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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.

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Wharton Entrepreneurship Specialization Certificate!

I have been interested in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) for a while now (and at one time wanted to do my MEd project on them), so this year I have decided to try out a few different ones, from a variety of different educational institutions, and then possible write a paper about it – which would be tentatively titled “The Year of Living Business MOOCs Dangerously.” Today I finished The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Coursera’s “Entrepreneurship, a 5-course specialization by University of Pennsylvania on Coursera. Specialization Certificate earned on August 29, 2016.” It was a series of 4 Entrepreneurship classes and a Capstone class.

The technology used was nothing breakthrough or revolutionary (videos and quizzes), the weekly quizzes had mistakes and bad wording, sometimes links to sites did not work, sometimes discussion questions were not answered by the teaching assistant, we never knew who the teaching assistant was (was he from Wharton or Coursera? I eventually learned that he worked with Wharton Online, but had no business experience or at least none was listed on his LinkedIn page), no feedback from any of the Wharton professors (not that I expected a lot, but at least some interested in the class would have been nice), sometimes the platform did not work correctly, and so overall experience was just adequate. I was not the only participant to voice concerns about various issues in these Entrepreneurship classes. Yes, I learned how to do a Pitch Deck and learned some new Entrepreneurship information. Granted it was the first time that they have offered it, but its Wharton, so you think they would have done a better job. I was not impressed with Coursera – which truthfully I had high hopes for. Ahh well, live and learn and MOOC on!

Wharton Entrepreneurship 1 Developing the Opportunity

Wharton Entrepreneurship 2 Launching your Start-Up

Wharton Entrepreneurship 3 Growth Strategies

Wharton Entrepreneurship 4 Financing and Profitability

Wharton Coursera Capstone

Wharton Entrepreneurship Specialization

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes

Take a Selfie with Sherlock! Just one item at a new exhibit that I was able to visit this past Wednesday August 17 at the University of Minnesota’s Anderson Library “The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes,” which tells visitors that “Not everyone is perfect, including the world’s most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. This exhibition highlights some of Mr. Holmes’ mishaps, described by Dr. Watson and others, through art, artifacts, parodies, pastiches, and other “unofficial” adventures from the Sherlock Holmes Collections” (