The following topics contains links to papers or
summaries of some of our activities. These are mostly my interests and
hobbies, including those we no longer do, but still daydream about. I
now need help with almost everything, but still can do some things,
e.g., on the computer.
- Travel - Donna & I have very much enjoyed our
travels. The following are links to the summaries of
our around-the-world trip in 2001 and various motorhome
- CERE (Conservation, Efficiency, Renewable Energy)
- These are papers I have written or
articles that have been published about our renewable energy
systems or conservation and efficiency practices. I did
specify the components, especially for 2 retired person
solar hot water heating for our co-op that had one of the
largest programs in the nation.
Like slide rules? Join the
Oughtred Society. I have
(e.g., slide rules, mechanical calculators, electronic
instruments and tools (e.g., for machinery, navigation,
surveying). Links are to the inventory lists of items we
have. I still have a lot of work to do to inventory
more drafting and measuring equipment. I used to edit (now
some proofreading) the Oughtred Society Journal, and have published a
few articles about slide rules and charts. If you are at all
interested in the history or collection of calculating
instruments, you should
- Märklin Model Trains. I have had HO scale since
receiving my first set at Christmas in 1953 (when we lived
in Austria). Donna has had Z scale since the mid 80's.
We both have train tables (about the same size to scale) in
the train room of the train house, but there is still lots
of work to do to inventory the collection, not to mention
getting the trains operational.
- Motorcycling; although I
can no longer ride, most of my working years I commuted on a
motorcycle. In addition, Donna & I took many vacations
on a motorcycle, e.g., 4000 miles in 3 weeks. The
annual PJ-1000 was often the highlight of many years.
Genealogy; I have been able to trace a number of my
ancestors going back several hundred years in some cases.
- Books: I have not made an inventory yet of the 30,000 or
so books we have. The major categories are Science Fiction,
History, Military History, Science, Mathematics,
Engineering, Classic Fiction (e.g., collections of Mark
Twain, Bret Hart, Alexander Dumas, Walter Scott, Booth
Tarkington), Western History/Folklore, Fairy Tales. This is
a list of
books or authors that people should read. This
article shows how Science Fiction and History can mix.
Since most people know I have opinions about most things,
including solutions to most of the world's problems, this
book is a rough
draft of some of these ideas.