Category “J.W. Braun”

My new kitchen

Thursday, December 14, 2017 17:11
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I finally finished my extreme kitchen makeover. Top is before, bottom is after. I put in a hardwood floor, painted the cabinets white (and the island brown), added cabinet hardware, put in new appliances, and got rid of the awful red the previous owners seemed to love so much.


The Tallest Man Ever

Saturday, August 26, 2017 11:23
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Keely and I visited Alton, Illinois, home of Robert Wadlow, the tallest man to ever live. Here’s me next to a lifesize statue of the guy. (He stood nine feet tall.)




Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 5:51
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Keely and I drove down to Illinois to see our first total solar eclipse. Our favorite parts?

  1. The chase: getting ourselves into the zone and positioning ourselves in a place with good weather. (Meanwhile, we knew that traffic was going to be increasingly gridlocked, and we weren’t going to be able to move from our spot!) We checked the weather radar and got up early enough to get where we needed to be.
  2. The comraderie: it was fun meeting other eclipse chasers and knowing we were all part of something special we’d remember for the rest of our lives.
  3. The light. This is the thing no picture or video can properly show. As the sun is being covered, nothing changes for quite a while, other than a temperature drop. At about 75% coverage, there’s a slight dimming. But then the last ten minutes before, at 95%, things take a dramatic shift, with the light becoming very, very strange. It’s not like dawn or dusk or cloud cover. It feels more like you’re on an alien world. And it’s like a drumroll to the main event, creating the anticipation.
  4. Seeing the darkness rush in: if you look to the west, you can see the darkness coming at supersonic speed, covering the land.
  5. Looking back at the sun and seeing a black hole. (As pictured above)
  6. Seeing planets: I could see Venus and Saturn.
  7. Seeing the sun return and watching the Moon move off (with our eclipse glasses).
  8. Looking back at it all, and enjoying the success of being at the right place at the right time!

Star Trek The Next Generation Thirtieth Birthday Bash

Monday, August 7, 2017 2:10
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Keely and I celebrated the thirtieth birthday of TNG with some special people over the weekend.


Hanging out with the cast of TNG; from left to right, LeVar Burton, Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Keely, me, Marina Sirtis, John de Lancie, Denise Crosby, and Brent Spiner.


Keely on the bridge



With Marina Sirtis (Troi)



A miniature from one of the TNG episodes (“The First Duty”)



Getting chased by the Borg!



With Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space and a TNG guest star in “Second Chances”.



Juan Ortiz made original posters for every single TNG episode and had them on display. While his Star Trek projects are different than my book project in execution, I think our projects are similar in spirit.



With René Auberjonois (Odo on DS9)



We had some fun celebrating the original series too.


Listening to William Shatner speak



Meeting with Shatner after



Keely on the original bridge



Me escaping the Guardian of Forever



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Happy to have summer again!

Sunday, June 4, 2017 13:20
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Well, we didn’t have a bad winter here this year (which is something), but I’m happy my wife is finishing up the school year and we can get to our summer fun!





By Jove!

Thursday, February 23, 2017 16:55
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We’ve had fairly decent February weather in Wisconsin lately, so I got up at 4am this morning to check out the cosmos in my telescope. There were no bugs and no Moon (which tends to obscure the stars), so I had a great time! The star of the night (pardon the scientifically inaccurate pun) was Jupiter and its moons. Check them out!



Thursday, February 16, 2017 22:20
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Had some fun in the Windy City with my wife.











In a New York State of Mind

Sunday, January 1, 2017 16:09
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I went to New York for Christmas and had a lot of fun.



At Madison Square Garden



At the One World Trade Center



Times Square


So about our President-elect…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 20:07
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I can’t accept a bigoted President who bullies and lies, so I wrote a protest song about Donald Trump. I’m going to send a copy to my Congressman, Paul Ryan:


Been polishing up my next book

Monday, July 25, 2016 14:13
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Talk about some unusual places to do some editing… I’ve been hopping around the U.S. and Canada! But it’s been fun.







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