About Me

This was my second blog post, should have been the first I guess, but I was pressed to get a story up, and didn’t think to take the time to introduce myself. So, this is going to be the About Me page. I ain’t writing up another one, this one should do for now.

I have long been appreciative of science, I was a young lad, and watched with much enthusiasm the Apollo moon landing, I saw Cosmos at some point, and of course was a Star Trek fan. Growing up with black and white sci fi movies, that haunted my dreams at night, and looking at the moon with a pair of Jason 7×35 binoculars my aunt gave me for x-mas are fond memories of my youth.

As a kid, I was smart enough to do well in school, and held my own with the nerdy kids. I also was boy enough to hang out with the wild bunch, that roamed the streets and the infamous “woods” that was close by. Safe to say I could enjoy both worlds without being completely ostracized by either group.

As an adult, I’m married, 2nd time around, have kids from both marriages, I love em all, and also safe to say, my wife of the 2nd time around is a good un : )

I love astronomy. I have 4 telescopes of varying sizes and design, and 3 or 4 pair of binoculars ranging from smaller hand held, to large bins that require mounting. I’m also fond of classic cars, music, I play guitar..quite well, and good food, and good drink are welcome companions.

Enough about me, just another life form among the many on this wonderful planet we call home. Nothing special, I reckon. I can only hope my jump into the blogosphere is as good an idea in the end, as it seems in the beginning.

I don’t expect to be a widely read blog, if anything this is merely a place for me to vent. When you live in a redneck infested zone, full of RWCRFM’s (Right Wing Conservative Republican Fundamentalist Morons) it is difficult to strike up a conversation about anything except dogs, guns, trucks, and that damn “N” word president we have, that is ruining our country and “may be the devil”  It is impossible to to have an intelligent conversation with anyone here, I’m not sure but maybe the population here has an IQ approaching the 90′s overall, and a rare few show the ability to think critically, and most just keep parroting the same old crap they hear their daddy’s say, or what they hear from Fox News, without taking a moment to even think about “what” they just said. Then the expected response is to nod approvingly, and backslap each other with a big grin and a “yee haw”. I swear I do not belong in the same clade as these people! Indeed, this is my place to vent, and to speak freely about what is important to me.

As I still have a couple of kids that go to school ’round here, I will keep my name to myself for now, lest the local populace decide to do the x-ian thing and persecute my kids, because I claim no alliance to their idiotic ways.

Shelldigger

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23 thoughts on “About Me

  1. One of my closest friends in college saw the moon landing as a young child and became a physicist as a result. When I said I was “bad in math” she encouraged me to take more math classes and I found out that I wasn’t so bad at it after all.

  2. That’s cool fojap. Interesting how scientific achievements can trickle out into society and influence people to achieve great things. With an addendum of “used to” I suppose this is still true, but you don’t hear about it much…I still have an algebra defiency lol. If they could just put algebra into milk like they do vitamin D it would make advanced math much easier.

  3. “When you live in a redneck infested zone, full of RWCRFM’s (Right Wing Conservative Republican Fundamentalist Morons)…”

    Oh how I can relate, except I live in a redneck invested zone, full of RWCRFSB (Southern Baptists).

    Very nice to meet you, and I look forward to reading your blog as time permits.
    Victoria

  4. I read your blog frequently but have never read the about me page. Maybe it was not just important. We got along well from the beginning and now at least I know a little bit more about you.
    I live in a place where every stone you throw- without aim- will most likely fall on a believer. At least I don’t worry about being ostracized at work.
    Great blog my friend and glad we made acquaintances

    • “Great blog my friend and glad we made acquaintances”

      Mak, I can with no hesitation say the same for you. If this blog has anything going for it, it is the making of friends I appreciate the most. Likes and follows are pretty awesome, but nothing better than making a friend that shares your interests. You fit that description quite well. 🙂 To friendship! (there should be some kind of internet doodad that represents someone holding their ale filled mug high)

  5. I remember watching the moon landing as a boy as well. What a sense for a great future I had back then. Too bad we aren’t in another arms race with a Soviet Union type opponent to hasten our exploration of space again. I’m afraid unless we Americans fear another country will gain a military advantage against us by their exploration of space, as we did in the race with Russia to get to the moon, space exploration will need to continue to rely entirely on independent financing to advance at all. Makes it slow. I’m hoping that by the time I die, evidence of “life” on one of the various exo-planets we continually seem to be finding is confirmed. I don’t mean Yoda and ET, I’d settle for algae and some moss, hell, even an amoeba would would cool.

    • I know! The thing is, having some idea of the vastness of the universe, and an understanding of how stars and galaxies and solar systems form, as well as the tenacity of life and an understanding of evolution, the odds are good that life is out there. Finding it will be the trick.

      There is no doubt in my mind it is out there…and I’m not talking advanced species with quantum powered flying saucers, but life in simpler forms.

      The problem with advanced forms (like us?) is it took so long to get here, our star is already at its half life (roughly). So… it would be somewhat safe to assume it would be a similar circumstance for other advanced forms, so that shrinks the window of success in us finding them, or vice versa. Plus they would have had to evolve at or in roughly the same time period we did. If they were off by a few million/billion years from us we would completely miss each other.

      Even if we found an exoplanet with a high probability of life (simple or advanced), by the time we could do anything to verify it, our planet could be facing all sorts of issues such as the global warming thing or even being gobbled up by the red giant stage of our own star. The vastness of space, the distance between stars and galaxies is so enormous, that even having light speed capabilty it would take many generations to even get a probe to a star we would think of as our neighbor.

      So yeah, life is almost certain out there somewhere, finding it before we run out of time, will be the trick. (and that assumes we don’t kill ourselves off before our star does it for us, or Earth goes all Venus on us)

      Our best hope is one of the water/ice moons in our solar system…if you and I will see extraterrestrial life verified in our lifetimes. Still a sliver of hope of microbial possibilities on Mars…I fear though that may not be there. Or verifiable if it was.

  6. Shell, you really need to put up a Follow Blog by Email widget thing. I never look at the Reader, and that means I’m missing your posts 😦

  7. Psst. Right there at the bottom of the page. Under “Blogs I Follow.” 🙂

    I think that’s what you meant…?

    • Oh… The e-mail thing. I didn’t put that one up because for me it is a PITA to have to go into the “Blogs I Follow” and turn that function off. My e-mail is so spam clogged I’d miss posts there…

      So I figured it might be a PITA for other folks. I will consider it.

  8. Love your blog and very nice to meet you!!

  9. Hi Shelldigger!
    I see you comment on some of the blogs I’m on and I have read through a few of your latest entries. You remind me of my husband! (Although no one could be a replica of him!) He can fix anything and if he doesn’t accomplish a great deal in a day, he goes to bed feeling dejected. (He can still recite what some teacher told him in High School along those lines) Anyway, I figure you must be a good and intelligent person (and I see you’ve got a bright lot for friends) – pleased to ‘meet’ you! 🙂

    • Hi Carmen! It is undoubtedly my pleasuere to meet you 🙂

      I absolutely am a kindred spirit with your hubby. If I can’t get something worthwhile done in a day I feel like a worthless bum undeserving of my supper. Although If I’ve had a few days of hard work previous I don’t mind taking a day off!

      I’m pretty sure I’ve seen you over at Maks place. Maybe elsewhere too. And if that’s the kind of blog company you keep, you must be a welcome part of that bright lot. Again pleased to meet you and will see you in our travels 🙂

  10. I remember watching the moon landing and it really pissed me off when I learned down at the feedstore, the whole damn thing was filmed in the desert somewhere over by Hollywood ! Are you sure you don’t live around here pretty close ? Sounds like we share some neighbors ! lmao ! Nice meeting you.

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