Uptown Ducks of Minneapolis

(Olden days indeed)

The tales of their incredible journeys  

from the Sons of Norway building        to Lake of the Isles or Lake Calhoun
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  of any of the following videos:
  Ten Ducklings to Lake of the Isles  May 17 2005  12 min   streaming
  Eight Ducklings to Lake Calhoun     May 23 2005  14 min   streaming 
Three Ducklings to Lake of the Isles   May 17 2007  10 min   streaming

Mommy Duck adopted a nest on the east ledge sometime during the first week of May, settling in on top of three eggs left there by a previous duck. On Saturday May 12, she laid nine eggs of her own. Just four days later, her three adopted eggs hatched. The following morning she brought her three adoptees to the lake, leaving behind her nine eggs, which were still 21 days from hatching. This year, the family's trip ended in the marsh just 100 feet shy of Lake of the Isles. She nested there with her chicks for several hours. Her nine abandoned eggs fell quietly asleep to find another life.

3 small images from camcorder

Some years ago, a duck chose the east ledge of the Sons of Norway building in Uptown Minneapolis to nest and hatch her chicks. She has returned every year except for 2006.

A couple other ducks have at least once made their nests at other ledge locations on the east and north side of the building.

These ducks, mallards, incubate their eggs for 24 to 26 days. On the morning after hatching, Mommy duck (hen) leads her ducklings (chicks) on a daring leap off the 36 inch ledge down to the concrete sidewalk - about the highest jump the ducklings can survive.

Thus begins their harrowing journey to the lakes, about 3/4 mile distant, typically through unsuspecting morning rush hour traffic.

Though these ducks are wild, they've chosen to nest among us and accept hospitality from us in the form of clean water, feed, respectful visits and temporary awnings for shade on scorching days.

During the five years in which I've escorted the ducks to the lakes, I've yet to see a journey where they would likely have made it safely without an escort. Besides stopping fast moving traffic as it rounds a blind curve, the human escort assists the ducks through obstacles such as chain link fences which can appear in the ducks' path at the end of residential yard cul de sacs.

Ducklings that fall off the ledge in the middle of the night prior to the morning's journey are returned to the ledge by a rubber gloved human on night watch. On one journey, a duckling was saved by a human just as it was falling into a storm sewer grate.

When it's evident the journey is about to begin, a well placed cardboard box can serve as an intermediate ledge for the ducklings to leap onto.

These Mommy ducks make many friends among the Sons of Norway employees as well as many local residents and other nearby business employees. We're always relieved when we learn they have made it to their new home.

Daddy duck (drake) keeps watch over Mommy from his perch on top of a nearby three story building. Even when not on his perch, he never seems to be too far away. He watches over the progress of the journey from high in the sky and swoops down to greet the family shortly after their arrival at the lake. He has even made mid-journey visits.

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  How to monitor duck's shade from remote location

end uptown ducks page

Special Relativity explained in absolute terms -

eliminates the twin paradox, shows Einstein's clock sychronization
diagrammed in absolute terms, and ends all confusion regarding
relative frames of reference.  Completely compatible with, and in
fact subsumes, Einstein's relativity.  Not Lorentzian relativity.
Reveals what is transpiring behind the scenes of Einstein's


Relativity in Absolute Terms.
My most comprehensive online document.  A concise overview
of why special relativity must be diagrammed in absolute terms.

Twin Paradox Animation on youtube.
More concise text than found in the document below.

Twin Paradox Animation.
Expanded text, and animation of the twin paradox.  
(Embedded youtube animation.)

Twin Paradox Explained.
A similar discussion of the failure of spacetime diagrams.  

Twin Paradox Animation.
Alternative text, and animation of the twin paradox.  
(Embedded youtube animation.) 

Absolute Frame of Reference
Absolute frame of reference in the physics community.

Free pdf file of the book:

Relativity Trail, free pdf format, with 192 pages, 65 diagrams 
and 75 illustrations, will provide you with complete detailed 
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relativity.  Everything is charted out in absolute terms against 
a system at rest with respect to the totality of the universe 
for perfect clarity as well as soundness of theoretical basis.  
It is the totality of the universe that imparts the inertial 
properties of clock rates and lengths which generate the effects 
of relativity.  This is explained in detail in Relativity Trail.

Excerpts from the book Relativity Trail with included images.

Einstein explained in excerpts from Relativity Trail.

Diagrams and derivations from the book Relativity Trail.


Chaos etc - equations and graphical output.
Eight equations generating exotic behavior,
along with the program code and graphical output.

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3D CAD virtual building set, modeled after the 
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His story and music videos

The Hermit Thrush
Streaming three minute audio of the Hermit Thrush

Uncle Remus illustrations by A. B. Frost
with a note from author Joel Chandler Harris


Vintage American Locks
Vintage and modern day padlocks from
John Junkunc's beloved American Lock Company


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