About blue- Scroll down to see my original background notes. I am not a social networker and only recently discovered this site. There are a number of earlier discussions in which I would like to have participated. I have a love for mathematical physics and the history of science. I do not particularly like subjects that can be spun into their own meanings and agendas. I have made a few posts here in fundamental physics in areas I have studied long and hard and would like to discuss. I have the distinction of having some of these posts deleted or spun into irrelevant meanings and slander. Below is an example of SPIN; this one is from the moderator and owner of this site, Hank Campbell. After having my purely scientific entries deleted, I let a couple of days go by and then put in the following note which to me is solid good-humored advice that anyone could give to his friends. Nothing controversial about it. Read the note and then see how Hank gives it a Glenn-Beck SPIN (which is immediately bought by a gullible party). Here is my friendly reminder along with its link to the interesting “Way Back Machine” http://www.archive.org/web/web.php “Employers can use websites like this one to see if applicants have people skills and to gauge whether they might be a high maintenance item. People should keep their rants private. If a mistake is made, admit it. These little tips can go a long ways to widen one’s choices for employment and funding. Deleting and altering previously posted material is never good form for a scientist. There are backups and cached versions still in the record and old-fashioned memory. Covering your tracks raises suspicion. Be on your best manners, even if you are carrying a knife. That’s the way it has always worked for rising to the top. Want a better job and a bigger playground? Is your smugness interfering with your social life? Pay for a class on etiquette. Bite the grass!” [end] The final phrase is a joke that was already in the original blog. Humor is difficult to achieve with an international audience. Be that as it may, I think that employers do try to see if one can laugh at oneself. I get a lot of my news from the John Stewart’s “Daily Show” (on 4 days of 7 per week, with many reruns). It’s on the Comedy Channel and makes abundant use of its own Way Back Machine. Here is Hank’s response: ““Deleting and altering previously posted material is never good form for a scientist. There are backups and cached versions still in the record and old-fashioned memory. Covering your tracks raises suspicion.”” Not to most of us, it's called moderating the tone of your column for the people you expect to be reading it. There is no entitlement. If …. wants to delete this comment, he can. Plenty of times when spammers have left comments I have changed the text and also changed their name to "John Smallberries". Can they object? I suppose but it won't mean much. The whole reason authors have moderation ability is because of the very diversity you claim to espouse. Different contributors have difference tolerance levels for various types of comments - but you want to homogenize everyone and issue vague threats to reinforce it. That doesn't seem so great. [end of response from Hank] OK. Is Hank lumping me there with spammers and bullies? Is he saying I am espousing diversity and while aiming for homogenization? Is he testing my funny bone? My response: Concerning homogenization … perhaps I see what you mean: "One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action . . . is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum" (Sir Walter Scott). ((Every time a science writer can work in Sir Walter Scott, he should get a raspberry. Scroll down for my original profile entry.)) Graduated from Univ. of Colorado in 1978 with masters in mathematics, specializing in General Relativity and Singularities. Decided to join the real world and have been living on the wetter backside of the Continental Divide since then. My wife and I own a busy real estate company. I still have my love for science. Time restraints keep me from doing much reading or research. Through the years, I have tried to get a handle on quantum mechanics. I have had the pleasure of meeting with some of the leaders in the field to thank them for their contributions and ask a few questions. In Spring of 2010, I composed a booklet called “E is for Elephant” which has biographical information and a summary of my impressions concerning quantum mechanics. Part of the goal was/is to create a booklet on “the lessons of the quantum” that is aesthetically appealing. It has to be exactly a multiple of four pages so that one can print it on 11x17 tabloid size paper and then fold and saddle-stitch it. My reason for registering here is to dialog effectively with Johannes Koelman concerning Erik Verlinde’s thermodynamic direction for deriving fundamental physics. Eventually, I will condense what I learn from Johannes and others and add a new leaf (4 pages) to the “E is for Elephant” booklet. It is available online as a PDF ready for printing at the following address, which also has an HTML version of the same: http://www.mountainlake.com/mlp/elephant.htm I find entropy-driven physics to be rather satisfying because one can use it to understand everyday things. Whether it can also take one to the heart of fundamental physics is open for debate. If an expert like Leonard Susskind can work in the netherworlds of strings and branes and come back with something like the quantum elephant never forgets, I think that is very curious. My earliest significant teacher on entropy and forms of energy was the ecologist Howard T. Odum. If someone recognizes his name, I will be pleasantly surprised and motivated to post a bit about him, his wife Elizabeth and their passions.
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