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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old July 30 2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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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:



Here they are displayed beside Picard's desktop terminal:



Does anyone have any idea what these objects are, or what significance they hold? If anyone knows anything, please let me know!
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Old July 30 2013, 03:49 AM   #2
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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.
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Old July 30 2013, 03:51 AM   #3
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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.
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Old July 30 2013, 04:00 AM   #4
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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.
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Old July 30 2013, 04:08 AM   #5
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The 24th century equivalent of an "In-Box".
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Old July 30 2013, 06:36 AM   #6
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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.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:07 AM   #7
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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.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:53 AM   #8
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I've wondered what these are for years! There's probably nobody who knows what they "really" are!
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Old July 30 2013, 01:54 PM   #9
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I too have wondered that, my guess is something along the lines of Isolinear chips
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Old July 30 2013, 09:44 PM   #10
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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?)

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Old July 30 2013, 09:47 PM   #11
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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.
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Old July 30 2013, 10:57 PM   #12
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Knowing Picard, it's a space artifact.
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Old July 31 2013, 06:27 AM   #13
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My guess would be objects of personal significance to Picard.
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Old July 31 2013, 09:02 AM   #14
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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???!!"

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Old July 31 2013, 07:54 PM   #15
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They're brightly colored translucent things with etching that look futuristic.
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