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Torie
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on: November 21, 2011, 15:11
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You can call me: Torie (yes it's my real name, no it's not short for anything)
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: This one's more for the rest of you...
Day job: Paralegal
Night job: Proofreader, sometime theatrical lighting designer (and blogger, obviously)
Hobbies: The usual: books, movies, TV, video games (Assassin's Creed, Zelda, KOTOR, Civ IV), theater
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Too many. My first experience with fandom was The X-Files many moons ago, but I don't have television now so I tend to be many years behind with TV.
First Trek: Star Trek IV
Favorite Trek: TNG Seasons 3-6
Why do you like Star Trek?: Great stories that support an admirable and beautiful philosophy.
Favorite Star Trek moment?: Spock's death at the end of STII (though I suppose "favorite" must be interpreted loosely). It doesn't matter that I know he'll be back--I still tear up when he says "I am and shall always be your friend."
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: Everyone likes to point to Voyager for lows, but I think the TNG episode "Sub Rosa" where Crusher has ghost sex with an incubus that used to get down with her mom is probably the worst thing I can come up with.
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: For TOS, "City on the Edge of Forever." TNG, "I, Borg" or maybe "Measure of a Man."
What conventions do you attend?: In the past I've attended Wiscon, Readercon, and New York ComicCon, but I have no plans at the moment for future cons.
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): I'm on Twitter as TorieA, and my website is torieatkinson.com.

toryx
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on: November 21, 2011, 16:51
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You can call me: Toryx (a bastardization of Vercingetorix, celtic hero and defier of that bloody bastard Caesar)
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: Someone from Tor.com told me about it.
Day job: Coordinator (of many, many things)
Night job: Layabout and dishwasher.
Hobbies: Travel, books, movies, video games, RPGs.
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: My favorite three tv shows are Deadwood, Dexter, and The Wire, though not necessarily in that order. I don't have a favorite movie, but my favorite writers are Stephen King and George R.R. Martin.
First Trek: STII: The Wrath of Khan.
Favorite Trek: The original series movie trilogy, ST II, III, and IV.
Why do you like Star Trek?: I love the characters first and foremost. The relationships between Kirk, Spock and McCoy got me through rough times when I was a solitary mostly deaf bookworm in school.
Favorite Star Trek moment?: The final bits of The Wrath of Khan right after Spock reminds Kirk that there are 3 dimensions to space combat up until the Enterprise nails the Reliant that one last time.
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: Pretty much all of Star Trek V takes the cake for me.
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: I can't say I ever try to convert people to Star Trek. I'm much more into converting people to books.
What conventions do you attend?: I don't regularly visit cons. In fact, I could probably name all those I've been to right here: Some con in Oakland, CA, Readercon (Boston), Archon (outside of St. Louis), some con in Detroit, MI, Torcon (Worldcon '02 in Toronto).
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, and Livejournal. I also own a website that is currently unused.

bobsandieg-
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on: November 21, 2011, 18:26
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You can call me: Bob
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: Stubled across while surfing over at TOR.com
Day job: Program Specialist on Patient Assistance Programs
Night job: Writer
Hobbies: RPGs, Writing, Film, & Politics.
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?:BOOK? hmm too tough so many really great books I love. Movie? Easy but hard to admit to in public Xanadu. It is a terribly made and written film, but with a honest and good theme. (Dreams don't die, we kill them.) I am NOT suggesting you watch it.
First Trek: TOS on original broadcast. (I was 5-8 but I remember it.)
Favorite Trek: ST II The Wrath Of Khan
Why do you like Star Trek?: It's Horatio Hornblower in space, what's not to like?
Favorite Star Trek moment?: Romulan commander dying in Balance of Terror. "one last duty to perform."
Least favorite Star Trek moment. Probably depends on my mood, but I'll second all of ST V
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: Most of the people I've known were already fans, but my one conversion I used Space Seed, and then took her out right away to see Wrath OF Khan.
What conventions do you attend?: Condor, Conjecture )(both in San Diego), LosCon (Los Angeles) Worldcon, and Baycon (SF Bay area)when I can.
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): Twitter: rmitchellevans Facebook:Robert Evans Web: http://www.robertmitchellevans.com

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on: November 21, 2011, 19:13
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I'm copying my intro over here from the other thread:

My name really is Curt(is).
I am, for good or for ill, a direct product of my lifelong exposure to the Star Trek Universe. By day, I work in Corporate America, a non-entity, "gray man slithering down gray halls". By night, I am:

1. A Writer (and really, who isn't these days?)
2. A Computer Programmer.
3. A Roboticist (really!)
4. An artist.
5. Computerist (I made that word up to describe the fact that I build, design, repair, refurbish, and cobble computers from scratch.)
6. Ancient Aliens Enthusiast (long before the History Channel show, way back when Erik Von Daniken wore a younger man's clothes!)
7. Edgar Cayce disciple. (What, you know don't who he is?)
8. Violinist (off and on)
9. Fitness Fan (we used to call ourselves 'bodybuilders', but that's so 70's!)
10. Poet (My crap is all over Amazon!)
11. Insanely Avid Reader
12. International Man of Mystery!
13. Etc...
14. And so forth...
15 !

CaitieCat
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on: November 21, 2011, 22:35
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You can call me: Cait, or CC, or Caitie, or Mmmq (the q is silent).
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: Followed over from That Other Rewatch.
Day job: Self-employed translator/proofreader/writer
Other job: Data entry for a bank
Hobbies: Gaming, languages, sf, anime, reading.
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Too many to register. Trainspotting has always been a favourite, book, soundtrack, and movie. LotR, same thing.
First Trek: TOS in syndication - after I moved to Canada when I was 9 (from the UK), I discovered Star Trek.
Favorite Trek: I'm not great at favourites. I like a lot of things. This is true of me in every possible sphere.
Why do you like Star Trek?: Uhura. Seriously, Uhura's presence on the bridge made me look at the show a second time - a woman, in a sometimes-combat ship, in space? AND SHE GETS TO DO THE COMMS AND SPEAK ALL THOSE LANGUAGES AND - oh, wait, no, she mostly answers the phones. But still! Woman! In Space!
Favorite Star Trek moment?: I'll steal Bob's, but again, I suck at favourites, and ask me on another day, I'll give you a different answer: Romulan commander dying in Balance of Terror. "one last duty to perform."
Least favorite Star Trek moment: When I realize Turnabout Intruder is on.
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: I know few people who don't already like it that I would want to convince. You gotta feel the love inside.
What conventions do you attend?: I'm physically disabled, and deal poorly with crowds, so cons are not places I go much.
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): I blog un-often at my own public blog, and more often at Shakesville. I have an almost unused Twitter, @TheCaitieCat, but I'm not really one of those early adopter types, so I haven't really done much to join these young twittersnappers and their ilk.

ecmyers
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on: November 22, 2011, 12:36
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You can call me: Eugene
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: I didn't find it, so much as I co-founded it...
Day job: Writer of (mostly) nonfiction
Night job: Writer of (mostly) fiction. But this is more of an early-morning job these days.
Hobbies: Photography, video editing, video games, reading, collecting things I don't need
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Way too many to list, but another of my favorite TV shows is The Twilight Zone. My favorite movies include Superman and Back to the Future. I love a lot of young adult fiction, anime and animation, and almost anything having to do with parallel universes and/or time travel.
First Trek: Star Trek VI
Favorite Trek: TNG
Why do you like Star Trek?: The exploration of ideas, identity, and the complexities of morality.
Favorite Star Trek moment?: Too many... Here's one: When Guinan stabs a fork into (the temporarily human) Q's hand.
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: Also too many, unfortunately. The one that turned me off to Enterprise was Captain Archer's impassioned speech about seeing a beautiful gazelle.
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: DS9's "Trials and Tribble-ations", TOS's "Arena", or TNG's "A Measure of a Man"
What conventions do you attend?: I've been to WorldCon, World Fantasy, Readercon, Wiscon, Lunacon, Boskone, and others. In the next year, I'll probably at least go to Readercon, World Fantasy, and DragonCon.
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): Too many places :) I'm on Twitter as @ecmyers, Facebook, Tumblr (sporadically), Google+, and my website is ecmyers.net.

DemetriosX
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on: November 22, 2011, 12:45
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You can call me: Demetrios (not my real name or anything, but it's been my Internet identity for close to 15 years)
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: When Eugene posted the move over at Tor.com
Day job: Freelance translator DE->EN, technical & related plus computer games & related materials.
Night job: Petter of cats and dog walker
Hobbies: The usual: books, movies, video games (currently replaying Oblivion with add-ons while the wife plays through Skyrim)
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Hard to say. I'm currently rediscovering all my old SF books since they finally got shipped to Germany after a dozen years.
First Trek: TOS, possibly "Operation: Annihilate!"
Favorite Trek: DS9 Seasons 3-6
Why do you like Star Trek?: It's been part of my entertainment life so long, I couldn't begin to tell you what attracted me to it in the first place.
Favorite Star Trek moment?: So many. I think I'll be different and say Michael Eddington's speech to Benjamin Sisko in "For the Cause"
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: So many. Since we're piling on STV, I'll specifically point to Uhura's fan dance.
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: I don't think I've ever done this. It would depend a lot on the person.
What conventions do you attend?: I've never been a big con-goer. I think the last one I attended was probably Orccon sometime in the late 80s.
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): I'm kind of asocial in a lot of ways. About the only place you'll find me apart from posting here or on one or two other blogs is AncientWorlds.net, where I am Demetrios Xanthippos.

Ryodin
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on: November 22, 2011, 14:47
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You can call me: David.
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: When Eugene plugged the TOS rewatch on Facebook.
Day job: Supervising editor for a legal & financial publisher.
Night job: Writing fiction and not (yet) getting paid for it.
Hobbies: Writing, reading, playing video games, watching movies/tv shows, working out, languages, healthy eating.
Other favorite books, shows, movies?: Book: The I Inside, by Alan Dean Foster; Movie: The Lord of the Rings; TV Show: Highlander: The Series. Realistically: way too many to list here.
First Trek: Reruns of TOS on WPIX in NYC when I was 5 yrs old.
Favorite Trek: "Darmok" - TNG, season 5. Reminds me of Enemy Mine, the 80s sci-fi movie based on the Barry B. Longyear short.
Why do you like Star Trek?: Illustrates the kind of future society I wish I lived in -- the good as well as the bad.
Favorite Star Trek moment?: In TNG, season 6, "Rascals" -- when child Picard says to the confused Ferengi: "He's my No. 1 dad!"
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: All of the episode "Spock's Brain." Bleh.
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: "The Inner Light." 'Nuff said.
What conventions do you attend?: None. But someday . . .
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): My blog: davidjbatista.blogspot.com; Facebook.

glorbes
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on: November 22, 2011, 22:19
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You can call me: glorbes - my online handle since '98

How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: Followed the rewatch over from the 'old' site

Day job: Librarian of the public persuasion

Night job: None

Hobbies: Scratchbuilding scale models (been on Trek kick in this regard for nearly ten months)

Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Raiders of the Lost Ark has been my favorite movie for years for the sheer joy of watching it. It isn't the limit of my taste, but when asked this question, it feels like the most comfortable answer. TV show-wise, it'd have to be the golden age of The Simpsons, Futurama, the X-files until the end of season six, Mythbusters, and (of course) the Original Star Trek.
First Trek: Encounter at Farpoint way back when, and Star Trek VI on the big screen

Favorite Trek: In terms of shows, definitely a TOS guy.

Why do you like Star Trek?: Hopeful and thoughtful science fiction with terrific characters. I love its subversive message of how all of humanity will eventually have to work together for our survival and eventual triumph as a species...radical stuff, that.

Favorite Star Trek moment?: In Star Trek III when Scotty says "I'd be honored admiral if you'd give the word", Spock's death and all that it meant, and Kirk's speech from "A Taste of Armageddon" about choosing not to kill day by day, by appealing to our better natures. I know that's three, but come on!!!

Least favorite Star Trek moment?: It's a toss-up between the whole TNG Episode "Justice" or Scotty eating a bag of chips and flirting with Uhura in Star Trek V.

What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?:(TOS)City on the Edge of Forever, (TNG) The Inner Light, (Movies) Star Trek II.

What conventions do you attend?: None, but I will be attending and displaying models next year at the local convention

Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): http://glorbes.blogspot.com/ Its a blog strictly for my models and other creative endeavors. Not a Twitter/Facebook guy.

DeepThough-
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on: November 23, 2011, 00:00
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You can call me: Whatever you like, pretty much. I chose this name when put on the spot at tor.com (as a Hitchhiker's Guide reference) and kept it here in a vain hope for consistency.

How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: I'm dating one of the founders. (Shh, the Solids don't actually know she's among us...)

Day job: Academic administrator.

Night job: Tutor, test writer, occasional translator (Ch->En, though I'd do Fr->En too if a job dropped in my lap...)

Hobbies: Strategy games, pretending I still do music, reading, exercise, learning things. Wishing I had the dedication to show up for parkour class more than twice a year.

Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Well, I read a lot of non-fiction... big fan of Philip Matyszak, George Lakoff, big wide-ranging connective theories like from Jared Diamond or David Graeber (even if they're not well-supported by the evidence). In fiction, I've been much more impressed with Robert Jordan on the second read-through; I grew up reading Heinlein and Eddings and maybe a little Katherine Kurtz, and later Thomas Hardy and Michael Ondaatje. Lately I'm enjoying Jim Butcher (yay pulp). But you can't ask me to pick a favorite, that'd be like picking a child I love best, it's not polite to say it.

Favorite Trek: TNG all the way.

Why do you like Star Trek?: I can't remember having ever not liked Star Trek, and have, I suppose, a deep emotional connection to the TNG crew (as embarrassing as that is to admit). I don't think I've encountered many more thoughtful filmed works, or ones that so consistently made the effort to... violate the Neutral Zone?... of serious thematic television.

Favorite Star Trek moment?: "I was beginning to believe there were five lights." It's really not my favorite moment -- just what I think is possibly the most important moment of fictional television in the last twenty years.

Least favorite Star Trek moment?: These are unfortunately numerous, but I'm going to have to go with anything involving Picard and that thieving tramp he went spelunking with that one time (er, literally spelunking). Captain's Holiday I believe was the episode? I suppose this sounds very sex-negative of me or something -- though really I blame the writers! -- but I just felt the whole thing was beneath his dignity.

What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: I don't really think witnessing tends to work out so well.

What conventions do you attend?: With any regularity, only PAX really. I've been spotted occasionally at ReaderCon and WisCon (I was pleasantly surprised by Madison!)

Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): Eh, don't bother looking, I'm more of an antisocial networker.

enahma
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on: November 24, 2011, 09:09
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You can call me: Eta (my real name) or enahma
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: Cca. two years ago I began to follow the reviews at tor.com, and I moved here together with the staff
Day job: reformed pastor and translator
Night job: Sleeper and dreamer
Hobbies: Books and music
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Once I was a die-hard Harry Potter fan. Now I'm just a fan. My favourite book is a Hungarian SF: Peter Zsoldos's Distant fire.
First Trek: Star Trek XI, about two years ago. It all began then and there. :-)
Favorite Trek: Movie: STIV, and series: TNG Seasons 3-6 (not all...)
Why do you like Star Trek?: It is optimistic and human. And it just helps me relax and recharge myself...
Favorite Star Trek moment? Least favorite Star Trek moment?: Both too many to enumerate.
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: As a rule: I do not convert people. Not for religion, not for movies or books.
What conventions do you attend?: None, and in all probability never will
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): I'm the only enahma on the net, so you can easily check if you want.

Johnny Pez
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on: November 24, 2011, 16:43
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You can call me: Johnny
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: A Google search for "Mudd's Women" brought me to the old Tor site a few months back, and then I followed you guys here.
Day job: My night job is my day job.
Night job: Night auditor/front desk clerk at a hotel.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, politics, walking dogs.
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Doctor Who, LotR, anything by Isaac Asimov. Currently reading Yarbro's Saint-Germain novels.
First Trek: TOS in syndication in the mid-70s.
Favorite Trek: DS9
Why do you like Star Trek?: Fell in love with it at age 12, and never stopped loving it.
Favorite Star Trek moment?: Kirk under a pile of tribbles. That's never getting old.
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: "The Outrageous Okona". (winces)
What conventions do you attend?: Haven't been to a con in over ten years. A shame.
Where are you on the internet? http://johnnypez9.blogspot.com/

On the internet, everyone knows you're a dog.

EngineersM-
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on: November 27, 2011, 03:57
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You can call me: Karen
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: Chris Doohan, Wende Doohan and Deidre Doohan-Cruz all 'follow' your Twitter feed. I figured if it was good enough for them...
Day job: Just about to change in the new year to a University admin post.
Night job: Writing.
Hobbies: Writing, reading, watching movies/tv shows, walking and doing conservation work in the English countryside.
Other favorite books, shows, movies?: Books: Too many to choose one, but I love reading history (fact and fiction) and SF; Movie: The Lord of the Rings (extended Directors cut), and any black-and-white classic ; TV Show: M*A*S*H, Babylon 5, all the Stargates.
First Trek: First UK airing of TOS, 1969-72.
Favorite Trek: TOS, especially Season 2
Why do you like Star Trek?: As a kid I loved it for the characters and the stories; now I love it also for the messages it has to convey
Favorite Star Trek moment?: Scotty to Ambassador Fox in 'A Taste of Armageddon': "No sir! I will not!"
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: 'Plato's Stepchildren' Ugh!
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: 'Mirror Mirror' usually works; failing that, 'The Trouble with Tribbles'.
What conventions do you attend?: The SFBall, though not every year
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): I write for http://www.britmovie.co.uk/ and also have articles on Squidoo at http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Karen1960?q=all

Ludon
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on: November 27, 2011, 21:49
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You can call me: Ludon or Mike. Ludon is a character in a novel I've written. Writing it was one thing. Editing and revising it is another.

How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: I followed the re-watch over from the other site.

Day job: On staff at a hobby shop - that job is at least bringing in some money.

Night job: Docent and board member for an aerospace museum. Artist - transitioning to this as a job.

Hobbies: Writing, building models - though I use them as models to draw and paint from. Learning about aviation and aviation history.

Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: James White's books with the top being The Silent Stars Go By and his Sector General series. Movies would be Wind, Searching For Bobby Fischer, Contact, Nobody's Fool (Paul Newman) and In Bruges. (I should mention the Ma & Pa Kettle movies but they are not in the same level as the others.) Shows would be Battlestar Galactica, Dead Like Me, Stargate SG-1 and Eerie Indiana.

First Trek: The original series in first run.

Favorite Trek: Deep Space Nine

Why do you like Star Trek?: The storytelling

Favorite Star Trek moment?: Sisco discovering that Jake was teaching Nog how to read.

Least favorite Star Trek moment?: I have to go with Uhura's fan dance.

What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: Past Tense from DS9. Darmok, The Inner Light and Family from TNG.

What conventions do you attend?: Archon

Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.):
Facebook, The Secret Projects Forum, and I still comment on TOR.com

sps49
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on: December 5, 2011, 18:13
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You can call me: JP
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: Searched when someone else took up the Tor posts
Day job: Former manufacturing engineer
Other job: Grocery store. Gah. To extend my savings until next real job
Hobbies: Reading, net, visiting, hanging with 10 y/o almost stepdaughter, TV, PC games
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Norman Friedman books, Clancy before Executive Decisions, WEB Griffin before retiring (and The Generals), some current funny comedies (e.g. Modern Family)
First Trek: Star Trek
Favorite Trek: Star Trek S02, TNG after S02
Why do you like Star Trek?: Engaging stories that are sometimes fun, sometimes thinky, and often different. Special effects usually just support the story, not become it. And all of the very skilled creators' input shines through even the worst of it.
Favorite Star Trek moment?: Kirk riding the USS Constellation into the Wide Maw of Death
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: TNG 1st season, where my eager anticipation became boredom
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: Never needed or unwilling to try; no middle ground has been available
What conventions do you attend?: Former work related only- ANS, STLE, 3D resin imagery
Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): Nowhere! well, I have an East Coast and West Coast facebook, and a MySpace zombie.

KillerQuea-
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on: December 14, 2011, 14:07
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You can call me: Sal
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: I know Torie, and have belatedly become a Trek convert, so I'm here watching a lot of this stuff for the first time!
Day job: Grad student
Night job: Grad student, performance artist of sorts, schemer of schemes
Hobbies: writing, learning new arts and skills, ranting, being upside down.
Other favorite books, shows, or movies?: Let's just say I spend a whole lot of time thinking about how the canon of queer theory could be greatly enhanced through consideration of the radical historiography of Xena: Warrior Princess.
First Trek: DS9
Favorite Trek: Oh, I can't choose yet!
Why do you like Star Trek?: Deep commitment to the utopian potential of science fiction, alongside an awareness of the limits of utopian imagination! Badass women in space! The weird philosophical shit that happens when the humanist universalism of the Federation has to negotiate a posthuman future! Time travel!
Favorite Star Trek moment?: The moment when Benny Russell first sees the sketch of Deep Space 9 in "Far Beyond the Stars."
Least favorite Star Trek moment?: Haha, I think I have not yet seen some of the infamously bad stuff.
What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: Since I'm a recent convert myself, I'll just say that watching Kira Nerys and her badass, uncompromising anticolonial rage in the DS9 pilot was what finally got me hooked. And I think the amazing genre mashup of "The Royale" was what finally convinced me, after my disappointment with season 1, that TNG was awesome.
What conventions do you attend?: Oh, just academic conferences where I'm unlikely to talk about Star Trek unless someone gets me really drunk.
Where are you on the internet? Wouldn't you like to know?

CaitieCat
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on: December 14, 2011, 17:25
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Let's just say I spend a whole lot of time thinking about how the canon of queer theory could be greatly enhanced through consideration of the radical historiography of Xena: Warrior Princess.

*swoons slightly*

Bluejay-
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on: January 27, 2013, 18:52
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You can call me: Bluejay, Jay
How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: I was directed here when you guys got evicted from Tor.com, which I still think was unfair.
Day job: Freelance writer/editor and servant of cats
Night job: Same, with an emphasis on the cats
First Trek: "I, Mudd", November 1967.
Why do you like Star Trek?: Like someone else said, it got me through some very lonely times as a kid. I am autistic (not "Asperger") and I often feel like an alien, so a lot of things about Star Trek made sense.
Favorite Star Trek moment?: I would have to say when Celia Lovsky appeared in "Amok Time". I became her lifelong devotee. Also, anytime Lt. Uhura gets to do something.
Where are you on the net: Not many places, but you can see me comment sometimes at http://mystartrekscrapbook.blogspot.com/ -- much of what he has there is what the Star Trek experience was and still is for me.

I'm a first-generation Trekker. I must have written fan mail to NBC because I received a mail-order catalog from Lincoln Enterprises (then called Star Trek Enterprises). I subscribed to Inside Star Trek and bought one of the first secret decoder rings Idic pendants. I participated in the letter campaign. I also had a crush on Lt. Uhura you wouldn't believe. I used to pick up commercial fan magazines that had Leonard Nimoy interviews.

I was the only Star Trek fan in my area. With all the B.S. that's happened to our beloved legacy, every once in a while I look at The Franchise and shake my head.... wow, it's still here.

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ecmyers
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on: January 28, 2013, 10:10
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Hi Jay!

Thanks for sticking with us! :) We weren't technically evicted from Tor.com; we left because of a concern over intellectual property rights. But hey, it all worked out. We like it here.

Kevin
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on: June 20, 2013, 13:54
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You can call me: Kevin (waaay back at the beginning of the Internet I used some handles, but for 20 years I've just preferred my name)

How/when did you find The Viewscreen?: I just started my own TOS rewatch group this month on G+, and found you guys doing Internet research. Ours is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/?tab=wX#communities/105070501462876214405

Day job: Lawyer. I work on mental health policy for a state legislature in the Pacific Northwest, after going to law school in New York City and pursuing a public interest law path similar to Torie.

Night job: None, although I used to make some money playing poker.

Hobbies: I work on the convention committee for Norwescon, and sometimes review movies online, act in community theater productions, play board games, of course read, watch movies, and television series on DVD.

First Trek: TOS and TAS on daytime syndication. This mostly pre-dated my linear memory of events, but I think I actually got hooked and "learned" my Trek from James Blish's episode-to-short-story adaptations. By the time TNG premiered I was entering high school and aghast that all they could think of to do was copy TOS episodes by making them into inferior versions. So I mostly abandoned TNG after the first season--I figure I may have only seen ~10 complete episodes after that, plus the films, and fewer still of DS9, VOY, and ENT.

Favorite Trek: TOS

Why do you like Star Trek?: Great science fiction stories--plus a vision of a future worth aspiring to that values social justice, nonviolence, and scientific and philosophical inquiry.

Favorite Star Trek moment?: Can't beat Sulu with a rapier! Of course, that's the one I just watched. Any scene, really, with the original cast firing on all cylinders.

Least favorite Star Trek moment?: I'm torn between watching Star Trek (2009) and watching Star Trek Into Darkness. For the TV series, probably any moment in which someone mentions, or worse enters, the Holodeck.

What episode do you use to convert people to Trek?: I just tried and failed to entice my wife into watching "The Naked Time." She believes in TNG over TOS, and has no interest in being persuaded otherwise.

What conventions do you attend?: My first con was Norwescon and I've been on the convention committe for almost 10 years--induced by my wife who was actually the director of programming for several year, but we're both into it now. I can rarely be seen at other Northwest conventions (RustyCon, OryCon, PAX) and made it down to San Diego ComicCon in 2003.

Where are you on the internet? (Twitter, blog, etc.): My blog is on LiveJournal, I maintain a Facebook account, and I'm most active on Google Plus, all under my real name (LiveJournal is under krblack).

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on: June 20, 2013, 14:18
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I had completely forgotten about this thread. I miss the people who used to post on it! Funny, I think some of my answers now would change. I haven't done lighting in years but I'm completely obsessed with board games now...

Welcome, Kevin! Your re-watch looks like a lot of fun and I will check it out. It's good to meet another public interest lawyer and Star Trek fan. ST should be required social justice viewing! But in any case, I'm glad you found us and hope you enjoy our little community, too!

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