Updates, Statistics, Personal Info

01 oct 16 / greg goebel / follow "gvgoebel" on twitter

* This page provides describes monthly updates for the Vectors, AirVectors, and DayVectors websites, current website statistics, and personal information.



* Vectors updates (1):

* Air Vectors updates (14):

Entries in this last month's DayVectors online blog include: Cold War (series), 21st-century economics (series), CRISPR-Cas9 excitement, MenAfriVac vaccine, super-volcanos, zika virus, human intelligence evolved for child care, robot trucks, Brexit complications, renewed Panama canal, and symbiotic relationships accelerate evolution.

* Current statistics:

                     titles    pages   files

   AirVectors:          250      430   3,034
   Vectors:              37      628   2,113
   Blog (archives):    (134)     151   2,046

   total titles:                         287
   total html pages:                   1,209
   total images:                       5,981
   TOTAL FILES:                        7,193
   photos on flickr:                   4,055
   covers etc on flickr:                 285
   Kindle ebooks:                         39



* I was reluctant for a time to add personal information to this site, since as a policy I have done everything to avoid hype here. However, I really do have to establish my credentials, biases, and agenda for readers, and besides it is useful to be able to have something to pass back to readers when they ask questions about me.

For the curious, the author's particulars are as follows:

   Greg Goebel (full name Gregory Vaughn Goebel) 
   Known as "Mister G", though I do answer to Greg
   Born 1953 in Spokane, state of Washington (NOT Washington DC), NW USA
   Now living in Loveland, Colorado, north of Denver

   Twelve years primary education in Catholic parochial schools in Spokane
   Bumming at college in Bellingham, Washington, 1971

   US Army Signal Corps 1972:1975 (Fort Hood Texas & Heilbronn Germany)

   Electronics Tech degree from Spokane Community College, 1977
   Worked for Tektronix in Wilsonville, Oregon, 1978
   Electronics Engineer degree from Oregon State University, 1979:1981
   Hewlett-Packard customer service in Oregon & Colorado, 1982:2000

   Now writing full time

This should distinguish me from the other Greg Goebels on the web, the assortment including an ambitious automotive sales manager, an Australian political activist, an Anglican minister, a judo instructor, a jazz pianist (whose father is also Greg Goebel, we've chatted), and so on. There was also a Greg Goebel who was flightcrew on an A-6 Intruder strike aircraft in the late 1980s, but I'm not him, either. Aviation enthusiasts may wonder if I am any relation to fighter ace Bob Goebel. My father was indeed Bob Goebel, but not the one who was a fighter ace, Dad was a supply sergeant in the PTO rear echelon. "It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it."

I'm a tall and thin Anglo guy, possibly with a bit of Cherokee blood, with short-cropped gray-streaked brown hair. I used to keep it long, but scalp problems forced me to change my ways of living.

Bachelor, live by myself, tend to the reserved, not keen on disputes. Hobbies include aerobics; playing the piano (or electronic keyboard to be precise); photography, digital drawing, and retouching; Japanese language and culture studies; and sci-fi videos & animation & comix. Of course I write a lot on various subjects, too, but you've probably figured that one out. Clumsy piano player, BTW, it's always nice to have a hobby one has no natural skill at to foster humility. Writing in contrast comes to me naturally.

I'm largely apolitical, tending towards middle of the road pragmatic politics with a Zen flavor. As far as religion goes, I'm an apatheist, having no interest in whether someone strongly believes in gods or just as strongly does not -- neither endorsing religion nor feuding with it, at least as long as nobody brings the fight to me. As a friend of mine once observed, I refuse to belong to any organization that would consider me as a member.


* The picture above was taken in 2008, during a visit to the Dallas Zoo.



* This website evolved from my tendency to take notes. When I want to learn something, I write everything down so I can retain the information and refer to it later, as well as organize my thoughts on it. This has led to a compulsion to write down everything I know. Once I have the materials, I might as well put them on the website and share them.

Although I try to be thorough, none of these documents are scholarly; a scholarly document is a fine thing, but my target is readability. The documents are targeted at the high school senior / first year college / (and particularly) junior college level. They are written from the point of view of someone trying to learn a subject, not someone who is a recognized or even informal expert on that subject. I update them as I learn more. I make no claims for my level of knowledge on any subject since that knowledge is written down for inspection by readers, who can then form a judgement as they see fit.

I am also not generally a fanatic about any one of the subjects I write about. Readers sometimes assume that since I wrote a book-sized document on codes and ciphers I must have a full-time interest in the subject, but that's not the case. It's just one of a list of interests. I'm more like the kind of guy who gets interested in some subject or other and decides to read a book on it, except that instead of reading a book I try to write one. I try to be thorough but make no pretense of being definitive. Despite my fascination with military hardware, I own no weapons worthy of the name.