I earn my living running TOCICI, a Portland Oregon based Information Services Consulting, Hosting and Support business.
When I tire of computers and their geeky goodness, I wander towards my basement where a small-parts workshop cheerefully greets me; CNC, lathe, bandsaw, drill press, arbor, vise, etc... are spread across nearly linear 32ft of workbenches. Or I'll wander towards my garage, where a dust mask and jumpsuit are required for venturing past the thick plastic wall into the world of paint and fiberglass.
Contact me by emailing gregg@ the above domain.
A sensorineural hearing loss profoundly differs from the conductive loss often experienced when fighting head colds. A sensorineural loss significantly impacts communications, as it involves a reduction in the ability to hear certian frequency ranges; which reduces speech comprehension accuracy, and extinguishes the ability to perceieve related sounds.
An excellent sensorineural hearing loss illustration.
According to an astronomy team lead by Dr Simon Driver of the Australian National University in Canberra, for every grain of sand on our planet there are 10 or more visible stars in this universe. Thats 70 sextillion - or 70 thousand million million million - observable stars. How can we possilby be alone?
Why I enjoy science fiction, is best summarized by a quote from Issac Asimov: "Science fiction is an existential metaphor that allows us to tell stories about the human condition. Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinded critics and philosophers of today. But the core of science fiction--its essence--has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all."