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Welcome to 2020!


blog memeFirst and foremost, I am *NOT* a blogger! That may bring up the question; "Okay, Rick... um... you seem to have a blog site?!". The response to which is yes, I do now have a blog site. I've had a website of one type or another since 1993 when I worked at Microsoft and built my first webpage on a server named 'Torque'. At that time, all the internal Microsoft servers had to start with the first three letters of the city they were located in - I was in Toronto so my servers had to start with "TOR". I had two boxes - 'Torque' and 'Tornado'. They were initially named 'Doom' and 'Gloom' until the server-naming police caught up with me!

So what was my point? Oh yes! I am not a blogger. I have a condition called A.D.D. and as a result, I have a lot of trouble focusing on any one thing over a length of time. I am fantastic at coming up with ideas and starting things - I am really not very good at following through. Professionally, I have worked very hard to mitigate this natural tendency, but I still must remain vigilant.

What I did notice when I looked through the content of my websites is that my "web pages" were more like blog entries than actual web pages. Web pages usually contain unique content that expresses an idea in some decent level of detail. Were you to print out a good web page, it would likely take 6 to 60 pieces of paper to print out. Most of my web pages would only take 1 or 2 - that's why I thought the venerable Web Log (blog) format would be suitable.

So, welcome to my blog! This will actually just wind up being a collection of interesting items that I come across in my daily life - usually centered around astronomy or computers. Honestly, it's likely going to serve me as a repository of all the interesting tidbits of information I come across as opposed to anything grandeur that would improve the Interwebs.

However, if you're reading this then you are either me, one of my relatives/friends or you stumbled upon this repository via doing a web search and therefore we have something in common. Therefore, I say "Welcome!".

What am I going to be doing in 2020? Many things;

  • spending more quality time with my wife and family
  • observing with my telescopes more frequently
  • observing with my microscope more frequently
  • meditating every day
  • flossing every day
  • improving my health by eating better and exercising regularly
  • posting on this blog regularly

Lots of things are going to be more regular or frequent around here, so buckle up! It's going to be a fun ride!

My name is Rick Towns and I am an amateur astronomer and computer programmer from Canada. This is a collection of interesting posts I've gathered over the years.