have a little bit of something for everyone. If not? Please see the above gif for a few laughs or at least an eyebrow raise.
Also; did you know that Outpost10F is going to be 21 years old? If it was a person OTF would be legal world wide! So, during the anniversary, buy OTF a drink or two. And if you're underage? I hear that OTF loves a nice cold root beer!
That's it for now from the Bridge Crew! Stay tuned until next month; same bat channel, same bat time!
The Shuttle Bay: YouTube Gaming Channel [by Adge]
Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been around much lately. Or, perhaps you haven't, because I'm not as memorable as I thought? :( Anyway! Yes, I've been away a little lately, but I haven't been idle! In fact, I've spent the past few months putting together a YouTube Gaming channel for the Outpost, and have been spending the time creating and uploading content for the channel. So far, it's gone pretty well! We have managed to attract a lot of viewers (well, in comparison!) and even bagged a few subscribers! If you want to check out the channel and the videos, then you can find it here
So far I've been focusing on strategy/simulator games, because these are what I enjoy playing. However I do plan to branch out further down the line. For now, however, it's a case of trying to build a following, and hopefully get some new people in through the Outpost's doors to swing by and chat! If you'd like to be considered as a content creator, do get in touch with me and Brent, and I am sure we can work something out!
Any support/subscriptions/likes/comments you can leave on the videos would be massively helpful as they really do help the channel to grow and get noticed by others!
All the best,
Your loving Adge
- Shuttle Bay Co-Pilot
Interview with the Brentiest of Brents [by Carol]
This month I was a little uncertain who I wanted to interview. On suggestion of Nathalie
I reached out to Tyler aka Brent
to interview. His birthday lands on the day that The Blue Report comes out so it seemed only appropriate.
If you're interested in seeing what I asked Tyler and what he had to say? Click here!
1. This issue of The Blue Report comes out on your birthday so allow me to be the first to say, Happy Birthday! If you could have any kind of birthday cake what kind would you have?
Tyler: Thank you! There is nothing like a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles and... you get the picture, and it involves chocolate all over myself. :?
2. Would you rather have a big party to celebrate or just a few family and friends?
Tyler: I mean, isn't my birthday one big party? Everyone is setting off fireworks for me! Nah, but, growing up, and even as an adult, my mom had a pool at her house, so I'd invite over some friends and I'd barbeque and we'd swim and drink and have a good time.
3. Moving on to OTF questions! How are you enjoying your position as co-manager to the Shuttle Bay?
Tyler: It's somewhat like navigating an asteroid belt (never tell me the odds), but my co-manager, AJ, and myself couldn't be happier with how everything is going. We have some fun things in the works, stay tuned...
4. What kind of projects would you like the Shuttle Bay to tackle in the coming months?
Tyler: Well, the social media team is in good hands with Nathalie. Our other branch, Gaming, is what we'd like to concentrate on, going forward. We'd love to at least start by gathering information of fellow gamers and try to get some game events going! We had great success with the Cards Against Humanity (affectionately dubbed GAEM), and we'd like to both keep that momentum going and siphon some of that off into other games.
5. You're working on a website for the Shuttle Bay; are you excited to get that finished?
Tyler: I am! I'm quite the
professional amateur web developer, but I really enjoy building pages, especially when it's for a good cause like OTF. You may not know this, but I built the page for last year's 20th anniversary yearbook!
6. The Shuttle Bay has a gaming channel; are there any games you'd like to see a video for added?
Tyler: Oh, goodness. If we can get videos of Ray crashing into AJ in Elite Dangerous, that would be wonderful. Besides that, as a Blizzard gamer, I think it would be awesome if we could get a team of three or four OTFers together and play some Diablo 3, or a team for (casual) Overwatch. Any game that a few OTFers play would be great, really.
7. How does it feel to have a hand in the changes that are happening with OTF's social media?
Tyler: Barely a fingertip, really. Nathalie has taken this project and run with it so spectacularly that AJ and myself haven't had a single concern about it. He and myself will post things from time to time, but Nathalie has definitely been the driving force behind it.
8. Would you like to see OTF on any other social media sites such as Tumblr?
Tyler: Tumblr. :'D I have considered making an OTF-related account on Reddit, maybe, and trawling the sci-fi subreddits. Really, though, I think our next focus ought to be the Facebook page. If we can get some traction there, I think that's one of the biggest opportunities to reach people outside of our community. Facebook is a complicated beast, but I think with some effort we can use that platform to grow our member base.
9. A couple of music related questions now; if you don't mind. If you could put together an OTF band what would you call it?
Tyler: Michiel and the Butts. Greedo and the Spectres. Hobbie's Crashes. Could you imagine? That'd be the name that sends everyone home scratching their heads. "Who the hell is Hobbie and what the hell is he on that he crashes so much?" Or even Throbbie Fanfiction would be a good one!
10. One last question; have you ever thought about writing a song about OTF?
Tyler: A song? Now that's an idea. If I ever get that OTF tattoo I've been thinking about, I'll write an OTF song to go along with it.
Thanks for your time Tyler! I appreciate you taking the time to do the interview with me. I know how busy you are with work and band!
Thanks again for doing the interview with me Tyler! I appreciate your time.
I hope you guys enjoyed the interview! If you did? Feel free to leave a comment!
2018 Yearbook [by Lzrman]
The Yearbook Team is looking for Visuals and Media for the 2018 Edition of Outpost10F Yearbook.
Do you have any of the following?
- Photograph of Yourself from 2018
- Meet Up Photographs
Please feel free to send it in so we can start work on the 2018 Edition of the Outpost10F Yearbook. Where can you send it? You can send it to Lzrman here.
Thank you for your help and contributions!
Fondant Potatoes, Mmmmmm [by Mashed Potato]
Got a roast, but need a potato side dish to go with it?
Then it sounds like you need to make some Fondant Potatoes. Or, pommes fondant, as the French call them. Originally from France, this recipe was recently given to me by Nathalie
, who got it from Keith
, who got it from.. Well, I didn't ask.
Anyways, these are fairly simple to make, but end up looking great, tasting wonderful, with a crispy outside, and creamy inside. A wonderful side dish to go with that roast of yours.
- 3 large russet potatoes
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
1. Preheat oven to 425F (220C).
2. Cut off the ends of the russet potatoes and stand them on end.
3. Peel the potatoes from top to bottom with a knife to make each potato into a cylinder. Then cut each cylinder in half crosswise to make 6 potato cylinders about 2 inches long.
4. Put cold water in a large bowl, and soak the potatoes for about 5 minutes, to remove the starch from the outsides. Then pat dry with paper towel.
5. Place a heavy oven-proof skillet over high heat with the vegetable oil and heat oil until it shimmers slightly.
6. Place the potatoes with the best-looking ends into the hot oil, lower heat to medium-high, and fry the potatoes until well-browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
7. Flip the potatoes onto the opposite ends. While they cook, use a paper towel held with tongs to carefully blot out the oil from the skillet. Add the butter and thyme sprigs to skillet.
8. Pick up a thyme sprig with tongs and use it to paint butter over the top of the potatoes. Cook until the butter foams and the foam begins to turn a pale tan. Season with more salt and pepper. Pour the chicken stock into skillet.
9. Place the skillet into the oven and cook until potatoes are tender and creamy inside, about 30 minutes. If potatoes aren't tender, add 1/4 cup more stock and cook for 10 more minutes.
Once your potatoes are ready pull them out oven and enjoy! If you try this potato recipe? Let Mashed Potatoes know in chat or in a comment!
Summertime Stress [by Carol]
Remember when we were younger and summer signalled the start of fun? Those were the good old days; weren't they? But now, as adults, summer more often than not means extra stress for many of us. And looking around the chat it's easy to see that a lot of us have stressful things going on. Some of us are moving, some of us are looking at job changes, some of us are tackling having kids home, and so on. So in order to try and help here are some simple suggestions to relieve that "Summertime Stress"
Check out those simple suggestions here!
Eat Something Sweet
One of the things I love about summer is the fruit. It tastes sweeter and fruit such as watermelon is more readily available. So my suggestion is get some watermelon, strawberries, grapes, and stick them in the fridge. When you need a little de-stressing session? Treat yourself to some cool and sweet fruit! Or if you really want to go wild treat yourself to something cool and sweet? Say yes to that ice cream!
That pair of sunglasses you've been checking out? That cute top? That new cologne you've wanted to get? Do it! Getting yourself a little treat or reward after a stressful day is okay. It'll release some lovely endorphins that will make you feel happy instead of stressed. It might be temporary but it could be just enough to either get you through the rest of your day or the next day.
Try Some Yoga
I'm not much of a Yogi myself but a few people I know rave about using Yoga do de-stress. The stretching and being active helps with letting go. Most physical activity will do that so if you're not in to doing Yoga? Try going for a walk or a bicycle ride.
5 Minute Meditation
This is one of my favourite de-stressing methods. Go outside, either in the sun or shade; it doesn't matter. Just find someplace quiet. Stand there for five minutes with your eyes closed. Just breathe. Tilt your head up while doing this. And when you go to open your eyes? Tilt your head facing forward again before you do. This can give your brain a little reset and help with the stress. It doesn't always work but it doesn't take much to try it!
Hit Up The Water
For me the ultimate de-stressor is the beach! I love the water. The sound of waves crashing. The smell of the water. Everything about it is beautiful to me and I find it very peaceful to be near the water. So if you have a beach, an ocean, or a river near you? Try going there with a book, magazine, or a friend. Bring some cold drinks such as an iced coffee or cold coconut water and just chill out. Maybe go for a swim! The water is very calming.
Spend a Day Away
Have you ever heard of stay-cations? Or mini-vacays? People actually do them! I've done them! And you know what? They're kind of great! Especially when you're on a budget or working so you can't really get away for a holiday. Just pack a lunch (or don't and try a new place to eat) and get in the car. Go visit a city or small town near you. Make it a day and just explore with no rush or worries.
Journal Your Day
If you don't have time for any of the above suggestions I highly recommend journaling. Get yourself a journal, a nice pen, and sit down. Thinking about anything that might have been good about your day and write that down. Also include the bad things. Including the bad stuff that happened in your day will allow you to get stuff off your mind. Journaling is great all year round and very therapeutic.
My final suggestion won't be much of a surprise I'm sure. Come hang out in chat! Grab a cold drink or a cup of coffee and just chill with us!
What's your favourite way to de-stress over the summer? Let me know in the comments!
Book Review: Wizard's First Rule [by Mashed Potato]
The Wizard's First Rule
is the first book in the Sword of Truth
series written by Terry Goodkind
. This book was first published in 1994, and currently has about 19 books in the series. Most of the books belong in the same world as this series, though a few are separate. A little anyways. Same world, but focusing on different characters than the main books.
Anyways, this is a series of books that I have read many many times. It's one of my Go-To-Books. If I'm not sure what I feel like reading, this is one of the books that I always pick up and read again and again. I like the characters, I like world. This review will only be on the first book however.
After his father is murdered, Richard's life is turned upside down. He meets Kahlan, a visitor from a land of magic. Having crossed through the Underworld boundry that seperates his home from hers, she's on a mission to find the Great Wizard. With the world in the balance, will Richard be able to help his new friend? And will he learn the secret that she hides from him? Will they find the Great Wizard, so they can stop a ruthless Lord from destroying the world?
Most of the books in the series have a Wizard's Rule to go with the book. The books all link together in a series, but each of the books revolve around the rule a bit. I won't spoil the fun though by telling you the First Wizard's Rule. But the rules are good life lessons, that are basically just called Wizard Rules to keep it fantasy themed.
Some of the characters a bit simple. But, overall, I enjoy them. While the books are a bit thick, I do consider them an easy read. However, Terry Goodkind does have a tendency to repeat himself. At times it feels like he's simply trying to make his books thicker, so he'll repeat himself.
The books have it all. Magic, wizards, sorceresses, witches, dragons, magic weapons. Though it does have some adult themes as well. Torture, rape, violence. Due to this, I'd say the books are R rated. There isn't a lot of it in this book, but enough to warrant the R rating. There isn't a lot of detail with some of it, mostly implied.
His use of magic is interesting as well. Most stories separate magics, which Goodkind does as well. But he separates it in a different manner than most do. Though at times, it seems like his magic rules don't really follow the rules. He just bends it a bit to fit his needs. I still find it interesting. Especially later on in the series.
Overall, I highly recommend these books to people who enjoy fantasy books. If you enjoyed A Song of Ice and Fire
, or Wheel of Time
, then you will most likely enjoy this series as well. I've read these books on the bus, and had lots of people strike up a conversation about the series. WoT and ASoIaF always get brought up as well.
If you've already read Wizard's First Rule let Mashed Potatoes know in the comments what you thought of it!
Ways to Contribute to TBR [by Carol]
Do you want to join The Blue Report
but you don't feel like you have the time? Or you're not sure how you could contribute? Or just have a general sense of wanting to contribute more to the community? Well I have an easy solution for you! You can contribute to The Blue Report
and the community at the same time! Here's how...
You can leave comments on The Blue Report
. Did you know that? All you have to do is click where it says [0 Comments] then enter the username and command code you use for the chat! Once you login you can leave a comment up to 250 characters.
How does this help to contribute you might ask? Leaving comments give us feedback as editors and writers at The Blue Report
. It also allows you to engage with other chatters who have left comments or who have read your comment!
Give it a try!
Send in an Article
You don't have to be on staff to send in an article to Leslie and Carol
. Anyone can do it. Just shoot us an email. Or catch us in chat and ask. We don't bite. Much
If you're not sure what kind of article you could contribute here are some ideas...
1. Reviews - Movie, book, television, game, or music reviews would be welcome.
2. Food - Recipes and food reviews are also welcomed.
3. Artistic - Comics, poems, and short stories are also accepted!
4. Travel - Hotel, event, and general travel experience reviews or tips would be fantastic too!
5. Advise - Tips for dealing with stress, tips and suggestions for packing, ideas for taking care of your computer, and so on would be fantastic.
So you see? There are plenty of options! If you've got an idea that isn't listed there? Please do reach out to either Leslie or myself. We'd be happy to hear your idea and let you know what we think.
Advertise With Us
Do you have a Youtube channel? Twitter or Tumblr account? An Instagram account? Do you want to show it off? Email us your link
! When you email us your link take a minute and tell us about your page. We'll advertise it for you as long as it fits within the Prime Directives
Thanks for taking the time to read this article! I hope it helps anyone who is interested in contributing to The Blue Report
or engaging more with the community.
More Star Trek in the works! [by Mashed Potato]
Well, it seems that the Star Trek Universe could be expanding once again. Alex Kurtzman
has signed onto a five-year $25 million deal with CBS Television Studios to expand Star Trek TV programming across multiple projects.
Kurtzman isn't new to Star Trek. He was a writer and producer for Star Trek 2009, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek: Discovery. He has plenty of experience with writing, producing and directing on TV, and blockbuster movies.
The official word
from CBS's office:
"Alex Kurtzman, a prolific writer-producer of film and television and co-creator of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, has extended his production agreement with CBS Television Studios through 2023. Under the agreement, CBS Television Studios will have exclusive rights to produce all television content created and developed by Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout production banner for the next five years. Heather Kadin serves as president of Kurtzman's company, and Aaron Baiers is senior vice president of television.
As part of the new production deal, Kurtzman will supervise the expansion of CBS' "Star Trek" franchise for television, developing new series, mini-series and other content opportunities, including animation. Under Kurtzman's leadership, the newest addition to the franchise, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, made an impressive creative and commercial mark in its first season. DISCOVERY launched to widespread critical acclaim and commercial success in the U.S. on CBS All Access and around the world. Production for season two of DISCOVERY is under way, and Kurtzman directed the premiere episode.
In addition to growing CBS' "Star Trek" universe, Kurtzman and Secret Hideout will develop new, original series across the full spectrum of broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. As part of this process, Secret Hideout will expand its production operation, adding diverse voices and cultivating new creative talent to align with the company."
It doesn't give a lot of details on the projects, such as which universe will the shows be in. But this would also be the first time since the 1970's that Star Trek has had an animated series. This could allow for a cheaper series, enabling them to do effects that would cost too much with CGI.
The Hollywood Reporter
also says that Sir Patrick Stewart could be returning to Star Trek.
"The new deal comes as rumblings about another Star Trek series, featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Star Trek: The Next Generation's Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, have been heating up. Sources say Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who left Discovery after season one, are attached to the Stewart-led reboot.
CBS TV Studios declined to confirm the Stewart project as sources say a deal is far from completed and may not happen, despite the fact that the actor recently teased his potential return to the franchise."
It should be noted that it doesn't say if Stewart would be animated or not. It wouldn't be the first time that he's lent his voice to an animated version of Picard, having done so for Family Guy. Sir Patrick has recently hinted that he has a reason to watch Star Trek: Discovery.
has an article as well about potential projects that are being considered.
A series set at Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. The duo most recently developed the CW's reboot of "Dynasty" and previously created shows like "Gossip Girl" and Hulu and Marvel's "Runaways"
A limited series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
A limited series based around the "Wrath of Khan" story. Khan's full name is Khan Noonien Singh. He was famously portrayed by Ricardo MontalbÃ¡n in both the original series episode "Space Seed" and again in the film "Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan" Benedict Cumberbatch then played the character in the 2013 film "Star Trek Into Darkness"
An animated series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
With number three, this could be related to the series that Nicholas Meyer had spoken about last summer
, which has been put on hold.
In his official statement, Alex Kurtzman has this to say:
"Heather, Aaron and I are thrilled to continue Secret Hideout's amazing partnership with CBS Television Studios. Since our first collaboration with HAWAII FIVE-0 almost a decade ago, Les, David and the full team at CBS Studios have been our foremost collaborators and champions, treating each project with integrity, supporting the creative visions and working breathlessly to make each episode of every show the best it can be. CBS has also allowed us the great pleasure of reintroducing the world of Star Trek audiences new and old, and we are very excited to keep working alongside them to expand that world."
According to Dateline
, we could find our more information about these projects in July at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Are you looking forward to more Star Trek projects? Which ones catch your eyes? Let us know in the comments below!
Fandom News from The Web [by Carol]
Help Wanted [by Leslie]
Do you love hanging out in the chat, but feel like you could be contributing to the community more? Then you've come to the right place for we have job openings that just might be the perfect fit for you!
The Shuttle Bay
The Gaming Team is looking for applicants to fill the following positions:
Assistant Team Leader
You can apply for any of the above positions by emailing AJ and Brent
. Ensure you include your chat handle and preferred method of contact in your email.
Should you wish you apply for a leadership role, also include the following information:
Position interested in
Any Relevant Experience
Statement of Interest
As either a Team Leader or member, you will have the opportunity to shape the direction and really make the Gaming Team flourish as we move forwards!Note: If you'd like to know more about the positions before applying to them? You can always email AJ and Brent! They'll welcome the inquiry.
Blue Report Contributors
Anyone wishing to be a Blue Report Contributor may e-mail Carol and Leslie
Please include in the e-mail:
Type of article(s) you would like to write
The deadline for any submissions to August's issue of The Blue Report is July 30th.POSITION OPEN:
Fandom News Link Collector
Are you good at browsing through the net for news about your favorite fandom? Do you like to get the dirt on the next big game, movie, book, or television show coming out? Do you purposefully search for spoilers? If so? Then we have a job for you!
The Blue Report is looking for one person to collect links for our Fandom News From The Web article. All you have to do is "Google" Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Westworld, Marvel, DC, Disney, and any current block buster movie releases to see whats new! While doing that collect any interesting news articles or videos with their link and hand them in on the 30th of each month to Leslie
If this sounds good to you please send an email to Carol and Leslie
Please include in the email your handle, dossier number, your preferred method of contact, and if you'd like to contribute to anymore articles.
Ad: OTF's Twitter [by Carol]
Do you have a Twitter account? Do you like to read fandom related tweets
? Do you have a sense of humor and like to engage with others on Twitter?
If so check out Outpost10F's official Twitter account
! Give us a follow and we just might follow you back
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