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DougInLA

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Hi everyone-

I wanted to also chime in here as a new forum member (but long term lurker). I'm Doug, and I live in the Los Angeles area. I'm a sound engineer by trade, and in that field I have often needed to be mildly inventive to circumvent an equipment failure or technical issue. It's been great fun for me to read of the members here who take it upon themselves to build their own custom laser from components, flashlight housings, and machinable stock.

About 15 years ago, a nephew who was about 10-12 years old came to stay with us for the weekend. He had in his possession a small keychain laser, powered by a couple of hearing aid batteries. At first I had an adults sadly typical jaded skepticism, but when we started to use it in a few small experiments (diffracting off mirrors, lighting up the fog in the early morning), I was hooked. His joy was infectious, and in life there are not so many simple joys, enjoy them while you can.

My nephew spent seven years in the navy, and recently came back to our house for a visit. At one point, he casually took me aside and said "hey you might like this, I got it in Thailand". He pulled out a very powerful green laser, which was not very well charged, and gave a very brief demo. I guess if you've read this far, you can understand why I've decided to register and hope to very soon purchase a similar unit. I have many questions, and each day for a week I have dug down into threads in one forum or another. I'll try to find my answers on my own, but I've already had positive communications with Blord and Hakzaw and I'm sure there are many good people in this community.

Anyway, thanks for your attention and good spirits, and for making me feel welcome (already).
 

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Welcome, Doug. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, here.

The Buy, Sell, Trade forum (aka, B/S/T) is a great place to watch what's being bought and sold, and perhaps buy and sell a few items, yourself. If you're like me, once you own a couple, you quickly want to move to building some.

It is great fun. But not for everyone. Just as some enjoy can appreciate a good Star Trek episode, others are indifferent to the show. As such, some of my friends appreciate my enthusiasm for all things coherent light (aka lasers) and others do not.
 

DougInLA

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Thanks pschlosser for your fast response. The B/S/T forum has indeed been a place of great temptation for me, with many great possibilities. I would really like to build a few on my own as well, but my machining chops and lack of equipment (presses, lathes, etc.) give me pause. Still, I may kluge something together one day just for the fun of it.

I actually do enjoy a good Star Trek episode. Which series is your favorite (please, anyone chime in on this, might be a good new thread in a tangental sort of way)?

Can't let this post pass without a salute to your great Tesla coil. How's the plasma speaker project going? I'd love to hear that (I love to hear many things)...
 

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The TC is back in Garden Grove, at the moment undergoing repairs. While I helped, I did not build it.

Are you referring to Fiddy's Plasma Speaker project? I'm excited about his kit, too.

http://laserpointerforums.com/f60/feeler-plasma-speaker-kits-80047.html

I think I like TNG and Voyager series the best, but I've watched them and the TOS series so many times, much of the charm is gone. And I haven't been following the newer series, much.
 

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to the Forum....
Don't forget to read the FAQs...the Stickies
and the Forum Rules..
http://laserpointerforums.com/tou.htm

If you plan on buying anything on the Forum....
PLEASE read this first...

6 Steps To Prevent You From Getting Scammed

and PLEASE don't forget to read to this....

39 Reasons NOT to Buy From Wicked Lasers

If you do get a Laser or already have one be sure
to get appropriate Laser Safety Goggles/Glasses...

Get Some Safety Goggles Now!

Don't forget to put your location in your Sig so that
we know where you are from.

Enjoy your stay...


Jerry

You can contact us at any time through our Website: J.BAUER Electronics
 

DougInLA

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Hi Jerry--

Thanks for those links. They should be seen by everyone. I've read many of the forum stickies already, but it never hurts to remind people to be careful. This is an interesting hobby that certainly qualifies as an danger as well. Many good things in life involve risk, and like all of them, this requires a certain maturity and intelligence in application, qualities many juveniles have and some adults lack.

I see my location under my join date, is there some other place to put it so that people know where I am (in case the screen name doesn't give it away)?
 

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I see my location under my join date, is there some other place to put it so that people know where I am (in case the screen name doesn't give it away)?
Nope. You did it right. so you're not in New Orleans, then? ;)
 
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Welcome Doug, you will love it here, lots to learn and buy.

I have to give DougInLA credit that's one of the better introductions I have seen.
 

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:wave:Welcome to the forum Doug.
Lots of knowledge to share,wonderful people with great minds. In this forum to answer any questions you might have.:lasergun:
 

DougInLA

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To pschlosser: sorry, I should have responded to your earlier post regarding the plasma speakers. I was in fact referring to Fiddy's project, which I read you were going to get in on as well. Since I listen to speakers for a living, I'm always interested in novel approaches to transduction (big words-I like speakers. almost as much as live music). And you're right, I'm in Los Angeles the city, not LA the state. I'm a native Angelean! Why isn't Louisiana abbreviated Lo, or Ls? I'll have to concede they were here first...

To 00Giorge and Dave934: Thanks for the welcome! Is this really the forum for newbie questions? In my head I could easily spend thousands here, it's finding it in my discretionary income that is the hard part. I love seeing the posters here who list the whole rainbow of possibie colors and they have them all. I can add laser envy to my other foibles. I better watch it, soon I'll be getting spam email offering me "Canadian Las3rs at discount prices".
 




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