My interests have been dominated by the scientific fields since an early age, astronomy being my "first love" back in grade school (a classic geek-in-the-making). Since I definitely wanted a cool job doing something with science, going to college was a must. Chemistry seemed like a good idea for employment opportunities and it made it possible for me to work my way through college as a laboratory technician at a local chemical plant. That went well enough for about three years until Uncle Sam insisted that I interrupt my plans in order to take a trip to sunny Southeast Asia.
Not long after returning I was able to land a technician job at the chemical plant again and soon returned to school, changing my major to nuclear engineering, which also seemed like a good idea at the time. After graduation, I went to work for a company contracted with experiments for the U.S. Navy's submarine program and was finally doing something cool with science. Since then, I have worked in an experimental power plant in northern California, with titanium casting in Oregon, and have recently completed my working career in R&D and product development with a major technology company here in the northwestern U.S.
Somewhere in the middle of my science-oriented working life, in early 1984, my worldview unexpectedly took on a whole new dimension during a sort of "thought experiment" into the force fields of the subatomic realm. It was as one of those exciting flashes of insight which results in a physical rush, and yet was so much more, and with it came a mind-blowing view of the Universe that was exciting and beautiful, and at the same time, very bizarre -- in short, that the oneness of the time-zero of the Big Bang, and its dynamic essence of creation, exists in that state even now deep in the heart of every atom, like a continuous and dynamic state of Universal First Cause.
As is typical with those who have had a near-death experience or something similar, my view of life and existence changed completely and I could not help but to want to share this exciting realization and new vision with anyone who would listen. Also with such things, comes the stigma of being thought of as someone who has "gone around the bend" a bit. Nevertheless, in that instant I knew my soul had awakened -- before that moment I had not even acknowledged the existence of that part of my being.
At the time, my philosophical explorations consisted of relativistic cosmology and the concept of a universal unified field (considered to be the 'holy grail' of science) and how the geometry of spacetime defined everything we experience. I was only vaguely familiar with the philosophical discussions concerning quantum theory that had begun in the early days, and was even less familiar with real metaphysics and the ancient teachings. Although I now think that my passions had been taking me toward this realization my entire life, my interests quite suddenly expanded into fields of study that I previously had not taken interest in.
For many years I had been putting together a paper which served mainly as a means of personal exploration, but the desire to publish had always been there and the opportunity to do so using this versatile medium was too much to resist. So, born of previous effort while lending itself nicely to continual refinement, that is the primary theme of this site.
In 1988 I got my first computer, a 286 running DOS, and I have been hooked ever since. Besides the usual office and internet stuff, I enjoy them for planetarium, scientific, and graphics applications, as well as for fun like racing games and flight sims, strategy and battlefield sims. Not surprisingly, I do other geeky stuff too, but I also enjoy a few not-so-geeky things.
What is Asperger's Syndrome? Most who have known me will say I have always been 'somewhat different'. I have always struggled in social situations, often awkwardly without knowing why, but have at the same time often excelled in scientific and artistic interests. Fortunately, most of the autistic-like symptoms are not readily apparent at this stage of my life, but they are always there nevertheless.
Ostfriesland Ancestors is a site by a relative which is dedicated to the history of my father's ancestors who lived in the extreme northwestern part of Germany. The ancient land of Friesia covered the entire North Sea coast of what is now The Netherlands and Germany. Ostfriesland, or East Friesia, is that corner of Germany between the Ems River and the North Sea, and the Nanninga name is found in both northern Holland and northern Germany. The early history of Ostfriesland goes back to before the Roman Empire.
My father was only two generations from the "old world", and we know that his family was living in the Pewsum and Pilsum area (northwest of Emden) during the early 18th century and before, to when surnames were not retained in the same way, at least in this region, yet his lineage can be traced to the 16th century. His grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1873, probably through New Orleans, when the country was still rebuilding after the Civil War. They settled first in Illinois then moved to Iowa, where my father was born. His mother was Swedish and I remember suppers at her house as being rich in old-world manners and tradition. My father served in the U.S. Navy during WWII then attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, where he met my mother in a geology class.
My mother's family was already in Oregon by the time of the American Civil War, but had been in Philadelphia before and during the American Revolution. Following the line of her father's name, her great(x4) grandfather was born in 1738 while still in the Philadelphia harbor, his parents in the process of immigrating from western Germany. Research of the surname shows that many were well-known glass makers.
Her paternal grandmother had an ancestor born in Massachusetts in 1616, whose father, while obviously being among the first to emigrate from England to the new world, was descended from Edward III (b. 1312) and the Plantagenet kings of medieval England. With the perennial battles between the Vikings and the Brits in the centuries prior, it is interesting to note that the Plantagenets were descended from both the early Normans, back to William the Conqueror (b. 1028) and his Viking ancestors, and the earliest Anglo-Saxons, including Alfred the Great (b. 849), who first united the feuding Brit states against the Vikings.