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I've reached out to the film's Prop Master and the film's Senior Graphics Artist who both kindly responded to my (more than slightly odd) email. I assume they won't mind my quoting verbatim. I don't remember any 4 hole binders. We punched all the hand books to 3 holed ones with 2 hooks like NASA does. The binders in bg [background] were probably 4 ...


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Here's a better capture of the context from "The Best of Both Worlds Pt I". In the capture, Riker is presenting the quarters to Shelby for the first time. PICARD: Number One, why don't you show the Commander to her quarters? [...much unrelated conversation between Picard and Adm. Hanson about Shelby and Riker...] [Shelby's quarters] ...


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The 'Nebula-Class' USS Leeds appears in no fewer than 104 episodes of DS9.


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Yes, they were. The following excerpt from an article quotes Gene Roddenberry himself (via the authoritative book The Making of Star Trek) as saying: [Feinberg] went out and bought a selection of very exotic-looking salt shakers. It was not until after he brought them in and showed them to me that I realized they were so beautifully shaped and futuristic ...


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You can see the original prop here. Note that the metal collar has slipped down slightly. The actor would sit under the table and reach up through a hole, then place their hand flat onto the table. The prop would then be slid into position flush against their hand, covering the hole and creating the illusion that it was their real arm.


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The USS Stargazer appears in at least 150 episodes of The Next Generation. According to this interview with Rich Sternbach (a designer on TNG and co-author of the TNG Technical Manual), the model is the Stargazer, Picard's first command.


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If you look closely at the slope of the back of Mark Hamill's hand, you can see that it seems to turn a bit more toward the vertical as it approaches the metal clamp on his wrist. In fact, Hamill is reaching up through the table, with the heel of his hand pressed against the end of a a fake arm. Everything to the right of the metal clamp ring is a fake ...


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Here's a list of starships I recall being mentioned a lot, plus other people's suggestions, and how many times they appear in the transcripts. USS Stargazer: 10 IKS Rotarran: 9 (Memory Alpha says 13, possibly based on official script notes) NX-02 Columbia: 8 USS Potemkin (TNG/DS9 era): 6 USS Hood: 5 USS Excelsior: 5 Seleya: 4 USS Bozeman: 4 USS Endeavor: 4 (...


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Pockets and Pouches There's no evidence that Starfleet uniforms in TNG have pockets. Generally speaking, handheld equipment for away missions (phasers, tricorders) was stowed in fitted pouches. The below screenshot (from the episode "Timescape", shows them from a bunch of angles: It's a little hard to see (likely by design), but the pouches and uniform ...


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My guess would be the IKS Rotarran. According Memory Alpha it has 13 appearances in DS9 Episodes. (DS9 Season 5) "Soldiers of the Empire" "Call to Arms" (DS9 Season 6) "A Time to Stand" "Sons and Daughters" "Favor the Bold" "Sacrifice of Angels" "You Are Cordially Invited" "Tears of the Prophets" (DS9 Season 7) "Shadows and ...


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The painting is a reproduction. The original was sold at a convention before TNG aired. I found this out by asking Rick Sternbach directly, via his professional web site. In my email to him: I'm writing to you because I am a member of "Scifi StackExchange", a question and answer forum on sci-fi works. On the site, there have been a couple of recent ...


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I'm afraid the software isn't real. Scientific/Research/Academic software tends to look like DOS/Windows 95 and Excel. Fancy graphics like those ones you showed are very very rare here because these tools are built for niche scientific audiences and without large (typically any) budget. Often they are built by the scientists themselves. The image you show ...


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Privately owned by a man named Paul Buckland According to a 2005 BBC article, it was sold at auction in the 80s: So, what happened to the car? Well, it wasn't ever the property of the Beeb - the car was always Jon's. After the show it ended up on a trailer and was becoming a bit of a burden. In the end it was put in a car auction in the early 1980s and ...


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My good friend Alan Sims (Props Master for TNG) advises me via email that while he can't recall the specific glass used, given that it was used in a scene where it broke, it was almost certainly provided by their long-term supplier Alfonso's Breakaway Glass Inc. There's an extremely similar glass (marked as a "liqueur glass") in their current catalogue.


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Per FITorion's earlier answer, the 'Mystery Object' referred to in the Crew Commentary for "The Gathering" is known as the Oscillation Overthruster Voice of God (JMS himself) stated that John Navarro knows what the object is; Now it's driving me crazy -- did John ever tell you what the mystery object was that has supposedly appeared in every sci-fi ...


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The Martian was filmed in Hungary and Microsoft lists A4 as the default paper size for that country in its applications adding weight to the suggestion that it was just cheap to go and buy some notepads locally rather than ship them in and they would therefore have likely been A4.


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According to the description in the last page of this article (pdf), it doesn't sound like they blew up the prop itself, since they describe creating the effect by filming the explosion of a "cardboard container of black powder mixed with titanium shavings" against a black background. He [special effects artist Joe Viskocil] reasoned that since there is ...


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Yes (for some of them) Seven is, of course, the most powerful magical number, and heavily associated with the Harry Potter books (of which, for example, there are seven). As such, 777 may be fairly obvious. I haven't been able to find any evidence as to what HOW means. It might stand for "House of Weasley," but that's simply a guess. This suggests that ...


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I think you are close with your idea of a riding crop. From his attitude and context of military command I am pretty sure it is meant to be a swagger stick. In this case of the riding crop variation. As a martinet this would be right in character for such an officer.


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According to the Star Trek TNG Companion, the artwork was sourced from two local schools and Alan Sims' children. Contest winner Paul Menegay was named for a friend of Brannon Braga’s, although the entries actually came from two area elementary schools and prop man Alan Sims’ own children.


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I suspect it's because this is the sort of map meant for making military plans. Note the pieces (I think they are simply stones painted with symbols). These would be meant to be moved around the map to reflect the movements and placements of military units. Westeros is a bit longer north-south than east-west, and rotating the map this way would likely make ...


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Another strong contender is Chakotay's Maquis ship, the Val Jean. Oddly enough, it's name is never spoken (making transcript searches much more difficult!), but it is seen on a computer screen in one episode. While its crew is referenced heavily throughout the series, I count at least 10 or 11 episodes where the actual ship is mentioned (depending on if you ...


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Based only on googling site:chakoteya.net Stargazer It appears Capt Picard's previous command, the USS Stargazer, is mentioned in at least ten episodes: "The Battle", "Relics", "The Wounded", "Allegiance", "The Measure of a Man", "Chain of Command", "The Child", "Coming of Age", "Tapestry", and "Family"


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It was made of a gummy bear-like material: Around 1:50 GoT wiki: According to actress Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), the prop she used for the stallion's heart was made of gummy bear-like material, which actually tasted awful, so the difficulty with which she seems to be choking it down is actually a genuine physical ...


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Those appears to be a natural result of Moiré patterns, which occur when you have overlapping repeating patterns. Please see this Google search Although I believe the prop may be based two sets of wavy lines, or something similar, this demonstration at Wolfram Alpha gives a flavor of how a relatively simple setup can appear many ways. In short, it's ...


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This was the first thing that popped into my head, and Jason Baker's otherwise comprehensive answer missed it. When crew members were going on shore leave, personal items were frequently carried in rather silly cylindrical hard-shell cases: I don't know how practical you consider this for carrying around a con. It doesn't look very comfortable.


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It looks an awful lot like the Generation 1 - Microsoft Natural Keyboard to me.


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This style of chair is called a Chesterfield Wingback Armchair. Here is one on Ebay with a footstool.


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