Friday, August 30, 2013

A Story.

Picture in your mind a hospital room.

It's not a standard issue hospital room with white walls, and an easily disinfected linoleum floor where thin curtains are suspended from the ceiling to give the infirm the illusion of privacy. No. This is a deluxe hospital room. No industrial-looking chrome bedsteads. No vinyl upholstered visitor's chair affixed with a brass plaque announcing that a civic group donated it in such-and-such a year to honour Mr so-and-so who is long dead and mostly forgotten save for this piece of dated furniture. This hospital room is more like a luxury suite in a trendy hotel.

Propped up in the queen-sized bed, amidst Egyptian cotton sheets and 17 pillows, sits a woman. Her hair -- usually well-coiffed -- is messy and could use a good wash and a brush. Her face -- usually well-made-up -- is freshly scrubbed. Her weariness is palatable and yet she exudes happiness.

The door opens and a nurse comes in pushing a bassinet. He wheels the baby over to the mother's side and helps her settle the boy for his next feeding. The nurse picks up some hospital paperwork from the bedside table. He dims the birthing suite's lights to enhance the restorative atmosphere of the room. Then quickly and quietly he leaves, shutting the door as he goes.

Alone with her child, the mother says. "I love you, baby. I am going to be the best mother I can be. Because I want to bring you up properly. I want you to become a strong independent man. I want you to be creative. Maybe you'll follow in my footsteps and become a singer. You might want to take up guitar and write songs. Illegal drugs might make you more creative (or so you will allege) and give you an edginess that will become the hallmark of your carefully nurtured media persona. Perhaps you will find fame unfulfilling, sweet child of mine. This emptiness may be mirrored in your personal life, which will be occasionally marred by violence. Also you may be fond of guns. And lawsuits. Your mental health issues may remain untreated. As your fame wanes you might opt for some bad plastic surgery. Or maybe not.  All the same, I know that your namesake, Axl Rose, will be an excellent role model, Axl Jack Duhamel."

And with that Fergie picks up the remote and turns on the large screen television on the wall opposite her bed. "Now, lets see what's new with the Kardashians."

Meanwhile, the nurse (who has been listening all this time with his ear pressed to the door of the hospital room turns and walks down the hall to the nurses' station. He unfolds the documents he collected from Fergie's bedside table. It's the child's birth certificate. He stares at it for a long moment. Then grabs a pen from the desk. It takes less than 20 seconds to amend the form. Axl Jack becomes "Alex Joshua."

"You're welcome, little buddy." he says, seals the forms in an envelope and drops them in the interoffice mail slot.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dear Blogger.

This post is a parody, written in the style of the original.

• • • • • • • • • •

Dear blogger, let Kim from Roadkill Goldfish be a lesson to you.

Yes, this is what happens when your post goes viral.


This is what happens when people fawn over one post -- out of 10 -- on a quiet, little blog.


This is what happens when a professional editor has never said the word “no,” told you to rework a blog post before clicking publish, or pointed out that it's hypocritical to blast Miley Cyrus for attention-seeking behaviour by publishing an SEO-goldmine-of-a-post and then giving media interviews about why it is wrong to seek the validation of strangers.



Bloggers, if you ever even consider writing something like that, I promise you that I will duct tape oven mitts over your hands so that you can not type another post. I will make you sit on the chesterfield next to me and watch Murder, She Wrote reruns. I will serve you ouzo and club soda until you are nicely buzzed and then I will look at you and say:
Do you not understand irony? Are you completely lacking in self-awareness? Are you aware that you missed the big picture with regards to Miley? Why didn't you use this opportunity to discuss what really matters? And no, that is not Syria. Yes, the civil war in Syria is awful but it's a complicated, nuanced situation. It's best that we don't rush to act but instead let the United Nations lead the way. We must learn from the debacle of Iran, circa 2002. Rather you should have blogged about how girls -- and boys, but mostly girls since Miley Cyrus is being criticized while Robin Thicke gets a pass -- are simultaneously expected to be sexually aware and empowered AND shamed for being sexually aware and empowered.
I will smack any digital advertising company, or blog conference organizer, or Good Morning, America anchor or Quarterly Co executive whom you approach with your newly elevated media profile.




Why would I do that? Because I love you and I want you to respect yourself. You are not edgy or cool or sexy. You have a mommy-blog. You are a middle-aged, middle-class woman with an unsavoury hobby screaming for attention. Notice me! Tell me I’m pretty! See how clever I am! I know all the HuffPo readers want me. All the GOMIers want to be me. I'm going to have my own hate site. Just like Dooce and Pioneer Woman!

You probably know bloggers who will emulate your post on Babble. Ugh. Babble -- don’t go anywhere with those people. You are far too valuable to sell yourself to Disney. Miley sold herself to Disney and look how that ended. Walk away. Let the readers gawk and know in your heart that they will forget you and your post. Like they've forgotten that blogger in Florida who lied about her kid being harassed at Walmart. And the beautiful Samantha Brick. And the mom who thinks Princeton is THE place to score a husband. Like we forgot about the Maybe-Gay Kid and his mom. And the Tiger Mom!

Dear blogger, I am going to fight or die trying to keep you from becoming like the Roadkill Goldfishes of the world.

You can thank me later. Or twerk in my honour. Your call.

xOxO

-N

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Warp Speed Wednesday. Jessica Fletcher would've been an excellent security officer.

NOTE: in previous posts related to Star Trek I have linked to a website called Memory Alpha. Currently a document called "ai" automatically downloads when you visit that site. I don't know what it does, but I highly recommend avoiding Memory Alpha.

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Carrying on with my Character Actors Who Appeared in Murder She Wrote and Star Trek series, we arrive at the final series: Enterprise. None of the principal cast of this series appeared on Murder She Wrote.


In previous posts I've mentioned the following actors with dual credits in MSW and various Star Trek series:


René Auberjonois:
ENT: Oasis -- Ezral
MSW: Murder in a Minor Key & Mourning Among the Wisterias

Thomas Kopache
ENT: Harbinger -- The Alien
ENT: Broken Bow: Part 1 -- Vulcan Attaché Tos
MSW: Nan's Ghost: Part 1 & 2 -- Leonard

Gregory Itzin

ENT: Shadows of P'Jem -- Captain Sopek
ENT: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II -- Admiral Black
MSW: Frozen Stiff -- Ralph Brewer

Robert Pine

ENT: Fusion -- Captain Tavin
MSW: Death by DemographicsCrimson HarvestFor Whom the Ball Tolls,  Class Act , & Obituary for a Dead Anchor

Eric Pierpoint

ENT: Terra Prime ,Demons  Divergence & Affliction -- Harris
ENT: Rogue Planet – Shiraht

Fionnula Flanagan

ENT: Fallen Hero, Vulcan Ambassador V'Lar
MSW: Just read this.


Mark Rolston
ENT: The Augments  --  Captain Magh
ENT:  Canamar  --  Kuroda Lor-ehn

Christopher Neame 

ENT: Storm Front: Part 1 & 2 -- German General
MSW: Nan's Ghost The Legacy of Borbey House

I'm sure there are more, but I can't be bothered to look them up. 
Here are a few new names:


Geno Silva

ENT: United & The Aenar -- Senator Vrax
MSW:  Day of the Dead 

James Ingersoll

ENT: Two Days and Two Nights -- Risian Man
MSW: Proof in the Pudding

Michael McGrady

ENT: Canamar -- Nausicaan prisoner
MSW: Ever After, The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane, Smooth Operators, & Death Takes a Dive

Kate McNeil

ENT: Affliction -- Commander Collins
MSW: A Virtual Murder & Harbinger of Death

Again, I'm sure there are more, but that's all I can find for now. I may amend this list later. Or maybe not. Who's to say.


Can you tell I'm not enthused to be writing this particular post? Partially this is because this theme has gone on for much longer than I anticipated. More so it's because I don't care for this particular incarnation of Star Trek. But let us not dwell on that. Let us think of positive things. Like this amazing photo:




Magnum AND Jessica. I'm totally 'shipping these two.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Toilet paper companies can kiss my [clean] ass.

Anyone else think this marketing slogan is a little bit off-putting?


Of course compared to ad slogans and commercials from toilet paper companies, a slightly lewd molasses ad is nothing.

I am of course referring to Charmin. I really thought they couldn't do any worse than those stupid bears. But now they've developed an app called "Sit or Squat" so people can locate public washrooms quickly. We're also meant to sit (or maybe "squat" -- your choice) through commercials that ask the age old question "Are you tired of finding skid marks in your kid's underwear?" Furthermore, we should buy Charmin in order to "Enjoy the Go:"


Mind you, Cottonelle's "Let's Talk About Your Bum" campaign (with a pretty, blonde lady coercing people into trying wet wipes in public washrooms) is also crude and tasteless.


Royale is doing marginally better with their "Everyone deserves to feel royale sometime today" ads:


Of course as the owner of a white cat, I'm kind of freaked out by the visual of wiping my ass on her fur. Is that not the message I'm suppose to take from these ads? Maybe I'm confused.

In conclusion, I will only be buying Purex toilet paper or store brands until these ad campaigns are dropped.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Home again, home again…

…jiggety-jog.

We're back from vacation. What's new? Did I miss anything?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

100 Words That I Sort of Know. But not really.

Carrying on from where I left off:

lugubrious -- sad, depressing. Makes me think of shades of grey. I'm referring to grey colours AND to people who like that book.
Correct!

metamorphosis -- Having reared several batches of Painted Lady caterpillars, this term is familiar to me and my boys. It's a transformative process of maturity.
Correct!

mitosis -- something to do with cells dividing.
Correct!

moiety -- erm…ahh -- well it's a term referring to…okay, FINE. I have no idea.
WRONG! It means "an indefinite portion, part, or share." Right. Okay then.

nanotechnology -- Really, really small things.
Correct! It's "matter on an atomic and molecular scale," ie nanites.



nihilism -- Belief that there is no hope and meaning in our existence. As in, I was an Arts major in university and quickly realized that dating guys who waxed on and on about nihilism left me decidedly nihilistic.
Correct!

nomenclature -- system for assigning names
Correct!

nonsectarian -- not relating to narrow-minded stereotypes or exclusionary ideas regarding other cultures or people or political groups.
Means "Not involving or relating to a specific religious sect or political group." So correct!

notarize -- legally certify a document's authenticity.
Correct!

obsequious -- cringe-worthy fawning manner or attitude.
Correct!

oligarchy -- The current system of governance and power in Russia
While my reference is arguably accurate, it's not actually a definition so I'll rate it as "Wrong!" Here's what it really means:  a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes."

omnipotent -- as in, if I could join the Q continuum, I would be an all-knowing, all-seeing omnipotent asshole who enjoyed having limitless power.
Correct!

orthography -- making of maps about birds.
WRONG! Obviously. It really means "a standardized system for using a particular writing system (script) to write a particular language."



oxidize -- chemical reaction when something is exposed to oxygen
Correct! 

parabola -- related to the parabolic shape.
Correct!-ish. Because obviously that definition is really only me using my (now rusty) bullshitting skills that I perfected during my university career. It really means:
 a two-dimensional, mirror-symmetrical curve, which is approximately U-shaped when oriented as shown in the diagram, but which can be in any orientation in its plane. It fits any of several superficially different mathematical descriptions which can all be proved to define curves of exactly the same shape.
Riiiiiight. Clear as mud now.

paradigm -- framework for a philosophical debate
Correct!

parameter -- boundaries
Correct!

pecuniary -- punishment
WRONG! It relates to money.

photosynthesis -- plants making their own food from sunlight
Correct!

plagiarize -- passing off someone else's work as your own. 
Correct! This reminds me, I need to blog about how in April I got a woman fired from her public relations job because she was blatantly plagiarizing other people's articles.

plasma -- I know it has two meanings. One related to science and states of matter. The other has a bodily fluid connection
It's two meanings are:
• The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended. It differs from serum in that it contains fibrin and other soluble clotting elements.
• An electrically neutral, highly ionized gas composed of ions, electrons, and neutral particles. It is a phase of matter distinct from solids, liquids, and normal gases.
Ergo: WRONG! 

polymer -- synthetic, pliable material
Correct!


precipitous -- on the cusp of something steep
Correct!


quasar -- pulsing spacial object
WRONG! They are "extremely bright masses of energy and light. The name quasar is actually short for quasi-stellar radio source or quasi-stellar object."


quotidian -- something to do with math
WRONG! Common place or ordinary.

recapitulate --  summarize
Correct!


reciprocal -- mutual
Correct!


reparation -- making amends, usually involves financial compensation
Correct!


respiration -- breathing
Correct!


sanguine -- optimistic
Correct! Confession: I'm kind of surprised this word hasn't made the jump to being a proper name. "Apple, Moses and Sanguine Martin" has a lovely ring to it.

soliloquy -- long speeches made in [Shakespearan] plays for the benefit of the audience who will need to see the inner workings of the character's brain in order to follow the plot.
Correct!


subjugate -- undermine, suppress, dominate
Correct!


suffragist -- related to suffrage and the belief that everyone should have the right to vote.
Correct!


supercilious -- looking down upon others. As in, don't be supercilious toward me until you've tried this list yourself.
Correct!


tautology -- Needless repetition of ideas or facts. Saying things over and over again but not adding any deeper understanding to the discussion.
Correct!


taxonomy -- system of classify things in orderly, logical fashion.
Correct!


tectonic -- study of the earth's crust
Means "is concerned with the orogenies and tectonic development of cratons and tectonic terranes as well as the earthquake and volcanic belts which directly affect much of the global population." I guess I'm sort of correct.

tempestuous -- stormy
Correct!


thermodynamics -- heat created by movement.
WRONG! Really refers to "a branch of natural science concerned with heat and its relation to energy and work"

totalitarian -- How I operate my household.
Correct!


unctuous -- how you would describe a salesperson you didn't really trust
Correct!


usurp -- stealing of power
Correct!


vacuous -- hollow, empty
Correct!

vehement -- adament
Correct!

vortex -- swirling vacuum
WRONG! "A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it."

winnow -- reduce in number. As in, I am winnowing down my readership by writing this massive, dry posts.
Correct!

wrought -- Something to do with iron? Or being too emotional? I have no idea. 
WRONG! Means: Beaten out or shaped by hammering.

xenophobe -- paranoid of strangers or foreigners, gives rise to isolationist tendecncies
Correct!

yeoman -- As in Rand?
WRONG!  Refers to "a free man owning his own farm, especially from the Elizabethan era to the 17th century."

ziggurat --  ancient, middle eastern temple building with terraces and a flat top. Also what I sing on those (mercifully rare) occassions when I hear the Spice Girls' Wannabe song.  "I wanna ha, I wanna ha, I wanna ha, I wanna ha, I wanna really Really really wanna zig-ziggurat!"
Correct!

Monday, August 12, 2013

100 Words That I Really Should Know.

Recently on pinterest I saw a graphic for the 100 Words That All High School Graduates — And Their Parents — Should Know. I took this to be a challenge.

My original responses to the words are in black "ink." Comments and corrections made AFTER I checked the definitions, are in blue.


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abjure -- when you injure your abdomen, you ABJURE it.

WRONG! It's a verb meaning 'to solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim).'

abrogate -- I have no clue. But I'm sure that it's a verb. 

WRONG! "Repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)."

[Oh good God, we are not off to a stellar start]


abstemious -- acting in moderation

CORRECT!

acumen -- expertise

CORRECT! Means 'experience or expertise in something' or 'the ability to make good judgments--keen insight.'

antebellum -- I only know this word because it came up once when LeVar Burton was kicking ass on Celebrity Jeopardy. It relates to a pre-war period, particularly as it relates to the American Civil War.

CORRECT!

auspicious -- noteworthy.

WRONG! Sort of. More accurately it means "favourable or propitious."

belie -- subterfuge

Huh. Erm. Partial points on this one. It means "represent falsely"

bellicose -- pugilistic.

CORRECT! 'Warlike or hostile in manner or temperament."



bowdlerize -- How you look when wearing a fancy Bowler hat.

WRONG! Which is no wonder since I had never heard this word till now. It means "To remove material that is considered offensive or objectionable from (a book, for example)." And refers to Thomas Bowdler who published a heavily edited and sanitized copy of Shakespeare's works.

chicanery -- goofin' around with some birds.

WRONG! "The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose"

chromosome --the DNA molecule
CORRECT(ish). More accurately it is "an organized structure of DNAprotein, and RNA found in cells. It is a single piece of coiled DNA containing many genes,regulatory elements and other nucleotide sequences."

churlish -- as in, I have a tendency to be churlish when people cast aspersions on my intellect, which is why it was a bad idea to write this particular post.

CORRECT! 

circumlocution -- locating by circling.

WRONG! The correct answer is "an ambiguous or roundabout figure of speech." 

circumnavigate -- When I was 10, I wrote an essay about Magellan circumcizing the world. Once my mom stopped laughing she made me look up both terms in the dictionary. This is why I know it means travelling around something and returning to your point of origin.

CORRECT! 

deciduous -- descriptor given to trees that lose their foliage annually.
CORRECT! I would like to dedicate this answer to my father who is a forester and should feel very pleased that I did eventually learn SOMETHING related to trees.



deleterious -- harmful.
CORRECT! 

diffident -- This is how someone with a lisp says dissident.
WRONG! It means "Modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence." Modest? Shy? Lack of self-confidence? I am completely unfamiliar with the very concept of this word. 

enervate -- make vigourous

WRONG! Hey. Wait a minute. This means: causing a person to feel drained of energy. So when my husband says I'm enverating he is NOT complementing me. What the -- ?!  He is in trouble. 

enfranchise -- empower with voting rights

CORRECT! 

epiphany -- EUREKA!

CORRECT! 

equinox -- Twice annual equinox marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of fall. Not nearly as showy or as lauded as the solstice.
CORRECT! 

euro -- Currency in the European Economic Union. Alternately, a prefix I affix to the term "clean," as in: By North American standards a person smelling of Gauloises cigarettes, garlic and sweat, would be told to get a shower. But in France he's okay because he is euro-clean.

CORRECT! 

evanescent -- temporary

Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. Ergo: CORRECT!

expurgate -- when you get rid of offensive aspects As in, "I'm thinking of expurgating all the incorrect definitions I wrote in this post."

CORRECT!

facetious -- to communicate insincerely with humourous intent

CORRECT! 

fatuous -- silly

CORRECT! 

feckless -- Walking around without a feck in the world! Alternately: behaving irresponsibly.

CORRECT! 

fiduciary -- Related to finances.

WRONG. Darn it. I was doing so well with these F-words. It means:  a person to whom property or power is entrusted for the benefit of another.

filibuster -- attempting to delay the adoption of a law or bill by speaking or debating the matter, at length (within a session of parliament).

CORRECT! 

gamete -- relating to reproduction

CORRECT. But more specifically it means, "a sex, or reproductive, cell containing only one set of dissimilar chromosomes, or half of the genetic material necessary to form a complete organism"

gauche -- derived from the French word for 'left,' it's used as a synonym for tacky or low class.

CORRECT! 

gerrymander -- What keeps happening to the electoral boundaries in my region and this is why the Conservatives keep winning in my riding.

CORRECT! But a more useful definition is: to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible

hegemony -- a form of power.

Wikipedia says it is"an indirect form of government, and of imperial dominance in which the hegemon (leader state) rules geopolitically subordinate states by the implied means of power, the threat of force, rather than by direct military force." So technically, I'm CORRECT, but I would have not been able to use this term accurately. This is because I have really only encountered 'hegemony' as it relates to the Gorn on Star Trek. 



hemoglobin -- to do with blood

Correct. Though more specifically it's a "red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood of vertebrates."

homogeneous -- Being of uniform flavour or appearance. 

CORRECT! 

hubris -- arrogance

CORRECT! 

hypotenuse -- the side opposite a 90º angle in a triangle.

CORRECT! 

impeach -- kick an American president to the curb. More accurately, the process of removing from office an elected official who behaves in an immoral and/or illegal way. 

CORRECT! By the way, I checked and it is NOT possible to impeach Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

incognito -- disguised

CORRECT! 

incontrovertible -- something that can not be refuted

CORRECT! 

inculcate -- brainwash. As in, I am inculcating my children in the ways of Star Trek.

CORRECT! 

infrastructure -- backbone of a society or organization.

CORRECT! 

interpolate -- educated guess

CORRECT! 

irony -- "It's when the actual meaning is the complete opposite from the literal meaning." Thank you, Troy Dyer for teaching me this term. 

CORRECT! 



jejune -- I learned this one on Frasier, from the episode with Zooey DesChannel. I will use it in a sentence: Zooey Deschannel is jejune, because she is dull and juvenile.

CORRECT! In terms of using the word correctly but also in accurately analyzing Zooey and her milquetoast ways.

kinetic -- relating to movement
CORRECT! 

kowtow -- When I become Supreme Ruler of the Earth you will kowtow to me and do my bidding.
CORRECT! 

laissez faire -- hands off. As relating to systems, movements or events not body parts.
CORRECT! 

lexicon -- vocabulary
CORRECT! 

loquacious -- wordy, in manner of Rex Murphy
CORRECT! 

And speaking of wordy: I'm going to end this post here, and carry on with the next 50 tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Warp Speed Wednesday. Voyager, She Wrote.

Thirteen Episodes of Murder, She Wrote that fans of Star Trek: Voyager should definitely watch:



1. The Corpse Flew First Class

Starring Kate Mulgrew (aka Captain Katherine Janeway) as Sonny Greer.




Like Mulgrew (and hundreds of others) John S. Ragin worked on Star Trek and Murder She Wrote. This time he was Dr. Cliff Strayhorn.


On TNG he was Dr. Christopher in  Suspicions:


2. Dying Game
Starring Kate Mulgrew (aka Captain Katherine Janeway) as Maude Gillis:



Charles Park played that episode's murder victim, Henry Wilson:




Imdb says he was also the DS9 episode  The Collaborator. Here he is as Eblan:


Musetta Vander was in this episode, plus the VOY episode The Disease. In the former she was called Shirin Hourani, in the latter Derran Tal.




Well hello, Harley Venton! Aren't you a handsome fella. According to imdb, he was in the running to play David Addison on Moonlighting and lost out to Bruce Willis. Damn. I'd have preferred Venton. 


He was hired twice for MSW.  In The Dying Game  he was Clint Hallowell (see photo below) and in Murder on Madison Avenue he was Devery McFarlane. Devery?! That's an awful "name."

He worked on TNG twice:
Ensign Ro -- Ensign Collins 



3.  Ever After
Starring Kate Mulgrew (aka Captain Katherine Janeway) as  Joanna Rollins. Look at all her hair!






4. Time to Die

Starred Robert Beltran (aka Commander Chakotay) as Frank Garcia.


His wife was played by Marta Dubois.




On TNG's  she was Ardra in  Devil's Due.



5.  Double Jeopardy


Robert Beltran's (aka Commander Chakotay) character is much more likeable in this MSW appearance   as Father Michael







He shares screen time with Rosana De Soto. I know her better as Azetbur, the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.





Another familiar face popping up was Judith Jones.


Her TNG credit reads as "Unnamed Edo Girl" from Justice on the first season of TNG. 


Featuring Jeri Ryan (aka Seven of Nine) as Maura, a hustler and a con artist in Cairo. 



This episode contained an appearance by one of my all time favorite character actors James Read.


In addition to playing Murphy Michaels on season 1 of Remington Steele, Mr Read made an appearance in the Voyager episode Workforce Part 1 & 2. 


Two more familiar faces are Lee Meriweather and Eric Pierpoint as a duplicitous married couple:





I mentioned Lee Merriweather in the inaugural post of this series. She was Losira in That Which Survives. from the original series. She has three MSW credits:

Death 'N Denial - Vanessa Thorpe
Ship of Thieves - Leslie Hunter
A Lady in the Lake - Grace Overholtz



This was Eric Pierpoint's sole MSW credit, but he was on four Star Trek series: 

Star Trek: The Next Generation  Liaisons – Voval






Look at young Robert Duncan McNeill (aka Tom Paris):


He played Danny Kinkaid.



Despite how it may appear, Jessica is not drunk in this snap. She's picking fruit out of her fancy Hawaiian tipple.  She's with Gretchen German playing Liz Dougherty. The same actress was Rebecca Sullivan in Blaze of Glory on DS9.





Marty Rackham was Boone in this episode in MSW.




On DS9 he was Chu'lak in Field of Fire.



8. Len Cariou's MSW episodes are some of my favourite. I especially recommend Widow, Weep for Me. His Michael Haggerty  character was also in One White Rose for DeathJ.B. as in JailbirdAppointment in AthensThe Sicilian Encounter,  The List of Yuri Lermentov and Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice.



He was Admiral Edward Janeway in Coda on Voyager.



[Side note: he's Canadian!]


9. Robert Pine  played Ambassador Liria in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "The Chute". 



He has several MSW credits:

Death by Demographics –  Graham Forbes
Crimson Harvest –  Edgar Warner
For Whom the Ball Tolls –  Walter Gillrich
Class Act –  Sen. Andrew Grainger
Obituary for a Dead Anchor –   Doug Helman

Just for interest sake, here's a photo of his son, Christopher Pine (The new Kirk):




10. Michael Horton appeared in 12 episodes as Grady Fletcher. I recommend you watch him in the series' pilot: The Murder of Sherlock Holmes.




He shows up in Voyager as Kovin in  Retrospect.




11.  The Petrified Florist


Watch this one to see Richard Herd as Arnett Cobb. Trekkies know him as Admiral Owen Paris from EndgameAuthor AuthorInside Man and Pathfinder.


On MSW he also played Harvey McKittrick in Murder in the Electric Cathedral. Futhermore on Star Trek: The Next Generation he played  L'Kor in Birthright: Part 1 and Birthright: Part 2 . 

Make a point of spotting Sally Kellerman as Junie Cobb. She was Elizabeth Dehner in Where No Man Has Gone Before from TOS. 




 12. The Secret of Gila Junction.


Featuring  Jay Underwood as Spencer. He's also in  The Trouble with Seth (playing Will Rafferty). He was Mortimer Harren in Good Shepherd (VOY) which was a very interesting episode that showcased an interesting aspect of life on the ship. 




13. Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble 


That's Brad Dourif as Dr. Overman!




I know him better as Crewman Lon Suder from three episodes of Voyager: Meld Basics: Part 1 and  Basics: Part 2.



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The. End.