Allow Myself to Introduce...Myself

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by 1001001, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Jay Dee

    Jay Dee Ensign Newbie

    Aug 2, 2016
    Edmonton, Canada
    Hello! I have a strong interest in anything related to science, and have since I was a young kid. I developed an interest in dinosaurs and space (but that's pretty common) when I was around 6 years old, and it never faded.

    I have a degree in physics and astronomy with a focus on planetary sciences and I did some geology in university. Ideally, I would've loved to have studied Mars or various natural satellites of the solar system. But getting a job in this field is incredibly difficult, so that never happened. However, I've kept a close eye on space science news, as well as others. Still love dinosaurs, though. I almost chose palaeontology to study in university.

    I also love technology, especially advanced gadgets and eco-friendly energy sources. Hoping for fusion to become a reality one of these days. Star Trek was one thing that encouraged me to study space, and I've been hooked ever since.
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  2. Spider

    Spider Dirty Old Man Premium Member

    May 23, 2004
    Lost in time
    I just now noticed you have a new "who am I" thread. I guess the old one got to big? I posted in the original thread when the forum first opened, whenever that was.

    For myself, I am a retired know-it-all, and am always right. LOL. For now, and this changes, my main field of scientific interest is ancient earth, planet formation, and the beginnings of life. I lose interest in earth history real quickly if it starts to involve those pesky humans.

    I also find in retirement I read more science and much less science fiction. When I was young, I read way more science fiction and not a whole lot of science. Not sure if age has anything to do with that, or just that writers don't seem to be able to write a scifi book without a dozen sequels anymore.

    And I'm huge NASA fan. I've got shortcuts on my explorer bar to several NASA project sites.

    EDIT: just now noticed this IS the original thread, and there I am on the 1st page. Old age an pot must be conspiring against my memory. I will say in my defense, my little avatar icon was missing from the thread bar making me think I hadn't posted in the thread, but it's there now.
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  3. TrickyDickie

    TrickyDickie Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 9, 2003
    In a painting, darkly.

    By five years or so out of college, and while largely sidelined due to health problems as a legacy from an Accutane prescription of ten years before, I started reading science books on my own. The whole quantum realm was particularly fascinating. Ever since, I have tried to keep up with the latest thinking and research. I am particularly drawn to reading about the heated debates between mainstream scientists and those who try to drag them kicking and screaming out of two-dimensional thinking. :D

    When I was little, every time an appliance needed replacing I was allowed to tear apart the old ones. Imagine a little kid tearing the guts out of old washing machines and such. :hugegrin: My passions in the area of machines have been vintage lawn mowers and classic cars. From 1975 to 1988, my father and I mowed 6 acres with two little 3 horsepower 19" Toro push mowers. It would take about a week and then we would start again back at square one. It was great exercise while growing up. I love the outdoors. I have been restoring the old Toro Whirlwind and related mowers for a number of years. Two years ago, I realized my dream of building a duplicate, basically from scratch, of the first one I started mowing with when I was 8. Photos below. I deliberately built it to look like the original did when it was several years old and in use. I didn't want a cosmetically perfect museum piece. It is functionally perfect, though. It starts with just one pull every time and it purrs like a kitten. Took a lot of trial-and-error with the throttle linkage, governor, etc. Most of the old decals were gone and for the ones that were I painstakingly recreated those from scratch, too. I have a collection of old Toro owner's manuals and other literature from 1959 through 1982 that I am told is one of the largest and most complete that still exists. I enjoy caretaking and preserving that which might otherwise be lost to history.

    On the car side of things, I am mostly a Ford enthusiast. I have had a lot of Torinos, Rancheros, Galaxies, Mustangs, Crown Vics, etc. I have to sing the praises of how-to videos on youtube. I watched one and then replaced all of the major front suspension components on a '96 Grand Marquis that we had at the time. By myself. That was actually a lot of fun. The ball joints can be a little bit pesky, but places like Advance Auto will let you borrow tools to help with that. I also bled the brake system by myself. It's a myth that you need two people to do that. My advice to anyone is that there are a lot of repairs that you can make to vehicles yourself and save on costly repair bills. The key is not to be scared that modern vehicles are too complicated for the average person to work on. The computer systems may require specialized training, but a lot of the other systems are really not that much different than they were before the age of computers. Something like changing out an alternator can still be quite quick and easy.

    Three cheers for Science and Technology! :techman:


  4. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 1, 2011
    milky way, outer spiral arm, Sol 3
    Newbie to this part of the board reporting in (better late than never).
    I started reading at a very early age and from that instant on nothing printed was safe from me. One night, when I was 5 and couldn't sleep I sneaked into "the good room" where guests were received, children were forbidden, and where a 20 volume encyclopedia was kept. Cross-references kept me jumping from one topic to another half the night and by the time I was 10 I had given myself a pretty good scientific education during my nightly expeditions into the fascinating world of theoretical knowledge (including theoretical knowledge about human propagation, I might add ;) ). Add to it an IT pioneer for a dad, an ecotrophologist for a mom, 4 HAM Radio amateurs in the family, an excellent botanist and civil engineer for a granddad and my scientific career was practically inevitable.
    While originally I meant to be a botanist, fate decreed I'd rather become a limnologist. But plants, particularly the edible and medical ones, are still a hobby of mine, together with physics and astronomy. And - my teacher predicetd it but I never believed him - I actually acquired a taste for mathematics in the last years (pretty pervert, isn't it?)
    Being German, I also had one unfair advantage over kids from other countries: we have a really cool TV programme here that explains how things work. From how the stripes get into the tooth paste till how a nuclear chain reaction works, they explain everything in a way that everyone can understand it. All kids and propably 3/4 of the adults watch it every Sunday =)
    Here's an example in English: if you want to impress someone whith your knowledge, learn how an LED works