Snooze Button Time Travels

A funny article to lighten up the post spring break workload! Very relatable to the life of a graduate student.

Via The Onion

MINNEAPOLIS—Setting his sights on a point five minutes into the future, snooze button time traveler Brent Conley, 31, engaged the launch initiation switch on his temporal teleportation device at precisely 7:30 a.m. this morning, immediately sending himself hurtling through time.

Having carefully computed the appropriate coordinates and loaded them into his sophisticated time-travel mechanism, the veteran temporal navigator and online ad salesman was reportedly able to rocket himself through the very fabric of the fourth dimension with little more than the press of a button, traveling the equivalent of five earth minutes in the mere blink of an eye.

“Ummghh,” said the snooze button time traveler upon his virtually instantaneous arrival at 7:35 a.m., having rematerialized in the same spot in his one-bedroom apartment exactly one-twelfth of an hour after his departure. “Wha?”

“Gahh,” he added as he eyed his current time coordinates with disapproval, immediately discerning with the insight of years of time-travel experience that he had yet to journey far enough into the future.

With a vigorous and confident strike of his hand, Conley reportedly engaged the ignition button again, initiating a second staggering surge though the chronological ether. Quickly assuming the proper supine position necessary for time travel, the temporal voyager pulled close his duvet heat barrier for the fantastic light-speed journey before him.

While the electronic time-manipulation device that powers Conley’s leaps into the future is said to be small, it is by no means simple. Bearing a dizzying array of switches, dials, buttons, and an arcane digitized display of glowing numbers and dots, the mechanism can reportedly be calibrated to the time cruiser’s exact needs and is always kept within arm’s reach, perched conveniently atop a birch-veneer self-assembled end table.

According to reports, the advanced device emits piercing tones to indicate a successful arrival in the future, often blaring the choruses and verses of classic rock songs from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and today, or occasionally the shrill vocalizations of Conley’s disembodied travel companions, Bill And Linda In The Morning.

“Son of a…” said the veritable time captain after a second deftly executed chrono-jump, his vision blurred and a watery discharge emanating from his mouth, both common side effects of his disorienting blasts through spacetime. “Come on.”

“Agh,” he added defiantly before challenging the very limits of time travel by commencing a third vault across the temporal threshold.

According to astonishing accounts, the 2003 University of Minnesota graduate is known to venture as far as 20 minutes into the future routinely, completing such mind-bending feats of chronological teleportation as many as three or four mornings per week.

To endure his extraordinary journeys, Conley reportedly wears a specialized time-travel suit consisting of cutting-edge cotton-poly-blend plaid leg coverings and protective upper-body gear emblazoned with the words “Hard Rock Cafe London,” garments specifically suited for the particular rigors of his transits. In addition, the chrononaut’s meticulously engineered queen-sized time-pod, which carries Conley effortlessly into the future, is said to consist of dozens of hidden spring coils, a space-age quilt-top surface, and several insulating layers of highly advanced 300-thread-count textiles.

In spite of his remarkable ability to bend the very dimensions of time to his will, the snooze button time traveler is said to occasionally encounter obstacles on his voyages. Indeed, such a glitch reportedly occurred Monday when an errant deactivation of his device’s power toggle, which is located within just inches of the launch bar, propelled the traveler into a much deeper wormhole in the spacetime continuum than he had anticipated, depositing him woefully into the far-too-distant future.

“What?” said Conley in momentary confusion, examining the unexpected digits 8:28 on his chrono-display before realizing he had been thrust a startling 48 minutes into the future and had no means of return. “No!”

“God fucking dammit,” the time traveler added as he hurriedly grabbed khaki pants and a dress shirt from his hamper and sprinted toward the bathroom.


Annual Kephart Lecture Tomorrow!

On October 1, 2016 Villanova will be welcoming Dr. Richard White as the Annual Kephart Lecture distinguished speaker. Dr. White is a Pulitzer-Prize nominated historian specializing in the history of the American West, Environmental history, and Native American history. He has held the Margaret Byrne Chair at Stanford University since 1998 and is currently working on three separate projects that focus on the history of modern California through use of photographs, the history of the late nineteenth century United States, and the history of Western America.

The Kephart Lecture is free and open to the public with light refreshments following. Please be sure to register here and for those using social media, follow and tag #Kephart2015.

Villanova Students to Speak on the Irish in Nineteenth Century Philadelphia

Throughout the month of November, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is running a series of programs on the Irish-American experience in Philadelphia.

Next Tuesday, November 11, Villanova students Jim Kopaczewski and Mike Johnson will be participating in a roundtable discussion on the experiences of Irish famine immigrants in the Quaker City. Jim will speak on his research on the Irish in the American Civil War, while Mike will talk about Irish nationalist movements in the United States. Also on the panel will be Dr. William Watson of Immaculata University, and Dr. Zachary Schrag from George Mason University.

1866 Battle of Ridgeway between the Canadian Militia and the Fenian Brotherhood. Never heard of the Fenian Brotherhood? No better time to learn than at Tuesday’s panel.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception and a concert of traditional Irish music.

Event: Leaving the Emerald Isle: Trials and Tribulations of Irish Immigrants in 19th Century Philadelphia
When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:30-8:30
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street

Questions? Feel free to contact Mike or Jim. For more information on the event, check out the HSP event page here.