Leaving Earth

Inspiration: Leaving Earth

March 22, 2021 dkeener 0

This is a photo of Space Shuttle Endeavour on its way to rendezvous with the International Space Station, taken May 16, 2011 by a shuttle training aircraft. Endeavour is seen emerging from the clouds, although it is still well short of achieving orbit and below the height of the space station.

Dune, art by John Schoenherr

Classic Cover: Dune Messiah

March 19, 2021 dkeener 0

This is a classic magazine cover from Analog SF magazine in 1965. It features art by the late Hugo-award-winning artist John Schoenherr, whose covers helped make “Dune” (by Frank Herbert) a best-selling series. John Schoenherr won the 1965 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, primarily for his work on the […]

Mars Rover Spirit

Spirit Rover: A 1-Page Story

February 22, 2021 dkeener 0

This is a powerful one-page graphic story published by the XKCD webcomic. I’m guessing it came out some time in 2010 since that’s when the Spirit Rover stopped operating. I first spotted this on Facebook and had to do some research to figure out where it originated. When they’re done […]

Mastodon on the Loose

Ashburn Wildlife Sighting

February 19, 2021 dkeener 0

Long thought extinct, residents of Ashburn, VA, a suburb of Washington D.C., were stunned to find a lone mastodon roaming the streets during a recent snow storm. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” marveled David Keener, a local resident. Scientists and wildlife experts are at a loss to understand where […]

Robert Hjort, Age 13

Family Heirloom

February 2, 2021 dkeener 0

My maternal grandfather, Robert Hjort, was a Danish immigrant born in 1908. He came to the United States with his family when he was two years old. This photo dates from August 14, 1921, and was taken at a picnic outing of the Danish Societies from Portsmouth, NH. My grandfather […]

Start Enterprise Bridge

Virtual Vacation: Star Trek Enterprise

January 19, 2021 dkeener 0

For this week’s virtual vacation, I took a tour of NCC-1701, the Enterprise, under the command of Captain Kirk. This is a picture snapped by Yeoman Rand on the bridge. I’m standing in the back, in my blue science officer uniform, near the elevator. All right, if you insist. This […]

Sauron: Times Person of the Year

Monday Mashup: Times Person of the Year

January 18, 2021 dkeener 0

Found this on the InterWeb and it tickled my fancy. This is Sauron from The Lord of the Rings…on the cover of Times magazine as their selection for Person of the Year. Maybe I’m easily amused, but I thought this was funny.

Leaving L.A.

Inspiration: Burning L.A.

January 11, 2021 dkeener 0

This is a great image from the back of a departing yacht as a group of survivors leaves Los Angelos behind during a zombie apocalypse. Behind them, the city burns uncontrollably, caught between ravening hordes of zombies and an implacable military that still thinks they can win against them. From […]

T-Rex in Action

Inspiration: T-Rex

January 6, 2021 dkeener 0

It’s been an awful day. Insurrectionists wreaked havoc in the capitol and the Confederate flag was raised in DC for the first time in the history of the United States. Time for some counter-programming: here’s a T-Rex trying to make a bed. If that doesn’t make you chuckle, I don’t […]