About This Blog

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 (, 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


  1. Hi there,

    Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a like for one of my images, it is appreciated 🙂 If you have time, please take a look at my blog sites and , I do hope you will take a look and enjoy what you see there!..You have a really nice site here, certainly one worthy of a follow. Thanks again, Regards Mark

  2. Woo hoo! Boy, am I glad you found my blog because I am having fun reading yours. I am an untrained, self-taught geek and this just tickles my dendrites.

  3. Hi Mark! Thanks for visiting Politics for Dogs. I happen to share a birthday with Richard M. Nixon. Certainly a ridiculous and sublime man. And a bit paranoid.

  4. Thanks for visit. I subscribe.

  5. 40 is the new 13 says:

    Love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog. This is a great one you have here. I share my birthday with David Letterman, and it was also the first day of the Civil War. And I love Charlie Brown and Snoopy… who doesn’t? Will be back again!

  6. Hey Mark, I really enjoy your ‘conjectures’ and have nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award. Please have a look at for the details (no worries if you choose not to participate). 🙂

    • Gerry—Thanks for thinking of me in regards to the blogging award nomination. I have an issue, though, on this particular award, and being that you were originally a mathematician, it should be obvious to you. The need for each winner to nominate seven other winners makes this the blogging equivalent of multi-level marketing (if not a Ponzi scheme!). Do the math. By something like the 7th or 8th iteration there would be more awards given out than there are bloggers on the planet, and by the 10th there would be more than there are people on the planet. I will certainly acknowledge your kind nomination, but will probably not participate. (Though you are now high on the list of potential winners for a BLAHS, which if you read that post, is the blogging award that I give out.)

      • You’re very right, of course – the numbers don’t work. 😦
        It’s a silly part of the award “rules” that makes no sense, but I didn’t quite feel comfortable unilateraly changing them, and I did want to acknowledge a couple of blogs I enjoy. (Thinking about it, perhaps a simple “Nice work, dude!” would have sufficed.) Anyway, I’m working on the assumption that only one or two of the nominees in each round will choose to participate, which makes it a bit less crazy. (And perhaps every blogger on the planet deserves an award simply for putting in the effort.)

        That said, your BLAHS make a lot more sense, and probably carry much more weight. I am seriously honoured to even be near your shortlist! 🙂

      • Any blogger who would recognize Pi Approximation day deserves recognition in my book! Anyway, thank you for the recognition and keep up the good work on Sciencelens,

      • caimbeul says:

        Thanks mark I’m glad someone finally expressed what I’ve always felt about this issue. These awards are a Ponzi scheme and a blight on the blogosphere. Bravo.

      • Thanks for recognizing that…I’m amazed at the otherwise intelligent bloggers that brazenly flaunt the insignias of chain letters as if they had won an Oscar.

      • But on the other hand, my BLAHS award is totally legit. 😉

  7. I’m going to enjoy trying to keep up with your ridiculous and sublime mind my blogging friend!!

  8. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and liking “Compassion is”. I hope you’ll stop by again soon!
    Your blog is fabulous. I love your writing style. I look forward to reading more!

  9. Hi Mark thank you for visiting my Blog. I enjoy reading yours also..your writting is you and I enjoyed it!

  10. Muchas gracias por tu visita a mi blog. Voy a disfrutar el tuyo. Saludos.

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ve started a few over the years, but this is the first time I’ve had such a quick response! Love the theme of your posts, I like what you say about offering musings instead of a life story. Though mine is about a journey of sorts, I think I will try to make it as observational as possible. Thanks again! ~

  12. Josh here from the BlinkPack blog. Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by the blog. I wish you all the best with yours. Cheers!

  13. Hi! Thank you for checking out my blog. I wish you all the best! Diana

  14. duffythewriter says:

    Thanks for following my blog from sunny Sydney! I love the layout of your blog and the content makes me smile

  15. Very Nice. Enjoyed reading your conjectures and musings on life. Thanks for reading my blog. All the best.

  16. Born on my maternal grandmother birthday tells me you must be a nice kind of guy. I then read your about further and become fascinated. You write about the things both near & dear to this Baroness’ heart & soul.

    I appreciate your “Like on my 6Word Saturday post and do hope you will continue coming back. You are most welcome.

  17. Anna Failla says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking one of my pictures! Cool blog -I really enjoy your writing 🙂
    Love, Anna

  18. thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on art in life…I liked reading your posts as well, I’m guessing you have a hard time taking life seriously!

  19. Great blog premise. Thanks for visiting thefirstgates

  20. Hi there, love your blog. Although I was born a few days too late (Oct. 5) to share a birthday with Charlie Brown, most of the time I feel as if I’m the female version of him. I’d much rather have been Snoopy.
    Thanks for enjoying my comic strip!

  21. Thanks for dropping by and letting me visit your blog.
    Happy with your nice stuffs.

  22. Hi there! Thanks for dropping by us today. We’re loving your blog 😀 Made a great start to our Thursday 😆

  23. Thanks for the visit Mark. Enjoying the point of view you put out there:).

  24. Hi Mark, Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post. I hope you will visit again. I’ve enjoyed looking at and reading your blog.

  25. Thanks for following and liking my blog, it has led me to your very interesting blog.
    Live long and prosper.

  26. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog is great. You made me laugh out loud, and I look forward to reading more.

  27. Thanks for visiting my blog site.

  28. Love your blog! I’m hooked. Thanks for checking in on my dog’s blog.
    By the way, Ghandi and Groucho are two of my favorite people.

  29. Thanks for visiting my blog.. Love yours – very funny stuff!!!! And we all can use a good laugh. 🙂

  30. Sorry it took me so long to acknowledge your visit. New to blogger’s etiquette… Thank you!

    • Hey, thanks for stopping by here. With any luck, before too long you will have way too many visitors to possibly thank them all individually. 😉

  31. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking it!

  32. Hey there! You liked a post on my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I just read your ‘About You’ and ‘About This Blog’, and I have to say that you seem to be more interesting than you give yourself credit for. Your writing is captivating! Your ‘About This Blog’ is unique, funny and interesting. It intrigued me enough to want to check out more of what you have to say, so I’m going to poke around a bit on your blog here. Celeste:)

  33. Any blog that makes such liberal and appropriate usage of “42” (and DNA quotes) is a truly worthy blog. Beepboop!

  34. I came for the veterinarian stories. I read those and more. I stayed for quite some time but no one thought to offer me anything to drink; clearly you were trying to encourage me to leave. I followed anyway….. Hope you don’t mind. Next time I visit I will bring my own coffee.

    • Sure that’s fine. Just be careful to use a coaster, those coffee mugs leave stains on the counter. :;

      • No problem! I’ll bring some Trimclad. I can repaint the counter in a jiffy and freshen up the fridge while I’m at it. Is lime green ok? I bought a case of it on sale. Could probably do the whole interior of the kitchen. Just pick up one of those dangly things people hang on their car mirrors and you can enjoy the full lime experience…… Just saying.

  35. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I’m glad you liked the stationery I picked out. Have a good one! xx

    Allie @

  36. Mark, there are some frightening similarities in our back story, although my only claim to birthday fame is Elvis dying on the commode the same day I was eating cake and ice cream. Looking forward to following your stuff!

  37. Okay Mark, ridiculous humor is what makes me last through the day, probably why I am a political junkie.

  38. Your blog is an easy read, that is interesting and maybe a little cluttered,.. ‘mm, but isn’t that a sign of genius ? !! Love your relationship with humour. We need more of that. Happy blogging !


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