My Interests

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This object at the left isn't the only thing I am interested in, although it is an interesting cyst. I have just completed a degree in physics and many of my interests are scientific in nature.

Computational phyiscs is also one of my favorite interests. Two areas I have investigated extensively are circuit simulation and numerical computation of electromagnetic fields. Free software is available for both types of computation, and links are given to those who want to download it.

I am on an interesting philosophy mailing list related to the analysis of language, which has historically been known as "linguistic philosophy." Some of this discussion has been rather sterile, but some of it is stimulating. There's a broken link on the search engine I used when I wanted to find out more about this group, and since I managed to find it eventually, I am including a link to its home page. A discussion of the original objectives of the Vienna Circle may be found here

Some philosophical issues are of immense practical importance, such as one's view of end-of-life issues. Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the best-known advocate of assisted suicide, of course has outspoken views on this issue: to hear a short statement of his, click here.

Web Publishing: How To

It is not necessary to have an HTML editor in order to create Web sites, but one should learn HTML. The “tags” that are essential for developing small sites are relatively few in number and can be learned within a short period of time. The sources of information to which I refer in this discussion can be contacted through my “Links” page.

“Arachnophilia” is a basic HTML editor that puts in the essential tags before the page is designed, and is therefore recommended. “Dave’s Website” presents a tutorial that will bring the absolute beginner up to the point where complete small Websites can be designed. It may be helpful, especially in the early stages, to view the code of this or other small Websites. Just select “Source” from the “View” menu of your Web browser, and it should appear.

Deploying the created Web pages to the hose, so that they are available for others to see, can be a challenge in itself. The page that is the first to open when people visit your site should be in a file called “index.htm.” The other pages should be in files having names that suggest their content, and end in .htm. For small sites, all of the files, including the graphics, can go into the same remote directory.

Some Web-hosting services, such as Geocities or Tripod, have Web-based methods for transferring files from your hard disk to the remote directory, although you apparently must be using Windows. This method of file transfer is simple; so if you don’t mind having ads displayed on your Website, and anticipate difficulty with other methods of file transfer, you may prefer such Web hosting.

Many ISP’s, on the other hand, require that you use a special program, an FTP client, to transfer your files to them. The configuration of this software varies, and you may need to get information from the ISP’s technical support in order to do it. Note: Web-authoring tools which offer “one-button publishing” may also need to be configured in this way. I have successfully used both WS-FTP and AutoFTP for deploying Web pages, and prefer AutoFTP. Both of these clients are available for free to non-commercial users.

For Linux users, the “ftp” utility bundled with every commercial distribution will upload Web pages. The graphical client for GNOME, gFTP, appears to be at least equal to any other FTP client available for any platform.