Something Basic

Here are some basic pictures of myself.  I'll start with a picture that was taken of me just outside the Natural Science Facility (in which the Department of Physics is located) on the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) campus.  I had been riding my bike; I am holding my bike helmet in my hands.  If memory serves, the picture was taken by Irene Downes, who was the Administrative Assistant of the Physics Department at that time.

First picture of myself

Here is a picture of me with the Geophysical Institute, wherein my office is located, in the background.  I believe that my father may have taken this picture of me.

Me with the Geophysical Institute in the background

Here is a picture of me in front of the sign just outside the entrance of the Geophysical Institute.  (You can see it in the lower left of the picture above.)  This picture was taken by Barry Miller for an article on my "geeksta rap" for an internal Geophysical Institute publication.

Me in front of the GI sign

Here is a picture of me at my (admittedly somewhat messy) desk.

Me at my desk

My Stints as Tuvok

Friends of mine had noted, as had I, some degree of similarity between my physical appearance and manner and those of Lieutenant Commander Tuvok of Star Trek: Voyager.  At some point I decided to take advantage of that similarity; and so I purchased a Star Trek costume.  I wore it on a couple of Halloweens.  As I recall, a fair number of people rather quickly recognized my costume.  I would be remiss if I did not give due credit to my barber Charlette, who affixed tips to my ears and attended to my make-up.

I have been fortunate that some of my friends were able to join me in this geeky fun.  One year a group of us went to the Blue Loon, a Fairbanks establishment, for Halloween.  I was, of course, dressed as Tuvok.  Karen was dressed as a Romulan.  Fernanda dressed as Seven of Nine.  Jeffrey dressed as an Andorian.  And Donnie and James dressed as "Red Shirts" from the Original Series.  We met a couple of fellows dressed as Klingons once we reached the Blue Loon.  We did not win the costume contest; but our efforts were appreciated.  I remember one fellow telling me of the effect on his mind of seeing Tuvok dance to "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot.  I can appreciate the associated challenge.

For a few years, my friend Debi had asked me to join her at a party held by her church on Mardi Gras.  I deferred year after year, arguing that I should attend to my work.  (I should note that Debi does a rather good job of posing as Captain Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager.)  But I finally did agree to her request at one of my few opportunities to do so before leaving Fairbanks.  I will leave you with a few of the pictures from that day.

Here is a picture of Debi and me in costume.  This picture was taken in Charlette's barbershop.

Debi and me as Janeway and Tuvok

Here is a picture of me and Charlette---again, in her barbershop.

Charlette and me

For those who are not familar with Star Trek: Voyager, I provide you with this picture of the "actual" Tuvok (played by Tim Russ) and Janeway (played by Kate Mulgrew).

Tuvok and Janeway

Last modified 27 December 2005