Welcome back my friends. Two whole months (at least) without a post……..damn, it kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I’ve had a lot going on myself and am glad to be back here with you.
Recent tech developments on my end have been kind of interesting. At the end of September/beginning of October, I upgraded my PC for the first time since I put it together. I swapped out the graphics card (a 2GB eVGA GTX 285 SC for a 3GB Asus GTX 1060), boot disk (a 74GB 10,000RPM Western Digital ‘VelociRaptor’ for a 500 GB Samsung Evo 850 SSD) and upgraded the OS (moving from Windows Vista x64 to Windows 10 x64). It’s been great for gaming (I still play the usual 2-3 titles, mixing it up here and there if something interesting comes out) and also Folding as well (am part of eVGA’s ‘Folding@home’ team).
My machine at work has slightly more ram (8GB vs 6GB) along with a newer, faster quad-core CPU. Given how it performs with email, word processing and photoshop, I might make the move back to the PC/Microsoft camp in time. Apple’s recent developments–axing the 11″ MacBook Air (which I use on the go) and introducing a new MacBook ‘Pro’ that’s significantly more expensive and lacking compared to previous iterations–don’t inspire a whole lot of confidence and have me ruing the day when I have to replace my 11″ Air and/or my Mac Mini (the last generation where one could upgrade the RAM, HD etc on their own).
Over that time, most of my work on my combined Surya/Coventry writeup has consisted of going back and writing the most complete description of the Four Years War I’ve done yet. I won’t mince any words though – despite how I like describing battles and such, after a while it got repetitive and became somewhat of a pain in the ass. It’s also somewhat depressing when looking back in retrospect. I’ve endeavored for a while to make my recent TOS era publications as balanced as possible, trying to avoid weighing them down with conflict and fighting. Here though, there is the war and then a brief summation of events from the “Vanguard” series. I could scrounge up a few other tidbits to throw in, but not nearly enough to balance out the incredible amount of conflict-related exposition. As I said in my annotations though, while this might be weighed down a bit, it’s at least fairly accurate given how both classes are depicted in the VAN novels and Ships of the Star Fleet.
One thing I neglected to mention in my annotations was my shift in language, referring to the Federation ‘Council’ as the ‘General Assembly’. It makes things easier on my part, given how I’ve mentioned the ‘Security Council’ sub-body elsewhere. It’s a minor shift overall IMO.
Where will I go from here? Well, I’ll have to look, but off the top of my head, there are at least 5 classes to re-examine (Marklin, Larson, Loknar, Kearsarge, Akula) before moving into the ‘Cold War’ era or the ‘Golden Age of Exploration’ that was the 2250’s and 60’s. Given it’s historical importance, Loknar will most likely be a stand-alone writeup and Marklin, given its age, will be as well. Larson and Kearsarge on the other hand, I’m not so sure about.
From what little I’ve been able to dig up, Kearsarge was a hurried-response to the ‘perimeter action issue’ and would seem superfluous following the introduction of Kiaga. I don’t recall reading much about Larson either, but given the direction I’m going, it would seem to be superfluous as well. Yes, it solves the instability issues of Saladin’s single-nacelle design, but as I have it, Akula merges both Destroyer and Scout capabilities into a single platform. Add to that the fact we see/hear virtually nothing about the class moving from the 23rd into the 24th Centuries (when the fleet structure began to get more streamlined and Miranda became the default/’disposable’ support platform) and trying to dig up enough historical/background information for a stand-alone writeup almost seems like a waste of time.
So what looks to be a more likely possibility is a couple of combined publications to cover the miscellaneous types/classes of this era. One covering ‘workhorses’/supporting combatants (Kearsarge, Larson and then two others I’ve already done, Burke and Seawolf) and then another covering carriers (might revamp my Starfighter Command write-up or supplement/supplant that with another piece – will have to think about this).
Either way, there should be enough here to keep you satiated for a while I hope 🙂