About

Rich
Photo by Lynn Gutstadt.
Thanks, Lynn

Hi, there.  Grab a tasty beverage and pull up a chair for some science-y stuff because that’s what this blog is about, mostly.  Every Monday morning I add a post, usually a 700-word story, about some topic in Physics, Astronomy and such.  You’ll find a list of stories classified by general topic if you click the Science Topics button up top there.

I tend to hit a big topic in spurts.  If you find something interesting, flip to the Science Topics list to find related posts, especially the numbered ones in the same story arc.  The embedded links and the tags and categories can help, too, though I’ve generally used tags to list words and phrases you might want to search on elsewhere for more information.  Happy hunting.

The earlier posts were written in lecture mode, because I used to do that.  Then I discovered that people are almost as interesting as Science so the last few years I’ve been posting stories that are more like stories, a bit like Garrison Keillor did for his Prairie Home Companion radio show. The same people show up when the story needs them or when they feel like it. You can get acquainted with the cast of characters if you click on the Cast of Characters button up top.

I’ve been a chemistry professor, a massage therapist and a mainframe computer system programmer and performance manager (which means I’ve spent a whole lot of time doing statistical modeling applied to real-world situations — they call that Software Physics these days).  I’m also a long-time reader of the science literature, especially in Physics and Astronomy.  If you drop by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science some afternoon and visit our Space Odyssey hall you might encounter me as a Galaxy Guide volunteer demonstrating one of our spiffy exhibits, maybe the Gravity Well or the Orbits Table. Oh, I should say that the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

All that to show you I’ve got the background to know what I’m talking about, mostly.  Please feel free to use the Comments to set me straight when I don’t.

And thanks for visiting.  Y’all come on back real soon, y’hear?

~~ Rich Olcott

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Pierre Fraser

    Wow, this is so cool. I now remember , very vaguely hearing about you doing a blog, or was it, planning to do one. Its great to see you doing it and all the interesting stuff you already have put out. I’ll be keeping an eye out for that from now on.

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    1. Thanks, Pierre, glad you could drop by. I’m not up to your standards for doing art or music, so this is my creative outlet. Keep on coming back, I’ll try to keep it interesting.

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  2. Sherry Mars Bradford

    I’ve absolutely loved reading your blog and look forward to my email alerts with your latest posts. Keep up the great work, Rich!

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