The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance by Will Durant

"Don't be so gloomy. After all, it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love -- they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. V: The Renaissance by Will Durant

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – Adventures in Science Literacy

The morning after, I'm still in a state of awe. Last night I got to see Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on stage, doing what he does best: education for the people. The topic was Adventures in Science Literacy. Or as he called it, "Adventures in Science Illiteracy." You see, the entire talk was geared about … Continue reading Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – Adventures in Science Literacy

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan

Really look at that graphic.  Think about those words.  More than just words, the photo that accompanies it was the idea of Carl Sagan.  He lobbied NASA for decades to have that photo taken.  You can read the entire soliloquy and see the uncluttered photo at the Planetary Society's website.  The message of hope behind the … Continue reading Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by Carl Sagan

Transgender Complete: A Virtual Handbook by Joanne Borden

Every so often, I feel the need to take a look at the world around me and see something I've maybe not looked at before with any attempt to understand.  Sometimes that need is simple curiosity, other times I feel compelled by circumstances that crossed my path.  Sometimes it's both.  Whatever the case may be, … Continue reading Transgender Complete: A Virtual Handbook by Joanne Borden

My Favorite Universe by Prof. Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is, for me, something of a modern day folk hero.  I have nothing but admiration and respect for his work and his commitment to education, both of which continue in the footsteps of his mentor, Dr. Carl Sagan, and both of which are sorely needed in our age of mind-blowing levels … Continue reading My Favorite Universe by Prof. Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Great Courses)

New Shirt

Sometimes you see something online, and it's an insta-buy.  This campaign was going around for a short time, and I jumped on it.  The shirt just arrived. Sadly, none of my co-workers know who these people are.  I can think of no better example of an expressed need for better education.  And so... I will … Continue reading New Shirt