Thanks to a tip from Girl Programmer and your NSF tax dollars Southern Man got a little grant to fly up to a MOBILE Lab workshop hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.
Our host and one of his student assistants.
Southern Man hard at work.
It rained most of the time but that didn't stop Southern Man from picking up about a dozen geocaches during the workshop. He also came home with a shiny new WD Element external drive.
So Southern Man got to travel on someone else's dime, geocache (and add a new state to his list), learn new stuff, and pick up new toys. Is there a better way to spend three days?
...and get the stuffing beat out of it. That seems to be the usual fate of the movie version of the good ship Enterprise.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - minor damage by the initial attack by V'Ger.
The Enterprise about to get smacked in the nose by a V'Ger scanning torpedo.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan - pulverized by the USS Reliant in a truly epic example of good old fashioned space opera. Kaaaaaahn!
Enterprise takes a hard hit to the port side...
...and gets in a little return fire.
Star Trek: The Search For Spock - further pulverized by a Klingon Bird of Prey.
Bird of Prey captured, reamed Bounty, used to terrorize fishermen and save whales, among other things.
Star Trek: The Voyage Home - USS Enterprise-A did not appear to the very end of the film and was thus safe. For once.
I wonder how many movies I'll survive?
Star Trek: The Final Frontier - pulverized by another Bird of Prey. BoP destroyed by God. Yes, really.
The Klingon Bird of Prey.
Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country - further pulverized by yet another Bird of Prey. BoP destroyed by trick torpedo.
Lock weapons on target!
Star Trek: Generations - The Enterprise-D destroyed by - wait for it - another Bird of Prey. BoP destroyed by trickery and torpedo; Enterprise main hull lost in warp-core breach, saucer section crash landed.
The Duras Sisters put some pain on the Enterprise-D.
Saucer section reentry.
Note the combat record here. Klingon Birds of Prey put some serious hurt on the various incarnations of Enterprise. General Martok was right to stick with the Rotarrin.
Star Trek: First Contact - Enterprise-E taken over by Borg but for once not pulverized.
Rumor is that the Millenium Falcon is among the combatants.
Star Trek: Insurrection - Enterprise-E pulverized by two Son'a battleships, saved only by timely warp-core ejection.
A second ago, there were two Son'a battleships in this scene.
Star Trek: Nemesis - Enterprise-E pulverised by Romulan battleship Scimitar, which was destroyed by...ramming.
Scimitar, meet Enterprise.
And things don't get much better in the alternate timeline.
Star Trek - pulverized by the future-Romulan mining ship Narada (which had earlier destroyed both a large squadron of Klingon BoPs and a big chunk of Starfleet), then further damaged by a black hole. Escape was by yet another timely warp-core ejection.
Enterprise and Narada face off over Vulcan...
Star Trek Into Darkness - pulverized by the Federation battleship Revenge.
...and confronts the Federation dreadnaught Revenge in the Neutral Zone.
And there is your Trekker post for the day. Enjoy!
Much better than expected, with epic property damage on the ground and lots of shout outs for us old-time fans but also making it clear that this is an alternate timeline and Abrams is free to take the series in unexpected new directions. Southern Man had carefully avoided reviews and spoiler posts so he was delightfully surprised by The Reveal. This was also Southern Man's first foray into IMAX 3D, which was pretty awesome but left him with something of a headache. Perhaps the excessive lens flare had something to do with that.
Why, yes, the USS Enterprise does get pulverized. As usual. Also, smoke In Space!
Southern Man saw this good-sized common snapping turtle (chelydra serpentina) trying to cross six lands of traffic...
He was a Beast, easily capable of taking a finger. Southern Man managed to get him by the tail and put him by the side of the road. Yes, Southern Man knows you're not supposed to do that but it was all he could manage at the time.
And then Southern Man found a box and transported The Beast to The Land. Here he is near the dock pilings. Note how large he is compared to the cinderblocks in the background.
The Beast wasn't too happy about having been moved by his tail and then scooped into a box but The Land is and always will be a turtle and snake sanctuary. He'll make a fine home down there in the bottoms by the lake.
The ever beautiful Southern Mother.
Southern Father unloads conduit from The Titan.
Stella is a Good Dog!
It's the once-monthly singles dance! Whoo hoo!
Hey, why aren't you dancing?
As before none of the actual dance-floor pics came out, and few of the low-light shots. Southern Man must wean himself from "auto" and actually learn how to use his fancy new camera.
So Southern Man is hanging with some church-singles friends and a game of Yahtzee broke out. Yeah, we're wild and crazy like that. Southern Man's first five plays were:
That's 195 points in only eight rolls. What are the chances of that ever happening again?
- Large Straight (one roll)
- Small Straight (one roll)
- Full House (one roll)
- Yahtzee in 6s (two rolls)
- Yahtzee in 5s (three rolls)