Last year was the 100th birthday of Alan Turing—the brilliant, gay, scientist who helped break the Enigma machine, and then (probably) committed suicide in 1954.
During the Centenary Celebration, I became aware of Bletchley Park, a museum at the wartime site of British code breaking. I filed away this knowledge for a future trip to [...]
Below is my piece for the Wyoming Monologues, a performance put on at the University of Wyoming last night, March 8, 2013, following a performance of the Vagina Monologues. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ian, Stephan, Jay, Alexander, and Bonnie for their helpful comments during the writing process. Further, it would [...]
Yesterday I engaged in a bit of random Berlin exploration – it started innocently enough with coffee from *$ — after my coffee, I popped outside and got on the first bus I saw, Bus 186. I recognized the last stop listed (S-Grunewald), but I had no idea how I would get [...]
Today, June 23, 2012, marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, a man whose efforts helped break Nazi encryptions, and, consequently, end the war. He was even awarded an OBE for this.
There’s no way I could do justice to him in this space.
But I do want to focus on the fact that he [...]
The infamous V2
So while the only honest word that could describe this Saturday is “lazy”, last Saturday I was busy visiting the Peenemünde Historical and Technical Information Center.
It was actually the core reason that I wanted to visit Usedom—one of my colleagues had mentioned that the museum is about the development of [...]
While Koko was visiting, I took a couple days off of work to join her in visiting Berlin tourist sites and was quickly reminded of how Germany is the perfect place to live if you love to hate where you are, and at the same time love to love where you are.
It’s rather simple, [...]
Recently I got a present – an expensive present – and I was able to do most of the choosing of the bits.
Since the information is out there, it’s a Canon 60D.
What I’ve come to discover, which I had suspected, is that I really didn’t know a lot about photography and that I [...]
Friday ended up being a fairly good day: I saw a lot of cool things, took a long walk, and bought my train ticket to Sweden.
I glanced at the Copenhagen Post, the English language newspaper for Denmark and noticed among its entertainment listings the existence of the Danish War Resistance Museum – and I [...]
It snowed last night.
It’s not exactly my worst fear, but it’s come awfully close: It’s snowing in Cody, Wyoming. I got up here with limited road challenges: a few brief periods of limited visibility and a bit of slush here and there.
This morning I went out to find my car covered in [...]
There’s no doubt about it, Weimar is one heck of a tourist trap, especially for the Germans and the Germanphiles of the world. It’s the spiritual home of both Goethe and Schiller, as well as the European Capital of Culture (1999). For the Americans, it’s home of Buchenwald, a Nazi concentration camp described by Edward [...]