Welcome to Rogerspace, where there's everything from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius to notes from the 9/26/11 Citizens' Marcellus Shale Commission meeting/hearing, to various types of pages about my 65mpg 2000 Honda Insight, plus general thoughts on renewable energy, pros and cons of the science-fiction world we live in, how amazing night photography can be without light pollution, and a fair amount more. Plus archived goodies from my old CRX Meet / Friday At The Track days.
Basically finished stuff, at least at this time:
On Sustainability – What truly, honestly, long-term, actually does make sense?
Classical Virtual Architecture – Here are a few images from my POV-Ray models of a triple-crossvaulted Roman basilica and the Pantheon, with images of what inspired the virtual architecture and what modern buildings those incredible ancient edifices also inspired.
On Miniaturization – What effects has miniaturization had, and where did it come from? What drives it?
Iceland – Where each day can be an adventure... Spilling out to the rest of the world... But it'll be interesting, and worth the trip.
The MkI Insight – What to do when you insist on corner-compatible, stick-shift, sub- 2000 lbs. 2-seaters with a proper driver-oriented gauge cluster, want mpg to improve with each replacement vehicle, and are sick of rust (plus you're an aircraft nut on a modest budget)? Here's a more condensed page.
Renewable / Sustainable Energy – Can wind or solar replace petroleum? Is that even the right question?
On the Universe – Photographing the New England night sky on a clear night in real boonies is an experience.
The Meditations, Books II – XII – A somewhat de-Victorianized version of the public domain George Long translation, I at least see this is a reference work on how to honestly make sense as a human being.
Natural Gas Fracking, as it pertains to the Marcellus Shale formation in so much of PA:
Notes from the 9/26/11 Citizens' Marcellus Shale Commission meeting/hearing
Web site of the Citizens' Marcellus Shale Commission
Heritage Rail Trail - A railroad line from the 1850s converted to a 41-mile public park from York, PA to the general Towson MD area, very bicycle-compatible, a vacation with each visit.
Chocorua, NH – Part of God's gallery which mere photos have a rough time trying to convey, which modern “progress” is making less peaceful, increasingly congested with traffic, with increasing noise and nighttime light pollution.
Local farmland holding out against suburban sprawl (thanks partly to the local Farmland Trust, thanks partly to the Great Recession putting a hold on most sprawl construction)
Classical VR – POV-Ray -based Basilica Project, Rotunda Project
Hidey the cat - And of course, we have to get cat pictures in, this being a personal Web site. Hidey is the Dalai Llama of sun basking, and an aggressively benign creature.
Bibliography / Links – When I ramble on about something like I actually think I understand it, where am I getting this stuff from? I didn't make it up...
BTW, the Web site editing for 2009 was all done on a thin film PV -powered Linux solid state hard drive (16GB + 16GB USB stick, 1GB RAM) ASUS Eee PC900 netbook using Sun's OpenOffice 2.0. No virus threats, no M$, no waiting several minutes for the computer to wake up, no slowness and hard drive thrashing from comprehensive AV scans, and no sudden “Your computer will now reboot to finish the update process.” in the middle of a work session. And, all the editing at least is powered by the sun.
As of the summer of 2010 I switched to another identical netbook, but running XP, as I found the Xandros Linux used by the PC900 at least to not support well enough, easily enough, things like text-to-speech and multitasking, plus I found it to be slowing down badly. The hibernate and sleep functions work plenty quickly with a compact install of XP.
Now, The Old Quarter, which I've noticed is still getting Web visits, so it will not be altered (except to start restoring lost pages):
This section is a little more fun to read, being from a much earlier, more childlike era in my life, also largely pre-9/11...
My Cars: Road-Dancing over the Years
I of course have go on about my personal transport-as-entertainment choices over the years. I’ve remained extremely (and enjoyably) content driving Honda MkI CRXes since 1995 (and a great little ’81 1500DX Civic for two years before that).
The CRX Rust FAQ
Older Hondas really are great cars, but you must keep all rust in check.
The Third Annual MidAtlantic CRX Meet / CRX Friday At The Track III of 1999
Folks from up and down the entire East Coast and somewhat inland; need I say more? Ok – BSR’s Friday At The Track at Summit Point… CRXes bobbing up and down in a road trek convoy over the Blue Mountains… Tarzaning into the Shenandoah near Rileyville… A racing instructor describing towing an unstable trailer heavier than his Civic Si down a highway approaching cattlechutes…
Reconstructing fantastic lost edifices that are now mostly ruins, if that.
What Urban Sprawl, via modern propulsion, is replacing
Photography of endangered rural Pennsylvania landscape, as the Northeast heads towards becoming a single megalopolis
Various notes from my 20+ year journey from “What film and lens should I use?” to learning what layers of worthwhile stunts you can do with digital images
Bits and Pieces of my Photo Album
Here I use some server space via a mostly chronological gallery,
The Great War as seen by a front-line ambulance driver
This is my WWI photo album -based memorial to my grandfather’s service in WWI.
A sampling of my more interesting bookmarks accumulated through the years
Various strange and cantankerous sayings of folks through the ages.
Bumper Stickers (forwarded to the CRX List from the MG List)
in summer '97 at the Univ. of Md., Baltimore Campus (CRXes
feeding in their native habitat)
This started in 1996, became somewhat frozen in time after 1999 and didn’t really change much more than its server location until 2005 when that original version was essentially retired. Work on Version 1.0 (0.0 being the original) began in earnest in August, 2006.
From my interest in aviation, I’ve learned a bit of respect for those who willingly put their livelihood and/or lives on the line to do what is judged as needing to be done. Aviation’s story is one of carefully calculated serious risk-taking by all involved, from those designing the simplest but critical brackets to those flying extreme distances into actively hostile airspace and back.
Aircraft, cars, submarines and trains are all closely related and have intertwined histories. A refined version of what powered submarines from 1906 until the early 1950s is now considered by automotive engineers the best propulsion system to address environmental issues through the next decade or so, and the same thing minus storage batteries has replaced the charismatic steamer locomotives of the 1850s – 1950s. The handling dynamics of the aircraft and cars are very closely related, they just use different traction devices. (Sportier ones have kept the center of gravity near or behind the center of traction/lift, while more industrial ones keep the c.g. well ahead of the latter for greater stability.)
It is important to accurately understand via observation at least the nature of things around one. There is a seemingly infinite level of detail to all things. Photography is a healthy way to appreciate the nature of all which surrounds us. After peering through a viewfinder and telephoto lens at a starry sky long enough, appreciating that the little nothing one’s camera can see (more than humans can see in my camera’s case) simply mildly hints at the bowl of stars surrounding the Earth, one starts feeling that one is looking at God, however one defines whatever a God may (or may not) be.
Humans by nature consider ourselves to be a worthwhile addition to this planet in perpetuity, yet with violent dreams of empire fueling a constant stream of population-sacrificing, earth-trashing wars since time immemorial perhaps we should have a more humble perspective.
Civilizations grow, then shrink, and rebuild. This is how humanity has done things since at least the time of the Sumerians. Now we are all one civilization, suddenly numbering in the several and growing billions vs. the few to several millions of past millenia. We have been growing that common civilization, and as humans will do, have harbored the idea that that civilization will of course always grow, that each of our lives will always grow in property wealth and comfort, and so base our plans for the future on those expectations.
But we've started finding it harder to extract everything from high-intensity energy sources to high-quality metal ores to high-quality fish, with the good, easy-to-reach stuff already extracted and used up, yet our common civilization's population keeps rising quicker and quicker...
Remembering how our ancestors took care of their land, did not casually throw things away, did not harbor much of a sense of entitlement, and saw real value in basic things might be helpful at this time.
This was last updated on 10/2/2011.
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