What’s this blog all about, eh? It’s something I’ve intended to do for a very long time but always figured that it would take weeks if not months of web design, testing, etc. to get it off the ground. Fortunately, while I’ve been waiting, the blogging phenomenom has taken off like crazy and now there are a lot of tools and pre-built systems for getting started. I chose WordPress based on a review I found online which hyped it as very powerful, customizable, and easy to get started with. I’ve found all of these claims to be true. The look and feel is based on a “theme” called Stucco which I found linked from the WordPress site along with many others. The available themes vary greatly in appearance and somewhat less in functionality, though some have a lot of fancy plugins that I might dabble with later.
I’ve structured the blog to suit my interests, with the main categories accessible from the menu items across the top of the page. Click the “read more” link below for a quick tour of what you should come to expect in each of these categories.
Art- Links and commentary regarding some of my favorite artists; such as Sonya Val- whose sculpture in stone I greatly admire and the painter Ellen Buselli. Kees Veenenbos is a brilliant artist who specializes in digital renderings of space scenes- particularly Mars. The header image, showing a portion of the Tharsis region on Mars, is from one of his recent works.
Ecology- A great interest of mine is the fate of the Earth and our fossil fuel based society as we reach the end of the cheap petroleum era. I’ll be commenting on this situation and linking to some visionary writers on this topic such as Richard Heinberg and Jim Kunstler.
Music- As a former member of the progressive rock band Jupiter Sheep, I have more than a little interest in music. My tastes are very broad, but of course, always excellent Once I figure out how this thing works a little better, I might try uploading a “track of the week” or something along those lines.
Politics- I tend toward a leftist bent and my writings and resources here will reflect that viewpoint. My vision of ideal government is closer to that of the founding fathers than the neo-con corporatist elite we now have running (and demolishing) things.
Science- I have a degree in Geoscience, but I’m really a wanna be scientist. Both science fiction and fact will be included here. On the fact side I’ll start with a couple of interviews I’ve done with NASA scientists such as Bill Clancey and Chris McKay. Gregory Benford will be featured on the fiction side, along with possibly my favorite author on any subject, Kim Stanley Robinson.
Technology- I make my living as a software developer, so this will be the geeky section, including reference links of interest mostly to myself as well as links and commentary regarding the latest developments in this field.
Random Thoughts- Just what it says.
Just for Fun- This will be a catch all for my less-serious interests including sports and recreation. I’m a die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates fan, so you may find some passionate rants about their usual state of non-success and what I would do about it if I were running the team.
Who can contribute?
Currently, anyone. I have the blog set up to allow users to self-register and the default role is “author” which means you can comment and post. If you decide to get involved, I urge you to maintain civility- at least as you define it. If things get out of hand I might have to play with the admin settings a little bit, but for now it’s wide open. Have fun!