Welcome aboard!
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On August 27, 2015, in News, by admin

We are Northwest Florida’s Premier Star Trek and sci-fi fan organization!

As a chapter of STARFLEET, we are open to ALL types of sci-fi fans who like to meet together — in person and online — and play games, work on costumes and other displays, be involved in community service, study science, watch movies, plans events, and enjoy each other’s company!

All events listed on the “Calendar” page are open to the public. To contact any of the Continuum’s Command Staff, please check out the “Members” page.


Captain’s Log: November 2015
Captain’s Log: November 2015 avatar

On November 16, 2015, in Captain's Log, Events, News, by Jay

A few changes in our upcoming events:

First, the Continuum is now starting to meet twice a month to keep up with its busy schedule.  The first meeting will be on the first Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  The second will be on the third Saturday at 3 p.m.  Both will be at Village Inn outside of Cordova Mall.  However…

We will not be meeting in the month of December.  The holiday season is a very busy time for everyone, so we have traditionally cancelled our meetings during that month.  Our next meeting this Saturday will be the last of 2015.  We will resume our meetings on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

We will also not be having our “Dinner at Ten Forward” monthly social in December as it will be very to our Anniversary Dinner/Christmas Party on the 1st.  We do plan to have some costuming and display construction workshops  during the month.  More information coming soon.


Schedule changes
Schedule changes avatar

On September 21, 2015, in Events, News, by Jay

Starting next month, we’re changing up our schedule of events.  Our Dinner at Ten Forward monthly dinners will now take place on the first Monday at 6:30 p.m., and our Monthly Meetings will take place on the 3rd Saturday at 3 p.m.


September Events
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On September 3, 2015, in Events, News, by Jay

The Continuum plans to kick it into high-gear this September!

First, at the conclusion of our meeting this Sunday, we’ll continue our discussion of Star Trek uniforms and other costumes.  If you’re interested in costume-making (with or without a pattern) or if you’d like to get one made, you’re more than welcome to join us.  This is NOT limited to just Starfleet uniforms but also includes anything throughout Star Trek’s 49-year history.  Just bring us some pictures, and we’ll go from there.

Second, at 7 pm on Thursday the 10th we’ll be meeting at Books-a-Million to begin discussing plans to build a TOS transporter room.  As with all our displays, we like to keep them portable, so we’ll be looking at blueprints, pictures, and other tips to come up with a plan as to how to best do that.

And third, we’ll be at BRACE’s Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP) Expo at Washington High School on Saturday the 12th from 10 am to 2 pm.  BRACE is the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, and they’ll be having “‘Survivor Land’  to prepare children,youth and families for disasters through the region’s largest “Youth Emergency Preparedness” (YEP!) expo.”  Continuum members will be there in costume with other sci-fi characters.  For more information, check out their website.

As always, all members and visitors are welcome to attend any event we have listed here.  For more information, contact me at co@usscontinuum.com.


Captain’s Log: August 2015
Captain’s Log: August 2015 avatar

On August 27, 2015, in Captain's Log, Events, News, by Jay

It’s been a busy summer, Jay_CaptChair_TOScrew
and there have been a few changes here at the Continuum that I’d like to make everyone aware of.

For the past several months, our members have been discussing fundraising efforts.  We have a lot of necessary expenses and have long-since been wanting to spend more of what we raise on our member, such as helping our members get Star Trek uniforms and other costumes, helping them with travel expenses to conventions, and building and maintaining our displays.  Those things highlight our creativity and talents and encourage others to be involved.

And so, just this last month, we voted to raise our dues to $5 a month, plus $1 for each additional member of the same household.  Other fundraisers used (i.e., donations from conventions) will be spent on these special projects for our members. Now, we realize that’s quite a jump from our previous dues of $12 a year.  Anytime we raise prices, there’s a chance people could decide to leave.  But not having goals or not providing something a bit unique people that they can’t find anywhere else can also discourage people from joining and sticking around.  So we feel this right decision for us to do. We have a vision to make the Continuum the best it can possibly be. However, those that joined when the dues were only $12 plus $2 for each additional member of the same house
hold are “grandfathered in” until their membership comes up for renewal.

Also earlier this month: the Continuum had a great time at the Pensacola Comic Convention, August 8-9.  Many thanks to the members who helped me run our table: Peggy Moshell, Mark Wright, Christina Tuttle, and Paul Jacobs.  We made a few changes there that we hope many of you will find of interest.  The most obvious being the addition of the green screen behind our Captain’s Chair that’ll allow us to have bridge pics photoshopped in.  Check out the finished products found here.

We’ve also upgraded our speakers to the Chair, thanks to Chris Cazalet, which take up less room and have better quality sound.  And our display boards have been replaced with moving Prezi display, featuring photos and text about the Continuum.  All changes seem to have worked very well, and we hope to be using them in the future.

And finally, now that the convention is behind us, we’re looking forward to doing more costume and display-creation workshops.  Keep checking back at our website for future dates. I’ve also been talking with the Parjai Squad about Costume Bowl II, which we’re planning for April 2016. We’ll be doing our first meeting very shortly; look for more information to be coming soon.


Continuum Photos Updated
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On August 17, 2015, in Events, News, by Jay

It’s been a long time coming, but the Continuum’s photo galleries have been updated to include all of our events up until the present.  Check them out to see what we’ve been up to.


Video: The Doctor Sings for Tuvok
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On June 12, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Jay

Part of the Doctor’s “daydreams” from “Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy,” Voyager’s sixth season.


From “The Way of the Warrior,” fourth season premiere of Deep Space Nine.


Captain’s Log: May 2015
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On June 2, 2015, in Captain's Log, Events, News, by Jay

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been able to update this site on everything that’s been happening.  As always, we’ve been extremely busy.

Pensacon 2015: (Yes, it has been that long).  The crew of the Continuum had a great time at this year’s Pensacon, and we’re looking forward to bigger things next year.  We’re were somewhat spread out this year though with our table with Nomad and Vulcan lute dispalys in the Crowne Plaza lobby and our Captain’s Chair and new Helm/Nav console over at the Deck Bar.  (The STARFLEET Milton chapter USS Harry Mudd was also with us in the lobby but had their NuTrek Captain’s Chair and Helm/Nav console in the Crowne Plaza’s bar).

This year’s event was busier than ever!  And I have no idea how they’re going to handle their space problems outside of building a new convention center or finding more hotels & using the trolleys as none are in walking distance.  There was a waiting line just to get into the dealer’s room on Saturday; many of those working the dealer’s room were afraid to leave in fear they would not be able to get back in.  Who knows what’s going to happen next year the con’s hotel block at the Crowne Plaza has already been sold out as well as all the VIP passes?

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Happy 20th, Star Trek: Voyager
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On January 16, 2015, in Star Trek, by Jay

star_trek_voyager_by_skippernita-d586ny2Twenty years ago today, the USS Voyager was thrown into the Delta Quadrant, where it would spend the next seven years trying to get back home.

It took me a long while to actually appreciate this series. Maybe because it was airing the same time as Deep Space Nine.  And I loved (and still love) that series best out of all the Trek series.  But DS9 and Voyager were the most dissimilar of the bunch.  The former was on a stationary space station in one sector of space; the latter was on a ship that was constantly on-the-move.  The former was in the familiar Alpha Quadrant, focusing on several of the already-known alien species but occasionally introducing something new; the latter was the unknown Delta Quadrant, focusing on new alien species but occasionally going back those previously established.  The former could call up Starfleet any time they needed them; the latter couldn’t.  The former on serial storylines; the latter was more episodic.  And so forth and so on…  Night and day stuff.

On one hand, it was interesting to get back to exploring.  And to do the  isolation and survival-stories than they really couldn’t do in the other Trek series.  But throughout those seven years, they may have been able to take Voyager out of the Alpha Quadrant, but they couldn’t keep the Alpha Quadrant out of Voyager.  Writers kept finding some way for familiar alien and storylines to keep popping up.  But on the other hand, a lot of things got “watered down” — the Borg as an adversary being one of them (although they did explore more of the inner-workings of the Borg than The Next Generation ever did).  They could only put them at a disadvantage so much before it would be next to impossible for them to recover.

I watched Voyager until DS9 went off the air.  And then I stopped until right before the end.  It wouldn’t be until years later that I’d go back and see all that I missed.  And I found, it was still a good series, one that had a lot of interesting stories.   Isolation from the Alpha Quadrant.  Civil rights for holograms.  Seven of Nine’s human development.  Insurrection: Alpha.  Species 8472.  The Hirogen.  The Delta Flyer.  Captain Proton.

So happy 20th, Voyager!  It was a very good journey.