Recently I read something that literally brought tears to my eyes:
“Be Humble, for you are made of earth.
Be Noble, for you are made of stars.” - Old Serbian Proverb
This proverb is strictly, totally, completely true. You and I and the computer you’re reading this on are all made of star dust. Our carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and iron atoms were forged in ancient supernova, billions of years ago. We share a connection to the larger universe out there, for it is where we come from. As Neil Degrasse Tyson says, "We are in the Universe, but the Universe is also within us."
Nerd and a geek (there is a difference). Lover of movies with a huge DVD & Blu-Ray collection. Lover of books ditto. Lover of manga and anime and sushi (nom nom nom nom)! Enjoy hiking, camping, nature in general. Big on water harvesting and the green movement and social justice. Also, of course, astronomy, stargazing math, physics, and computers. Many odd board games adorn my shelves. There have also been credible & troubling rumors of inexplicableSteampunk activities. I have so many different interests and hobbies that I don’t have time for all of them. (Is it a strategic mistake at this stage to admit that I still build things with LEGO's?) Meh. "Life is too important to waste it by growing up."
I’m smart (not to brag), funny (so I’m told), weird (obviously), artistic (I like to think), irreverent (ask my boss), and an acquired taste (ask my Ex). But it all works for me. Mostly.
By all indications, my 2nd half-century shall be even better than the first. I shall prevail in the end. If I have not yet prevailed, it simply means that today is not yet the end. Rawr!
Lord of the Rings
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Anything by R. A. Heinlein
Anything by John Varley
Anything by Pratchett
2001 - A Space Odyssey
The Princess Bride
Cabin in the Woods (Joss Whedon!)
Most films from Studio Ghibli
Most films by John Carpenter
Anything with ZOMBIES in it!
Anything that makes me wanna get up and dance!
Other Japanese food
Ethnic foods of most types
Whatever holds still long enough for me to stick a fork in it
Did I mention Sushi?
(Is whiskey a "food"?)
Gravity (Higgs Boson FTW!)
The Electro-Magnetic Force
The Strong Nuclear Force
The Weak Nuclear Force
OK, now the SERIOUS answers:
My Beautiful Daughter
Love and Affection
A Place to call Home
Learning more about the World every day
Something to do that's worth doing that I'm good at doing
Or if you can figure out this riddle (which I made up myself):
My south is my north.
My north is my south.
But if you go to my south,
you are still not at north.
(No points will be deducted from those who fail to decipher the riddle. It's just for fun.)