Thanks for the welcome last July, Tony. I've been MIA from Atheist Nexus for several reasons. Busy traveling. I know all about Fermilab. My son's partner is the chief mechanical engineer of the water-cooling system. I'm familiar with quarks, neutrinos and the other one I can't remember. I know all about CERN. The more I learn about physics and the physical universe, the more confident I am in my non-belief.
I am pursuing a botanical illustration certificate at Morton Arboretum -- another landmark near you. I'm fascinated by anything scientific in my old age. I suppose my father's influence had much to do with my atheism. He is gone now, but he worked for NASA - on Apollo. He spoke as eloquently and was nearly as erudite as Dawkins. My mother was a lax Catholic but dragged me to church and made sure I was confirmed - I'm sure out of fear of her Italian Roman Catholic mother. She finally admitted she hated the church a few years ago. She's 91. I have no clue why I'm telling you all of this. Is just nice to know there are brilliant and crazy people out there - and quite near. I fantasize about somehow getting a 'count' of how many of us there actually ARE. I'd love to round them all up and have a party.
Thanks for the welcome! You appear to be a man who wears many hats -- atheist, fantasy baseballer, sibling of a famous author ( and a man I like to call "boss").How do you find the time? I just found this site yesterday and I already feel like I have a new family.
Well color me stupid. Reminds me of an exercise in Psych 101 where we were shown a portion of a photo and asked whether the subject was laughing or crying. As I recall, this was to illustrate how much we rely on the surrounding cues for interpretation.
So, one of the photos was a film still of Tatum O'Neal with a hat on and the butt of her palm in her mouth. I had some sort of mental block, because to me the photo looked like a shoe.
Hey Tony , this is strange. I saw your pic on the members page and it was like looking in a mirror. I'll put my pic up in a couple of days (once I get my act together) and i think you'll see the resemblance. Maybe it's just the goatee, or the way your photo was taken but the resembleance is quite disconcerting.
I'm not very 'professional' myself. I lack a lot of technical skills but make up for it with artful dodging. :)
I have a site in the works (it will be katescamera.com) but I have to wait for my friend to help me put it up since I know nothing about website design. For now, I have my deviantArt page which you can find here: http://kateholden.deviantart.com/
Your fountain picture is superb, by the way. The lighting/aperture/ISO all came together perfectly! Three cheers for that!
At first when I saw your profile I thought TLDR but then I came back to it and gave it a chance and it was quite engaging! You have an uncommon wit about you, my good sir. If I had a hat I would be tempted to tip it in your direction.