i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
in other news, john norton has a grandson (so dan norton has a nephew)! and i heard from jan boucher, who has a new permanent job at the v.a.
last night i went to a sort of salon, a discussion group whose first topic was about "human space exploration." i was surprised to find that 8 of the 10-member group thought human space travel was "ridiculous" when there were so many problems to solve here. i can sort of see the point, though i think it's shortsighted (nobody ever thinks there's a "good time" to do something without an immediate return). i wish i had asked this question of brian before i went to the group because he had an long, eloquent response, but i had no idea there was this much resistance to something i take for granted (which is one of the reasons to go do this sort of thing, eh?). we all threw ideas in a hat for the next meeting in november, but i threw in four ideas because i thought we'd be drawing from them for the rest of the year, so of course one of mine was picked: we'll be discussing feminism, which i chose because i don't really know how i feel about it. on the whole, i think i identify more clearly with egalitarianism, but is the spirit of feminism a necessary step to take to get there? any ideas are welcomed.