Archive for August, 2017

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.)

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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.

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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.

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Keely on the bridge

 

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With Marina Sirtis (Troi)

 

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

 

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Getting chased by the Borg!

 

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

 

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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.

 

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With René Auberjonois (Odo on DS9)

 

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We had some fun celebrating the original series too.

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Listening to William Shatner speak

 

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Meeting with Shatner after

 

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Keely on the original bridge

 

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Me escaping the Guardian of Forever

 

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