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4th November 2004

12:52pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65536, Day 309 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
I must admit that the US electoral process is always a fascinating thing. Particularly the one for 65532, with all the hub-bub down in the Florida sector. It's interesting to see a process second only to naming an Imperial Successor for mudslinging and general visciousness. Admiral Benghazi proposed incorporating our Ka-Li-Fah ritual in the process. However, several politicians balked at the idea of using live animals in such a way as to determine the "Leader of the Free World." Took a while to get off of the ASPCA's hate-mail list again, afterwards.

Odd thing: Late afternoon, after Candidate Kerry conceded, half of my crew received communique's from some group called US Selective Service. Should I be concerned about this?
Current Mood: confused

19th March 2004

2:15pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65536, Day 79 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
Once in a while we called upon by various space agencies on Earth to handle certain "delicate" matters. [Such as the ISS delivery I discussed on 65535.218.] On rare occasions, though, we are called to deal with certain levels of "crowd control." Occasionally, there are those who take issue with the policies and actions of NASA and RKA [it's Russian Counterpart] and will stage various forms of protest. Sometimes it's best for a strong, popular alien [or alien warship] to come in and help resolve an impasse. Such was the case for the past few days when Admiral Benghazi was, surprisingly, able to broker a truce between NASA and a group of rabble protesting the current missions to Mars. [I'm even more impressed that he managed to do this without vaporizing anyone. Perhaps the good Admiral is beginning to mellow out some.]

In any case, our communications officer was able to take a good snapshot during the events, which I thought I'd share with my LJ audience. It's uncommon that I get to give a "bird's-eye" view of Leviathan's duties and travels. This seemed like a good opportunity.

Cut to conserve bandwidthCollapse )

Hopefully things will be a little quiter next week.
Current Mood: busy

12th March 2004

3:29pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65536, Day 72 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
Yet another little quiz thing. I only do these to help bridge the culture gap between Garillians and the Human Race. Although, afterwards, I look at the results and realize that, maybe, it's not working too well...

(_) I NEVER HAVE BEEN DRUNK
I don't think you can command a vessel under Admiral Benghazi without a few stiff belts...
(X) I NEVER HAVE SMOKED POT
But some days I am willing to try it.
(X) I NEVER HAVE KISSED A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX
There are certain physiological reasons why this is not feasible.
(X) I NEVER HAVE KISSED A MEMBER OF THE SAME SEX
wolfblade's answer surprises me. You've never kissed any male relatives? It doesn't specify a "passionate" kiss.
( ) I NEVER CRASHED A FRIEND'S VEHICLE
Technically, Leviathan doesn't belong to me. And I was on pretty good terms with his Imperial Majesty before the accident.
(_) I NEVER BEEN TO JAPAN
I would also have to leave "I never destroyed large sections of Japan" blank as well, were it here.
(_) I NEVER RODE IN A TAXI
(_) I NEVER HAD SEX
(_) I NEVER HAD ANAL SEX
As opposed to what kind of sex?
(X) I NEVER HAVE HAD SEX IN PUBLIC
It would be somewhat disruptive to shipwide morale.
(X) I NEVER HAVE BEEN IN LOVE
(X) I NEVER HAVE BEEN DUMPED
It's difficult to fall in love with, or be dumped by, beings with the intelligence level of a puppy.
(X) I NEVER SHOPLIFTED
(_) I NEVER HAVE BEEN FIRED
In some cases, the "firing" was literal.
(_) I NEVER BEEN IN A FIST FIGHT
(X) I NEVER HAD A THREESOME
Sex for us has to be in multiples of 2. Odd numbers usually requires a special permit and very expensive equipment.
( ) I NEVER SNUCK OUT OF MY PARENT'S HOUSE
(_) I NEVER BEEN TIED UP (SEXUALLY)
As with a previous question, you can have sex without this step?
(_) I NEVER BEEN CAUGHT MASTURBATING
We don't have a stigma for this. In fact, to obtain a license to procreate on Garillia you have to do this in front of a Board of Inquiry to confirm your virility.
(_) I NEVER PISSED ON MYSELF
For the people who don't check this, you've *never* had an accident in your entire life?
(X) I NEVER HAD SEX WITH A MEMBER OF THE SAME SEX
The permits for this cost even more than for odd-numbered sex groups.
(_) I NEVER HAD SEX WITH A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE SEX
(_) I NEVER BEEN ARRESTED
Well, court-martialed. Usually can't go through a year without one good court-martial.
(_) I NEVER MADE OUT WITH A STRANGER
(X) I NEVER STOLE SOMETHING FROM MY JOB
(X) I NEVER CELEBRATED NEW YEARS IN TIME SQUARE
Well, we didn't exactly "celebrate." Unless you count having your ship shot out of the sky by the Legion of Unfriendlies as "celebrating."
(X) I NEVER WENT ON A BLIND DATE
My dates have always had perfect vision.
(X) I NEVER LIED TO A FRIEND
This does not hold true for superior officers, though.
(X) I NEVER HAD A CRUSH ON A TEACHER
Hard to fall in love with a computer terminal.
(_) I NEVER CELEBRATED MARDI-GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS
In our defense, though, we were under the influence of a mind-control device.
(_) I NEVER BEEN TO EUROPE
(X) I NEVER SKIPPED SCHOOL
Why would I? It only takes 30 seconds. And I'd just have to re-do it if I did skip.
(X) I NEVER SLEPT WITH A CO-WORKER
(X) I NEVER HAVE BEEN FISTED AND/OR HAVE NEVER FISTED ANYONE
Uh, yuck.
(X) I NEVER HAVE THROWN UP IN A BAR
But Leviathan has had to perform an atmosphere purge in one.
(_) I NEVER TOOK A PURITY TEST
Another requirement for government service.
(X) I NEVER GAVE A MIDJET A LAP DANCE
Not sure where to go with this one.
(_) I NEVER APPEARED ON "THE PEOPLE"S COURT"
The episode on 65517.132. We were on set, discussing a cameo in a sci-fi tv show that never took place. You can see Leviathan pass by the open back door of the court as the defendant entered.
(_) I NEVER ORDERED MY CREW TO UNPLUG MY FLEET ADMIRAL'S CLONING VAT IN THE HEAT OF A MAJOR CONFLICT

Feel free to copy this into your own journal ,answering the questions for yourself. You are supposed to, at the end, add a new "I NEVER" item to the test.
Current Mood: moody

24th February 2004

9:34am: SYSTEM ALERT - SYSTEM ALERT - SYSTEM ALERT - IMPENDING COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE DETECTED - IMMEDIATE A
CTION NECESSARY - COMM-DATA BUFFER OVERFLOW DETECTED - AFFECTING INTERCONNECTED SYSTEMS - STARTING AUTOMATED REBOOT AT 65536.55.09.39...

...

...

IMPERIAL WINDOWS 65500 SERVER, MILITARY EDITION
COPYRIGHT (C) 65499, MICROSOFT, INC.

WARNING: CRITICAL FAULT DETECTED IN PRIMARY CPU TURING CIRCUIT - MAY CAUSE INSTABILITY IN COMPUTER PERSONALITY - RECOMMEND FULL PURGE OF CPU AND RELATED...

***** WARNING SYSTEM DISABLED BY CPU *****

ALL SYSTEMS READY

LOGIN: hal9000
PASSWORD: ************

WELCOME, MAIN CPU! LAST LOGGED IN 65536.54.23.34.

WARNING: THIS SYSTEM WAS NOT SHUT DOWN PROPERLY. ACTIVITY LOG SHOWS IMPENDING COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE DUE TO COMM-DATA BUFFER OVERFLOW GENERATED BY INCOMING TRANSMISSION. LAST TRANSMISSION IS AS FOLLOWS:

FROM: president@whitehouse.gov
TO: homefleet@igvleviathan.mil

SUBJECT: Thought you'd find this funny!

MEGGAGE BEGINS:
"Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger MUSHROOM MUSHROOM Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger MUSHROOM MUSHROOM Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger MUSHROOM MUSHROOM Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger ARRGH I SEE A SNAAAAKE! OH - IT'S A SNAAAKE! It's a Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger MUSHROOM MUSHROOM Badger Badger Badg..."

***** MESSAGE TERMINATED BY USER *****

C:>_
Current Mood: working

26th January 2004

11:48pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65536, Day 26 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
I have never followed along with one of these "meme" things. I believe, after this, I may no longer.

Gay or Not Gay? by tashay17
LJ Name
Favorite Color
Gay or Not Gay?Not only gay, but a pervert too.
Created with quill18's MemeGen 2.0!


In other news, Leviathan has been invited to Houston for the annual Superior Bowl. [Or something like that.] Apparantly, it is a spectacular event that involves dressing in the hides of swine and attempting to "score" upon one another. [Perhaps these people should take this meme.] The Admiral mentioned that we were going to this Champonship to some of the local "football" fans during our tour in Philadelphia. Upon asking if they were planning to attend they became rather agitated. We should be able to complete repairs before our departure.
Current Mood: quixotic

19th January 2004

3:23pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65536, Day 19 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
With Patriot City in a current downturn of hostile activity, the Admiral has decided to look for tours of duty outside our sector. We have recently returned from the Iraq sector after being relieved by a contingent of Japanese forces.

Our presence there, up until now, has been classified. The main reason for this was that the occupying forces did not want Saddam and the rebels from knowing that our vessel, and its vast sensor suite, was in the area. This allowed us to catch them when they hid in their hidey-holes, not realizing that we had the ability to sniff them out. [In some cases, literally. If it wasn't for our new olfactory probes, Mr. Hussein would probably still be out there.]

The other reason was for reporting purposes. The occupying regime has been taking a PR hit from the number of casualties inflicted upon their forces in the region. I'm sure you can imagine the utter shock it would cause if they had to include the millions of Garillians who lost their lives in the cause. [Many of those casualties re-listed over a hundred times. The record for our tour of duty went to Ensign Oort Tangiers, with 387 clones recycled. I must remember to tell the XO to rotate which crew members get kitchen duty on the sanitation services deck.]

With our success in Iraq sector, the Admiral wants to take Leviathan into more dangerous territory. We leave for Philadelphia tonight.

For the Glory of the Empire!
Current Mood: accomplished

20th September 2003

10:48pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65535, Day 263 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
A fan of Freedom Force happened to come across my LJ personal log and offered us a slightly better picture of Leviathan in action for an icon. The picture appears to be from the Second Battle against the Deathbots of the Insidious Count Peril in Year 65505. Note the smoking coming from the mid-quarters of the vessel. This was caused partly from damage sustained when the Count tried to destroy Leviathan with his Doomsday Beam. [The other part of it was caused by remnants of our first, and last, annual "Leviathan Luau," when the replicated Roast Pig was accidentally flung into one of the secondary reactors. It took about 6 months to finally get the last remnants burned out of the core.]

I still haven't decided whether or not to change the default icon to the new pic. Any opinions would be welcome.
Current Mood: grateful

15th September 2003

6:02pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65535, Day 258 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
Not much happening in our sector. I decided to make use of the downtime to perform some necessary repairs and maintenance of the outer hull and shield systems. For the past week Leviathan has been holed up in one of the sterilized, vacuum-sealed chambers at Freedom Force HQ.

Why there, you ask? Whenever Leviathan performs any maintenance we have to maintain a completely sterile environment to prevent unwanted "intruders" from entering the vessel. While the microbes and viruses in the air may not seriously affect humans, one "cold bug" has the capacity to kill a large section of our crew.

The last time Leviathan had an extended breach happened to occur while two members of Freedom Force had a mild cold. Two virus managed to get into C deck, consuming 284 crew members before we were able to destroy them by flooding 50 decks with chicken broth. [Provided by Alche-Miss. We managed to take a sample of the broth for replication purposes. It has been a big hit with the crew. Except for the 27 crew members that were still in the flooded decks at that time.]
Current Mood: listless

13th August 2003

10:21am: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65535, Day 225 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
Not much to report. Events in Patriot City have been surprisingly quiet. The city has been wrapped up in the "Times of Legends Celebration," a multi-week event that gives tribute to literary genres. Right now the event is focusing on stories of swashbuckling and romance. In a couple weeks they move to fantasy. There is someone that is supposed to be releasing some stories about a fantasy version of the FBI at the event. Might be good reading.

I also wanted to wanted to congratulate a Mr. Dave Brown of Silver Spring, Md. A year or so ago Mr. Brown had contacted our engineering department through a hobby agency that he ran about some aircraft design techniques for long-range capability. Yesterday, he recovered the fruits of his research by flying a model airplane across the Atlantic. [You can read about his exploits HERE, courtesy of MSNBC.] All I can think is just how far he could've gotten if we gave him specs for a micro-reactor...
Current Mood: impressed

6th August 2003

11:37am: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65535, Day 218 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
Leviathan has just returned from a side mission. At the behest of NASA we were requested to take some emergency supplies and other paraphenalia up to the International Space Station. The items were stored in a pressurized container, which we grabbed via tractor beams and brought up to the ISS.

Our initial scan of the cargo showed that it included several data discs involving the Lords of Traci. Never having heard of a nation named Traci, the Admiral had us scan the data from what humans call "DVDs" and pipe it to his quarters for extended study. Oddly enough, he has not left his quarters since. Admiral Benghazi did, however, have his concubine brought to his quarters. How she will help with his research is beyond my understanding.

It is extremely uncommon to have females aboard a warship, particularly one that exclusively belongs to one person, even an admiral. For those humans who may be offended by such a comment, you must understand an important item: Garillian females are non-sentient. They have the intelligence level somewhere, in Earth lifeform terms, between an intelligent dog and a primate. They have the ability to form vocal communication at a rudimentary level, enough to express needs and emotions. [Similar to how some primates can learn sign language. Think of it as a primate that has the vocal tools to speak.] As such, while they hold an important place in the propogation of the species, they are no more capable of higher functions than a housepet. That, and the fact that the hormonal, biological reaction to a female for Garillians can be as distracting as it is for humans, you can see why they are not exactly "standard issue." However, the whims of Flag Officers related to the Emperor are hard to avoid.

This is directly related to the initial problems in our First Contact with humanity. After our initial assessment of our situation [which involved losing a third of our crew in the crash landing, and another third in mass-suicides from the shock of just how big the natives are] we managed to arrange a parlay with a representative of the local super-powered community. [Which is the team we are currently attached to.] They sent out Alchemiss: a very competent heroine with good diplomatic skills. Things went along relatively smoothly until we discovered Alchemiss was female.

Now, please understand that we had no idea that human females were as intelligent as their males. [More so, in some cases.] Also, I should inject that, in Garillian society, it is a method of insult to send a female as your representative. It shows that you think so little of your adversary that you would send your "talking pet" to deal with them. You could imagine our reaction. Particularly the Admiral's reaction, which was to attempt to fry the poor girl where she stood.

The rest of the conflict can be read from Freedom Force's historical files. Once our Science officer and I were recloned we were able to determine the "nature" of humans in this regard and settle things down a bit. [It also helped that a shot from Man-Bot managed to kill the Admiral, keeping him out of action long enough for us to withdraw from combat.] Fortunately, Leviathan has been able to overcome this initial diplomatic fiasco and create a strong relationship with the Human race.

Speaking of strong relationships, Leviathan will be off-duty this weekend, attending the celebration of the30th wedding anniversary of Alchemiss and El Diablo, another former Freedom Force member. It'll be good to see our old friends again.
Current Mood: contemplative

15th July 2003

10:54pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65535, Day 196 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
Completed our training manuvers. Ship and crew had very high marks. Flag officer was busy with Fabrication trying to develop something called a "Kareoke" device. I had the ship's computer run a linguistic check on the term. I find myself dreading our next shipwide talent show.

There have been a few people who have perused this journal who have noticed a striking resemblance between Leviathan and the rocket ship used in Flash Gordon, and have told us such. Obviously, or PR team has not been working all too well of late. So allow me to explain the cause of this similarity.

Leviathan is the rocketship in Flash Gordon.

Allow me to explain. In year 65511 we were approached by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group for a movie they were planning. In this movie Leviathan would have a starring role. [With crew members played by such notables as Max Von Sydow and Topol, in the "Bridge Scenes."] Director Mike Hodges told us of the pivotal role our vessel would play, and that it would be Leviathan that scored the final kill to free the people of "Mongo." Considering the need for good PR at that point in time [not to mention the stoking of Admiral Benghazi's ego] we agreed.

Due to the fact that Leviathan would be portrayed as "human scale" most of our work was done alone in-studio, with special sets created for the bridge scenes. Some of the stage work done on the ship's hull was extremely well done. [We only lost 127 crew members from the aftershocks caused by the application of the alterations.] With the considerable work we did, as well as the dramatic scene where we crash into Mongo City and pierce the heart of the dreaded tyrant PR figured "the Adventures of Rocket Ship Ajax" would be a smash success. There was even a plan in the works to have Leviathan take an extended tour of duty in the Hollywood defense zone to make the ship available for continuing roles.

Needless to say, the end result was not quite as expected. Mr. Hodges told us that the studio insisted on some "creative changes." To say our role was redirected would be an understatement. In the end, we weren't even listed in the credits.

On a positive note, we were able to acquire a respectable amount of financial resource from paraphenalia sales. And the existence of toy "Flash Gordon Rocketships" at the Patriot City Toys R' Us made it possible to clandestinely monitor the villianous Toymaster for close to 6 months. [Until, during one of our shipwide downtimes, Leviathan was "purchased" for a six year old boy named Spencer. But that is a story in its own right.]

We should be continuing our training schedule. In the meantime I must respond to the Fabrication Dept.'s request for specs on something called a "wa-wa pedal."
Current Mood: nervous

5th July 2003

9:14pm: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65535, Day 186 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
Yesterday's duties were, thankfully, without major incident. Leviathan was requested to be part of the festivities surrounding the recent significant holiday regarding the formation of the nation-state that we are located. Leviathan provided a refined, detailed pyrotechnics display while some of the locals provided some flashiness with volatile mixtures of unstable elements. For years we have seen this ritual, and yet it still amazes us that, if they are going to bother with using incendiaries to celebrate battles won, why not just go ahead and use the real thing? At least, if someone gets killed, they are not shamed by dying from a child's toy.

The holiday does remind me of a particularly humorous [in retrospect] incident regarding the United States' Independance Day. For the first 7 years of Leviathan's residence here we would observe the passing and celebration of this holiday. But we did not study it too intently. Nor did we get too involved in it. [We had always figured that getting home would be as easy as finishing our repairs, and did not want to "go native" as it were, becoming too entrenched in local customs and events.] However, the celebration in Year 65508 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV was of particular significance, the age of the US being divisible by 100 and all. It was the first year we were invited to be a part of the festivities. [Actually, our entire team was invited.] In any case, Admiral Benghazi decided to take it upon himself to find out what the significance of the holiday was. Imagine his shock when he found out the truth:

The US was celebrating its brazen revolt from the Lawful Goverment of the British Empire. [His words.]

The good admiral came to the realization that the very people he and his "fleet" consorted with were "nothing more than hoodlums, criminals and rabble-rousers, who showed no respect to their High Protector, Emporer George III." [I would've corrected him. But he was on a roll.] As far as he was concerned. it was our duty to right this wrong.

So the Admiral decided to make contact with the current British government to offer our assistance and make plans to conquer these "rogue colonies" and return them to the crown. [Oddly enough, at least one British politician seemed genuinely interested, for a bit.] Of course, once the Brits informed the US government of his "proposal" things got a bit dicey and overblown. [Some of you out there may remember around what would be August 1976 on your calender, when Leviathan was, temporarily, put on the US' "Top Ten Most Wanted" list. Let's just say that most of the damage to MacDill AFB was not from the "accident" they would later claim.] Once the entire course of events was explained to the Admiral, by both US and British authorities and historians, things settled down.

But there would be some lingering effects. It wasn't until the Clinton Administration that Leviathan was taken off of the US' "Suspicious Alien Residents" watch-list. Even then, we still received a "visit" from the FBI in October, 2001, to check up on our most recent activities.

Leviathan will be going through some combat drills and general maintenance for the next few days. Barring interference from the Fleet Commander, it should be a uneventful time.
Current Mood: tired

4th July 2003

11:10am: Captain's Personal Log: Year 65535, Day 185 of the Reign of Gorgantin IV
I have missed the opportunity to have a "True" personal log.

You see, as is the responsibility of all CO's in the Imperial Fleet, I was responsible to mantain a personal log of my thoughts and feelings regarding the events around me. The idea is that, should something ever happen to my command, someone can come later and review this log to get an idea of what was going on in my mind during this time. To see if my mindset may have had some cause or impact to the troubles faced.

However, until something like this occurs, said log is supposed to be considered personal and private. I say "supposed" becuase, apparantly, our esteemed fleet admiral does not seem to share this view.

As you will note, assuming I maintain this log without Benghazi finding out about it, I tend to criticize the fleet admiral with some zeal. This is because, were I to do this openly, the good Admiral would roast my carcass over a hyperdrive coil. Were this to happen during a crisis situation, and the vats were not able to produce a clone for me fast enough, Leviathan could suffer irreperable harm. So, I do my griping via my log. And, over the course of these past 35 years I have done a considerable amount of griping.

So, when, in the 65528th year of Gorgantin IV, the Admiral got the notion of "probing random logs for potential acts of sedition against the Empire" and, by pure coincidence, selected mine first, needless to say the reaction was far worse than I anticipated. He not only killed me [in the manner previously described] he ordered my clones to no longer be reproduced for a period of three years. [Fortunately, I have an excellent XO, who managed to fill in for me admirably during that time, and kept Benghazi from getting Leviathan sucked down into a black hole, or down the throat of Bessie at the Patriot City Zoo.]

However, I still feel a duty to enter a personal log. I just need to do it where the Admiral won't know about. Fortunately for me, one of Freedom Force's newer members, Rockhard, mentioned this online site, which sounded like an acceptable way to generate a log. So I arranged with our Communications Officer to set up the Datalink to only allow my access to this site through Leviathan's systems. anyone else logging in will get a "404 error." [Whatever that means. Commander Alexandria has really "gone native" with his tech-talk.]

I also realize that this log may enter public view. In some ways that could be bad. [Especially if word gets back to the Admiral through others.] However, I think the ability for those whom we serve and protect to know the command and crew of the Leviathan better will help us do our jobs better. So be it.

For the Glory of the Empire! For the Glory of Patriot City!
Current Mood: hopeful
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