Ok, I'm back. It has been sometime since I updated my blog but I figured I should update since I have so much to say. This post is basically going to be about me and then I will create subsequent posts of random things.
First off I am 27 years old and am married to one of the most wonderful women in the world. We have recently moved out to Salt Lake City so that she can start her residency while I hope to go back to school and finish my PhD at some point. I obtained my Bachelors in Geology at SUNY Genseo in NY and my Masters in Geosciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. My research interests lie mainly in vertebrate paleontology but I also enjoy geology in general and love to teach people the joys of geology. In that vein I started my own website so that when I start teaching again it will be up and ready for me to use. It is here at Dinojim.com.
Moving out to Utah will be a lot of fun once my wife starts having some free time (apparently residency means you work a lot). We have been trying to visit all of the National Parks and since we have never been to any out west this gives us a great base of operations.
My other interests as can be gathered from my website include Star Wars, reading, and generally trying to improve myself. In this light I have been trying to read the 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (it needs to be in caps, its a long list). For that I found 4 different lists that total about 306 books. I have been working on that since 2003. My wife and I have also been trying to watch the 100 Greatest Movies which thankfully, takes a lot less time.
My love of Star Wars has caused me to become obsessive over the "Expanded Universe" which is all of the stories in the Star Wars Universe. And since I want to read all of them, I have been collecting everything and anything that has a Star Wars story in it, like books, comics, and video games. All in all, an expensive hobby. But I love it.
Currently I work as an environmental scientist that specializes in GIS. Although I am mostly known for my GIS work I also do a great deal of geology. My main focus of work is with the West Valley Demonstration Project which is a former nuclear reprocessing facility about 40 miles south of Buffalo. I monitor the groundwater and make maps for them. Thankfully they must have liked me enough to fund me even after I moved out to Utah, and I love the work so it is great for me. I would go into more of a description of what I do but I might get in trouble, so I won't.
If that isn't enough I am also trying to write several books. One is a sci-fi book about time travel that I am about a third of the way through the first draft. Another is in the planning stages and it is about science and religion that I am writing in conjunction with my good friend Steve once he gets some free time (he just earned his PhD and just got a job, busy busy). And the last one needs more background information and a plan. It is about using geology movies as teaching tools. Not sure how that one will work yet though.
I think that is everything for now. My current hobbies include trying to get out and do more outdoorsy stuff like hiking and visit some great National Parks and reading (I'm in Tom Jones now, but almost done.) I will update more as things come up.