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.
Curly: Moe, Larry, the cheese! Moe, Larry, the cheese! (Horses Collars, 1935)