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  1. 9 hours ago, Mr.Picard said:

    I have personal reasons for not watching the show. I have to support it as a Sir Patrick fan because it's what he wants to do and I want for him to be happy, but on a personal level I can't bring myself to watch it (has nothing to do with the perceived quality of the show). So, I support it as a Sir Patrick fan, but that's about it. Not easy, to say the least.

    I kind of felt the same about the new generation of movies. I was excited when the first one came out, until I watched it. Then my enthusiasm died down. I wasn't happy with what they did. 

    With "Picard", I was somewhat surprised that he agreed to do it. I seem to remember him saying that he was finished doing any Star Trek (I could be mistaken though). Still, I'm curious to see how it is and if it's done well. 

    As a fan of his, if you ever do watch it, I'd be very interested in your opinions of whatever episodes of it that you watch. 

  2. 23 hours ago, Mr.Picard said:

    I have. Just don't really have anything to add to it since I don't watch the show.

    You don't? I thought for sure you would. Why don't you? I haven't either, not yet, anyway. I've read a few things about the first few episodes, but no specifics. Only that the people who wrote about them, liked them. 

    I've intended on watching them, but just haven't gotten around to them yet. 

  3. On 6/6/2020 at 5:56 AM, Mr.Picard said:

    Yes, it works now, it looks just the way it used to! Ah, I really missed this place.  :grin:

    It is very reminiscent of one of the very old skins from back around 2003, isn't it?

  4. 16 hours ago, Mr.Picard said:

    Thanks for the upgrade, VBG! So sorry to hear that your family health isn't good. I hope everyone will be okay!

    As for your question, I'd love to see the forum on the front page - just like it was in the old days - but that might just be me.

    Thanks, we're getting through it. 

    I've had the original theme (skin) of the board tweaked, and a new one created. If you're seeing the same theme that you've been used to for about the past 10 year (or is it longer?), you can switch themes by clicking the 'Theme' drop down, all the way at the bottom of the site. 

    You should be able to see it, if you can't just let me know. 

  5. I don't buy a lot on eBay, but I've been a seller on there since the late 90's. I've had two different seller accounts on there, the first one from the late 90's to very early 00's kind of got lost to time. I sold a lot of computers that I built, back then but I have no idea what the total dollar amount of sales were. If I were to guess, I'd say probably in the $25,000 to $35,000 range. 

    On my current seller account, which I've had going since 2002, I just looked up the total dollar amount of sales since then and was blown away by the total amount. Almost $98,000.00. Of course, that's spread out over 18 years worth of selling. In all that time, zero negative feedback, all positive. 

  6. Seeing as this is a new series, it should have had its own forum before now, so this forum is for the discussion of Picard.

    With the family health issues that I've been dealing with for the past couple of years, I haven't really taken a lot of time to sit down and watch any of the new Star Trek stuff, so I haven't even seen the first episode of this show yet.

    What I may do is watch it and record my reactions to each episode for YouTube, and give my opinions/thoughts to each episode... good, bad or indifferent.

    I'm not sure when (if) I'll do that, but maybe I'll get started on that in the near future.

  7. I'm sorry that I've been so long absent. For the past year+, I've been dealing with some serious family health issues. Actually, it's been for about the past 7 or 8 years with various family members and close friends.

    I haven't even had (or taken) the time to watch any of the new Star Trek series that have come out these past couple of years. I've meant to watch Picard, but just haven't yet.

    One of my non Star Trek interests, well my main non-Trek interest, as I'm sure you may recall is the Philadelphia Eagles. They recently decided to do away with their message board, which had been in existence for about 21 or 22 years and was actually the inspiration to me to create STF oh so many years ago.

    Well, a bunch of the Eagles Message Board members started a GoFundMe campaign and raised nearly $4,000 to create a new Eagles Message Board... so guess who owns the new Eagles Message Board? Yep, you guessed it, I was the one who was drafted to create it (well, re-create it... it's identical to the old one).

    It took a good bit of work, but doing it reminded me of my neglect of STF.  I can't promise to be on every day, because family health issues are really more pressing. But one thing that I am going to do is upgrade the board. Invision is coming out with their 4.5 version soon and I'm targeting that as the next upgrade (unless they say that I need to upgrade to 4.4.10 first).

    Upgrades always mean a new skin, of course. 15 years ago, I'd just dig in and do it myself. But I don't have the time or energy for that now, so when the time comes, I'll hire someone to skin the board for us.

    My question to anyone here would be, should I keep the portal as the front page or go with just a forum view?

  8. 3 hours ago, A l t e r E g o said:

    Great Nose! About time it got the recognition it deserved.

    lol Yeah, I agree. You know, I actually still have the pay stub from that week? I worked something like 98 hours (though that may have been a 2 week period, I forget if we got paid weekly or bi-weekly). You'd think that 98 hours was a big pay check, but I believe it was under $300 after taxes. I'll have to dig the pay stub out, but minimum wage in 1987 was $3.35 an hour.

    To tell the truth, I'd probably have worked that job for free lol.

  9. Ok, let me kind of set the stage here. I was going through some old Betamax tapes and have been converting some of them to DVD. I came across one that didn't have a label on it, so I popped it into the machine and started it playing (and recording to DVD). When I checked it later, I discovered that a segment of Entertainment Tonight was near the end of the tape.

    \As I watched the segment it occurred to me exactly what it was. It was from the summer of 1987, I believe late June. A local movie theater was playing a 22 episode marathon of Cagney & Lacy episodes, one after the other, all night and it was free to the public.

    That theater was the AMC Academy 8 Theatre, at Beltway Plaza in Greenbelt, Maryland. I just happened to work at that theater in the summer of 1987, fresh out of High School yet about a year before I joined the Army. I also just happened to volunteer to work for that entire marathon, so I wound up working for about 24 hours straight that day. I may have fallen shy of 24 straight hours by 30 to 45 minutes.

    A local radio station called in and interviewed me and, as you can see below, Entertainment Tonight came and did a story on it as well. I'm in the video, though you can never quite see my face. Before you hit play, you can see me in the still frame below with my back to the camera.

    I can be seen a couple of other times, but only a hand or in one case, my nose lol.

    I had completely forgotten that they did this story and that I had (partially) been on Entertainment Tonight... Until I just re-discovered it.

    Pretty cool (for me, anyway).





  10. My thoughts on 'These Are the Voyages' was that it was terrible. I was extremely disappointed in how they turned it into a 'behind the scenes' TNG episode. I can re-watch, and enjoy the nearly the entire series, but when it comes to the finale, I skip it. I don't bother watching it at all.

    There were so many better possibilities for how they could have done the finale, but this was just awful and in many ways, insulting.

  11. On the eve of the rookies arriving in Philadelphia for the Rookie Camp, the Eagles agreed to terms on four-year contracts with the entire draft class: tight end Dallas Goederticon-article-link.gif , cornerback Avonte Maddoxicon-article-link.gif , defensive end Josh Sweaticon-article-link.gif , guard/tackle Matt Pryoricon-article-link.gif , and tackle Jordan Mailataicon-article-link.gif .

    The team will also have rookie free agents and tryout players participate in the practices which begin Friday and run through Sunday.

    Our live coverage kicks off Friday at 11:15 a.m. with head coach Doug Pederson's press conference. If you want to watch the rookies on the field, we'll broadcast the opening of the first practice at noon.

    Here's a look at the Class of 2018:

    TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
    Round 2, No. 49 Overall

    TE Dallas Goedert was dominant at the FCS level earning All-America honors in each of the past two seasons while also being a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which is the FCS version of the Heisman Trophy.

    A team captain and three-year starter, Goedert finished his college career third in school history with 198 receptions, fourth with 2,988 yards, and fifth with 21 touchdowns.

    CB Avonte Maddox, Pitt
    Round 4, No. 125 Overall

    The 22-year-old Detroit native was a four-year starter for the Panthers, breaking up 34 passes and notching eight interceptions. He returned two of them for touchdowns. A team captain as a senior, Maddox brings kick return experience into the mix as well.

    Maddox played primarily on the left side at Pittsburgh but also has nickel experience. He tested well at the NFL Scouting Combine posting the fastest 60-yard shuttle among all players this year. Maddox also impressed with a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, a 10-5 broad jump, and a 6.51-second 3-cone drill.

    DE Josh Sweat, Florida State
    Round 4, No. 130 Overall

    Sweat was productive in his three seasons with the Seminoles, posting 14.5 quarterback sacks and 29 tackles for loss. The Eagles want to see what he can do working in Jim Schwartz’s aggressive, downhill scheme off the edge. At 6-5 and 251 pounds, Sweat has the long frame and long arms that will help him at this level.

    T Matt Pryor, TCU
    Round 6, No. 206 Overall

    An immense prospect at 6-7, 338 pounds with 11.5-inch hands, Pryor played in 47 games (32 starts) in his collegiate career. The majority of Pryor's playing time has been at right guard where he started 23 contests. However, he also has eight starts at right tackle and another at left guard.

    T Jordan Mailata
    Round 7, No. 233 Overall

    A former professional rugby player from Australia, Mailata is a 6-8, 347-pound behemoth with 35.5-inch arms who can run the 40 in five seconds. He spent the past four months training in Florida to learn the basics of the game of football. He's as raw a prospect as you will ever find but possesses rare measurables.

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  12. There is no official depth chart, and the way the Eagles are going to approach the formation of one is to see how it all plays out on the practice field in the months ahead. Just so we get that out of the way … We’re approaching mid-May, and it’s slow on the news side here for a while. The Rookie Camp happens this weekend. The Organized Team Activities start later in the month. Let’s have some fun and project some Positional Battles ...

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  13. 8 hours ago, A l t e r E g o said:

    What happened to them... did your Mom throw them out with your comic books? :laugh:


    lol They were well played with through the mid-70's. By the mid-80's, when I was a teenager, they were probably donated, given to younger neighborhood kids or thrown out.

  14. As South Dakota State head coach John Stiegelmeier gathered his six captains before the start of the 2017 season, he presented them with a list of goals. One of them was to finish as a top-eight team and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

    Senior captain Dallas Goederticon-article-link.gif interrupted his head coach.

    "He said, 'Coach, I think you're wrong. With all of the respect in the world, I think we've got to put down on paper top-two seed,'" Stiegelmeier recalled. "It wasn't with arrogance. It wasn't with not being able to back it up. That's the way he plays. He plays like a champion."

    The Jackrabbits won a school-record 11 games. They earned a first-round bye in the process, the No. 5 spot, and advanced to the semifinals before losing to James Madison. Goedert did his part with 72 catches for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a first-team All-America and finalist for the Walter Payton Award (the FCS Heisman) for a second straight season.

    The 6-5, 260-pound tight end concluded his college career with an impressive list of achievements:

    Third in career receptions at South Dakota State with 198

    Fourth in career receiving yards with 2,988

    Fifth in school history with 21 career touchdown receptions

    Set single-season record with 92 receptions in 2016

    One of only three players in program history to post back-to-back seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards

    Not bad for someone who was discovered by a former assistant coach who is now a pastor in Milbank, South Dakota. The pastor, Carl Larson, saw Goedert's nine-player team from Britton-Hecla High School and reached out to Stiegelmeier.

    "It's been phenomenal. His work ethic has been off the charts," Stiegelmeier said. "Obviously, he's gifted genetically. There's so much more. His focus, his goals, I think one of the top things is his belief in himself. All of the credit goes to Dallas Goedert. He's been a phenomenal hard worker and a great leader for us."

    In addition to his individual accolades, South Dakota State reached the FCS playoffs in each of Goedert's four seasons and captured the school's first Missouri Valley Football Conference title in 2016.

    "We asked a lot of Dallas Goedert in terms of plays and motions and formations. He seldom made a mental error. He's very smart football-wise," Stiegelmeier said. "His athletic ability for his size is special then his hands are phenomenal. I wish I could have played quarterback with him as a tight end. If you get it close to him, he'll catch the ball. Then, his confidence. He wanted the ball. He wanted to be moved around. We played him in so many different positions that he just kept eating it up and helping us win football games."

    The Eagles' top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft will be on the field Friday for the first time as a member of the team when Rookie Camp commences.

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  15. I made a visit to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in the summer of 2009 and stopped in to the gift shop to get some video and pictures of the Enterprise model, it's since been moved to the main floor near the entrance, but up until just a couple of years ago, it resided in basement gift shop.

    Here's a short video of it from back then: