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A bit of the past for the New Year
Well the world didn't end after all... I wrote this a long time ago just after I left the Navy, and updated it recently.
"...But who are you?" updated 5/31/2011
“No Faith”, “Universal Divinity” or “I think therefore I am, but who are you?!”
SKY-MAP.ORG - How Our Vision was Born
I have never suffered from a lack of imagination. As a child, I spent many hours dreaming of stories written by Ray Bradbury. I carried books by Clifford Simak and Robert Sheckley to school instead of textbooks. I swore to my parents that I had witnessed first hand the stories described by Isaac Asimov. I considered Stanislav Lem a close relative because my great-grandmother was also from Poland...
To Survive in the Universe
"I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet." The SKY-MAP.ORG authors completely share these concerns of Stephen Hawking. The only words we could add are that the greatest threat to the human race is the human race itself.
Close encounter with a first telescope
How my fascination with astronomy led me to the another love of my life.
Wild Card 004.1 “A Chaotic Discussion of Critical Thinking, Chaos, and Large Systems.”
A Perspective on Equipment
When is Bigger Big enough? Or...Why my bigger scope shows me wonderful views of my closet.
Wild Card 004 "Improbable-Probable Futures, Limits, Blah, Blah, Blah!"
In this edition of his coulumn, Rick Shaffer muses about what SciFi writers have projected for "Our Future", as well as puts a "wet blanket" on some cherished visions....
Observing with our Hearts
Real observing is more than just using your eyes-it involves your and heart as well!!!
Through the Eyes of Youth
Ever have that one experience that can change your life forever? With everything available to Amateur Astronomers these days, it's easy to forget what's important in our lives. And this experience relates just such an occasion.
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