Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Who Reads Blogs?

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I attempt to answer that question in my Master’s thesis, Who Reads Blogs: An Examination of Blog Readers. It isn’t exactly bathroom reading, but it is an attempt to better understand people who read blogs. Who knows; some of you might even enjoy reading it :-)

UPDATE: This post is taking part in the Beltway Traffic Jam.

God Bless the USA

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Happy Independence Day to everyone! Please remember those who protect our freedom.

Mr. Wizard, 1917-2007

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Don Herbert, better known as television’s Mr. Wizard, has passed away:

Don Herbert was television’s indelible Mr. Wizard, who “unlocked the wonders of science for youngsters of the 1950s and ’60s” before taking his show to Nickelodeon in the 1980’s to engage a whole new generation, as The Times’s obituary says. He was the prototype for a whole species of pop-science teachers, from Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beakman to Steven Spangler, the man credited by Wikipedia as having once held the world record for the tallest Diet Coke geyser.

I was not yet born when “Watch Mr. Wizard” aired in the 1950s and 1960s, but I was a huge fan of “Mr. Wizard’s World,” which aired on Nickelodeon during the 1980s and 1990s, and was one of the primary reasons I became interested in science. I remember attempting many of the experiments I saw on his show.

One of the great things about Don Herbert was his ability to effectively communicate complex scientific laws to kids without taking down to them. Indeed, many scientists today were influenced by “Mr. Wizard.” I don’t think there could be any greater honor for him than this:

During the 1960s and ’70s, about half the applicants to Rockefeller University in New York, where students work toward doctorates in science and medicine, cited Mr. Wizard when asked how they first became interested in science.

A great man has passed. RIP.

Into the Great Unknown

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Commencement – com·mence·ment [kuh-mens-muh-nt] –noun, an act or instance of commencing; beginning: the commencement of hostilities.

We Are All Hokies Now

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Tragedy in Virginia

Monday, April 16th, 2007

You’ve probably heard about the tragic shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech. Fox News reports that at least 32 are dead. We should all keep the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

As a side note, I hate to bring this up at such a bad time, but Fox News also has a photo essay on the scene. I have no problem with images; certainly, a cable network must have them. But I think some of them, particularly the ones of victims being carried by rescuers, are in very bad taste. I’m sure that right now, many families are not sure about their kids, and I can’t imagine how horrible it would be to recognize them in one of these photos. All news outlets should at least hold off on publishing such photos.

He Is Risen

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Happy Easter!

Light Blogging

Monday, March 26th, 2007

The good news is the blog is back online after some sort of glitch drove it down yesterday. The bad news is that I have this super evil test coming up Friday that I must study for. Therefore, prepare for light blogging. You have been warned.

One Year Closer to Death

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Today I turn 26. I’m now closer to 30 than to 20, and to 50 than to 0. Birthdays stop being fun after you turn 21.

Light Blogging

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Blogging will be light until Tuesday as I will be making a trip to the Bahamas. But watch for photoblogging in the meantime!