A Brief History

“What’s in a name?”

W. Shakespeare’s Juliet, Romeo & Juliet

Firstly… If you’ve never heard of Dr. Richard Feynman, the name of this site may, I now realize, sound like a new app for a dating service. I’m sorry if I disappoint on this matter. The name simply reflects the very risky business of science humor along with a personally inspirational homage. Dr. Feynman’s recorded lessons and thoughts have reinvigorated my scientific wonder and curiosity, countless times over the years, after they felt so worn and exhausted by lengthy exposure to the brutal academic ego-system.

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The late Dr. Feynman and his bongos.

I am inspired by the words and actions of others too, including Dr. Carl Sagan, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ms. Frizzle, to name a small few. However, as I mentioned earlier, science humor ain’t so easy. (But that is exactly what makes it so great, I think.) The more recent and direct historical roots of this site lie at the deeper end of the website building pool.

Before the recent remodeling and entrance into the WordPress world, my HTML and CSS “skills” allowed me a site with minimal frills… or functionality. I made a promise at the start to archive the site’s layout changes as I gain experience in the matter. I intend to keep to my word, despite a major shift in the site’s focus and goal. The great thing is, WordPress’ database system now does most of the work for me!

A few examples of the the site’s original (template free and very rough) appearance are below. I’m happy to share the early (and ugly) progress records with any interested party, but for the sake of server space, I’ll keep this sharing as a result of anyone’s request by email.

The first post.
The first post.
The very first home page.
The very first home page.