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  1. I'm hoping that this show gets a lot better, right now it's Stargate Galactica. This newest incarnation of the Stargate franchise seems like Battlestar Galactica (the re-imagined soap opera not the real one) wearing a Stargate mask.


    A good summation - although I couldn't help think a bit of Dr. Smith and Lost in Space every time I looked at the Robert Carlyle character. One thing I noticed is none of the characters had any immediate appeal - I can't make the commitment to watch a series week to week if I don't like at least one character. But it very much had the dark, negative, depressing aura of the new and reimagined BSG but IMO not quite as artistic as BSG


    And Daniel Jackson's "appearance" was a bit of a letdown. :flowers:

  2. What's your name?




    2. Where are you from?


    Small town in Florida


    3. That's an interesting forum nick, what's it mean?


    Seeking what unicorns stand for (virtue)


    4. So, are you over 25 or under it?




    5. If you could live anywhere else where would it be?


    A Florida where all the yankees have gone back home -


    6. Star Trek in one word:




    7. How did you get into Star Trek?


    I saw the previews and decided to watch (I was a kid)


    8. Do you try recommending Star Trek to other people?


    Yes but pesistence has been futile


    9. Favorite episode of Star Trek?


    "Balance of Terror"


    10. Favorite character?




    11. Favorite Star Trek series?




    12. Favorite non-Star Trek bit of sci-fi?


    Stargate (at least the first two series)


    13. Favorite other TV shows?


    Pscyh, Eureka, Leverage and of course - The late lamented Jericho


    14. What's your favorite film of all time (just one)?


    Casablanca (no, I wasn't living when it was made)


    15. Film that most made you regret having eyes?


    I turn it off it it's that bad (or leave the theatre)


    16. Favorite actor(s)?


    Skeet Ulrich


    17. Last film seen in cinema (and how was it)?


    Star Trek XI


    18. Recommend a film we've probably not seen.


    The War of the Buttons


    19. What are you listening to these days?


    Classical South Florida internet radio


    20. Name a song you like by a band that sucks horribly:




    21. Most hated band/s (go on have five)?




    22. Best gig you've been to?


    I saw John Denver at Wolf Trap many years ago.


    23. Favorite drink?


    Mountain Dew


    24. Favorite food?


    Barbecued Ribs


    25. Last book you read?


    Peter and the Starcatchers


    26. Desert Island crumpet (US translation - chick/guy you'd like to get saucy with)?




    27. If I was king/queen of the world I would....


    I'd begin by seeing that everyone learned to read.


    28. Best moment of 2009?


    My new car (once the trauma of car payments passed)


    29. Star Trek II (or the sequel to the new Star Trek) will be....


    a journey in an uncharted direction

  3. My first thought was "there have been 100 scifi series?"


    Then I see they scraped the barrel to include horror, supernatural, fantasy, & anything gimmicky just to get 100 - I mean "Get Smart" is on the list? And Brisco County - not really scifi but any Bruce Campbell fans that haven't seen it should watch - only lasted a season but very entertaining.


    Although some people consider Jericho a Scifi series - IMO it was more of a straightforward drama but if it's on this list should be at least in the top 10 - I'd put it at #2. And Eureka should be much higher on the list as should The Outer Limits - that was a classic.


    And what happened to the Invisible Man - that was pretty good, and The Chronicle and Tremors were were farcical but entertaining.


    or what about The Prentender, Starman, Dark Skies, Sanctuary, The Man From Atlantis, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea or the Time Tunnel


    Or how could they leave off The Invaders - another classic

  4. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Navy pilot Scott Speicher, the long-missing first casualty of the first Gulf War, was finally laid to rest Friday in his adopted hometown as thousands of people lined the streets to watch a funeral procession pass his school, church and former military base.


    Speicher was shot down in 1991 on the first night of the Gulf War. For more than 18 years, no one knew if he was killed or being held prisoner in Iraq until his remains were discovered in the desert, west of Baghdad, earlier this month.


    "Eighteen years, six months and 11 days, that needs to be a record that is never broken," said Buddy Harris, a former Navy pilot and friend who accompanied Speicher's body home to Jacksonville from Dover, Del. Harris married Speicher's widow, Joanne, and helped raise Speicher's son and daughter, plus two more children with Joanne.


    Motorcycles, their red and blue lights flashing, led Speicher's hearse and family following in a limousine along a 30-mile route of sites special to Speicher.


    At a monument for war veterans where Speicher's name was engraved in 1995, military officials, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the Jacksonville mayor talked about his military service. Dozens of roses were placed against the wall, where an eternal flame burns. Later, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office fired a 21-gun salute.


    The motorcade traveled to Lake Shore United Methodist Church, where Speicher taught Sunday School. It rolled past Nathan B. Forrest High School, where he excelled at swimming and tennis.


    Hundreds of people, including veterans and infants, gathered at each of the locations, including the site of the former Cecil Field Naval Air Station where Speicher's squadron, the Sunliners, was based before he left on the USS Saratoga for the Gulf War.

  5. According to Ralph Nader - they're all Republicrats - and I'm not sure I see all that much difference.


    However, they can change primary voting procedures so that all votes get equal weight - Florida is a large state with a large electorate and in the prmaries it is a "winner take all" so that McCain got all the delegates by getting the highest percentage of votes. Had the electoral votes been apportioned as in some states another candidate would have led the electoral tally coming out of Florida and may have done better in subsequent and the November election may have different if someone other than McCain had run.


    So there is something that could be done - but no one ever brings attention to this.

  6. Pardon me for being the cynic but the American people don't get a lot of choice in choosing their officials because they get little choice in choosing the candidates. Those are chose by special interest groups - powerful organization and individuals that pour money positioning their candidate into the headlines. In other words we may get to vote in the November election but hve little say in who will be running in the Nov election.

  7. Wow....Odie hasn't been around here for a long long time. Maybe after meeting you, she might pop in. What the heck was she doing in Virginia anyway? She lives in San Diego as I recall.


    No, she relocated to Virgina. I believe she left the Navy and moved to Virginia for a civilian job. My facts could be wrong, though.


    I think she was staying in the National Guard though - but I could be wrong.

  8. I quit for a while but stress picked up and needed to be alert at work. I prefer the taste of Mtn Dew in plastic as opposed to can.


    I generally prefer drinking from a glass for anything but don't have to wash a glass if I drink straight from the bottle.


    It's hard to say which is worse for you - plastic or aluminum because the acid in sodas can dissolve the aluminum the same as plastic.

  9. I don't know that I watched the actual landing - my family didn't follow things like that - but I do have a vague memory of seeing the black and white images of an astronaut on the moon.


    A side note about the conspiracy theorists - I saw part of an interview with The Mythbusters - apparent NASA was very helpful in letting them test some of those conspiracy theories. According to the MB's we did land on the moon. :superhappy:

  10. VBG, you should add St. Augustine to your next visit - a lot of it is really touristy (ie the Fountain of Youth) but the old fort and a lot of the architecture is worth seeing.

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    I haven't looked at a map of Florida for a while but is that near Lake Okeechobee or is it further north?


    It's in Northern Fla. - South of Jacksonville on the coast


    st augustine

  11. I guess the definition of "vacation" does vary - but for me visiting my brother is a vacation - they have a beautiful home - it's still rural enough so you can sit in the porch swing and not hear traffic or city sounds (plus I get my own room with cable) - I always feel refreshed when I get back and I think that is a good definition of vacation.


    ONe thing I do miss is the Southern Utah Shakespeare festival - I did that a couple of times when I lived out West - it was great.


    There's a few places I'd still like to see that I haven't been - like leaf season in New England or an archaeology tour of Central America but I live in the place where I'd most rather be.


    VBG, you should add St. Augustine to your next visit - a lot of it is really touristy (ie the Fountain of Youth) but the old fort and a lot of the architecture is worth seeing.

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  12. It shows we value life, it shows that we know how and when to let go of anger and hate, and it shows that we are not without class.


    I understand not upsetting people who are mourning - and I once regretted a comment I made about a celebrity to a family member but IMO making honest statements about someone's life isn't disrespecting or devaluing life. Jackson was charged with a crime - that's a matter of public record. There's no emotion attached - it's simply one of the things that happened. It's no more an act of hate to say that than to say there is a presidential election every four years.


    I agree life has great value - it is really the only thing with value. But I also don't believe life ends with death and all the death rituals we have are for those left behind - not the dead themselves - they have moved on.

  13. As regards the children, I thought it was common knowledge his children were conceived in vitro. I feel sorry for the kids - the whole thing is messed up.

    I too have rarely followed Michael Jackson, either his private (public) life or his music so I don't really know what was previously known or assumed but what this woman is claiming isn't that they were conceived in vitro. What she's claiming is that Jackson doesn't have any biological connection to the children whether it be in vitro or by sexual conception. At least that's what I understand she is claiming.


    I think they were all in vitro but the fist two with his second wife had donor sperm (at least that's the story I read) but if they were married when she had the child then the child would legally be his (that's usually how the law works). The third one's mother claims he actually was the biological father.


    It is a shame such personal details become so public. I still feel sorry for the children. I can only think of one reason these women would give up custody $$$$$$$$$