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.
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.
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.
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.
With duties at the soon-to-be-former job completed for the day Southern Man had several hours to kill before his evening class so he wandered up the road to the State Capitol (which he'd not visited for many years) to see the sites and do a little geocaching.
Capitol exterior. There is a geocache inside the building, tucked away in a corner of the library.
The State Seal.
Under The Dome.
The nearby Battleship Oklahoma memorial, which pretty much gives away the identity of Southern State for any reader that hasn't yet figured it out.
As very nearly his last official act at his current employer, Southern Man presided over the Fifteenth Initiation of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computing and information sciences.
The stage is set.
Honorees and attendees.
The Faculty read their parts.
Official UPE 2013 Photo.
Southern Man is pleased to be a Charter Member of this chapter of UPE. Girl Programmer was running the show back then. Thanks, GP!
Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (1170-1250), known today as Fibonacci, was one of the most talented mathematicians of the Middle Ages. He was instrumental in introducing the Hindu-Arabic number system to Europe through his book, Liber Abaci or the Book of Calculations. One example in this book is the sequence that today bears his name and begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 ... in which each term is the sum of its two predecessors. Thus 5/8/13 has been dubbed "Fibonacci Day."
Lured by the promise of Mexican food, unlimited margaritas, and "hot, beautiful women" (yes, that's a quote, sort of) Southern Man wandered Down South for a Cinco De Mayo party.
Of course he did a little sightseeing and nabbed a couple of geocaches on the way...
Texans are particularly good at honoring our veterans.
Another was by this train siding. Southern Man likes trains.
The dogs got lots of loving. Photo by T.
Southern Man holds court. Photo by T.
Two of the many lovely ladies present.
"The name is Bond...Stacey Bond..."
Good folks, good food, good drink, good conversation.
With the especially lovely hostess. Photo by T.
posted by Southern Man @ 10:00 PM
is a thirtysomething*CS/STEM educator in the Midwestern USA.
He started blogging in the summer of 2006 shortly after his wife of sixteen years asked for a divorce and this blog began as an account of
how he copes with the unsettling process of breaking up a marriage
and learns how to live as a single parent and deal with visitation and physical custody and all the other stuff that comes with divorce
and has evolved into an outlet for Southern Man's adventures and opinions on travel, politics, religion, film, music, relationships, and whatever.
*Southern Man will be stating his age in hexadecimal until further notice.