These are my musings, both ridiculous and sublime. I would have made “Ridiculous and Sublime” the primary title of this blog, but I am vain. I want some semblance of uniqueness and there are many other bloggers using this theme. But I will explain both title and subtitle before proceeding.
So what are Millennium Conjectures? I’ll explain that in a bit as well. But first, I present a word about the overall content and nature of my posts. And why I, and my posts, are both ridiculous and sublime.
This is not a personal journal. Who would be interested in reading my personal journal online? I wouldn’t even be interested. No, these are musings, observations and conjectures from a journalistic standpoint, a way of looking at things you might find interesting or funny. You might also find some silly and trivial. I do have some past background in both broadcast and print journalism, but that is not my professional livelihood these days; I do this for the satisfaction and outlet.
So—I’ll get back to the subtitle.
Let’s face it: I am both ridiculous and sublime. To start with, the two most famous people whose birthday I share (October 2) are Mohandas Gandhi and Groucho Marx.
What could be more sublime and ridiculous than those two? And to boot, the most famous thing, arguably, that happened on the very day of my birth (Oct 2, 1950), was the appearance of the very first syndicated Peanuts cartoon. Good ‘ol Charlie Brown was born the same day as me. He is most certainly a perfect blending of the two traits we are talking about. Wishy-washy? Maybe. But that is only because he is so torn by the ridiculous and sublime universe that surrounds him. Yes, the silly and profound seem both to be bound into my DNA.
Content herein will then consist of both the trivial/silly (WheresGeorge.com, history of CT license plates, Pearls Before Swine) and the profound (Quantum Physics, Cosmology, Existentialism, Opera and the philosophy of science). There will also be topics that engender a bit of both characteristics; baseball, for example, and especially baseball statistics. Yes, Baseball is a game, but as George Will so astutely observed, “if baseball is just a game, then the Grand Canyon is just a hole in the ground.” This will happen solely because my cluttered mind embraces all of these endeavors, and for some strange reason, I think that somewhere out there one or two people might be interested in my insights.
So, back to the Millenium Conjectures. My posts will be marked as either Ridiculous or Sublime or Ridiculous AND Sublime. The lion’s share of the Sublime category—indeed of all the content– will be a series I call The Millenium Conjectures. These will deal with my views and speculations on the nature of reality, the universe and scientific philosophy. Everything else will be a time-out to blow off steam. But lest my head explode, let alone yours, this is enough for now. Text in this post ©2012 Mark Sackler