Who?

I haven’t quite decided exactly what I want to tell you about myself. I’m not sure what you might find interesting (or not). Some things should be obvious if you have read much of this blog:

I’m a science fiction fan; that goes back to the mid 60s; nearly 50 years! I figure it as the first major discovery. I was already a total science fiction geek by the time the very first Star Trek aired. I grew up with Kirk and crew; loved Picard and crew; and really enjoyed Archer and crew (and, yes, there were some other ones and their crews… meh).

My interest in science goes back to my earliest days. Possibly literally; my first two words (I’m told) were “star” and “light.” Also too young to remember this: I apparently made “wires” by hand rolling skinny clay ropes and networked my wooden blocks. (Imagine that: toys of clay and wooden blocks. This was in an era only slightly after the invention of dirt and sliced bread.)

Now I contemplate quantum physics, relativity (general and special!), strings (and branes!) and the theories of consciousness (U, robot?). We exist. Cogito ergo sum. What does that mean for us? Do we have a role in the universe? Is there a spiritual or metaphysical aspect to life?

I’m a software designer; started that about 1978. It has turned out to be the third discovery that paid for all.

There are moments along the life path where I’ve discovered a completely new, unexpected part of the world and embraced it for the rest of my life. At least three, more like five, major times. More minor times than I can count. Would be as likely to chose a new restaurant as a known one. I’d rather take an unknown path than a known one; that Frost poem deeply informed my life.

I’ve been in love; I’ve been loved. None of it lasted, but it was almost all good while it did. I believe in love; I just never found it long term. I think I’m probably a particularly hard match to make.

I love dogs.


24 responses to “Who?

  • Jo

    You say you love dogs. So don’t you think it’s about time you got yourself another? C’mon…..

  • heysugarsugar

    you said I ‘intrigued’ you….Mr. Smythe you fascinate me! your posts are quite something, I am going to start at the beginning of the blog and work forwards..could be lurking here a while, so pass me a cuppa 🙂 great blog ! C.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Well, gee, thanks! I can think of a myriad of things worse than having someone named “sugar” fascinated by you! 😀

      Seriously, perhaps you’re the sort of person I’m most writing for. People with curious minds that won’t shut up. People who don’t accept any of the social, political or religious dogma without question. People who are passionately interested in truth and in what the world is. People who still have a sense of wonder, who still want to learn and grow and discover.

      You know; my kinda people! 🙂

  • Alex Autin

    Wait, wait, wait! Are you saying you didn’t enjoy Janeway and crew?

    • Wyrd Smythe

      I’m afraid I did not (please don’t hate me). Part of it was a difficulty with Mrs. Columbo in space; part of it was the holo-doc (a borderline feature with me made into a key character: blurg!); part of it was Neelix and other characters I just couldn’t like (any of’m, really). And, on the one hand, of course, why not a black Vulcan—cool that a black actor can play the “Spock” role—but, hello, copper-based blood and zero precedent.

      That one’s a tricky one, because I’m all for racial blindness in play-acting, but true racial justice means also knowing when not to be blind (e.g., a white actor playing MLK). This seems to be one where, for me, a black actor throws me out of the story a little. (Just a little; this is trivial compared to any of my other complaints.) I think the big thing is that—along with all the others—I just didn’t like the actor!

      It was Star Trek, so I tried to like it. I’d see episode listings that described what sounded like a good, but I was always disappointed. After a while, I gave up.

      I was going to give you a bunch of Trek links I thought you’d enjoy (you have the Trek and science backgrounds to make more sense of them than most, I think). Then I realized I should put them on my Star Trek favorites page. Heading off to do that now… gimme a few.

      • Alex Autin

        You’ve obviously given this much more thought than I, and I certainly couldn’t hate you for that. I enjoyed Voyager mainly because I thought it to be the closest to the original in that they were exploring. Well, they were lost..and you can’t get much closer to exploration than that.
        I hardly consider myself a Trekie, and while I could spend some time talking about Star Trek, and have, I’m just not passionate or knowledgeable enough about it to actually argue anyone their point. In fact, my counter to just about any disagreement is, ‘I like red-alerts.’ Give me enough red-alerts and I’m good. (I think you may now see why any true trekie would find arguing with me extremely unsatisfying.) Voyager gave me red-alerts and exploration.
        I had no problem with the halo-doc, I thought he was pretty cool. I did have a problem with the halo-deck in Voyager, in general, and for reasons other than the ones you state. I thought it to be a tremendous use of resources for a ship which was lost, but I could have easily overlooked this were it not that I found most of these indulgences into crew member fantasies to be boring. Anytime an episode opened with a character dressed in any type of period-clothing as opposed to their uniformed the chances of y getting a red-alert went way down.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        That’s true about the exploring. DS9 wasn’t quite as interesting due to the central location of the space station. (Many feel it was a rip off of Babylon 5.)

        “Red alerts!” That’s funny!! Love it.

        There has been a truism in TV SF that, once they start doing westerns they’ve run out of ideas. Many feel that OK Corral (“Season of the Gun”?) episode in TOS was one of its death knells. In TNG we have the one I mentioned, Worf and son in a western holo-adventure.

        Firefly gets a pass. It was a western… [booming voice] IN SPACE!

      • Alex Autin

        Firefly is an exception to many things 😀

      • Wyrd Smythe

        I have some characteristics that seem to amaze other people, but I’m deeply, deeply flawed in odd ways that keep me well tethered…. For instance, I’m very ashamed to admit I’ve been watching these commercials for a show, Castle, and thinking it looked a bit too “romcom” for my tastes, but… gee, that guy sure seems familiar!

        In my defense, it’s been a while since I watched my Firefly or Serenity DVDs (long enough that I’ve been thinking of queuing them up; I do re-watch old faves from time to time).

  • moutnaingirl

    I love your blog! I nominated you for a blog award. http://moutnaingirl.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/liebster-blog/

  • ~ Sadie ~

    I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award” – please see the link for details:
    http://justsomethingiwasthinkingabout.com/2014/07/30/one-lovely-blog/
    Always enjoy reading your posts, Wyrd Smythe!!

  • Ravija Maheshwari

    Great stuff! I Loved your blog!
    Regards from Ravija from at Beyond the Beyond.

  • Marvin Edwards

    Hey, is Wyrd Smythe your real name? It seems almost too perfect for a blogger to be a wordsmith. 🙂

  • Marvin Edwards

    About Voyager. If you get a chance, view Season 5 Episode 23, Relativity on Amazon Prime. I’m a big fan of time travel … and Jeri Ryan.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      I’m afraid I was never a fan of Voyager (I could never get past Mrs. Columbo as a starship captain, and I actively disliked most of the cast — hated the holo doc). Just not my cup of tea.

      A big fan of time travel… have you seen Looper and Primer? Two very good TT stories!

      • Marvin Edwards

        “Looper”, yes. Not sure I’ve seen “Primer”, but I just added it to my watch list in Amazon. Loved “Time Cop”, and “The Time Traveller’s Wife”.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Timecop was pretty decent for a JCVD movie. (Did you ever see the really odd movie he did actually called JCVD? Very strange movie where he plays himself.)

        To be honest, between Voyager and The Time Traveler’s Wife, I think it’s safe to say we have extremely different tastes in storytelling.

        I’ll toss out a funny time travel comedy I saw a while back: Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel. It involves science fiction fans who are well aware of time travel themes and who become involved in time travel. It’s kind of a hoot.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Come to think of it, if you loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, you’d likely love About Time. Done by Richard Curtis, who also did Love Actually. I’m not normally much a fan of romcoms, but that one was quite good for the genre, I thought.

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