Monthly Archives: April 2020

Links and Comments: 28 Apr 2020

One of today’s news sites links to an article about how Trump, and science-deniers in general, aren’t trying to fight science per se, but are trying to “claim the prestige of capital-s ‘Science.’”. Adam Laats at the History News Network: … Continue reading

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Apple Valley Interludes

My relationship with Apple Valley went through half a dozen or so phases, over some 25 years, from the time I was 3 or 4 years old, to nearly 30. With a few addenda in the past decade. \\ The … Continue reading

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My History with Pseudo-Science (Briefly) and Science

I went through a brief phase of interest in pseudo-science. Beginning at that 7th grade book fair when I bought (in addition to Blish’s Star Trek), an early edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and a book by Frank … Continue reading

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My History with Science Fiction

Here’s another autobiographical post, probably repetitious with some of the others, about specific events or circumstances that triggered interests or beliefs, some brief, some that have lasted a life. 3500 words just today—a draft. Science Fiction There are several phases … Continue reading

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My History with Astronomy

How did it start? There was a specific event: in the 6th grade, I noticed a row of textbooks in a closet, a basic astronomy text called A Dipper Full of Stars. (I already wrote about that here: http://www.markrkelly.com/Blog/2014/05/01/cosmos-and-my-amateur-astronomy/.) I … Continue reading

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My History with Books

(As I said in previous post, this is an essay that will be cross-post as a page, accessible through the drop-down menus above. For now it’s just a post.) Anyone entering my home over the past 30 years, maybe even … Continue reading

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My History with Bicycling

I’ve been writing a series of autobiographical essays recently, to supplement the photo sets of scanned slides and prints I’ve promised to gather on this site. Most will be installed as WordPress “pages” which then automatically appear in the menu … Continue reading

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Boy Scout Paraphernalia

In scouts you earn lots of awards, merit badges and rank badges and patches for every significant scouting event. So many that your scout uniform shirt, and even the merit badge sash, had no room for all of them. So … Continue reading

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Family Dynamics and Social Withdrawal

Family Dynamics I wish I could say more about what my younger sisters and brother were doing, the whole time I was growing up. I didn’t pay close attention mostly due to the age difference. I was the oldest, my … Continue reading

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