I’ve never been interested in geneology – the kind where you do research and visit large libraries containing long, long lists of dead people. But digging out clues about ancient people from mitochondria in currently living people is amazing. That ancient Britons came from Basque country, and that scientists figured it out, is one little bit of inspiring scientific trivia that makes me go nuts and say i want to be a meteorologist.
Was that a non-sequitor? What I mean is: its the learning, people. I love the learning.
And yes, I did in fact say “I want to be a meteorologist” just the other day. I would love to be one of those people pouring over big maps and solving big equations to find trajectories of storms. Or, I’d love to be a person who studies micro-climates and writes lots of stuffy-seeming reports about the state of the weather.
Just the other day I was thinking that graphic design was so interesting. But then I tried to read this 8-page document on typefaces and was completely bored by the end. I can totally see that typefaces are very interesting — I mean, c’mon the father of computer science has written a million books about it. I now know that I will never be *that* into it.
I like the part of graphic design that is the presentation. “Hey look at me over here doing something useful that people can see!” I think atmospheric science (seemingly paradoxically) offers something along those lines… maybe in the form of maps? Something TANGIBLE at the end that I can share. So much of the work I have done in the past 5 years is unsharable. Marketable, but unsharable.
Maybe its all that damn open source shit going to my head, but I really want to give something that’s worthwhile. I’m not sure that meteorology is going to be it, but it’s got to be better than installing telephone sets.