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Hello all!!

I have to say, this is an exciting place. I just started to look around and I am so very impressed with how extensive this forum is and how knowledgeable the members are. :bowdown:

A little about myself:
Born and raised in the mid-west United States. I have 2 beautiful children, a boy and girl ages 2 and 6 respectively. I work in the plastics industry as a process engineer. Physics is kind of a hobby of mine (amongst other things, comics, automotive restoration, outdoors/survival, yadda yadda yadda....).

I like to think of myself as pragmatic, progressive, and highly motivated :evil:.

I own a few 5mw laser pointers, both 532nm wavelengths. Which really is plenty for what I use it for. My oldest is fascinated with astronomy, so its nice to be able to point at stars and show her the constellations. But after finding out there is a community of laser builders out there, I thought it would be fun to try and build one.

I really feel terrible for the folks who have hurt themselves because they were unaware of how dangerous a high powered laser can be, or just careless :tsk:. I own a pair of laser safety glasses and ordered more on the way before I undergo my first build. Also just received some sound advice about not relying on safety keys and removal of batteries when not in use, thanks RedCowboy and marcuspeh! :yh:

Well, can't wait to get to it and soak up this wealth of knowledge known as LPF! Drop a line and say hi, look forward to meeting you all!
 
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Hap

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Welcome aboard! :)

-Alex
 

VanillahGorilla

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Fantastic, glad to have you with us! It sounds like you are off to a good start, glad to see you taking safety seriously, especially with kids around. I must say I am also a fan of the "batteries out for storage" concept, I remove the batteries from every laser after I am done with it. As you have already seen, all you have to do is ask, and someone will chime in with an answer. This is a wonderful forum, and a wonderful community. Again welcome!
 

Encap

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Wlcome--you will have a lot of fun here, I think. Is an amazing Forum full of specialized knowledge people pass on to other members as a "labor of love".
 

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Hello all!!

I have to say, this is an exciting place. I just started to look around and I am so very impressed with how extensive this forum is and how knowledgeable the members are. :bowdown:

A little about myself:
Born and raised in the mid-west United States. I have 2 beautiful children, a boy and girl ages 2 and 6 respectively. I work in the plastics industry as a process engineer. Physics is kind of a hobby of mine (amongst other things, comics, automotive restoration, outdoors/survival, yadda yadda yadda....).

I like to think of myself as pragmatic, progressive, and highly motivated :evil:.

I own a few 5mw laser pointers, both 532nm wavelengths. Which really is plenty for what I use it for. My oldest is fascinated with astronomy, so its nice to be able to point at stars and show her the constellations. But after finding out there is a community of laser builders out there, I thought it would be fun to try and build one.

I really feel terrible for the folks who have hurt themselves because they were unaware of how dangerous a high powered laser can be, or just careless :tsk:. I own a pair of laser safety glasses and ordered more on the way before I undergo my first build. Also just received some sound advice about not relying on safety keys and removal of batteries when not in use, thanks RedCowboy and marcuspeh! :yh:

Well, can't wait to get to it and soak up this wealth of knowledge known as LPF! Drop a line and say hi, look forward to meeting you all!
I saw you said yada, yada, yada .
I just caught myself saying that in post yesterday and thought about why I did.
You haven't been watching old Seinfeld shows have you?
I think that's how it got into my head because I usually don't say that, lol. Not that there's anything wrong with it.
Anyways I am a long time hobbyist and LPF reader but only a 2nd month member, none the less welcome and enjoy.
 
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Gabe

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Yes, welcome to the community! Enjoy your stay, have fun and learn lots! :beer:
 

Pi R Squared

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Hello Jaker, you used the word "progressive", did you mean progressive? Or did you mean it politically? I like your avatar, although one day it may no longer be funny. Welcome to LPF.

Alan
 

Jaker

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I saw you said yada, yada, yada .
I just caught myself saying that in post yesterday and thought about why I did.
You haven't been watching old Seinfeld shows have you?
I think that's how it got into my head because I usually don't say that, lol. Not that there's anything wrong with it.
Anyways I am a long time hobbyist and LPF reader but only a 2nd month member, none the less welcome and enjoy.
No, no Seinfeld shows, but plenty of Arrested Development reruns, haha!
 
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Jaker

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Hello Jaker, you used the word "progressive", did you mean progressive? Or did you mean it politically? I like your avatar, although one day it may no longer be funny. Welcome to LPF.

Alan
@Pi R Squared: Yeah, I do mean progressive as politically, but not exclusively. If I had to rephrase it I would say forward thinking. I believe arrogance is inherent in human nature, that as a species we tend to think of ourselves as standing at the pinnacle of some proverbial mountain top. So I make every effort to stay humble, critical yet open to new ideas, and ever ready to find a new way.

For example, I despise the phrase "best practices." I hear it all the time at work, and it insinuates that this is the best way to do something and it cannot get any better than this. Well, I say bullshit, there is always a better way, and I use the term "good practices" instead. So I guess you can add semantical to that list of prequalifiers as well.
 

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@Pi R Squared: Yeah, I do mean progressive as politically, but not exclusively.
I am disappointed to hear that, however it sounds like there may still be hope for you. Anyway we have all kinds here from 30+ countries so I welcome you anyway. Feel free to post in this thread: http://laserpointerforums.com/f57/countries-lpf-where-you-94536.html I am trying to make a list of where our active members are located, am not listing cities, people are invited to post even if your location is already listed.

For example, I despise the phrase "best practices." I hear it all the time at work, and it insinuates that this is the best way to do something and it cannot get any better than this. Well, I say bullshit, there is always a better way, and I use the term "good practices" instead. So I guess you can add semantical to that list of prequalifiers as well.
I very much agree with you on this. +rep for that statement.

Also please learn to use the "Multiquote" button, you can quote multiple posts and respond to them in one post.

Alan
 




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