Hmmm, is that dot really blue?

BlueDot music/science festival Day One: We arrived, in our hired motorhome (because there isn’t a tent on Earth large enough for all of MY creature comforts) and the young woman who directed us where to park also asked if we had the usual, glass bottles…illicit drugs. Ok, my hair is a funny colour so I…

Little Blue Dot

If music be the food of love what does that make science the food of? Fortunately we get to decide this for ourselves. So for me, science is the food of peace of mind – reality comforts me even when it’s painful, lies are worse and science is also the food of exploration – curiosity…

Round up part four

Part One, Part Two and Part Three. Searching for the curious – Strangely enough, whilst looking for curiosity in others I have rediscovered some of it in myself, which makes me ridiculously happy. (I also find myself struggling to NOT judge people on their lack of curiosity…but that’s an on-going woe for me that I…

Round-up part three

Part One here and Part Two here. Avoiding Drama-Llamas and other assorted arseholes – I spoke up when I saw an injustice, stood up to be counted and creditted those around me…screw you arseholes. Pressing the keys – I have drawn, I have written, I haven’t yet designed a more efficent tractor but it’s on…

Next Round-up

Part two of my ass kicking, self reminding and gentle prodding…Part one here Doing stuff you don’t wanna – along with reining in my ego (a bit) pausing to consider what the other people in the room might be expert on has caused me to also admit the possibility that things may end up going…

Round-up

On this random date, chosen for no reason other than convenience, I have decided to gift myself a round-up of all the tasks, objectives and missions I set myself since starting this blog.  This is also to kick my own ass on the stuff I have let slip, either I let them go completely (and…

Bring on the frogs!

One of my (many) self-destructive tendencies is procastination. After researching this I have concluded that I am better than some and worse than others, but it adversely affects me pretty much every work day. I manage to make deadlines and keep things on schedule, but I also spend a lot of time wishing for asteroid…

Searching for the Curious

As much as I try to check my privileges and battle my biases I know they are there, influencing me in ways I’d sometimes rather they didn’t. I constantly remind myself to pause and think before acting or reacting, because there’s a good chance my instincts are based on childhood conditioning, rather than what my…

Life outside of work

As the result of a recent conversation with a friend I have been thinking about how I and other people occupy our ‘free’ time. My friend is a football (soccer) fan and we were discussing her options for activities once the season ends. I was trying to convince her not to do her job of…

130 a day

What do you do when the world has become so toxic, so utterly alien, so horrifying that you almost long for the small, deeply personal, lonely wounds that caused you so much pain all those years ago? Knowing that I survived those things makes it possible to gaze back at them almost fondly. I had…