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The farm

My Mom and I visited Cloquet today to see my Grandparents house and hopefully see some fall color. But sadly even as far as Cloquet/Duluth the leaves are only starting to turn, so too much green. But we had a great visit and dinner with my cousin and his wife who are doing a wonderful job of remodeling my Grandparents house.

Big Foot footprints!

Virtual Reality

I tried the new Virtual Reality lab in the library today. It was amazing. I figured it would be like some hokey video game, but it was so lifelike. In one game/simulation or whatever they are called, I was in the mountains and looking over the edge of a cliff and was told to walk off. Even though I knew I was in the library and that there was ground below me, I just could not walk over the cliff. Apparently very few people walk over the cliff. The human sense of self preservation is apparently very strong, even in the VR world. Besides the mountains with the cliff, I was also able to see the rover on Mars, visit an English country church, walk the mountains of Nepal, and visit a few other ones.

The American Presidential debates

The American Presidential debates #Debates2016

Hillary did very well, despite being interrupted so many times by the sniffer. It will be nice to see a woman president in the White House.

The Norwegian Explorers of MN

I ventured to The Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota’s study group today. The Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota is a literary society devoted to all things Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have been interested in joining this Sherlock Holmes literary society for a while and finally joined. Today’s study group centered on “The Adventure of the Yellow Face,” which I would describe as a nice story, but not overly dramatic or exciting. Its also not a story that anyone would be reading 100+ years (it was published in 1893) after publication if it were not a Sherlock Holmes story. Still a fun time and a lively discussion on Holmes.


A conference paper Doctor Madeline (which is how she demands to be called now that she has her PhD) and I had submitted to the ISA (The International Studies Association) was rejected today. Always a mixed bag is the conference paper rejection. On one hand you are sad about the rejection, but on the other hand you are excited not to have to write the paper, as you never write a conference paper before it accepted. ISA is one of the big political science conferences (its the fun, non stuffy one with all the good book deals in the dealers room) and I have presented there a few times in the past and will hopefully in the future. Plus Baltimore in February…brr.

Star Trek at 50!

A little show appeared on television today back on September 8, 1966 and after many years, TV shows, movies, books, and conventions, it is still going strong. As the years have past who has Star Trek not influenced? NASA, Apple, and the American culture are just a few. I mean, didn’t everyone have a friend named Deyette who made them costumes (1st season Next Gen) for the local science fiction convection back in the 1980s? Well if you didn’t lets just say that you led a very sad adolescence.

Happy 50th birthday Star Trek! Live long and prosper!

Some of my Star Trek memorabilia

The most wwwonderful time of the year

The making of the Chex Mix. Original recipe from the early 1980s!


For the Love of Spock

Leonard “Spock” Nimoy’s son Adam Nimoy filmed a documentary on his dad “For the Love of Spock” and launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to complete it. Spock and Star Trek! Hello, of course I had to backed it. One of the things that you could do was send in your own Spock photo and it would appear in mosaic poster of Spock. The documentary comes out on September 9, 2016 and they sent out the mosaic poster today. Can you find my ‘Live Long and Prosper’ (LLAP) hand? My hand is in front of a piece of art created by Leonard Nimoy of his own hand in the Vulcan Gesture of ‘Live Long and Prospter.’ You can find out about the film here


The photo I sent in of my hand!

The mosaic poster! Can you find my hand?

Can you see me now?


Stories from Hogwarts

Three new Harry Potter Stories from Hogwarts were released today (September 6) as eBooks! Well you might have gotten them a bit early, like I did last night a little after 11pm when they automatically downloaded (downloads must be on a different time zone). While not a true story/novel, they are little chapters/entries on a variety of subjects and they are fun to read. Its always a wonderful thing to learn a little bit more about Hogwarts and those that inhabit the mind of J. K. Rowling.

Happy Friday