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Who I am  --  What's it all about

          Okay, I consider myself eclectic in my interests and I have this website and hope to have another forum called Eclectic Universe (the original got trashed unfortunately) wherein I go by the title of "The Eclectic." I'm not really THE Eclectic, but I play one on the web. :-)

Update March 02, 2009: the Eclectic Universe Forum is back up and running after being recreated from scratch. New Members Needed!

          In any case, I created this site and the forum to simply indulge myself and hopefully promote an eclectic set of perspectives anywhere I can. I admit to having a strong interest in Science, mostly all kinds of science and anything science. I also enjoy non-science stuff and often refer to myself as a "Jack of all trades, master of none" since I seem to have no defining expertise in any one thing. Now, I don't claim to be "into" everything - who has the time for That anymore? - but my interests are comparatively varied. Hopefully, those of you actually reading this may consider yourselves kindred spirits, at least of a sorts.

          Just to give you an idea of what interests me: Astronomy, astrophysics, theoretical physics, quantum physics, psychology, social psychology, anthropology, paleontology, collecting fossils, hunting, fishing, tennis, chess, science fiction, fantasy, Tolkein's The Hobbit and LOTR, writing humor stories, abstract doodling with wild colors, taking pictures, nature, National Geographic, The Dog Whisperer, computers, programming and software development, philosophy, evolution, religion, camping, riding my motorcycle, swimming, . . . 'Nuff said?

          There is one thing, however that always holds my attention these days and I never stray far from it in everyday life: The search for truth. People have asked me what truth I have found. I reply "Curiously, I have found some, but it is insignificant compared to what I have found that is NOT true!

          So, that's it for now folks. I can only hope that I keep disovering new things about our world and the universe beyond and perhaps meet a few kindred spirits along the way! Maybe you'll join me?

 -- The Eclectic --

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Some of my Favorite Sigs and Sayings:

  • Wherever you go, there you are.
  • It's easier to see the truth when you stop believeing that you already have it.
  • Have you ever been about to grasp the truth when somebody suddenly yanked it out of your reach?
  • The truth is out there . . . but so is a lot of other nonsense!
  • Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  • A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  • If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  • Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone!
  • If you always tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
  • Generally speaking, you aren't leaning much when your lips are moving.
  • To be wrong is at least a good opportunity to learn something new.
  • The difference between a wise man and a fool is that a wise man has something to say, but a fool has to say something.

 

"Say what you mean, and mean what you say!"

"I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent." -- Horton the elephant [Horton Hatches the Egg, by Dr. Suess, 1942]

Saying what you mean, and meaning what you say is a topic I have obsessed about in the past, having used the highlighted quote at the top many times and apparently erroneously attributed to Horton the elephant. But after a bit of research, it appears that what Horton really said is a bit different, as quoted and attributed above, hopefully correctly. However the meaning is clear either way, and that's what this particular blog is about, not Horton, or elephants.

I've always had the stong conviction that if you're going to say something, mean it, or else don't say it. And say what you mean for Pete's sake - take a second or two to put your brain in gear before putting your mouth in action! If there's something that irritates me during a conversation, it's when someone just blathers on without the slightest regard for the value of choosing their words in any particularly thoughtful way.

Now, first, here's a short history for perpective of where I'm coming from.

I guess that thinking about my words before speaking them was somehow ingrained in me from a very early age. I was basically very shy in grade school and was very self conscious. I was so afraid of being ridiculed for something that I said that I just never said much unless I was certain of what I wanted to say.

In any case, one day in a highschool study group for science, a friend stopped me cold with "Why are you always right?" It turned out to be a compliment, and my friend was just expressing his wonderment of how I had such a great track record for being correct with what I said. A confidence builder for sure, but not 100% true.

Later in highschool, I argued with an English teacher almost constantly over my written work since I'd always gotten excellent grades in English and I couldn't get above a C+ in her class. Finally it all came to a head at the end of the year, and she admitted that my work had been as good as any other student but she had noticed that I not only had writing talent, but also always had something to say - as in the difference between a wise man and a fool is that a fool has to say something, but a wise man has something to say. Therefor she was convinced that I could and should do even better.

Another friend, shortly after my highschool days, commented that I wasn't a conversationalist, because I always insisted on talking only about meaningful things rather than the weather we were having at the time.

Now, I'm not trying to be conceited here. Rather, I'm setting the tone for the importance and desirability of saying only what you mean, and meaning all that you say. I should note here that I have indeed practiced my simple conversationalist techniques just to be more sociable - it does have it's advantages! But by the same token, can't those with good conversational skills also benefit from putting a bit of meaning into what they say?

In any case, I think our kids need to learn about that Horton the Elephant business as much as possible. I've rarely made idle threats - if I tell my nephews that I'm turning around right now and taking them home if they don't stop bouncing around in the back seat of the car,... I Mean It! Else I don't say it. Kids are very good at picking up on empty threats. If I'm not prepared to follow through on the consequences of what I want to say, then I just don't say it. Is that such a bad way to live?

Adults need to learn about Horton the Elephant too. So, go ahead, Say what you mean and mean what you say! At least once in a while?

 -- The Eclectic --

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