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Admiral Archer July 30 2013 03:43 AM

Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
I have a question. What are those two orange flat rectangular shaped objects displayed lengthwise on Captain Picard's desk in his ready room? I assumed they were isolinear chips, but on close inspection, they seem much larger. Here are images to show what I am talking about.

In this image they are in the lower left hand corner:

http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albu...rldstwo174.jpg

Here they are displayed beside Picard's desktop terminal:

http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/albu...rldstwo172.jpg

Does anyone have any idea what these objects are, or what significance they hold? If anyone knows anything, please let me know!

Trekker4747 July 30 2013 03:49 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
I think there's a couple scenes where see him holding one and tapping on it/using it as if it's an electronic device. What it is, specifically, isn't known but it's likely some sort of use-specific PADD that doesn't need a visual feedback interface/GUI.

Admiral Archer July 30 2013 03:51 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
How strange. I wonder if there are any replicas of these little things? I have the desktop terminal piggy bank replica from the early 90's on my desk in my room, but it seems incomplete without the two orange rectangle things.

R. Star July 30 2013 04:00 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
Maybe they're alternate harddrives/motherboards for his computer that can be swapped out each with it's own function? Bulky now, but it would've seemed high tech in the 90's.

SchwEnt July 30 2013 04:08 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
The 24th century equivalent of an "In-Box".

MikeS July 30 2013 06:36 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
They're for getting around the porn filter that comes as standard in all 24th century PADDS.

Melakon July 30 2013 07:07 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
24th century equivalent to old-style data processing punch cards? Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate.

Riker's quarterly performance evaluation?

Something Picard found in a wastebasket and keeps on his desk to make people think he's doing something important.

WillsBabe July 30 2013 07:53 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
I've wondered what these are for years! :lol: There's probably nobody who knows what they "really" are!

trekker670 July 30 2013 01:54 PM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
I too have wondered that, my guess is something along the lines of Isolinear chips

Robert Comsol July 30 2013 09:44 PM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
^^ I'd say the same. Usually the TNG isolinear chips are much smaller but what's on Picard's desk could be older ones (maybe a physical souvenir from the Stargazer?)

Bob

Melakon July 30 2013 09:47 PM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
Unless we get someone from Props or Graphics in here, we'll probably never know for sure. But Rick Sternbach and Mike Okuda could probably invent an explanation in 5 seconds.

robau July 30 2013 10:57 PM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
Knowing Picard, it's a space artifact.

JirinPanthosa July 31 2013 06:27 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
My guess would be objects of personal significance to Picard.

Beta-Z July 31 2013 09:02 AM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
I believe these are the short message devices that Beverly and Jean-Luc are using to send each other some juicy SMS all the time.
"Ooooh, Jean-Luc, I miss you soooo much... how about another "medical lesson" huh? when can you come by to sickbay today to grab and take me???!!"

:D

BriGuy July 31 2013 07:54 PM

Re: Mystery objects on Captain Picard's Desk?
 
They're brightly colored translucent things with etching that look futuristic.


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