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  1. Netpressionist

    Kansas City Nature Photos

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  2. Since I’ve gotten Google Fiber, I have been enjoying watching my favorite TV shows online more frequently. One of my favorite destinations is Amazon.com Instant Video, which is included with an Amazon Prime subscription. When Star Trek: Voyager was on TV, I never got to see the last season when it originally aired, so, since I really enjoy time travel/alternate dimensions story-lines, I decided to go through the seven seasons and list the episodes with time-travel/alternative reality story-lines here, for future reference and convenience. I will probably do the same with Star Trek, Star Trek: Next Generation and Star Trek Deep Space Nine series as well. Season 1 Time and Again, January 30, 1995: When Paris and Janeway are sent back in time, they must decide whether to violate the Prime Directive by warning residents of a planet facing annihilation. The 37’s, August 28, 1995: The crew explores a remote planet inhabited by humans who were abducted by aliens in 1937. (Not time-travel) Season 2 Non Sequitur, September 25, 1995: Ensign Harry Kim awakens on Earth, where he’s shocked to learn there’s no record of his assignment on Voyager. Deadlock, March 18, 1996: A space anomaly generates a duplicate Voyager and crew, but only one ship can survive an assault by Vidiian invaders. Season 3 Future’s End (Part 1), November 6, 1996: The crew visits 20th century Los Angeles to prevent a timeship from destroying the Earth’s solar system. Future’s End (Part 2), November 13, 1996: The crew races against time to stop a 20th century computer industrialist from causing a 29th century Coda, January 29, 1997: Janeway finds herself trapped in a mysterious time loop, where a series of events repeatedly end in her death. Before and After, April 9, 1997: Kes is bewildered when she begins moving backward in time Season 4 Year of Hell (Part 1), November 5, 1997: A disruption in the space-time continuum forces the crew to evacuate Voyager. Year of Hell (Part 2), November 12, 1997: The destruction of Voyager changes history. Unforgettable, April 22, 1998: Chakotay meets a woman he once loved, but he has no memory of her. (Not time-travel) Season 5 Timeless, November 18, 1998: Fifteen years after making a horrible mistake, Kim attempts to rewrite history. Relativity, May 12, 1999: Voyager’s future depends on Seven’s success in preventing the past. Season 6 Season 7 Shattered, January 17, 2001: Voyager encounters an energy field which leaves each section – and its crew – existing in a different time period. Endgame, May 23, 2001: Voyager’s quest to return home is aided by a visitor from the future – Admiral Kathryn Janeway.
  3. While browsing though the Star Trek Next Generation episodes on Amazon.com, I realized that I had not seen as many of the original episodes as I thought, so some of the titles were completely new to me. Also, Star Trek The Next Generation has a number of episodes that aren’t actually time-travel, or alternate reality, but the story-lines contain outside the normal reality type situations. So, with those two things in mind, this initial list is rather loose, as it contains episodes that, while not time travel, etc. per se, may still be of interest to individuals who enjoy those type stories. At the time of this post, you can watch Star Trek Next Generation, seasons 1 through 7, free on Amazon.com, if you have Amazon Prime. Season 1 The Neutral Zone: While traveling to a meeting with the hostile Romulans, the crew discovers a ship containing three frozen Americans from the 20th century. Season 2 Time Squared: The U.S.S. Enterprise discovers a Federation shuttle containing an exact double of Captain Picard from six hours in the future. Q-Who?: The crew is hurled into the future by the malevolent Q, who sets them up for destruction by a race of half-human, half-robot aliens known as the Borgs. Season 3 Yesterday’s Enterprise: The course of history is altered when a time rift brings a Starship Enterprise from the past into the present with a crew that includes Tasha Yar. Captain’s Holiday: While on vacation, Picard becomes entangled in the search for a missing weapon from the future Season 4 Remember Me: Wesley’s experiment with warp fields result in the mysterious disappearance of the crew. Future Imperfect: After an Away Team mission fails, Riker awakens in sickbay to discover sixteen years have passed and he now commands the Enterprise. Clues Picard and the crew are shocked to discover that Data is lying to them. Season 5 A Matter of Time: Picard’s quest to save an endangered planet leads him to violate a Prime Directive when he seeks advice from a visitor from the future. Cause and Effect: The Enterprise is trapped in a time warp that forces the crew to endlessly repeat the same experiences. The Inner Light: After a mysterious accident, Picard wakes up living the life of another person on a faraway planet. Time’s Arrow (Part 1): After Data learns of his own death in late-19th-century San Francisco, a freak accident transports him back to that period. Season 6 Time’s Arrow (Part 2): The Enterprise crew travels between the 19th and 24th centuries in an attempt to prevent Data’s death in 19th century San Francisco. Relics: Trapped in limbo for 75 years, “Star Trek’s” Scotty awakens to join the “Next Generation” in the 24th century. Tapestry: After Picard loses his life in a surprise attack, Q gives him the chance to change his destiny. Second Chances: Returning to the site of an eight-year-old mission, Riker encounters an identical double of himself, who tries to rekindle a relationship with Troi. Timescape: The Enterprise is frozen in time on the brink of total annihilation, and Picard must figure out how to rescue it without destroying it. Season 7 Parallels: Returning to the Enterprise from a competition, Worf finds reality changing, and is troubled when no one else seems to notice. Homeward: Worf’s foster brother violates the Prime Directive in an effort to save a doomed alien race. All Good Things: Picard finds himself traveling between the past, present, and future while attempting to prevent the destruction of humanity… by his own actions.
  4. Netpressionist

    Star Trek: Time Travel/Alternate Reality Episodes

    Although the original Star Trek is still my favorite of the tv series franchise, in the age of the internet, I find myself watching it less than some of the others. That is mainly because I am drawn to time-travel/alternate reality story-lines these days, and the original series had fewer of them. In my post, Star Trek: Voyager – Time Travel/Alternate Reality Episodes, I went back through the 7 Star Trek Voyager seasons and linked to time travel/alternate reality episodes on Amazon.com. Now, I am doing the same with the original Star Trek series. Below, you will find brief episode descriptions and links to the episode on Amazon.com. They are free to view, if you have Amazon Prime. Season 1 Tomorrow is Yesterday – January 26, 1967: The Enterprise is thrown back to 20th century earth. The City on the Edge of Forever – April 6, 1967: Kirk and Spock go back in time to save McCoy. Season 2 Mirror, Mirror – October 6, 1967: Kirk, Scotty, McCoy and Uhura enter a parallel universe. Assignment Earth – March 29, 1968: Kirk must decide wheather to thwart or help a traveler from the future sent back to 1960s earth on a secret mission. Season 3 All Our Yesterdays – March 14, 1969: Kirk, Spock and McCoy enter a time portal and get stuck in the past on a planet about to be consumed by a nova.
  5. Setting up the Brother HL-2270DW on my Samsung Chromebook 2 was as easy as a few clicks, using Google Cloud Print. To begin, I first signed into my Google Account that has the 1TB storage, visited the Google Cloud Print Page and clicked “Try it now”. A pop-up box with printing options appeared. I skipped over the printing options and clicked the “Connect your printer to Google using Google Cloud Print” llink. On the next page, I clicked “Add Classic printer” I then followed the instrctions on the “Connect your classic printers with Google Cloud Print” Page Once you follow the short instructions, you are ready to print. I printed a couple of pages from this site to test it, and encountered no problems.
  6. I purchased the Brother HL-2270DW Laser Printer to replace my Lexmark X4850m All-In-One Inkjet Printer. The Brother HL-2270DW is only a printer, and does not include a scanner. I decided to purchase a laser printer over an inkjet printer this time around, because a laser printer would better suit my current printing needs. I don’t do a lot of printing, and, when I do print, I don’t really need color. I already have a stand-alone scanner, and I also might use the scanner on the Lexmark X4850. So, in looking for a printer, I was primarily looking for price, lower maintenance, and printing quality. And, after reading many positive reviews about the Brother HL-2270DW Laser Printer, it seemed to fit the bill. I bought the Brother HL-2270DW for 99.00 on Amazon.com, and it only took a few minutes to upack and set up. The printer has wireless capabilities, but I decided to set it up as a wired network printer, using the ethernet interface. To do this, I connected an ethernet cable from the printer to a Linksys 10/100 hub, and then ran the installation CD on one of my older Windows XP desktop computers. Windows recognized the printer and the installation went smoothly. I was a little more apprehensive about configuring the printer on my MacBook Pro. I initially had all kinds of problems connecting to the Lexmark X4850 from the Mac before getting Google Fiber, and, after getting Google Fiber, I was unable to connect using the MacBook AirPort and the printer’s wireless feature. The Brother HL-2270DW, however, was a different story. I just inserted the installation CD and connected to the HL-2270DW over the network, with no problems. As far as the printer itself, it is made of plastic, and feels very solid overall, however, the bottom paper tray did not feel as sturdy as I would have liked, when opening and closing. That is one thing I will watch over time, but I won’t count that as a criticism now. There is a seperate manual feed area above the paper tray for envelopes and labels. When printing, it is definitely louder than my previous ink jet printers, as it sounds like a small office copier. The print quality is very good, and it is fast! I have not printed very much yet, but I can say that my first impression is a good one, and I am very happy with the purchase.
  7. Netpressionist

    The Morning Glory Flower Project

    Documenting the planting and growing of Morning Glory Flowers, from late summer through early fall. I documented this project for those who, like I was in late summer 2009, are considering planting Morning Glory flowers, and are curious about what to expect. When I first planed the Morning Glory Flowers, I had never grown anything, and I had spent many hours on the internet searching for information about Morning Glory flowers. Description Morning Glory Flower at 2:30 pm Date October 3, 2009 Description Morning Glory Flower at 11:30 am Date October 3, 2009 Description Morning Glory Flower at 9:15 am Date October 3, 2009 Description How the Morning Glory flowers look after a little over a month and a half. Date October 6, 2009 Description How the planter looked directly after clearing it and planting the Morning Glory flowers. Date August 14, 2009 Time-lapse video details The Morning Glory Flowers Project I planted the Morning Glories not because I was that interested in growing flowers, but because I wanted to create a time-lapse movie with my Nikon D40 digital SLR camera and my newly purchased Apple MacBook Pro. I had already experimented with creating cloud time lapses, and I thought that flowers might be a more stationary and predictible object to focus on next. I had read that Morning Glory flowers opened with the sunrise in the morning and then closed after having bloomed. I got the idea to plant the Morning Glories rather late in the summer, and I was not sure if it was too late in the season for them to bloom, but I decided to give it a try. I bought my morning glory seed from Amazon.com, and I actually purchased three kinds: 10 Picotee Blue Morning Glory seeds, 10 Sunrise Serenade seeds and 10 Rare Kniolas Black Night seeds. The Sunrise Serenade and Rare Kniolas Black Night seeds came in small clear plastic bags, and the Picotee Blue seeds came in a regular seed packet. I also received some general information and tips for seed germination. The tips for seed germination stated that, because Morning Glory are hard seeds, it is helpful to nick the seeds and also let them soak in water for at least 24 hours. I nicked the Sunrise Serenade and Rare Kniolas Black Night seeds and let them soak in water for 24 hours. The instructions on the Picotee Blue pouch did not emphasize the nicking as much, so I only soaked them in the water for 24 hours. After 24 hours had passed, I planted all of the seeds one half inch below the soil in various places around the yard, but I mainly planted the Picotee Blue seeds in the planter shown above. I made that decision because I didn’t nick those seeds and I thought what I considered to be the “regular” seeds should get what I thought would be the best dirt. Over the next few days, mostly all of the seeds began to sprout, but the Picotee Blue seeds in the planter seemed to grow particularly fast. Most of the yard is covered by shade most of the day and, while the planter is also in shade most of the day, it probably gets the most light of the areas that I planted the seeds. In under a couple of weeks, the seeds in the planter started growing up the trellises, but the seeds planted in the other areas of the yard did not grow nearly as fast. During all of the time the plants were growing, I did no watering or anything special. I just watched nature take its course. After about a month, the Picotee Blue flower vines in the planter were really spreading, and I bought a third trellis for the planter. At four feet, the trellises I bought might not be tall enough, as I read that Morning Glory flowers grow to 8 to 10 feet or more. At the time I bought the trellises, I just wanted something for the Morning Glories to initially grow on, and I figured I would worry about anything else later. The first blooms appeared on the Picotee Blue Morning Glories in the planter around the end of September. As of October 6, 2009, the small Sunrise Serenade and Rare Kniolas Black Night sprouts that did not grow as well showed no sights of blooming, and the falling October leaves are beginning to cover them. I guess I will have to wait until next year to see what happens with them The blooming Picotee Blue Morning Glories in the planter, on the other hand, have given me plenty to observe; the first thing being that the flower bloom does not look like the flower on the front of the seed packet. I’m not versed enough with flowers to know if the Morning Glories I have are actually Picotee Blues, but I am actually just happy that they seem to be thriving. The next thing I noticed is that each flower seems to stay open after blooming for a different length of time. For example, I had intended to capture the Picotee Blue Morning Glory in the above time-lapse closing, but, after 4 hours of remaining open, I ended the time lapse for the afternoon. The next morning, the flower was still open. It did not close until later that afternoon. Many of the flowers that bloomed prior to me taking the photos opened and closed within a matter of hours. I don’t know if this is typical for Morning Glories, or if it is possibly because of the season. The flowers are still blooming into October, but the vines don’t appear to be growing as fast now. From what I’ve read, come next spring, the Morning Glory flowers should really start to spread. If you are considering planting morning glory flowers, I hope you have found the information and photos on this page helpful.
  8. Time-lapse of a Morning Glory flower opening over an 5.5 hour time period on an early fall day. The time-lapse was captured using a Nikon D40 camera tethered to a MacBook Pro 13 Inch laptop. The camera settings and laptop software settings are listed below. DATE: October 3, 2009 TIME: 9:15 am to approx. 2:45 pm CAMERA: Nikon D40 APERTURE: f/18 & f25 SHUTTER SPEED: 1/10 ISO: 200 COMPUTER: MacBook Pro 13 Inch Laptop CONTROL SOFTWARE: Icarus Camera Control INTERVAL: Every 30 seconds DURATION: Approx. 5.5 hrs ANIMATION SOFTWARE: Apple QuickTime Pro

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