I said, “Science, again!”

Science is in the name, but I’m no scientist.

This site will certainly not be publishing papers picked up by the International Journal of Science, but it also won’t go over your head in order to attract academic discourse.

Here will be accessibility, a place to explore and learn for people just like you and me.

I recently turned 40. A regular fella-type that decided for my mid-life crisis, maybe instead of a red Corvette, that I had squandered years not growing or learning.

Hopefully it’s not too late to give our minds a few laps around the track.

Let’s consider “Science, Again!” a home for that person in you, in me, fascinated by the universe we’re rocketing through.

While I don’t have a formal background in science, or even any post-secondary education, what you and I may have in common is an interest to look up at the sky and think, “This planet is moving how fast, you say?”

A place to work out our minds. A crossword puzzle of new information, staving off signs of early onset dementia. Or, simply having something new to talk about at dinner aside from the weather, politics and the gossip of other people’s lives.

Remember March, 2020? Most of us found out we’d be staying indoors, at home, in a general state of lock down while this virus shook out. How long? Who knows, a couple months, a year, but stay inside and be safe. Bang some pots, thank first responders and healthcare workers.

During that time, many of us were given an unlimited supply of opportunities to lay on the couch and stare at the ceiling, the wall, the sideways rain as it blurred the window — The bottom of a bottle.

Those opportunities to stare into the grains of drywall came with the taxation of job security, housing certainty, undeniable loss, and debatable sanity.

Some of you baked a loaf or two. Some did a few push-ups and a TikTok dance. Others started side-hustles, and distilleries thrived.

While I didn’t work on my cardio or carbs, I did focus on two things:

  1. I absolutely did line the pockets of every gin still with shelf space in Vancouver
  2. I consumed about as much information as I could find time for
    1. Lectures from Leonard Susskind, Frank Wilczek, Carlo Rovelli, Carl Sagan and many others that have dedicated their faculties to connecting the cosmic dots which explain how countless galaxies rocket through space, subsequently allowing you to buy a pair of shoes from Zappos
    2. Some incredible YouTube channels like VSauce, Veritasium, AstroBackyard, Big Think, Kurzgesagt, Pursuit of Wonder
    3. Read books at a rate I’ve never done before. Sometimes six in a week. Key takeaway: Quantity does not equal comprehension or quality. I will definitely be writing a post on the science of reading, comprehension and how I learned to study when I read books for better long-term recollection on subjects way above my pay grade. Reading lots does not make you a sponge of information. It just makes you a pair of overworked eyeballs that kinda knows something about a few things.

Check out the Resources section on this site for books I’ve read and am reading on this little mid-life knowledge crisis I’m having, as well as links to lectures, papers and videos.

During this stretch of madness we are still trekking through, I learned that I know so very little, and then I grew to learn that I know even less than that.

What I do know is that learning, reading and building your own personal knowledge base is rewarding, addictive, and a lifelong pursuit.

This page will exist as a personal repository of the things I’m learning, the projects I’m working on and my latest fascinations.

From one layperson to another, my hope is the content here will be accessible and help ignite that spark of interest in others the way it did for me over the last few years.

“Which areas of science are you talkin’ ’bout?”

There is no limit or outline, no direct focus. There is a simple focus here of catching up on the pursuit of knowledge, even if I missed the deadline.

At times it will be:

  • Data science
  • Computer science
  • Astrophysics
  • Book recommendations of great thinkers
  • Science fiction
  • Neural networks
  • Classical mechanics
  • Relativity
  • That beautiful arrow of time named entropy
  • And when bold enough, we will dabble in the quantum realm

This Site’s Take on Privacy

I have installed no trackers, no data mining, no Google Analytics or other platforms that augment your data and traffic habits into their system of algorithms to improve their bottom line while considering you a simple user ID number in which to mine for profit.

The irony of this will become apparent later on as I share more about my data science and facial recognition projects. The contradiction is not lost on me.

There is an analytics package on the site installed so that I can see how the site is being used, but that data lives in a silo, and does not track you or follow you off of this website to serve ads or other content related to what you’ve been browsing or talking about in chat apps or near your phone’s microphone.

You can learn more about Plausible Analytics here.

  • No personal data is collected
  • No tracking across devices
  • Data is isolated to a 24 hour period
  • There are zero cookies or identifiers
  • No data is shared with third-party advertisers or services.

I understand this website isn’t some enterprise level company where that data it collects could be used for our gain. This is just some low-traffic blog about a guy learning a few things about entropy.

However, it’s something I care about and you should too.  Take some time to read about Plausible, and if you have your own site, consider switching off scripts from companies like Facebook and Google.

I’ll have some other posts about privacy on your computer, devices and tools.