All Hallows Read

Celebrating Neil @neilhimself Gaiman’s ‘All Hallows Read’ with a unicorn and Spider-Man! So this year Louisa received “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” by Dana Simpson and Julian received “Ninja Farts: Silent But Deadly” by J.B. O’Neil. Its a good thing that the niece and nephew like books. Happy All Hallows Read! #AllHallowsRead

Road trip Saturday

Road trip Saturday with two fabulous ladies – Sloane and Louisa (my favorite niece) to southern Minnesota to visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. A nice museum with a good collection of Impressionists and Postimpressionists, including van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Cassatt, as well as a Picasso, O’Keeffe, Cole, and Wyeth. I was most interesting in seeing Washington Crossing the Delaware by Leutze. They also had a exhibit with cuttlefishes by Ryuta Nakajima.

For kids they had a museum bingo card game and as you might expect I also asked for a bingo card and got coverall. Louisa turned in her card and got a prize. Its weird to find so many famous artists in such a small town and I think thats why their security monitors are not trained very well. A rather young security monitor seemed to shadow us through one of the galleries and yelled at Louise and me for being too close to the paintings. Really? We were not that close. I also heard her yell at two other ladies and they were also not that close, but interesting a male senior citizen with a walker was just an inch or so away from a painting and no one said anything to him. Also as we were walking into another gallery that had a larger fire door they still had its keys hanging on the door. Apparently they want someone to steal the keys to the room. They also have a rather archaic and old fashion notion of photography in the museum. Allowing photos makes visitors happy. They show their friends, post on social media, etc. I guess they don’t want free PR. Also if the Smithsonian, Louvre, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art can allow its visitors to take photos (and they have bigger and better collections), then I think one museum in Winona can.

We were hoping for peak color on the leaves along the river, but they were definitely past peak. We did get a chance to stop at an apple farm on the way home and purchased way too many yummy apple items. A fun, but very long day of driving.

Flu shot!

Flu shot week. If you follow the herd at the UMN and get one (free to staff and students) you also get a fun cow sticker and Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop. Luckily they still had purple left, as its the best one! How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop answer? Apparently 250+ according to the internet.

Drone World Expo, Day 2

Day Two of Drone World Expo was also filled with great talks on drones and security, drone in the insurance industry, drones in film and television, and drones in business. I also found the one booth selling books and bought a book on drones (haha what kind of book do you think I would buy at a drone conference). It was a very good conference, but it went by too quickly.

Talks attended:

10/4/2017 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Drones in the Insurance Industry

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Security Series Part 2: Remote Identification for Unmanned Aircraft

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Aerial Artistry: Exceptional Film and Television

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Optimizing Drone Surveillance for Security and Business Uses

Drone World Expo

I am in San Jose to attend the 3rd annual Drone World Expo from October 3-4, 2017. The schedule was filled with too many fabulous talks (sad to have that problem at a conference) and the speakers were individuals that ranged from the FAA to AOPA to NASA to private industry to even a few people in academics.

It was an action packed first day and by the end of the night I was in information overload. There was a fantastic ‘Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables’ event and it was really fun to talk to some inspiring women doing amazing things in drones. Other great talks include talks on air traffic control and drones, security and drones, law enforcement and drones, and the news and drones. The Kratsios talk was the most disappointing talk of the whole expo, as he just kept repeating the party line and offered no relevant drone information.

Talks attended:

10/3/2017 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The State of UTM: Policy and Air Traffic Management Updates from Around the Globe

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Security Series Part 1: Counter Measures for Unmanned Aircraft

1:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, The White House

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Drones and Law Enforcement: What’s Now and What’s Next?

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Industry Standards for Newsgathering

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

Off to the Drone World Expo in San Jose, California.

The photos are of the flight over San Fransisco. I didn’t get any photos of San Jose. There were mountains. It was dry, but I did see some palm trees. The television in my hotel room knew my name! Weird.