Introductions are in order, I think

Oh, hey, I’ve got myself a blog.  There are thousands of others like it, but this one is mine.

Now, hopefully this will be buried under a pile of posts by the time anybody gets around to reading what I have to say, but some of you might actually be curious enough to go back to the very first post on here, so I thought that I’d make this the introduction and launch-point for what I’m going to try to do.

So.  What exactly is this, and what do I intend to do to distinguish it from all the other noise out there on the interwebs?

First, I’m going to be posting a lot of science and technology news.  I discovered that I rather enjoy sci/tech news aggregation when I did it during an internship, and after I left I figured “Hell, why not do it as a hobby?”  With the internet being what it is, I may not have an audience, but at least I’ll have a creative outlet.

Second, I’m going to use this as the place for putting up my thoughts on the future.  I have actual academic credentials in this, believe it or not – I just haven’t been able to find anybody willing to pay me to do it, so, again, I turn to the internet.

In sum, this is going to be a platform for me to share all the cool, interesting stuff I find on the web, and as a way of sharing my thoughts about it with a wider audience.

About myself, I’m not going to say much at this point.  I have a degree in geology, and a fair amount of exposure to economics and social sciences.  I’m a geek and a gamer, one of those people who think that robots are cool, and that space travel is the most awesome thing mankind has ever accomplished (or tried to, at least – God knows we haven’t gotten very far).  Anything else, I’m sure you’ll figure out eventually if I keep posting for long enough.

Oh, and while I’m at it, I’d like to point out some caveats to a great deal of what I’m going to post, since I know that some of these points are going to come up if this blog thingamajig actually gets off the ground:

A)  I am not a professional scientist.  I have a degree in geology, and am well-read, but that doesn’t mean that I have a perfect understanding of science, just enough of one to get me in trouble.

B)  Because of (A), I’m often going to be basing what I write on what other people (who theoretically know stuff better than I do) have written; if they turn out to be wrong, well, chances are I’m going to be wrong too.  Trace things back to their original source, and evaluate that source’s reliability.  Don’t ever rely on second- or third-hand information without having some idea where it’s coming from.

C)  I am human.  Thus, I am fallible.  When I do fail, I prefer to fix whatever went wrong, if possible.  In this context, that means that I can and will change my mind on an issue if compelling evidence is provided.  This isn’t an issue now, of course, because I don’t have a paper trail to speak of (unless you get into my college papers somehow, in which case shame on you), but if this blog actually lasts a few months, I may start needing to point people to this.  We’ll see.  I’m sure I won’t be wrong all that often, though…  😛

D)  A corollary to (C) is that, should you have evidence that you think contradicts my views on something, by all means present it to me.  I may disregard it because we disagree about how credible it is (something in a tabloid is not going to pass my filters, for example), but in principle I appreciate it when someone helps me further educate myself.

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