Joe Praska is a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology.  From there he went on to get an elementary teaching license from Augsburg University, which led to a full-time career as an elementary teacher in Minneapolis.  Joe has held a passion for writing for as long as he can remember and ultimately decided to get into the blogging sphere in 2013.  Joe lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Nicole, and their cat, Petra.

If you enjoy the writing here, check out some other writing Joe has done across the internet:

Contributer with Twin Cities Geek:

In Gamifying the Language of Chemistry, CompoundIt! Is a Minnesota-Born Winner

The Science of Star Trek: Discovery’s Mycelial Network

The Minneapolis Institute of Art Gets the Puzzle-Room Treatment with a New App

Oumuamua, a Messenger from Afar, Pays a Visit to our Cosmic Backyard

At a Crossroads between Art and Science, GLITCH Finds a Place to Thrive

Minnesota-Born Travis Milloy Brings Thoughtful Sci Fi to the Screen

Minnesota Researchers Use Lasers and Gold Nanotechnology to Advance Cryopreservation

When, Where and How to see the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Minnesota

Crafters, Artists, and Techies Come Together for the St. Paul Public Libraries’ Maker Fest

How Five Minnesota Educators are Bringing NASA into Their Classrooms

NASA’s Cassini Begins its Grand Finale with a Grand Discovery

Guest Blogging:

Education on the Enterprise in “New Ground” – Women at Warp

My Perspective on Education: From a Recent College Grad on Bullying – Simplicity in the Suburbs

Vacancy Rates Dip as Ownership Remains Stagnant – HOME Line Public Policy Blog

Will 300,000 Renters Get a Renter’s Credit Check This August?  How Much Will it be For? – HOME Line Public Policy Blog

Political Guest Columns (Minnesota Daily):

True Entitlement Reform

Bachmann Misses the Mark

Minnesota’s Second District

Academic Publications:

Organizing in the Somali Community: The Implementation of a Tenant’s Rights Program for Minnesota’s Somali Renters


I want to dedicate this blog – and the writing within it – to my Father-in-Law (whom I unfortunately never had the pleasure to meet) and my own Father.  Both long-time Trek fans who left this world too soon – may they live long and prosper amongst the stars.

– Joe


7 thoughts on “About

    1. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy it! Feel free to keep on commenting, one thing I’m really excited for is to see people’s input on the ideas I attempt to convey through the analyses.

  1. Joe: Great analysis about Charlie X. This was a fun read with a lot of real insight. Interesting to see your analysis featuring medical conditions that weren’t even recognized at the time of the show.
    It features one of my favorite lines in all of Star Trek from Kirk, “There are a million things in the universe you can have and a million you can’t.” Pretty much sums up things, especially to a teen-ager who feels entitled to anything/everything.

    1. Thanks Mike, I’m glad you thought the analysis on Charlie X was insightful! I agree with you in regards to that line – it is definitely a standout quote from the episode. I hope to continue the same kind of in-depth analyses in my future posts, and would love to hear some of your feedback on those – thanks again!

  2. Thanks for visiting my site, robertpaulgmelin.wordpress.com. What you are doing here is quite ambitious and I hope you keep it up. And your wallpaper is awesome (too bad you can’t really see it). Where in the world did it come from?

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