Serendipity SOUL | Saturday Open Thread | Star Trek Week: “Tuvok”

Hello, Everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend. We’re not finished yet. Today’s featured Star Trek character is Tim Russ AKA “Lieutenant Commander Tuvok.”

Tim Russ

Wiki: Timothy Darrell “Tim” Russ (born June 22, 1956)[1] is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his roles as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, as Frank on Samantha Who?, and as Principal Franklin, a recurring character on the Nickelodeon live-action teen sitcom iCarly.
Russ was born in Washington, D.C. to a state government employee mother and a U.S. Air Force officer father.[2] He spent part of his childhood in Turkey.[3] During his early life, Tim Russ had many dogs.

Star Trek and other roles

Russ has been extensively involved in the Star Trek franchise, as a voice and film actor, writer, director and producer.[4] He played several minor roles before landing the role as the main character Tuvok. Russ originally screen-tested for the role of Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation before gaining the role of Tuvok.[4]

While many Trek actors claim to have had little interest in the franchise before they signed on for their role, Russ went into Voyager as a dedicated Trekkie with an extensive knowledge of Vulcan lore.[5]



Tuvok was born in 2264 on Vulcanis, a lunar colony belonging to the Vulcan people. As a teenager Tuvok fell in love with Jara, the daughter of a Terrelian diplomat. Jara did not return his affections. He was expelled from school. His parents sent him to study then with a Vulcan master to learn to control his emotions.

Tuvok attended Starfleet Academy in San Francisco. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign at age 29, serving as Junior Science Officer on the USS Excelsior, under Captain Hikaru Sulu (seen in the episode “Flashback”) .

During his early service with Starfleet, Tuvok became increasingly uncomfortable associating with non-Vulcans, and he resigned his Starfleet commission in 2298 to pursue his people’s Kolinahr regimen of true non-emotion. He went into pon farr six years later, leading to his marriage to T’Pel, and began a family.

Check out these video segments:

Yes; even Tuvok had love in his life:

T'Pel                                                        T’Pel- Played by Marva Hicks

Marva Hicks-2

Marva Hicks

Tuvok & T'Pel

Tuvok & T’Pel

Watch the full episode here.

Tim Russ Interview


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40 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Saturday Open Thread | Star Trek Week: “Tuvok”

  1. rikyrah says:

    Joseph Simpson Arrested After Cigarette DNA Solves Cold Case Murder Of Krystal Beslanowitch

    By PAUL FOY 09/20/13 05:21 PM ET EDT AP

    A cigarette butt proved to be the undoing of a man suspected of killing a girl in Utah 18 years ago, after a sheriff trailed him for four days to grab the DNA evidence.

    Without the efforts of Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner, the case would have been forgotten long ago. For Bonner, however, it was personal. As the original investigator in the bludgeoning death of the teenage prostitute in 1995, he couldn’t let it go.

    “It was haunting me my whole career,” Bonner told The Associated Press on Friday. “It doesn’t matter that she was a street girl. This is a 17-year-old girl – a human being. I could care less what she did for a living. She was doing what she had to survive.”

    The body of Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch was found Dec. 6, 1995, along the Provo River near Midway.

    Bonner said Joseph Michael Simpson, who was arrested Tuesday, was “never on our radar” until earlier this year, when a lab extracted “touch DNA” from the granite rocks used to crush the teen’s skull.

    Bonner flew to Sarasota, Fla., to help arrest the unemployed 46-year-old, who was living with his mother there.


    After years of dead-end leads, improved DNA technology let investigators finally get a full match on Simpson in January from evidence at the rural crime scene.

    Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Forensics found Simpson’s full DNA on a spot where he had touched one of the granite rocks. The process of collecting it, using a vacuum-assisted instrument, took a full day.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka


    POTUS: “Michelle and I are happy to be here. This is a good looking crowd. Everyone looks nice.” #CBCDinner

    8:10 PM – 21 Sep 2013

    Nerdy Wonka


    POTUS: “Making sure our criminal justice system works equally well for everyone not just some.” #CBCDinner

    8:13 PM – 21 Sep 2013

    Nerdy Wonka


    POTUS: “We have to pick up the torch of economic justice. We will not let up, we will not rest. It’s the right thing to do.” #CBCDinner

    8:14 PM – 21 Sep 2013

    Nerdy Wonka


    POTUS: “We will not let up until every American has access to quality affordable healthcare.” Crowd cheers and applauds. #CBCDinner

    8:15 PM – 21 Sep 2013

  3. Ametia says:

    Didn’t know Sidney Portier was considered to play POTUS on tv series The West Wing

  4. Yahtc says:

  5. Black Thought

    Miles Davis

    In 1959, during the Birdland sessions, Miles Davis took a break and went out 2 get sum air (52nd Street and Broadway). After he escorted a White woman to her taxicab, he took a smoke when he was asked 2 “move along” by a beat cop. He refused and was beaten and arrested 4 fighting with a patrolman (Gerald Kilduff). The cop went up side his head with a blackjack for which a ambulance was called. This is him at the West 54th Street Station House—18th Precinct. (FR)

    I so love love Miles Davis playing with Prince here.

  6. Yahtc says:

  7. rikyrah says:

    Health Reform Quiz

    The health reform law promises to deliver big changes in the U.S. health care system. But, as with other sweeping pieces of legislation, it can be hard to get the real facts about what it does. And it is all too easy for misinformation about the law to spread.

    Take our short, 10-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law, and then share your results with friends on Twitter or Facebook

  8. rikyrah says:

    September 21, 2013 12:25 PM
    This Time, the House G.O.P. Really Has Gone Nuts

    Republicans aren’t even offering to negotiate.

    By Max Ehrenfreund

    There is an important difference between the current crisis in Congress over funding for “Obamacare” and the previous crises over the budget at the end of last year and in the summer of 2011. This time, the right wing of the Republican Party isn’t even pretending to be reasonable. In the past, they established various negotiable bargaining positions, and President Obama and the Congressional leadership were able to trade concessions on different aspects of the budget and ultimately reach a compromise. The process wasn’t particularly elegant, but at least both sides appeared committed to a negotiation. By contrast, the current Republican demand — that appropriations for the health-care law be terminated — is not even theoretically negotiable. Neither side could conceivably suggest eliminating, I don’t know, three fifths of the funds in the Affordable Care Act. That would mean going back to the drawing board on the entire program. The Republican position precludes a compromise.

    Some on the right think that the optimal health-care policy would require repealing Obamacare and replacing it with some entirely new system. “The law is flawed in its conception and basic design, not just in some of its provisions, and blocking its worst effects would require a rewrite rather than modest modifications,” Yuval Levin wrote earlier this year. If you are a lawmaker who believes that, then it is impossible for you to negotiate with the president on the issue of health care. His policy and what you would prefer are fundamentally opposed.

    Still, that would not give you an excuse to threaten to shut down the federal government to force your preferred policy into law (and I don’t mean to suggest Levin supports this negotiating strategy). Republicans control one chamber of Congress, which in our system of representative government gives them the power to demand concessions on some issues, as they have done. Where no concessions are possible, though, they will have to accept the majority’s position.

    Let’s imagine that the G.O.P. tactics were successful, that Obama and the Democrats capitulated and terminated funding for the Affordable Care Act. The Republican victory would not be due to anything other than the fact that they are dangerously irrational and their opponents are not. Their current strategy really is no better hostage-taking.

  9. rikyrah says:

    ObamaCare foes taking hostages: Our view
    The Editorial Board, USA TODAY 12:19 p.m. EDT September 20, 2013

    epublicans’ obsession with overturning ObamaCare is getting sillier and more dangerous at the same time. Now that they’ve failed to kill the law every way the rules allow — in Congress, the Supreme Court and in a presidential election — the opponents are taking hostages and, in effect, threatening to shoot them if they don’t get their way.

    Unfortunately for everyone involved, the hostages are the federal government and the U.S. economy.

    The first hostage was taken Friday, when the House’s GOP majority passed a bill that would keep the government running after Sept. 30, but only if ObamaCare is defunded.

    That’s not going to happen.

    President Obama isn’t about to let his signature legislative achievement be gutted. And leaders of the Senate’s Democratic majority have already declared that they’ll strip out the ObamaCare language and return the funding bill to the House. At that point, the House will face a choice: Pass the Senate plan and keep the government running, or reject it and trigger a partial shutdown.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, September 21, 2013

    What’s going on in the GOP reminds me of the way a lot of people talk about gang violence. It’s often said that in recent years it’s been more common for kids in gangs to shoot other kids in gangs (and shoot innocent bystanders) because they just can’t walk away from a dispute; if they’ve been disrespected, the fight inevitably escalates, until somebody gets shot.

    That’s how the GOP seems right now. Look at the Obamacare fight. John Boehner was disrespected when he was accused of offering a fake vote on defunding of the health care law, and so he gave in to Senator Ted Cruz’s demand for a House vote on a provision that would really defund Obamacare, after which Boehner and other House Republicans attacked Cruz for saying that he and his allies couldn’t really block Obamacare in the Senate.

    People who looked at the likely course of the Obamacare-defunding proposal in the Senate agreed that, for complicated reasons, Cruz was correct and there was no real opportunity to stage a true filibuster of a bill with full funding of Obamacare. The only filibuster opportunity requires Cruz and his allies to block a bill that includes the defunding proposal they favor. Smart people like Kevin Drum said that was absurd, and therefore unlikely:

  11. rikyrah says:

    WHO KNEW…that there was so much crime in HONEY?


    The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History
    By Susan Berfield September 19, 2013

    Magnus von Buddenbrock and Stefanie Giesselbach arrived in Chicago in 2006 full of hope. He was 30, she was 28, and they had both won their first overseas assignments at ALW Food Group, a family-owned food-trading company based in Hamburg. Von Buddenbrock had joined ALW—the initials stand for its founder, Alfred L. Wolff—four years earlier after earning a degree in marketing and international business, and he was expert in the buying and selling of gum arabic, a key ingredient in candy and soft drinks. Giesselbach had started at ALW as a 19-year-old apprentice. She worked hard, learned quickly, spoke five languages, and within three years had become the company’s first female product manager. Her specialty was honey. When the two colleagues began their new jobs in a small fourth-floor office a few blocks from Millennium Park in downtown Chicago, ALW’s business was growing, and all they saw was opportunity.

    On March 24, 2008, von Buddenbrock came to the office around 8:30 a.m., as usual. He was expecting a quiet day: It was a holiday in Germany, and his bosses there had the day off. Giesselbach was on holiday, too; she had returned to Germany to visit her family and boyfriend. Sometime around 10 a.m., von Buddenbrock heard a commotion in the reception area and went to have a look. A half-dozen armed federal agents, all wearing bulletproof vests, had stormed in. “They made a good show, coming in with full force,” he recalls. “It was pretty scary.”

    The agents asked if anybody was hiding anywhere, then separated von Buddenbrock and his assistant, the only two employees there. Agents brought von Buddenbrock into a conference room, where they questioned him about ALW’s honey business. After a couple of hours they left, taking with them stacks of paper files, copies of computer hard drives, and samples of honey.


    The agents, from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security, had begun to uncover a plot by ALW to import millions of pounds of cheap honey from China by disguising its origins.

    • aquagranny911 says:

      This is why I only get my honey from a local rancher, an old guy, who btw, get his original hives from my own familia!

  12. rikyrah says:

    – – — ☺@Smith83K
    @NerdyWonka @Alllwftopic @AngryBlackLady Thanks to Obamacare, my insurance company couldn’t deny me once I got cancer. And now no limits.
    Retweeted by Nerdy Wonka —

    – — ☺@NerdyWonka
    @AngryBlackLady I have a friend who’s had a heart condition from birth and insurance was a problem. No more since #ObamaCare became law. – –

    — – – – -☺ ‏@NerdyWonka
    @AngryBlackLady Thanks for this. This is what #ObamaCare is and does. It is there for people, some between life and death. It’s not abstract
    – —MORE L8R :>) – – —-Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • aquagranny911 says:

      Gracias for these tweets! Obamacare has saved my youngest daughter’s life & will continue to do so because her heart condition will no longer make her “uninsurable!”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Link One-Year Debt-Cap Suspension With Cuts
    By Roxana Tiron – Sep 21, 2013 6:20 AM CT

    House Republicans will consider a measure in the coming week that would suspend the U.S. borrowing limit for one year instead of raising it by a specific amount, said Representative Paul Ryan, the chairman of the Budget Committee.

    Republican leaders will seek to attach several provisions to the measure that would reduce the U.S. budget deficit in the long run, Ryan said. If Congress passes the Republican plan, the government would continue borrowing.

    The measure will look “at debt over the long term, and that is what matters the most,” Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, told reporters in Washington yesterday.

    President Barack Obama has urged Congress to increase U.S. borrowing authority without conditions, and said he won’t negotiate on the issue.

    The House Republican plan would suspend the debt cap until Dec. 31, 2014, according to a proposal distributed by party leaders to Republican members and obtained by Bloomberg News. House Republicans said it is a plan that would save at least $256 billion from budget revisions and changes to entitlement programs.

    Republicans plan to add to the measure a one-year delay of Obama’s health-care law, instructions for revamping the U.S. tax code, an authorization to build the Keystone XL pipeline and reductions in government regulations.
    Medicaid, Medicare

    Republicans will seek to increase means-testing for Medicare, reduce the Medicaid provider tax, revise medical malpractice law and eliminate a public-health fund as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

  14. rikyrah says:

    For the Bible Tells Me So
    Posted by mistermix at 10:24 am
    Sep 212013

    Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) defends his vote against SNAP with this bible verse:

    For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

    Kevin’s about my age and we grew up in similar circumstances. Probably, like me, at least one set of his grandparents were hard-working farmers in North Dakota. And it is almost certain that they were beneficiaries of one of the biggest government handouts in the history of government handouts: the Homestead Acts. The value of land given away to one person by that Act is now more than $300K in most parts of his state. He’s also probably two generations removed from relatives who came over on a boat, and one generation removed from relatives who had first-hand experience of the Depression, and the hunger and poverty experienced by people with no social safety net.

    Let’s contrast Rep. Cramer with another Republican, Bob Dole. Like most other prairie state legislators of his generation, (including North Dakotans Quintin Burdick and Milton Young) Dole was part of the effort to feed our country and the world. Dole and George McGovern wrote the modern SNAP act and got it through Congress. His and McGovern’s name are on the legislation that authorizes spending on food for millions of children around the world.

    Bob Dole just turned 90, so his obituary is already written, and none of the honest efforts are going to make him sound like Mr. Congeniality. Still, the one thing that won’t be said in any of them is that he wanted to take the food out of mouths of children. Kevin Cramer, at a mere 52 years old, has already cemented that part of his legacy, and he’s an ungrateful, god-bothering asshole to boot.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Hoist On Their Own Petard

    by BooMan
    Sat Sep 21st, 2013 at 08:50:00 AM EST
    Does anyone remember when Mitch McConnell filibustered his own bill? It happened last December. He offered a bill that would have given the president the authority to raise the debt ceiling, subject only to a two-thirds majority override in Congress. McConnell was trying to make the Democrats filibuster, but they didn’t. Harry Reid offered to have an immediate vote on the idea.

    And then we had the delicious spectacle of McConnell objecting to a vote on the bill that he had just proposed. That’s exactly what the House of Representatives is doing with the bill they just passed to keep the government open until December 15th. They passed it and sent it to Harry Reid. And now they expect Republican senators to filibuster it.

    It’s not uncommon to ask for a vote that you know will not pass just to put some lawmakers on the spot and make them cast a vote that can be used against them later. It’s annoying trollish behavior, but both parties do it and it is a staple of American politics. What’s different is proposing or passing legislation and then objecting to that legislation getting consideration in the Senate. That takes annoying trollish behavior to a new unprecedented level.

    I doubt the Republican senators will go along with it, but you never know with these folks. If they do prevent Harry Reid from considering their bill, they’ll have to explain why they passed it in the first place. It would result in a government shutdown and when people started pointing the finger of blame, it wouldn’t stick to the Democrats. The House would argue that they passed something and the Senate didn’t. But that’s just one more reason why Senate Republicans don’t have an incentive to go along with the plan.

    At this point, what we’re watching is the House Republicans and the Senate Republicans having a fight where they each want the other to get the blame for either funding ObamaCare or shutting down the government, or both. And Ted Cruz is basically taking the House’s side even though he is a senator, and even though the House hates him for it.

    The Insane has truly arrived.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Secret Society Dips Toe in City Politics, Prompting Lawsuit

    Published: September 14, 2013

    The college students began arriving a little before lunch at Calvary Baptist Church, far more than usual for a local election. The poll workers knew immediately: the Machine was here.

    The school year at the University of Alabama has barely gotten started, and already the campus has found itself in a charged self-examination on issues of politics, power and race, with the exposure of tenacious segregation among fraternities and sororities drawing national attention.

    But the turmoil began some weeks earlier. It raised the specter of the Machine, a secret society representing a league of select and almost exclusively white fraternities and sororities, which has been around for a century or more. Once a breeding ground for state political leaders, the Machine (it has long been known by that nickname) today maintains a solid hold on student government through an effective, and critics say coercive, brand of old-fashioned organization politics.

    But the Machine’s apparent involvement in an August school board election, a rare appearance in municipal politics, has prompted a lawsuit, accusations of voter fraud and an outcry that in many ways primed the campus for the larger storm over inclusion and tradition that is now taking place.

    The race for the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education was already atypical. Business interests had announced a desire to remake the board, saying the rate of progress had been insufficient in a system of 10,000 students, most of them low-income. Fueled by business-financed political action committees, the challengers outraised the incumbents 10 to 1, reporting by far the most money raised in a Tuscaloosa school board race. Most of the challengers nonetheless lost.


    Accounts of intimidation tactics attributed to the Machine over the decades include cross burnings, threats and boycotts, although students these days speak mostly of social pressure, both implicit and overt and at times intense. Despite changes that the university has made to student government — like expanding polling days and switching to online voting — and despite the fact that Machine-affiliated organizations account for less than one-third of Alabama’s student population, its candidates have continued to win, if not as decisively as in the past.

    “There is a lot of apathy,” said Kendra Key, who in 2009 came within a few hundred votes of being the first black woman to be student government president. Students, she said, “feel the Greek system is going to dominate the elections, so why even waste the effort?”

    When the Machine has faltered, it has adjusted. Cleophus Thomas Jr. beat a Machine candidate to become Alabama’s first black student government president in 1976, in large part because of the votes of sorority members. Not long after, sororities were allowed into the Machine for the first time. There have been few non-Machine presidents, and no black presidents, since.

    The intersection between the Machine and race is complicated. Ms. Key suggested that the marginalization of black student representation was largely a byproduct; the Machine represents a white bloc in a historically segregated Greek system, so its success inevitably means white control. But others say race is more central to the Machine and have tied the election controversy to the storm that arose last week when The Crimson White, the student newspaper, reported that a superbly qualified black woman had failed to receive a single bid from Alabama’s traditionally white sororities.

    “They all seem of a piece to me,” said Stacy Morgan, an American studies professor who has begun pushing, with other faculty members, for comprehensive changes to address campus-election procedures and the segregation of student organizations. “It’s a kind of exclusiveness, a kind of insularity.”

  17. rikyrah says:

    Here’s My Offer: Nothing

    by BooMan
    Sat Sep 21st, 2013 at 12:25:15 PM EST
    Speaker Boehner has been experiencing a lot of disappointment lately:

    President Obama phoned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday to tell him he will not negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling, according to a readout provided by the Speaker’s office.

    Boehner told the president he was “disappointed” to hear his position, an aide said.

    “Given the long history of using debt limit increases to achieve bipartisan deficit reduction and economic reforms, the Speaker was disappointed but told the president that the two chambers of Congress will chart the path ahead. It was a brief call,” the aide said.

    in case you don’t know to what the title of this post is referring to…here’s a refresher:

  18. rikyrah says:

    Obama to make case at UN on Syria
    By Julian Pecquet – 09/20/13 05:13 PM ET

    President Obama will use Tuesday’s address to the United Nations to press for quick action on Syria, the White House said Friday.

    President Obama will use Tuesday’s address to the United Nations to press for quick action on Syria, the White House said Friday.

    Obama’s speech will focus on the need for a tough resolution demanding Syria turn over its chemical weapons or face a threat of force, White House spokesman Ben Rhodes told reporters. The president will also reiterate his demand that Bashar Assad step down.

    The speech will focus on the “need for the international community to stand up to the use of chemical weapons,” Rhodes said. But that is only “one part of a broader challenge in Syria,” which also includes the “need for a political solution that removes Assad from power.”

  19. rikyrah says:

    Syria meets deadline for chemical weapons disclosure
    By Thomas Escritt
    AMSTERDAM | Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:43am EDT

    (Reuters) – Syria has handed over information about its chemical arsenal to a U.N.-backed weapons watchdog, meeting the first deadline of an ambitious disarmament operation that averted the threat of Western air strikes.

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Saturday it had “received the expected disclosure” from Damascus, 24 hours after saying it had been given a partial document from Syrian authorities.

    It said it was reviewing the information, handed over after President Bashar al-Assad agreed to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons in the wake of a sarin gas strike in Damascus’s suburbs last month – the world’s deadliest chemical attack in 25 years.

  20. aquagranny911 says:

    De-lurking to say once again… GRACIAS!… for this wonderful week filled with Trek. I would like to add for any other fans, if you have not read some or all of the books connected with Trek, you are missing a richness. Some of the very best scifi writers have been involved with Trek in the series & the movies. They often developed the characters & expanded their back stories so you could understand their actions & motivations better in the books they wrote later. Worth an exploration of that but you might have to hit the used book stores for the early stuff.

    Have a great day, Chicas!

  21. Ametia says:

    Why Today’s Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction
    Rebecca J. RosenSep 20 2013, 11:28 AM ET

    MIT researchers Dan Novy and Sophia Brueckner argue that the mind-bending worlds of authors such as Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke can help us not just come up with ideas for new gadgets, but anticipate their consequences.

    How will police use a gun that immobilizes its target but does not kill? What would people do with a device that could provide them with any mood they desire? What are the consequences of a massive, instant global communications network?

    Such questions are relevant to many technologies on the market today, but their first iterations appeared not in lab prototypes but in the pages of science fiction.

    This fall, MIT Media Lab researchers Dan Novy and Sophia Brueckner are teaching “Science Fiction to Science Fabrication,” aka “Pulp to Prototype,” a course that mines these “fantastic imaginings of the future” for analysis of our very real present. Over email, I asked Novy and Brueckner about the books they’ll be teaching, the inventions that found their antecedents in those pages, and why Novy and Brueckner believe it is so important for designers working in the very real world to study the imaginary. An edited transcript of our correspondence follows.

    What inspired you to teach a class at the Media Lab about science fiction? Why do you think it’s important?

    Dan Novy: One might assume that there would be many science fiction fans at the Media Lab, since many future and futuristic technologies are being created here daily. And yet we found this not to be the case.

    Science fiction is often derided as too fanciful or not rigorous in thought. There is still a stigma against those who read it, and yet if you look at the great advances in science and technology during most of the 20th and 21st centuries, they are often preceded by descriptions in works of science fiction written decades before.

    • aquagranny911 says:

      This is so true! I’ve been a science fiction & fantasy fan since I was a kiddo. So many of the best writers not only imagined science advances & technology but also looked at sociology & imagined worlds & societies, what stressors influenced them & how they evolved.

      My oldest grandson is becoming quite a fan & is reading through my collection of early stuff, a lot that is out of print now. Asimov, for example was not only a writer of science fiction but also a respected scientist. His Robot & Foundation series can still speak to us today.

      • Yahtc says:


        Have you read “Childhood’s End” by Arthur C. Clarke?

        I loved that book…..especially the ending.

      • aquagranny911 says:

        Oh yeah! Arthur C. Clark & that book are part of the classics of scifi. I was reading a lot of these people back when they were doing short stories for the 25cent Science & Fantasy rags of the ’50’s & even before that. I could also find copies of the earlier magazines in thrifts & used book stores when I had the opportunity & a few extra pesos.

        You might find this interesting. I read that Asimov sold his first short story to a scifi mag for 10 cents when he was just 14. His family was poor & he used writing short fiction to help them out & get himself through school. His Robot & Foundation books were developed & expanded from that first short story he wrote.

        There are some great new writers out there now but I confess that I still fall back on some of the old favorites.

  22. Yahtc says:

    Lisa Stevens is a panda curator:

    Lisa Stevens became a familiar face (and voice) in 2005 when panda cub Tai Shan was born at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. As manager of the giant panda program for the past 20 years, she often spoke to the public and to media about how the little ball of furry cuteness was faring. Before joining the zoo’s staff, she held positions as a field research assistant, in pet and aquarium retail, veterinary clinic operations, insect zoo husbandry and interpretation, and riding stable management (she’s an avid rider and horse owner). She has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and pre-veterinary medicine from Michigan State University and attended the AZA School for Professional Management Development for Zoo and Aquarium Personnel.(from the “Science Update” blog)

  23. Yahtc says:

    Aerospace Engineering – Meet Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson

    >Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson
    NASA, Instrument Manager and Aerospace Engineer

  24. Yahtc says:

  25. Ametia says:


    Washington area kids get down to business
    By Kitson Jazynka, Published: September 20

    Have you ever heard someone call an activity “a labor of love”? That means that even though something takes a lot of work, you love doing it.

    Do you love reading? Playing baseball? Working with animals? How about building or growing things?

    All of these activities take work, but if you love doing it, time flies.

    Here, we meet a few kids who have made their passions “work” for them. They’ve turned things they love — creating art, baking cupcakes and giving a dog a bone — into moneymaking opportunities.

    A budding CEO

    Brett Burch says a kid can do anything if he puts his mind to it. What has he put his mind to? Selling his artwork — on mugs, ties and T-shirts — to make money for college. He calls his online boutique Brett’s Trove.

    “I guess you could say my art is like cartoonish and fun,” Brett says. He gives the artwork on his items for sale such names as “Huh?” “Whoa!” or “Really?”

  26. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

  27. Yahtc says:

    Wishing all of you a very Good Morning!

    “Prayer at Sunrise”

    >Uploaded on Mar 14, 2011 by CanteOhitikaHoksila who wrote: “Wanagiwachipi & Peta dedicated to Centralia Shoshone Echo Ingawanup SpottedEagle and for Des Demas ‘Eagle-child.’ I miss her very much.”

    Two people commenting under this selection on Youtube said it was a Zuni song. One person translated it:

    In the Zuni language it is:
    Rise ! arise ! arise !
    Rise ! arise ! arise !
    Wake ye arise, life is greeting thee.
    Wake ye arise, ever watchful be.
    Mother Life god, she is calling thee!
    Mother Life god, she is greeting thee!
    *Note (some of the words of this song were not used in this version)

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