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Lady Drace
For kiddywonkus  who actually wanted to know my thoughts on this. It may well be TL;DR for pretty much everybody else.

First of all, a disclaimer. I don't actually know anything about propulsion, advanced mechanics or have even anything more than the most basic understanding of physics. I am not smart in this area, so prepare for some possibly very stupid theories on how Star Trek engines work.

What sparked this post initially was the question of why there didn't seem to be an engineering area on DS9. My simplest theory on this is that since a space station is not actually meant to go very far in any direction, it doesn't need a huge section for propulsion alone like a starship would. I am assuming here that a large part of what goes on in engineering is centered around making the thing "go". I know it has other functions, but perhaps due to size and ship design or even just practicality, I suppose it makes sense to have it all in one place.

DS9 is not only a completely different sort of beast, it's also huuuuuuuge. The Enterprise is just one of at least 6 full-size vessels able to dock simultaneously at any given time. If we ignore design entirely for a moment, it's actually possible that DS9 has not one, but perhaps dozens of engineering sections, all of them easily the same size as the one on the Enterprise, just to produce enough juice to keep the thing floating or whatever. This would not surprise me at all, since it was very clear in the first episode that O'Brien getting the job of Chief Engineer of DS9 was a big step up for him.

DS9 also has a lot of things starships don't. Docking pylons, storage bays the size of a small village, a frickin' strip mall! I have no idea how much energy this stuff would require to keep running, but I imagine it would be a lot. DS9 does have a central core, but it's fairly vague what actually happens there. Does it produce energy? Is it where the big red "off" switch is? Is it merely a junction for all the Jeffrey's Tubes? Nobody really knows. The only thing we really do know is that blowing it up would be bad.

Also, depending on when in the series we are, DS9 has proven capable of:
-Keeping between 2 and 7 thousand people alive and happy at any given time.
-Holding off an entire Klingon fleet.
-Holding off a Dominion fleet (!!)
-Producing effective shielding for an area maybe 50 times the size of the Enterprise.
-Churning out a frankly massive amount of mines to block the wormhole, so one can assume the capacity for production is also fairly huge.

So the sheer amount of power needed is already mindblowing. For practicality, it makes sense not to have it all in one place, so if something should break down it will only affect part of the station. We fairly often hear of the pylons breaking down, so I assume they at least have their own closed systems. I also like to assume that several other systems run independently. Like weapons, transporters and life support. Considering some of the juggling they do with technobabble through the show, this seems highly likely.

The arguments above are pretty much exclusively based on practicality. If we move on to design, there's a whole different level to consider.

DS9 is Cardassian in design. And not only that, it wasn't originally even a space station as such. It was an ore processing plant. It was never built to be a major defensive point, a diplomatic nexus or even to be all that comfortable to live on. It was full of slaves and grudgingly stationed military. (Apart from Dukat, who seemed to love it there.) So the fact that eventually thousands of people seem to live quite happily there is an accomplishment in itself, and it's hardly surprising that the steps taken to keep the thing going, for something that was never its original purpose, would involve some heavy re-designing. If nothing else, O'Brien seems vastly imaginative about how to keep things running. For all we know, the smattering of engineering sections could be mostly just him pulling a Frankenstein to hold everything together and make the Cardassian systems work along with the Federation ones.

Add to that the fact that we don't actually know the logistics of Cardassian engineering, and we're in a completely different ball park. Perhaps whatever makes Cardassian systems go round can't actually be kept in one place for whatever reason. Maybe the placement of the systems was originally just for decorative purposes? We can't deny that there's something artistic about the design overall. There's not a lot of information to back up any of these theories, so really, the sky's the limit with this.



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Lady Drace
20 December 2010 @ 02:41 am
Having a steady stream of Voyager distracting me through the last few days of nausea means that I've reached the end of the series sooner than I expected. And without offering any spoilers I can honestly say that the finale was one of the most bullshitty of any series I've ever watched from start to finish. At least in my personal and very biased opinion.

Hell, suddenly even that last disappointing episode of JAG doesn't seem so bad...

For the rest of Voyager, though, I'm more positive. I was warned by several people not to expect too much, but generally, I've been "adequately entertained". And considering some of the crap that's on TV in these over-televised times, I'm happy with that.

DS9 is still my favorite trek. TNG is still my ideal future. TOS is still cracktastic and until someone gives me an EXTREMELY good reason to risk it again, I'll stay the hell away from ENT. Reboot? What reboot? /denial.

In other short news, I updated my website today. Go me. I actually got something done.

And now I think I'll go back to bed and try for the third night in a row to get some real sleep. 2 hours every morning isn't quite enough. :oS But sadly, I've found no cure for the persistant nausea keeping me up. But at least I'm not puking. It's not all bad.
 
 
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Lady Drace
21 April 2009 @ 01:51 am
To the lovely mrs_picard !
 
 
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Lady Drace
17 March 2009 @ 10:51 pm
Look what I just found!


A Cardassian in Starfleet! I never knew there were any! And he's just so... handsome! *wanna see his neckridges*
Apparently he appeared in a TNG episode. I obviously wasn't paying attention then!
 
 
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Lady Drace
15 March 2009 @ 03:21 pm

I've been spending the last 4 hours trying to track down a fic I just KNOW I've read recently. But alas, no luck still.
If I was smart, I would just give up and start doing some of the things I had actually planned on doing today, but noooo. I swear, it's driving me absolutely insane that I cannot remember where I found that damn fic! But while looking, I muct confess I've stumbled over completely new stuff, so I guess it's not a total loss. One of these things is a funny top 'something' page with some really funny lists, perfect for a little giggle break from my frantic search. I'll just post a few of the ones that made me laugh the most. :o)

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Lady Drace
16 December 2008 @ 08:15 am

Cheered me up, that's for sure!!

Next Generation Cheer!
 
 
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Lady Drace
27 September 2008 @ 05:48 pm

Considering I still have very few friends here to tag me with anything funny, I just snag funny stuff when I see it for myself. Cause that's how I am. 

Snagged this meme from tli .

The Anti-ship meme.
The rules are simple: List 10 popular (or even unpopular... and preferably canon, because it's more evil that way) ships that you just do.not.ship./can.not.ship./will.not.ship. period. It doesn't matter what your reasons are, but tell us why anyway! Because anti-ships deserve as much passion as real ships do!


Apologies in advance to anyone wildly shipping any of my anti-ships. Feel free to do so. Just don't expect me to like it.

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Lady Drace
13 August 2008 @ 03:30 am
I'll just have me a short break form fic posting to toss up some icons I made. Feel free to use. My joy is to bring fun to the people. :oD

               

               

            
 
 
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