me

I this, and I that

young woman, da Vinci

young woman, da Vinci

I am a fantasy student of art, art history, history, and anthropology – culture, belief systems and archaeology. I also play with languages and a little science. I studied those topics at university, but not in depth – no time because I took too many topics.  I went to college for 5 years and only took one summer off.

I spend hours on computers and gadgets.  I don’t watch TV.

Most important, I am a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in an Adult Literacy program, part of Lifeworks Austin.  It is the high point of each week.  The international set – the people from around the globe – make for excellent conversations and friends.  Eager, attentive, and hard working students are a teacher’s dream.  The facility and staff are stellar.  We have a well stocked computer lab, which I think is outstanding.  It offers an opportunity to add computer skills for the students during class work.  My volunteer work is a luxury in which I fully indulge.

I smoke strong clove cigs.  Technically called cigars.  I call them “high school girl cigarettes”.  They taste and smell nice.
While I am not a student, not a trained teacher, and should not smoke, I totally dig them all.   If it totally looks, sounds, or isn’t cool – I probably like it.  Like Jerry Lewis.  Love Charlton Heston.  If it is bizarre and annoying – I may like it even more so.  Except for that thing on my stove in the photo at the top.  Something extremely annoying and bizarre.  Not staged.  Thankfully, I have an old pot ready for such an occasion.

I have other blogs, mostly for ESL teaching tools, a personal blog about things I like called FieldGrass, and one about topics of social relevance called  I See.  I See is what is on my mind or catches my attention randomly or a current event.  I am working on a site, around that blog – I’ve just started on It Matters.

 


And because we never read these About pages… I love NASA, Godzilla, The Dark Knight – especially the soundtracks and Star Trek !

NASA: the Star Trek intro

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Apollo 11 “The Eagle” launch, 19 July, 1969.  See my post

The intro to Star Trek was inspired by Eisenhower, who was trying to garner support in the US for NASA.   It came full circle in 1989, when NASA used the Star Trek version of the quotation in the title of its retrospective of Project Apollo:  “Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions”.  If you do not know the quote, you are likely not reading this.  But here:

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

It has been suggested that the quotation was taken from a White House booklet published in 1958. The Introduction to Outer Space, was produced at the request of President Eisenhower in an effort to garner support for a national space program in the wake of the Russian Sputnik flight, read on its first page:

The first of these factors is the compelling urge of man to explore and to discover, the thrust of curiosity that leads men to try to go where no one has gone before.

 NASA Beatdown

Space is not for the weak.  Astronauts are brilliant and totally kick ass, do not be fooled.  Apollo 11 Astronaut, 2nd man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin shows us how it’s done.:


Wah Ming Chang

A note of tribute:  

Wah Ming Chang was one of the great unsung heroes of Star Trek.   Few fans know his name, but everyone certainly knows his work: the phaser, the communicator, the tricorder, the Gorn, the first Romulan ship, the tribble, and the list goes on and on … http://www.startrek.com/database_article/wah-ming-chang

PhaserGornRomulan Bird of Prey


Gojira

“Godzilla does not feel emotion…Godzilla is emotion”

I imagine that you find this ridiculous.  Far from it.  This documentary from the BBC begins with the birth of the Godzilla phenomenon as an embodiment of the collective  anxiety, helplessness and rage of the Japanese people after WWII.  As they fell prey to the American atomic program in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the subsequent atomic tests in the Pacific rim.   Japanese adults and older, speaking with quiet gravitas about Godzilla.   It is an important piece of history from a bizarre perspective, and culturally quite significant.

You may, like I did, already know all that about Godzilla.  It is different, and profound, to hear it  from these people.

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