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The Frogurt Is Also Cursed

Everything I know about karma I learned from watching "The Twilight Zone"

Name:
Radar Hunt
Birthdate:
5 October
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There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.
-- Linus Van Pelt

All the fun of sitting still, being quiet, writing down numbers, paying attention. Yes, science has it all.
-- Seymour Skinner

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
-- Thomas Jefferson

When you can measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager, unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced the state of science.
-- William Thompson, First Baron Kelvin

My object in living is to unite my avocation and my vocation as my two eyes make one in sight.
-- Robert Frost, "Two Tramps in Mud Time"

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
-- Rabindranath Tagore

I cannot live without books.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Looking at the cake's like looking at the future. Until you've tasted it, what do you really know? And then, of course, it's too late.
-- Merlin, from John Boorman's Excalibur

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Karma can only be portioned out by the cosmos.
-- Homer Simpson

Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
-- Ansel Adams

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
-- Thomas Jefferson

People who enjoy eating sausage and obey the law should not watch either being made.
-- Otto von Bismarck

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
-- Thomas Jefferson

If it blows up, it's chemistry. If it stinks, it's biology. If it doesn't work, it's physics.
-- Unknown

Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
-- Richard Feynman

I'm just white-knuckling it with the muse.
-- Brooke McEldowney

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist thinks it will change; the realist adjusts the sails.
-- William Arthur Ward

Math, my boy is nothing more than the lesbian sister of Biology.
-- Peter Griffin

Let's see... what am I? Look up contradiction in any dictionary, you may find my photo. Shy. Flirty. Unrepentant smart-ass. Tolerant. Cynical. Silly. Sarcastic. Respectful. Fun-loving. Reserved. My sense of humor has been described as Monty Python meets Peanuts. I don't make friends easily, but those I have are very close, often considered my "chosen family". I could go on, but you'll just have to read my entries for more. I was an Observer type for years, now I'm trying to get off my you-know-what and have a life, for crying out loud. I may appear very stoic in person or in my writing before one gets to know me. I can be very passionate about things, though, when the motivation strikes me.

My Feynman Number is 2.

Married to datagoddess since July, 1992. No kids except perhaps ourselves. Went back to school at Purdue at 40, got an M.S. and did some work toward a Ph.D. (though didn't go all the way) in Atmospheric Science, specifically studying cloud microphysics.

I am very much an autodidact with regard to several subjects, a polymath. I normally shun labels, but will admit to being various flavors of geek: weather, video, photography, map, road, geography, travel, aviation, film, comic strip, comic book, physics, astronautics, geology, fire, linguistics, waterfowl, folk dance, anglophile, celtic culture, germanic culture, turkish (central asian) culture... the list goes on. One geek label I fight/refuse to wear is computer. I like to think I know them very well and use them very well as a tool/means to pursue my other geekdoms, but I draw the line at considering myself a computer geek. :-)

I don't really use this journal as a repository for everything that is going on in my life. I think of it and much of the closer folks on my friends list as a way to keep in touch. I don't like the LJ term "friends" for the lists of users I want to read/to be able to read my posts. To me, the term "friend" means much more. Some people on my lists on LJ I do consider friends (or much more). I don't necessarily reciprocally add someone who adds me, nor do I expect same from someone I add. I also may remove users from my list from time to time, if I feel like I'm not reading that user or I feel overwhelmed. It's not personal.

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