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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2003 12:22 pm    Post subject: Dan Butler Reply with quote

I might as well be the one to start this forum off.

Hello, I'm Dan Butler, nominal president of New Star Software. I created this site in order to share a utility program, StarShip Tracker, that I've been looking for over several years. I finally decided to design and commission the program myself in January. Since then, so many other people have jumped on to help and to suggest great ideas, that the program definitely appears to becoming reality!

A bit about myself: I'm a US naval officer, stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. I'm a big sci-fi buff, primarily in Star Trek, but with considerable interest in BattleTech and several other universes. I'm also an avid solitiare gamer, having designed several sci-fi games over the last 15 years. The biggest hurdle, though, was tracking the numerous fleets of ships, as they searched for and fought against each other through the numerous stars.

So, there you go...feel free to start a thread about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community and have fun.

Hopefully, NSS will be a site for gamers to get together to share their versions of SST databases, and to share their thoughts about the universes that interest them. We have a lot of universe forums available for discussion, and I'm always looking for a resident expert to take the helm as moderator in his particular area of interest.

Also, if you have a gaming universe not yet represented here, or wish to have a private forum to support your own gaming group's needs, just let me know, and we'll set one up! Free of charge.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2003 2:56 am    Post subject: The Butler constellation grows! Reply with quote

Helba and I are proud to announce that Emory Robinson Fonseca Butler will make his grand entrance on or about 08 November (possibly a week earlier)!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2003 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Dan!!
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, not to beat the horns or anylong, my unannounced absence is now over.

For the backfill, I sent (well, she'll say she went willingly) my wife and infant son to Brazil for a few weeks while I concentrated on an upcoming tri-annual command inspection. Shortly after that happened, I unexpectantly lost my internet connection (at home) and just didn't feel like I had the energy or time to solve that problem, due to the time I was spending at the center.

Well, and off-handed remark allowed me to learn that the Japanese internet company had cut my service (as well as others) due to not making my credit card available for direct payment. No fault on mine or theirs, because I just didn't receive a mailer, and they had to do something about the amount of sailors who were paying for their accounts. By automatically requiring credit card...it forced the issue. It really couldn't have happened at a better time.

Well, the inspection wrapped up yesterday and my command toasted (in a great way) it. The follow-on inspection for the centers in Pearl Harbor and San Diego will be noticably more difficult, for the way in which we prepared and trounced. Now, i had three major programs and 2 minor programs under my oversight, but only one of them got inspected, and it took all of 5 minutes. So...in one way, those weeks of preparation feel wasted, but I also know my programs (all security related) so well now, it was for the better for all.

Bowtie Bob also contacted me a few days ago and tempted me back earlier than I had anticipated. While I have just started posting, it looks like things are healthy, and, frankly I'm proud that the community ran without me. Its made me think that I'd like to continue the diversification of the site even more, and empower more each of the Mods, both those that volunteer and those that 'rent' space.

You all have done a great job with this site, and as long as each of you (Mods and Members) continue to make your own personal marks on the site, I'll keep footing the (very meager) bills for it. In other words, this site is as much your's as mine, and I think you all proved that over the last few weeks.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toast! Toast! Toast! Toast!

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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to have you back Dan. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Dan:) We missed your "guidance"
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, Dan. We all missed you, though BB did an excellent job (in my opnion) as acting-administrator.

I'd like to nominate him, and I'm sure others will agree, for a BB Award for services rendered to New Star. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2004 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimmy the Tulip wrote:
I'd like to nominate him, and I'm sure others will agree, for a BB Award for services rendered to New Star. Smile

Woo Hoo! a BB award!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2004 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL! How many BB Awards can a BB get?
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2004 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Dan and congrats on an inspection well done.
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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2004 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks...we're all breathing a sigh of relief. It was far from being like an INSURV, but it was definitely taxing.
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan wrote:
Thanks...we're all breathing a sigh of relief. It was far from being like an INSURV, but it was definitely taxing.


Inspections suck.

They suck worse if you fail them. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Necessary evil, but stressful, nonetheless.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, okay, okay...no hubbabaloo, please.

I'm back.

I'd apologize for my long and silent absence, but really, those words wouldn't mean much to you, cause all of you appear to have had a dang good time despite my absence, and have even added quite a few new people (I'm pleased to see).

Neither Longwalker nor Bowtie Bob had any comms with me, and frankly, for that I do apologize. I also apologize if anyone felt the future of the baodr was in doubt, because of my apparent lack of interest. Neverfear, for as long as I work in the Navy and as long as there appears to be as much interest in people communicating as they have been, I'll pay to keep the site running.

Okay, the explanation:

I came back from an overseas trip (subjective, really), to find my community and my command undergoing major changes. In spite of the budget increase to the defense department over the last few years, the belt is tighter than ever. Obviously, the military is funded not to solely exist, but to both provide the threat of and the actuality of force, and it has been called upon a lot the last few years. Also, a good percentage of the Congress-appropriated funds is going to Big Business, to develop the future of military technology.

Short story, the military is having to diet and the support services (of which my meteological community is most definitely a part) have to become leaner in order to support the warfighter (can't cha tell by my language I've been immersed). As such, the higher echelons are pulling money from those less needy for those more needy. Its a shame, but that's they way the pendulum has swung and its not LT Butler's (the naval officer) responsibility to complain (the actions of the citizen, of course, are seperate).

As such, the officer corp in my community is being slashed and where two years before my future as an O-5 or even O-6 were pretty rosy, now everyone pretty much has to justify why they should stay until retirement. On top of that, I'm due up for my promotions board this spring (possibly) and have to make myself that much more attractive than many of my collegues (and friends) who are as senior as my self.

So...what was I doing?

Ready for this?

Calculus.

On-line.

No Instructor.

No math for the last 8 years.

I'm a history major.

So, obviously, I had a lot to do, what with still having to fo my 45+ hour shift work, and support my family, and reconfigure my place in the community.

On top of that, my command's primary mission, ship routing of the 7th Fleet, was being transferred - during tropical season - to another command with no experienced people inhouse. Obviously, a lot of work to be done by the senior lieutenants here.

My time off was either spent with my family (begatating) or sleeping and I *really* didn't want to be sitting in front of a computer any more than I had to. Sixty hours a week was enough.

Needless to say, the calculus thing did not work out. The Navy classes here don't have 3rd and 4th year classes available, as most sailors are working towards an AA, and are otherwise too busy in a forward-deployed area. In my seventh week of the online course, attempting to understand Calculus (with no trig background), I realized I could not keep up with an online course where the online material was unavailable (wasn't working) and all I had was a textbook. Quizzes were no fun, obviously.

So, dropping the first of four required pre-req classes for my graduate naval education didn't endear myself to my seniors, either here or in DC. But, with a bit of proper spin that would make the talking heads proud, I sold myself and was able to finagle a 2 year tour to Monterey (California) in order to take state-side night classes.

That's my (personal) good news out of all this. Being back stateside has its positives and negatives, and I'll still be on watch (7 years plus now), but Monterey is reportedly a beautiful place to live and I'll be glad to have a professor to talk with.

I still need to ensure my career now, as a history major who plays a weather guy on a watchfloor really doesn't have much job options in the civilian sector. (Anyone need someone with 7 years of leadership experience in a high-paying but interesting field? I'll need retirement after 13 years of service with you.)

I think I'll post my observations regarding SST in the appropriate forum

Anyway, glad to be back, and I want to know how ya'll have been doing. Update your enties in the Introduce Yourself forum, pls!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear you're doing "okay". What I want to know, is the stateside duty accompanied or unaccompanied?....

As for you History major, try being a Military History major..Talk about no usefull job opennings with that degree:(
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corsair_SG here!!, glad to finaly hear from the mysterious Dan !!, glad to hear that you are still alive and kicking, hope everything works out okay. as for Monterey Ca is actually a nice place, I actualy live in California. Well enough said glad to meet you finaly.!! Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dan, welcome back and glad to hear that your doing well, if very busy. Smile

Things have been going nicely on New Star. The new citizens are all great peeps and they helped me, with the aid of some old friends, to become a Senator! Longwalker has been pretty busy sorting things so us kind folk can make even more money and is deserving of some praise for his efforts.

We've been invaded by Bad Guys, Sri' Lurix Landiss is dead and the A'alakon Building has collapsed completely. Oh yeah, Mr Ballantyre, previously of Baxter Pharmaceuticals is dead too. Otherwise things are fine! Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan, sounds like you have had a time to remember....... Very Happy
Glad to here that your in good health, "hurry up and wait." Yep the Navy was grand for me but I had it a little easier, Corsair SG was a bubble head, sorry Corsair had to be said. Very Happy
Anyhow Monterey is a beautiful place to live, you and your family should do fine there. I'm from the South, but I now live in California and have been for about 25 yrs. Just look for Tulare County on a map, that's where I hang my hat. Wink


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to have you back dude.

I hope things work out for you as this is a fun place to hang out.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the welcomes and welcome backs. Glad to see the new people are new from my perspective only.

As for Highlander's question, my tour is accompanied, though my wife and son will have to leave shortly before the end of it for three years, in order for her to earn her retirement from the police department in her nation's capital.

Thanks, all.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2004 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will lvoe Monterey. The weather is absolutley wonderful year round, not too hot, not too cold with highs rangeing from the mid 50s to mid 80s. There's lots of morning and evening fog. NPGS is a wonderful place to go to school and has a fairly decent golf course [if you golf]. Now the bad news. Monterey is one of the most expensive places to live in a America due to the roximity of Pebble Beach and Carmel. When I was there in the early 90s, a one bedroom went for about $700 a month on the cheap end.
Back to the good news, you have the Monterey Bay Aquarium to visit along with Cannery and access to most of the better parts of Cally for those weekend family trips.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to have you back Dan! I was beginning to get a little worried there for a bit. Wink

Things have gone fairly smoothly in your absense as I'm sure you can see, but it's definately good to see you able to visit us all again Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, here's the situation:

I'm living out of a hotel room until the first week of June. Late March, I departed Japan with my family and landed in Orlando. We spent two weeks in our new familymobile crossing from the east to west coast and having a blast (well, I did....toddler and wife fought illness over half the way). We've gotten here in affluent Monterey, California (yeah...back in the same time zone region as most of ya'll), but found that what the DoD pays for housing for even an O-3 doesn't quite match what i feel we deserve for in a home. So, working my best intel skill, we've been able to finagle base housing. The housing is less than a year old and very nice...great community, perfect security and low speed zones throughout. I don't pay a dime in rent or utilities and I can have the heat or AC on whenever I feel like it.

The only issue is that the numbers of new houses is *very* limited, so we had to piggyback onto a family leaving the housing area in late May. So, instead of getting settled in in mid-April like I had planned back in Japan, we're hotel-bound until June.

My wife & son are going to Brasil for the meantime, so my intention now is to stay in the Best Western. I've got broadband wireless thru the hotel (man, has the US changed in 4 years!), so am sitting fat, dumb & happy. I do have a dog with me (which the hotel allows), but when they realize he's staying unaccompanied in the room when I'm working, i may have a problem.

But, for now, I believe everything is good. I anticipate messing it up with you guys on a near-daily basis again (yea!) at least until June, when I should be moving into the new home. With no family here, the only distractions should be work, the dog and three movies called: Hitchhiker's, Star Wars and Batman.

Its good to be back!


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Most excellent!!, cant wait to see what brews from this spot of news
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news dude!

About the dog, you might want to think about a crate for the dog. That way at least he won't be running around and tearing things up...Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do (have a crate) and I did (think about it), but I can't imagine crating him up for that many hours a day. BUT....if it comes down to staying in a comfortable setting or having to find a hole-in-the-wall that allows dogs...yeah, crating will be in his future.

I had been tempted to send him to relatives for the month (he's very popular with the family members that visited me in Japan), but it'd be over $700 round trip to fly him, and again with the cage!
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Dan,
Have you tried checking into kennels that room and board family pets.
When I was much younger my family [mom & dad] and I had a dog we always left behind for a couple of weeks when we were out of town, you should check into it. If your getting your home in a month or so, it should be no worse on you price wise compared to a round trip to Japan.
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Actually, i did, the very (literally) first thing when we arrived in the area. A `really neat place: it was three business on one 'campus:' horse stables, pet kennels and training facility for Hollywood animals. They were really cheap, too, for this area (only $20), but Orion was missing the 'kennel cough' shot, so I'd have to have a pet-allowed hotel for four days at a minimum...we ended up not worrying about it after that )this Best Western rocks....as military and long stay, they've dropped this $249/night room from $99 on my first night to $69 ($89 on weekends).

I have found the Army vet now and can get the shot he needs. I'll probably do that soonest, too, just in case the kennel is necessary, but Orion is very much a family dog and barely eats when we kennel him. On our second trip away (when we went to Guam), I returned to pick him up and i think he was so stunned at being 'abandoned' he didn't even recognize me when I returned for him. He just stared at me with vacant eyes....telling you man....my dog is my weakness. I've personalized him so much, my wife constantly reminds me that he's not a person.
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Dogs are people too. Just because they can't form words doesn't mean they aren't people...

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Darn the Congress for not extending the vote to our four-legged friends!

/your dog wants to rock the vote
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Woohoooo! Awesome to have you back, Dan. Look forward to chatting with you again! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the risk of being boring...

Good to see ya Dan! Cool
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Thanks, KK....you're whole dang post almost put me to sleep, but I weathered thru it.

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Welcome back Dan. So how does the site look?Smile
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Ugh...ugly as hell. When the site was hacked, it couldn't have happened at a time I could be less interested (i.e., far more important RL things happening).

Hopefully, once I get settled into my new home and get the php mods available to Longwalker, we can clean it up some.

Kudos to you guys for sticking it out.
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Hey, its been fun...hehehe
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Fun might be misleading.

Chaotic, insane, dangerous, all these words apply! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and how could we abandon New Star in it's time of greatest need?
Can't have it falling into the hands of the bad guys now, can we...
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[Homer-style shaking of fist] Damn robot cyborg androids!
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey now...androids are people too...Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are??? So it's not illegal then? Wink Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make the bad men stop! Sad

Or at least divert their attention for a minute... Razz
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess that depends on what exactly you are asking about legality...Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan wrote:
Actually, i did, the very (literally) first thing when we arrived in the area. A `really neat place: it was three business on one 'campus:' horse stables, pet kennels and training facility for Hollywood animals. They were really cheap, too, for this area (only $20), but Orion was missing the 'kennel cough' shot, so I'd have to have a pet-allowed hotel for four days at a minimum...we ended up not worrying about it after that )this Best Western rocks....as military and long stay, they've dropped this $249/night room from $99 on my first night to $69 ($89 on weekends).

I have found the Army vet now and can get the shot he needs. I'll probably do that soonest, too, just in case the kennel is necessary, but Orion is very much a family dog and barely eats when we kennel him. On our second trip away (when we went to Guam), I returned to pick him up and i think he was so stunned at being 'abandoned' he didn't even recognize me when I returned for him. He just stared at me with vacant eyes....telling you man....my dog is my weakness. I've personalized him so much, my wife constantly reminds me that he's not a person.



20 bucks......wow, that is cheap and for the love of your dog you might want to get that shot for him, even if he does'nt ever see the inside of a kennel again. oh and Dan, welcome back, just sorry that you had to pop back in to find the site a little messy due to the hit. Everyone here has done a great job, and I tip my hat to them. *Hem, No icon tipping a hat.*
Oh well, great job guys!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2005 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, staff and members all have done a lot to bring life to this site.
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Great to have you back Dan! Our dog had a similar reaction to being put in a kennel (for 3 days). When we got him back, he was moping around and wouldn't hardly eat.....looked to me like they drugged him or something. Regardless, he will not be going back there....

We do leave him in a crate during the day though, as we live in a 3rd story apartment, and he doesn't seem to like being left alone (tears things up, poops on the floor) but he does just fine in the crate. He even goes in there to sleep when we are at home.
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Our dog doesn't like it when we leave but he just curls up on the couch and waits for us to return. And he is well enough house broken for our needs. The only times he has problems is when he is sick and us stupid humans don't get up to let him out when he starts telling us he needs to go out...now....
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I remember my uncles pet, mini pincher, cool dog, but stupid. My uncle spent about $1000 to have him trained, where to go to take a dump, not to chew stuff up, and to obey, just the basic nothing major. Well max "the dog" he does'nt leave my uncles side he does what ever David "my uncle" says except one thing, to use the rest room. My uncle had a doogie door put in to the back door to the yard so he could come and go as he please, which max does, but the little freak just don't understand to use the door to go do his buisness, insted he goes to the restroom, and does his thing in on the floor in there. Confused Question
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL! At least he's kind of got the right idea...maybe it's just an aiming thing?
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