Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist & poet
We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. ~ Maria Mitchell, astronomer
Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. ~Wernher Von Braun, rocket scientist
Most of us wonder a lot and some of us follow our wondering with research and create beautiful things. My Dad and his friends began wondering and researching about rockets in the mid 1950’s. Among my family’s home movies are several 8mm films of my Dad and his friends’ rocket experiments. These films are best understood by those who participated so one of my tasks this week was to gather information to add to the movies to help the viewers see the relevance of the movies to my Dad and his friends as well as to understand what was happening in the film.
My Dad and I watched the footage slowly and repeatedly while the audio recorder captured his comments that identified the people and processes involved. Throughout the week, I pieced together pictures, audio and video clips to create a 17-minute movie presentation. The first showing took place Sunday afternoon when we had a nice gathering of family and food. Also on display were some of the actual exhibit posters used in one of Dad’s science fair entries. Following the home movie and grazing on delicious food, we watched October Sky, which has interesting similarities to my Dad and his friends’ experiments with rocket building.
Another result of wondering occurred this week when, on Saturday afternoon, my mother and I visited with some distant Keithley relatives. This visit with the Tomany kin is a direct result of our collaborative genealogy research and strong use of what the Internet offers. I’m just sure that my great, great Keithley grandparents are pleased with how their descendants are connecting with one another.
To fool myself into thinking I was doing less work, I cleaned the house a little each day. Sometimes this tricks me, sometimes it doesn’t. This week it seemed to work since I really did feel like I didn’t do much cleaning.
Monday my brother and sister-in-law received in the mail the handpainted porcelain baby shoes that I ordered for them from Baby Shoe Memories. One for my 9 year old nephew and the other for my nephew that was stillborn in November. I think they really like them and that made me feel really good.
Keith was out of town most of the week so each evening I played with streaming some videos on our new blueray DVD player. This week I watched:
- Sherlock Holmes played by Ben Syder — It was listed as being the one with Robert Downey, Jr but it wasn’t. This has Holmes and Watson solving a mystery involving dinosaurs. Somehow I watched the entire thing.
- Winter Bones – really depressing
- The King’s Speech — thought provoking and enjoyable
- True Grit, with Jeff Bridges — it was pretty good
Yesterday I finally figured out what cable TV features we could reduce now that we have the streaming ability. Not much of a monetary savings but every little bit helps.
It’s been a rather mundane week and I really didn’t take many photos but here ya go!