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Star Trek: The Original Series

Neal Grosskopf
9/16/2007 3:20:34 PM
It's been quite awhile since something has been rated. (People feel free to use this feature) Also the problem has been that I haven't seen any movies worth reviewing and many of the one's I'm looking forward to aren't out on video yet or in theater. Regardless I'm rating Star Trek: The Original Series today. The fan boy in me started earlier this year, around February when I was at Emily's on a Saturday night when the show comes on at 12:30 on FOX. I decided to watch it since I like corny shows and movies.
It's now over a half a year later and I own all 3 seasons on DVD and all the original series movies (6 in all). So what's so great about it? It's not the special effects, those are horrible although I've always thought that special effects are way overrated. The reason I like Star Trek is because of the great writing, great stories and acting. In my opinion all the spin offs of Star Trek after the original series lacked in one of these categories but had great special effects. It just goes to show that if a show doesn't have a good story or acting, it really doesn't matter what it has.
One of the best things about the series is the relationship between Spock (logic) McCoy (emotion) and Captain Kirk who is a mix between the latter. Spock and McCoy argue back and forth in a effort to sway captain Kirk's choice. I would have to say that Spock is my favorite character on the show simply because there are many times that I wish I could be more like him (minus the pointy ears). The way he stays calm and collective during emergencies is something everybody could use.
Unfortunately after 3 seasons and almost 80 shows, the show was canceled mainly because NBC gave it a horrible slot in it's programming. I give Star Trek: The Original Series a 10/10.

Home Theater That Looks Like Star Trek

Neal Grosskopf
11/20/2007 12:00:00 AM
A home theater that a guy modified to look like the bridge from Star Trek: The Original Series. A guy recently made a theater that looked like The Next Generation but I like the old school theater more.

Neal Grosskopf
12/4/2007 10:14:29 PM
I have spent a lot of time working on my site since I last blogged. As of late I haven't been giving my website very much attention but I have finally been thinking up some ideas to do on it. Last week I added several new wallpapers. They are under the objects section and are of my totally awesome guitar. I had picked up my guitar for the first time in a long time and decided tat I ought to take a few pictures of it and see if any turn out nice. I was surprised that many of them turned out really cool.
After that I added a feature to the message board that allows you to preview a thread without having to view the entire thing at once. Just hover over the grid of threads and click the down arrow. This will show a preview which is the first post within that thread. It's something that I haven't seen done anywhere else so for once it's an original idea of my own (yeah I know there aren't many of those left anymore),
Next I updated my right side bar which you may notice looks a bit different. Although nobody but a few web geeks will care, I added a view source button so that people can view the source code to my website. If anything I'll use it the most for testing purposes but once again, this was sort of an original idea that I thought up that I haven't seen used on any other websites. (as you can tell my goal in life is to contribute at least one good idea to web design that other people will copy)
Last but not least I added a tag cloud, which is a visual listing of all the tags on my website. Out of all the things I've updated I'm most proud of this since many large sites have them and I managed to create my own. If you add any tags to my site they will show up on that page now and the more times the tag is used, the larger it will become.
In other news I am attempting to tag every Star Trek epsisode (79 in all). This will involve watching all 79 and taking notes while I watch. I figure it's a good excuse to watch them all again. I'll be looking for very specific things within each episode and things that could possibly happen in several episodes. An example might be Spock using the vulcan nerve pinch (which he probably uses in at least 30 episodes). Once I'm all done I will probably create a subdomain on my website and design a complete new template (for the hell of it) and then have a giant tag cloud and episode guide for all 79 episodes.
Did I mention I'm a nerd?
So what else is going on in life? I am finally getting settled in and getting into my groove. At our apartment our stupid dishwasher doesn't work and our landlord is isn't making it a very big priority which after two weeks is starting to piss me off.
Work is going ok. I'm doing a bit more work than normal with Web Trends which is a overly-complicated program for statistics of websites. Apparently there is a new site coming up which is probably my favorite thing to do (is start a site from scratch)
Well that's all for now!

Cable Guy - Star Trek Parody

Neal Grosskopf
12/28/2007 6:28:37 PM
Here is a parody of Star Trek from the movie The Cable Guy. It parodies the original series episode Amok Time where Captain Kirk must fight Spock to the death. It is probably one of the best episodes from Star Trek.

To Boldly Go Where No Christmas Has Gone Before

Neal Grosskopf
12/28/2007 6:29:36 PM
Christmas is finally over. Hope everyone survived it. Emily and I went back to New London to her side of the family for Christmas. Tomorrow we go back for my side. I'm not going to lie, it hasn't been a very exciting Christmas this year. It is most likely due to the fact that I am getting older, and the older you get, the less exciting it gets. It seems like every year there is a theme to the presents that I get. Last year it was German related stuff. This year it was Star Trek related gifts. I got a Spock Christmas tree ornament. A Star Trek poster and a Star Trek encyclopedia. Beyond that I can't even remember what else I got. I still have Christmas to go with my side of the family which may yield some different results.

Christmas to me seems sort of like an inconvenience. You go and spend $50 on a gift for somebody hoping it is what they want and they spend $50 on your hoping to get what you want. Often times it isn't what either person wanted. I think it is more logical to just keep your $50 and get whatever it is what you want, wrap it up, and open it with family. Otherwise it's just a big scam to get together with your family for another holiday. Christmas isn't really about celebrating Christ anymore anyways. It's barely even about Santa Clause. It's more about fueling the economy one last time before the beginning of a new fiscal year. It's the American way.

Ok I'm done ranting. In other news I'm sorry to announce that I have a cell phone now. Emily and I went to Verizon and got two new phones. They are a LG Chocolate. My overall experience with the phone is negative so far. It seems that the cell companies go out of their way to include features on the phones but make you pay to use any of them. It's like having a computer with everything you want on it, but to use anything you have to pay a $1 each time.

Also being a fairly advanced computer user, things or methods that would normally work on a computer do not work on cell phones. One would assume, if they place an MP3 file on a SD card on the phone in the "sounds" or "music" folder, it would be available to use as a ring tone. It doesn't. One would also assume that if you have an external card, that the phone would save your contacts and all your information on that card as well as the phone for backup and to use externally. It doesn't. You would also assume that if you live withing a few miles of numerous cell towers, your reception would be crystal clear. It isn't. Yeah. As sad as it is to admit, the iPhone is probably the most suitable cell phone there is for me. You know more of a PDA, less of a phone. But Macs still suck!

Work is going good. I've been in a fierce battle with Web Trends. I think so far I am winning then battle. It seems like when I figure out how to do something, it goes ahead and ruins something else. It's been sort of fun messing with it lately, even when I'm somehow taking down various IT resources for the whole company in the process. I will say it's probably one of the least intuitive software packages out there right behind the Unreal Tournament level editor.

Well that's all for now.

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