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This is a portion of space set aside for writing–from science & engineering to fiction & poetry.  Why “cometary” tales?  Comets are, by their nature, exciting and unpredictable, which inspires both intriguing storytelling and curious scientific observation.

Comet Hale Bopp above the Arizona mountains (Photo courtesy of NASA)            (Comet Hale-Bopp, above the mountains of Arizona.  Photo courtesy of NASA)

The site is currently connected to three projects:

First–I am the “social” face of Pixel Gravity, a shareware astrophysics package that anyone (yes, even you and I) can use to build realistic simulations of the motions of planets, stars, and galaxies-full of objects.   Check out www.pixelgravity.net and www.facebook.com/pixelgravityastronomy.

Second–I have a large file cabinet overflowing with science & technology materials developed to support teachers and their classroom volunteers and I am launching a project to share those as individually-released project papers and, eventually, as a resource book.

Third–I’ll be indulging my own love of fiction and poetry by sharing some of my older work and bringing newer pieces to light in this new era of online and self-publishing.

Curious about my credentials?  Well, feel free to read my professional profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/vmwrpg    I have a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering-Economic Systems (a branch of Operations Research nowadays), from Leland Stanford Junior University.  Yes, that’s Stanford’s real name–thought I’d signed up for community college when I arrived on campus for the first time.

In the course of a long career in power systems analysis and a couple of decades of parenting, I’ve written thousands of lines of code and hundreds of pages of mostly confidential technical material. Meanwhile, I’ve been reading and writing (mostly) science fiction whenever time permits, and often when it doesn’t.   As my mother-in-law used to say, “I can sleep when I’m dead.” And she kept busy until she was well over eighty, so it seems to be a system worth following.

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