Sorry to say this Andy, but your post is totally based on Ego. You're talking about yourself how good you do things, and then cutting other people down. You don't know what other travelers do in their own personal private time. You are only observing with an eye of the ego.
I am sure you won't be posting this comment, but what I am saying is true.
How many times do you write that your this professional traveler or that you have traveled for 11 years, honestly with your ego involved your travels don't mean a thing.
This is the problem with PhDs... you are 'meant to' knock one out in 3 years. And that's fine if all your work comes from books. But if you are a (social) scientist, then the whole process can take a lifetime or more.
I was lucky enough to meet Eileen Barker at a conference a few months ago. Here is someone that, at age 70 and retired from teaching, is still in touch with the people she began researching in the 70's, and still collecting data. This is an approach I truely admire.
Quote..."There is probably a name for people who study the methods and try to explain how to use the “Scientific Method.” There must be a few professors out there trying to explain how to do research in the field, I would love if they contacted me.
It's called Brown Nosing. I have worked in the N. East, America's best universities and I can tell you straight out that if we are given a million dollar grant to find out if African tribesmen contributed to Icelandic cuisine we will find it or greatly interweave fact and fiction with more fiction or else we simple can not get a grant in the future to look for what we want like learning what earth's temperature was 1,000-5,000,50,000years -300 million years etc. by core sampling remote spots that cost money.
P.S. The earth was much hotter 300 million years ago. If their were people alive with thermometers they would concur with out theses.
I am not a professor but have a degree a B. S. degree in Geology.
We B.S er's in the big G (B. S. degree in Geology)
We have a love hate relation with Al Gore. He does help raise money for us in the industry. However his uneducated fans want the conclusions that are not what we come up with so we sometimes bend the info so they will accept it and keep contributing. It still lets them see that global warming is true. It is at least for another 50-150 years. Yes It does cause more snow in Europe and southern USA. It will change again and again. Sometimes it is Global warming and sometimes global cooling. (Google Global Cooling 1973 NY times)
It is simple really. One life cycle begins another ends, sometimes very slowly in human terms.
Will turning off a Billion lights help cool the earth ? YES ! Just like blacktop in a city helps keeps a city a few degrees hotter than the forest 100 miles away forest.
every time you conserve it helps but not for long. Blink of histories eye.
Sorry Andy this is as simple as I could make it.
P.P.S. love your travel blog. Hoping you will keep up the Africa travel for a while. I love it so much having been there and having to lie about how wonderful the culture was and how much I learned from the people.
I did not learn a dam thing. It was hell interacting because everything I tried to help with was used to sell me something or distract me to steal something from me. However it was such a great laboratory to work in my trade I would do it again despite the rancid corruption and the ripoffs of the cities.
I do have a few good memories of Africa. Mostly the Africans who saw me as the first white person in their lives and that I was NOT EVIL. They where very gracious and somewhat scared. A great feeling to me and it seem special and somewhat magical that I was a modernday Dr. Livingstone in my own mind !!!!!!
like I said could go on for a 500 pages must end
Andy you do not have degree in anything ?????
So sad if not, because you really have some good incite. Unfortunate if you do not list a college it is worthless more or less except to your loyal fans. Actually I have a teacher I turned onto you and I have heard him strangely bring up subjects you talked about the days before. I did not call him on it because of course he would probable stop so in a sense you are making a mark in Americans colleges. Even if you are not in text books.
I say I have been traveling for 11 years so I can make more money. I must continually post this whereby advertisers know this site is worth the time to contact.
Anonymous, thanks for reading the blog so regularly that you can see all the patterns, a good obervation.
I went to Indiana University and studied Philosophy, was about 10 hours away from a degree, however I did not finish, I think I enjoyed drinking too much... hehehe