InterestsThe Lady Sho-Rin - wife of 37 years.
Two lovely daughters, the Space Planner at Monterey Bay Aquarium and a chaplain at Providence St. Joseph hospital in Burbank.
Anything mechanical, particularly including airplanes and cars. Currently an instrument rated pilot.
Music of many types.
White Castle hamburgers!
I'm glad this topic is here. My plan is to form ZERO opinion until I read something substantive about the show. Even then, I'll keep an open mind until I see it for the first time. This is how I treated Enterprise, even though I moderated that forum on TrekBBS. By ignoring the ignorant, knee-jerk opinions, I was able to assess and enjoy the series. Now we have another chance for a fresh start and I'm eagerly awaiting its launch.
It just went through a conversion to a new operating system called Xenforo. It is back up but you have to log in again. Different look and feel. I'm a TNG moderator there ans we're all buzzing around learning the new ropes.
I rank ENT just slightly behind TNG as my favorite series. If Season 5 had followed the excellence of season 4, it might have moved to the top. PS: A Night In Sickbay is one of my favorites - so whimsical and witty.
I know I'm a contrarian but the visual quality is of almost zero consequence for my enjoyment of the story. If I had to re-watch DS-9 on a 9" B&W TV, I could still be captivated (or not at times) by the story, its impact on the characters and the skill of the actors bringing it to life. I completed a full 7-year journey thanks to Netflix during my sabbatical in Kentucky and found that I enjoyed it more than during first run. Some aspects still fell short, the affair between surgically altered Dukat and the Kai for example, but the way it played out in the end seemed to justify the means.
I have also seen "dimmable" LED bulbs here but my understanding is that they accomplish their dimming with duty cycling, not actually reducing the LED brightness. That duty cycling will manifest itself as flickering in many cases and I don't want that or the extra cost. My wife and I are both pretty good about turning off unnecessary lights. I even got a lighted keyboard on my most recent laptop so I can work in almost total darkness.
Several good points here. Our house has a lot of ceiling lighting with dimmers. CFL and LED lighting don't work with dimmers (yet) because they need constant voltage. This forces us to use some form of incandescent in all of our ceiling cans. Other fixtures in our cabinets are Halogen plug-in reflector bulbs which are also not replaceable with CFL, etc. Anything not on a dimmer or non-standard socket has been replaced with modern spiral form CFLs and will be switched to LEDs when the CFLs are gone. Last month, we signed an agreement to install solar on our house for - wait for it - ZERO upfront cost. The deal is, we're committed to paying 17.9 cents per KWH for 20 years. On California Edison's 4 tier cost schedule, our current pricing ranges from 15 to 32 cents per KWH and we always break into at least tier 2 which is currently 20 cents. Our Edison costs are supposed to increase 16% in 2016 which will make even tier 1 cost more than our solar cost. This friends, is a screaming deal. At the end of the 20 year contract, the homeowner (won't be us) can either re-negotiate the price, buy the system outright or have it removed at no cost. Our next step is about $14,000 of replacement windows and doors to drastically improve our energy efficiency. windows from 1962 are very inefficient and low e dual-pane replacements will be a big change. We're updating things with the intent of making the house very easy to sell but we will certainly benefit until that time rolls around.