Friday, August 08, 2003

About randomness photos

Because I like the idea of randomness, I decided to include that concept in my site name. I think that randomness is everywhere and comes into play in science so much. As I am a professor of chemistry, and a "retired" industry researcher, the idea appeals to me. So when I decided to have a blog site, I wanted to include photos of randomness in the site design.

All randomness photos are included in the "Randomness" Photo Album.

This picture is of my blue and green holiday lights on the shrubbery, under the snow, in my front yard.

So I think this is going to be an ongoing thing, pictures of randomness, wherever I find them.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Pictures of Randomness

This photo, from the website Aurora Borealis, Nome Alaska. is the first in a series (I hope) of images of scientific randomness that will help beautify this site.

John Russell was kind enough to allow me to use his imagery as the first in a series.

The aurora borealis is an amazing sight for anyone lucky enough to have witnessed it in person.

This entry was updated on 7/9/03 taking the place of a previous test post. I am trying to keep all of my Front Page information linked to early posts, so it appears to have been dated much earlier.

More later.

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About me

I will change this second test post into a static front page "about me" bio.

I will post more "prose" later. But, if you check out the extended entrry below you can see "100 Things *(thinks)* About Me".

100 Thinks About Me

1. My name is Keith... my students call me "doc".

2. I was born in Detroit, MI.

3. in 1966, July 13th to be exact.

4. I currently live in Adrian, MI.

5. Where I work at Adrian College.

6. Where I teach Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry.

7. Both of which I love (Chemistry and Adrian College).

8. Where I was recently tenured and promoted. wOOt.

9. I am a voracious reader.

10. Amazon.com gets more of my money than my local grocery store.

11. I also love to watch movies.

12. I collect DVD's. See #10.

13. Another of my hobbies is glassblowing, but I have been away from it for a while.

14. I have two Labrador Retrievers: Judy (black, 13years old) and Watson (yellow, 12 years old).

15. They are the best dogs in the history of the universe.

16. I honestly believe that teaching at a small college is the best job on the face of the Earth.

17. Even if I'll never get rich doing it.

18. I used to live in DE and work in DE and NJ for DuPont. But I grew to dislike it.

19. I recently started shaving my head. I really like the look, and feel.

20. I have one brother, who has one son, who is like the little brother I never had.

21. My parents are happily retired and living in the woods in the middle of the Lower Peninsula of MI. They are healthy and content up there.

22. Which makes me happy, and gives me a great place to "get away from it all" and spend time with them.

23. I have a very short commute: my bedroom door is about 100 yards from my office door, as the crow flies.

24. I have a hard time convincing my auto insurance company that I do not use my vehicle to drive to work.

25. I love to play poker. I have been playing in one game monthly since late 1996 and started a second semi-regular game in Adrian sometime in 2001.

26. I occasionally, as part of my job, blow things up.

27. I received my B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University. Go Huskies!

28. I received my Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, aka Virginia Tech. Go Hokies!

29. I was married once, it did not work out.

30. I am still friendly with my ex-wife, however.

31. I very rarely consume alcohol, but don't mind if others do.

32. I have never smoked, and do mind if others do in my presence. The smoke hurts my eyes.

33. I try hard not to judge other people, but I still need to work on that.

34. I believe in the value of education.

35. I think smart women are incredibly attractive.

36. I think there are very few unattractive women.

37. I do not watch TV very much.

38. But I do love "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

39. I like to play golf, but I am not very good at it.

40. I like to work with my hands, to make beautiful things.

41. I am a bit of a dilettante (dabbler).

42. I am an autodidact.

43. I love to learn new things.

44. I like to work/play with computers.

45. I prefer Macintosh to Windows, but have/use both.

46. I think macs are much more user powerful and user friendly.

47. I probably have more than my fair share of technological gadgets.

48. This blog is helping me learn a lot about HTML and CSS.

49. I think cable modems are the neatest thing since sliced bread.

50. I have summer allergies that drive me nuts.

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About randomthinks

After reading blogs and reading about them (thanks Mike Wendland) and the Detroit Free Press, I decided that I wanted to try this technology out.

After a brief first stint with Blogger and Blogspot, I decided I wanted to do something a bit more flexible and reliable. I found a hosting service that a friend manages and got a chunk of space and a domain name. randomthinks was born.

The idea of blogging really appeals to some part of me that I cannot quite articulate just yet. I have wandered through the landscape and read a lot of blogs, of which many of my favorites are on my Blogroll.

I think the freedom to get thoughts out there for people to read, to participate in the exchange of ideas is exciting. Maybe it is just because I believe sometimes in the real world we are to wrapped up in the minutiae of office talk or polite conversations, that we do not always say what we really feel or that we engage in conversation that isn't substantive. Undertanding that this is part my fault as well, I am going to try to see if I can use this medium to express myself more authentically.

Of course I could just be pissing in the wind. Or overestimating my inner thoughts as being more interesting than they really are. I guess time will tell.

Either way, I get a chance to learn some new technology, explore some design ideas, and educate myself about some concepts that will hopefully become useful as I prepare for my sabbatical in the Spring Semester of 2004. But that is a topic for another entry.

If you've made it this far in reading this post, I thank you for your patient attention.

Keith

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