Star Trek

As I did at the end of 2013, 2014 & 2015, so I do again here at the end of 2017 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I did not post anything about my travels at the end of 2016, so this years post will cover my travels from 2016 and 2017. I need not give the setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notable travels from 2016 & 2017 (travel blogs I finished or made additions to) include:

That’s the summary for 2016 & 2017. For the previous years travels, I include the links here for convenience, but all blog links can be found in the “Browse Blog Posts” at the top of the page.

Travels of Spocklogic
Travels of Spocklogic II
Travels of Spocklogic III

All in all, it was a good couple of years in travel with a visit to France in early 2016, visits to Sicily and Central Italy in the summer of 2016, and a trip to the Shenandoah region of Virginia in the fall of 2016. For this later blog on Shenandoah, I included a couple of other trips there with one from 2000 and another from 2005. Over the years, since I have lived in the state of Virginia, I have visited this area of the state maybe a dozen or so times, but I don’t have photos for all the visits there, and just the years 2000, 2005 and 2016. I also have a Virginia blog called “Virginia Perspectives” covering 1990-present that is a mix of travel & slice of life. The year 2017 consisted of a road trip to New England in the early summer and a trip to Brazil in late summer, my first trip to South America, making it my 5th continent to visit. There is also another blog I made on Places in Passing, which consists of entries regarding places I mentioned in passing, but did not write about in great detail. I have plans to fill in the narratives, but for now the entries display  photos and a reference link to a blog where the place was mentioned.

For a complete collection of blogs, one can always visit Spocklogic’s Travel Blogs at TravBuddy.

Best wishes for the New Year in 2018!



Keep on Trekkin

As I did at the end of 2013 & 2014, so I do again here at the end of 2015 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I need not give the whole setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notables this year (travel blogs I finished or made additions to) include:


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That’s the summary for 2015. Some are carry overs from 2014, but I finished the blogs in 2015, after my last post on travels (see: Travels of Spocklogic II) in December 2014 or earlier if I made additions. As I alluded to in recent entries, I will take a break from this Cogito Ergo blog for a while in 2016. I’ve had 20 years of internet exposure and been blogging for 10 years (see: 20 Years of Internet and Mapping the Internet). I hope to return again with a fresh perspective down the line. There’s plenty to explore in the Cogito Ergo blog archives until then (see the link to: Browse Blog Posts). Best wishes for the New Year 2016! See you in the future…


On February 27, 2015, Leonard Nimoy died at age 83. What a life and career he had! He played many roles in TV series and films during the 1960’s and 1970’s. For me he was first and foremost, Mr. Spock in Star Trek (ST), but also the voice of “In Search Of…” (ISO) and the character of Paris in Mission Impossible (MI). As a man, he was more than the characters he played, as writer, poet, photographer and philosopher. I could not begin to express how this man shaped culture in his career, and his death is a loss to the world, but we must remember everything he gave to us while living. I don’t intend this to be something personal in my reflections, and I keep that to myself here, but do wish to pay tribute this man, so offer some links that speak for themselves:

Watch some of Spock’s best ST episodes:
Listen to Spock’s/Nimoy’s greatest hits:
Enjoy Leonard Nimoy poetry:
Appreciate Leonard Nimoy photography:
Leonard Nimoy’s autobiographies:
Official Leonard Nimoy Fan Club:

Here’s a scene from Star Trek TOS, Season 1, Episode 24, where Kirk Challenges Spock, that I think is a particularly good one illustrating the emotion of Spock brought to the breaking point in human ways. Even Vulcans are vulnerable (like humans) to the emotions of life. William Shatner (as Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (as Spock) do this scene well together.

Beyond emotion & logic, beyond life & death, beyond time & space lies the ultimate “Final Frontier”. You Lived long and prospered, inspired a generation and left a legacy to be remembered – Thank you, Sir! Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end and though I never met you, I have been, and always shall be, your friend. Go Boldly now with Bones and Scotty…

I end with Leonard Nimoy’s last Tweet, a rather poignant expression, and well said.

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As I did at the end of 2013, so I do again here at the end of 2014 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I need not give the whole setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notables this year are a couple of blogs I finished and some reviews that may be of interest:



That summarizes some travel selections for 2014. I did travel to Italy also in July 2014, and have some links to share for photo collections I put together for a special year in Erice to celebrate a 40th anniversary of the International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (ISAMS):

Rino: 40 Year Erice Celebrations (2014) – Erice, Italy
2014 Erice Workshop: 30 July – August 5 – Erice, Italy
People (2014) – Erice, Italy
Places (2014)
– Erice, Italy

In addition, I traveled to China again this year in November 2014, but am still working on my travel blog for that, so it will have to wait until my 2015 account of my travels. I will make this type of entry something traditional at years end to cover where I have been and what I have done in travel ways. It’s all rather like the City on the Edge of Forever perhaps…





I don’t often write about my travels in this WordPress blog (Cogito Ergo) as I have another site for that (TravBuddy). In this year of 2013, I completed a number of travel blogs on that site that are worth noting and I give the links to them here. Mind you, I don’t know that any of my travel blogs are ever really completed. Each one is like a child I nurture and raise up, but always needs attention in future ways. Anyway, I suppose I list them here for my own reference and also to offer it to others who may be interested in my travels. There is some connection of the blogs, one to another in embedded personal ways, but are also self-contained. Here they are:




Spocklogic_Switzerland_Travel Blog.

Spocklogic_Germany_Travel Blog.



Some of these blogs have been posted for some years, and I either added to them, made them more complete, and/or formed connections between them. Some of them are entirely new in 2013. They do tell a story in total I suppose and maybe that’s why I decided to make a sort of review of the Travels of Spocklogic here. They were also all the blogs featured on TravBuddy for me this year. My Italy blog (L’Avventura Dell Italia) seems never-ending and I have some more work to do on it, but the majority of important events are there for the most part. The last one in this list, the blog on China, is something I am still working on too, but intend (or hope) to complete it before the end of 2013. I suppose this collection of blogs forms a personal journey of sorts that I tried to form this year regarding my life and relation to travel. When I finish the China blog, maybe I will know what I have been endeavoring to understand and ultimately discover in my life. It’s not a teaser, or cliffhanger, but maybe more a matter of what I will embrace. Sounds enigmatic I suppose, but not really. It’s my personal perspective, the choices I make and what is ultimately best for me in a world of possibilities…












The Stardate Before Christmas

Twas a stardate before Christmas and all through the ship
nothing was moving not even Miles’ pips
The phasers were hung in the arsenal that night
in hopes that poor Worf would win just one fight

The crewmen were all asleep in their beds
While Data calculated PI in his head
And I, in my ready room, with my eyes all bloodshot
had just settled down to some tea, Earl Grey, hot

When out on the main sensors arose such a clatter
you’d have thought that Geordi mixed matter/antimatter
Then what to my wandering eyes should appear
But a man dressed in gold with Spock and his ears

He gestured, his mouth opened, but I heard not a word
then slowly, distinctly, his voice could be heard
“Christmas…future…you sure Spock?”, he said almost appalled
“My…God…Spock….Look!…..I’ve gone bald!”

“Logically, sir”, Spock murmured, “It’s not all that hard.”
“Captain Kirk, I’d like you to meet Captain Picard.”
“Ah…yes..James T.”, he offered with ease
With hand on his phaser, “We come in Peace”

Spock spoke not a word as I went straight to my pin
“Worf, it is time to have your butt kicked, again!”
You see, I wasn’t sure if this Kirk was for real
the transporter, you know, had once made him evil

While shaking his head with more gestures he made
said over dramatically, “Do not be………afraid!”
I jumped to my feet, tugged my shirt as I spoke
“Q, show yourself!  Is this some kind of a joke?”

“A Joke?  An anecdote? A witticism or a humorous pun?”
Spock said, “I think not,  Vulcans just aren’t that fun.”
He raised an eyebrow, “Picard, we’re really not sure”
but we think we’ve been sent by the ghost of xmas future”

Then just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse
the silence was broken by a very loud curse
He appeared dressed in blue and his temper was huge
“Dammit, I’m a doctor!  I am not a scrooge!”

As if that wasn’t enough, Worf strolled from the bridge
in his emergency walk and head full of ridge
“A….Klingon!”, Kirk shouted, as Spock grabbed in restraint
but it was too late as Worf started to faint

The doctor rushed to his side as Kirk looked down upon him
“He’s been frightened, for sure, but he’s not dead, Jim!”
With much disgust, I gave a slap of my head
If only, I thought, Tasha weren’t dead

I confronted the trio and Kirk got a look of surprise
as I asked, “What are you doing here on the Enterprise?”
“This…is…the..Enterprise?”, he asked almost with glee
“Yes, Captain Kirk”, I confirmed, “The Enterprise-D.”

“Spock, could it be possible, I’ve been sent to demand
that I take this Enterprise as my next form of command?”
I’d been holding my anger but it started to slip
“I will not allow you to take over my ship”

Kirk’s eyes lit up as he said with a smirk
“You won’t be around long wearing that red shirt”
“Captain Kirk”, I chuckled, “you really ought to be told”
“The security team here now dresses in gold”

The grin came off of his face cause even he had to know
If someone got killed he would be the first to go
Spock quickly interrupted, “Jim, I believe we have been sent
by the apparition of Christmas to show how it might be spent”

Kirk looked at him with a puzzling gaze
then back at me in an obvious daze
“Spock….can it be…..Are we….still alive?”
He pondered, “Were we…able to…..survive?”

“Yes, Spock is here”, I said, “Admiral McCoy, and Mr. Scott, too”
“The writers haven’t told us what happened to the rest of your crew”
“I think, sir” Spock continued, “though some of us may be gone”
“The ghost wanted to show that our legacy lives on”

Kirk thought for a moment then said “Though we’ve come far,”
“I see what you mean, Spock, we’re still cruising the stars”
“Christmas future will be shaped as we continue to explore”
“Where possibilities are endless and no one has gone before”

Then came a power much like a nebula storm
out of a brilliant light stood an alien life form
It gestured at Spock and McCoy, in a flash they beamed out
Now only Kirk stood before me in somewhat of a pout

“Captain Picard, It seems that I must go”
All I could say was “Captain Kirk, make it so”
Kirk could be heard as he beamed into a speck
“Merry Christmas to all and keep up the Star Trek”

hohoho x2








The Night Before Christmas (TOS)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the decks
Not a crewman was stirring, ‘cept those having sex;
Their boots were all placed by the vent shafts with care,
In hopes that by morning they’d get some fresh air.

The Redshirts were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of stay’ng alive danced in their heads;
And Kirk in his gold shirt, McCoy in his blue,
Had just settled down for a nice Christmas brew–

When from the comm panel there came such a wail,
They sprang from their chairs, knocking over their ale.
Away to the panel Kirk flew, drenched in beer,
Snapped on the comm switch and barked loudly, “Kirk here!”

The squeals that emerged from the thing after that
Sounded just like the Devil was strangling a cat;
When, what to their bombarded ears should appear,
But the music of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”,

With a voice in the background, a murmur of talk,
That made Kirk exclaim, “Bones… That sounds just like Spock.”
More rapid than bullets his syllables came
As he tested each circuit and called it by name–

“Cross Alpha to Beta, join Delta to Theta,
Route Kappa through Lamba, and Gamma to Zeta.
To the end of the circuit, the end of the line,
Now clip a resistor–there. That should do fine.”

As Kirk and McCoy listened closely to this,
The comm unit speaker let out a long hiss.
So, off to the turbolift both of them flew,
With a mind to discover what Spock was up to.

And then, in a twinkling, they reached the bridge deck,
Stepped out of the lift and began a quick check.
As they went down the steps and were looking around,
From a nook Spock emerged, barely making a sound.

He was all dressed in gray from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with solder and soot.
A bag of components he had in one fist,
And held in the other, a rather long list.

His eyes didn’t twinkle, his dimples were none,
Yet somehow it looked like he’d been having fun.
His mouth, at one corner, quirked up just a touch,
And one eyebrow lifted, though not by too much.

A soldering iron he held in his teeth,
And the smoke from it circled his head like a wreath.
He looked like a man with a task to complete
And nothing would stop him, not rain, snow, nor sleet.

His two colleagues stood there, dumbfounded by this.
McCoy chuckled softly; Kirk let out hiss.
The look in Spock’s eye and the set of his head
Soon gave them to know he would not go to bed.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And tuned all the sensors then turned back to Kirk,
And pressing a button and counting to three,
He lit up the bridge like a huge Christmas Tree.

His work done, he nodded, and walked toward the lift
As his friends stared in awe at his luminous gift.
But they heard him exclaim, his voice with good-will rife,
“Merry Christmas! And to you all, Peace and Long Life!”