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Hello Azimuthers, very cool forum and really nothing like it anywhere on the internet.
As a belated introduction, I have cultivated an interest in energy and earth sciences over the last 10 years.
I am an EE PhD by education but did my thesis work in material science characterization, ala diffraction theory.
Currently I am operating a blog called http://ContextEarth.com, where I formulate and describe simple models of the environment and climate. Before that I spent time blogging about fossil fuels and eventually combined the posts into a free online book called The Oil Conundrum. I have another book on Markov Modeling for systems analysis, which aligns with the Azimuth interest in directed graphs and Petri nets.
Recently I got involved with a semantic web research effort and host a semantic web server here http://entroplet.com that I maintain. This is a GitHub-based project and if anyone wants to view the code-base, I can give you access via your GitHub user name.
I also spend time arguing with science "flat-earthers", especially climate skeptics and natural resource cornucopians. In grad school, my advisor's advisor was Professor Robert Park, and so I naturally started reading his What's New column and his books describing Voodoo Science and related topics. This has given me the incentive to stir things up, as in :
That was just today. Read the post and comments if you want to see how skeptics respond when the tables are turned.
I also try to review John's Crackpot Index occasionally to make sure I don't fall into the abyss of craziness. Working collaboratively is one way to avoid this situation, and so that is part of my rationale for contributing to Azimuth.