James A. Conrad

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A Science Fiction Story in Three Panels
by James A. Conrad, 2013.
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Here I am visiting the site where local legend has it something strange landed in the 1950s and a nearby farmer was seen driving away with something glowing in the back of his pickup truck.   Frameless hi res version
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It is now a tourist attraction "Mystery Spot" where optical illusions occur.

No, one leg isn't shorter than the other.

Ha! — What else could happen?

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To Stretch a Plank 1981 Diana Robinson bookcover James A. Conrad 1956 age 1 at fireplace with wood plank or board
On the left is the cover of the book To Stretch a Plank by Diana Robinson. Chicago: Nelson Hall, (c) 1981 Diana Robinson. On the right, though not in Diana's book, is a photo of me in 1956 at age one-plus examining a plank of wood in front of the fireplace inside my family's home in Milford, Connecticut. The two-story house in a rural northern part of town had been constructed the previous year, 1955, the year I was born, so that's why there were leftover boards lying around. There was another smaller fireplace in the partially underground lower level. For some reason my mother thought this moment would make a good photo. The title of the book refers to an apocryphal gospel story about child Jesus performing a miracle for Joseph, his legal father, by stetching a plank of wood. See Wikipedia: Infancy Gospel of Thomas. I exchanged some emails with author Diana Robinson decades ago. It is an interesting coincidence how later in life I would become involved with psychokinesis. Diana's account on X is @ChoiceCoach. My account on X is @James_A_Conrad.

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I built this display case in 1978 age 23 inspired by the one that housed the three alien brain beings called The Providers in the Star Trek original series episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion" (1968). The base snapped apart in two sections for transport and storage. The smooth circular table top was constructed of plastic-coated plywood. It lifted in and out of place. The simulated rock was fashioned out of heavy brown paper coated with plastic to keep it rigid and then spray painted grey. An underlying wood framework supported everything. It was hollow inside and the whole thing was surprisingly lightweight.

The flexible clear acrylic dome measured five feet across and was ordered from an American plastics manufacturing company. I can no longer recall the company's name, but it probably was the same one used by the TV series. I do remember the company had a thick catalog with all sorts of plastic items and equipment. The domes were available in different sizes. I also purchased a small sample box of colored acrylic sheets and pieces from them that could be crafted into various visual effects (control panels, etc.).

The dome arrived in a large, wood-framed, heavy cardboard box by freight truck. The dome was perfectly clear. In the photo there are reflection distortions from the 35mm camera flash. It was rigid and you could knock on it with your knuckles but it would start to flex when you lifted it on one side. I was able to move it on my own by getting underneath and lifting carefully.

I began work after this on a full-scale replica of the time-travel ship seen in the Star Trek episode "The Alternative Factor" (1967), which the year before used the same clear dome, but I had to abandon the project when I moved to Florida in early 1981. I was able to build the base of the craft and center circular section where the chair would go before I had to stop. I also built replicas of an original-series hand phaser and communicator prior to these larger projects. The manufacturer that supplied Velcro to the TV series sent me a sample pack of wide black Velcro for my replicas. The manufacturer of the shimmering optical illusion sheeting seen in the transporter room and corridor ceilings on the original Star Trek series also sent me a folder-sized sample pack in the mid 1970s.

My rock-dome display case ended up being used in a museum in Florida in the 1980s and sadly is no more. The above photo was taken in the lower level of my home in Connecticut where I had a large area to work and wide double doors (seen in right of photo) to move large items in and out. (Permission is granted to republish; please credit photographer: James A. Conrad.)

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Mystery photo from an unintended odyssey: A wildflower blooms at an intersection in the middle of an old shell-paved road in the Florida wilderness on March 26, 2002. In the background on the right there appears to be something unusual that was not noticed at the time. It is likely an example of pareidolia: recognizing things in vague or random shapes . . . an old palm tree stump, for example. This 35mm film camera photograph has not been altered other than sharpening. Click here for high resolution .png image (4.16 MB). (Permission is granted to republish; please credit photographer: James A. Conrad.)

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A mythical forest gnome with a beard, boots, arms, and a tall gray wizard hat? Or just a collection of unrelated shapes? Who's that dern fool fella over there studyin' me flowers? (Permission is granted to republish; please credit photographer: James A. Conrad.)

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