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Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien

The Prairie du Chien Rendezvous is a modern celebration of the historic event that drew Indians, trappers, and traders to the confluence of the Wisconsin River for many years in the late 18th and early 19th century. Every few years it draws me back, this year with my son Drew and granddaughter Eden.

the Shadewald Mound group

First stop was the Shadewald Mound group on a small hill near Muscoda with a spectacular view of the Wisconsin River Valley.

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Exploring Digital Frontiers

Part of being a journalist is having the opportunity to be able to ask anybody, anything. That’s part of the job. But sometimes it’s possible to go beyond that, and actually spend some time with people who are doing amazing things. That’s what happened yesterday.

Brent Seales, who got his PhD at the UW Madison 25 years ago, returned to Madison for a lecture at the 50-year anniversary celebration of the Madison Biblical Archaeology Society. But he also spent some time on campus talking with students and professors, and me. It was a great day.

By way of background, here’s a video that details his research, at the University of Kentucky, where he is professor and chairman of the Computer Science Department. His work involves digitally unrolling scrolls that have been damaged far beyond any possibility of reading their contents.

Brent Seales

Brent Seales,  describing the synagogue at Engedi, where a carbonized scroll was found in 1972, which he was able to digitally unroll and read in 2015. Over the noon hour he spoke to an audience of professor and grad students in the Computer Science building on the US campus.

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The Last Road Trip – of the Year

I like road trips and I like to visit my granddaughters. So deciding how to travel to a staff conference in Orlando was easy, I could drive and visit granddaughter Eden on the way.

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Got an early start and made it through Chicago before rush hour. By the time the sun was coming up, I was driving through the windmill fields of northwestern Indiana. (more…)