Archive for June, 2010

Vintage Baseball

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

This afternoon there was a baseball game in North Oaks played in the style of the game during the 1860’s. I have wanted to see and photograph a game like that for several years. Today wasn’t quite the opportunity I had hoped for, as only one of the two teams was outfitted in period-specific uniforms. […]

Beer from Colorado

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

On Friday night I was scurrying into our local liquor store, not long before closing time, to pick up some beer. The likely suspects were rattling around in my mind, when I saw a sign that said “Odell Brewing from Colorado, first time in Minnesota”. When we lived in Fort Collins, Colorado, we knew some […]

Photographing Stuff with Wheels

Monday, June 21st, 2010

This week I devoted quite a bit of time to photography, with two great photographic opportunities in the Twin Cities. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as Sunday afternoon, I photographed the criterium stages of the Nature Valley Grand Prix bike race. There were spectacular finishes to both the women’s and men’s races in […]


Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I just finished looking at another set of lectures from the web site AcademicEarth. This class was on game theory, taught by Professor Benjamin Polak at Yale. This was, in a very real sense, a follow on to a class I took 45 years ago when in college. That class was taught by Thomas Shelling, […]

Interesting Books

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Recently saw a book review of “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History” by S. C. Gwynne. The review also mentioned the book “The Comanche Empire” by Pekka Hamalainen. Both books look quite interesting. Comanches gained their power from […]

Cause of the Civil War

Monday, June 7th, 2010

A year ago I watched on-line the lectures for a class at Yale about the Civil War. The professor mentioned a book by Charles B. Dew, “Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War“. Dew is a professor of history at Williams, but his southern roots run very deep. Since […]

Critter Trifecta

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Today was an interesting day for casually observing wildlife in North Oaks: This morning, while Hana and I were hiking around the island, we came across a snapping turtle laying her eggs. While riding my road bike past the North Oaks Golf Club, I saw a fox near the road. This fox, which I took […]