Banging Beams

I just read in my University of Virginia alumni magazine that a team of UVA physicists have long been members of the Large Hadron Collider project, which recorded its first collision of proton beams in November ’09.    I’ve watched the Science Channel’s documentary on the build of this proton collision machine, and this project is massive in almost every way–size, financial expense, human effort, etc.

The amount of human ingenuity and brain power being put to the task of making this machine and designing experiments that hope to do no less than delve into the basic structure of matter and the origin of our universe, is just, well, in my view, a beautiful thing.  Like the inventors of mathematics, these UVA scientists make me proud to be not only an alum, but also a human…

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.”

“If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.”

I came across this quote, and it describes well how I seem to live my life…always curious and interested in experiencing new things, I feel my focus is divided amongst a number of things.   It being a native american proverb, only makes me ponder even more seriously if I’ll ever succeed at achieving my life/career goals.

There is another native american proverb, however, that gives me hope:

“If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come.”

Unfortunately the first proverb seems to carry more weight since it seems to be more physically evident.

My hope is that my curiosity and willingness to try new things are strengths; not weaknesses.   I think it is just a matter of finding a place where these skills are truly valued.

Fortunately, I believe a career as an entrepreneurial industrial designer is an ideal place for me.  I believe the career and the work will continue enabling my ability to innovate (i.e. that connect ideas from seemingly unrelated disciplines, to create new ideas/products).  I hope I am right!

Stephen Wiltshire

Stephen Wiltshire is the genius autistic painter, and now somewhat of a celebrity.  His extraordinary ability to look at an entire metropolitan skyline and then make a detailed sketch of it from memory has earned him the nickname of “the human camera”, but he is more than that.  As an advocate for modern teaching processes that address people’s different learning styles and natural gifts, his story and talents move and amaze.   …but don’t take my word for it.  See for yourself.  Watch this video, which was shot in October 2008.  Read all about him on his About Me webpageOr my favorite waywatch more videos about him on his News webpage.

Now I just need to save up enough to buy at least one of his original pieces!