I have 182 stories published in
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My stories have been read 136029 times and 9 of my stories have been cherry picked.
228 of my 1,818 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 233 votes
Apart from studies in the natural sciences I am interested in languages and literature in general as well as religion. Lately I have been writing more popular general interest essays and also trying for a bit of balance with mathematics and while keeping things understandable for most people.
I am South-African born and bred. At high school I excelled in science and mathematics competitions and completed two years of mechanical engineering with very good results. That didn't work out due to ill health. I have had permanent teaching positions at Unisa and at Wits.
Graduating with an MSc under WK Bartoszek (Unisa 1997) and a PhD under N Sauer (Pretoria 2006) formal interests would be in abstract analysis: Markov operators and stochastic processes; vector valued Laplace transforms applied to semigroups and families of evolution equations (empathies). It has now been quite a while since I was academically active I don't have much published. The way things have developed was beyond my control and I am very isolated.
Favourite authors are Jules Verne, HG Wells and Jack London, Shakespeare and poets William Blake and Dylan Thomas. I like adventure, science fiction and fantasy movies my all time greatest are the Narnia stories and the Lord of the Rings.
The meal best enjoyed is a breakfast of bacon eggs on toast fried chips with fresh orange juice, and for supper an ox-tail stew. I like eating out romantic. For recreation nature hikes, camping and fishing, listening to good music and reading, classics mostly, and good movies. I love dogs my best one was a Maltese poodle Freddy. I love rain and lightning thunderstorms and rainbows. As well as writing and publishing here on Abctales.
God is in the details. God is in the timing.
228 of my comments have received 233 Great Feedback votes
This is a very common experience
Posted on Fri, 18 Mar 2022
This is a very common experience there even is a name for it: Post Dissertation Depression. It is when some kind of really large work is done and finished. A big project done. Could be almost anything. A feeling of emptiness, looking back perhaps...Read full comment
Posted in Salad Day I Suppose
Far-fetched even for cosmology
Posted on Wed, 16 Mar 2022
Far-fetched even for cosmology but who knows? Interesting story a bit bizarre (as it should be). I was called an ignorant heretic for suggesting that the Universe might be infinite in space as well as in mass. You can imagine how glad I was to...Read full comment
Posted in Krell's Big Crunch (the birth of Jingle)
An atmosphere of excitement
Posted on Tue, 15 Mar 2022
An atmosphere of excitement and joy! And cherries to top it!
In Julius Ceasar he is warned by a soothsayer (something) "Beware the Ades of March" which when he was where he was actually murdered. Do you know what that is? Some Roman...Read full comment
Posted in Warm welcome
You were very good to me
Posted on Thu, 03 Mar 2022
You were very good to me Richard, you encouraged me with my writing and made me feel at home. It made a big difference. I don't believe you have ever been nasty to anyone and thank you for that!
Keep well and keep writing! Tom BrownRead full comment
Posted in A Poem Called Love
Far as the West goes
Posted on Wed, 02 Mar 2022
Far as the West goes, it is Mutual Assured Destruction. Ukraine is farting against thunder defeat is inevitable. If it was me I would just surrender. It's a sensitive story and making myself very unpopular here, it is the cleverest thing the...Read full comment
Posted in Messages from Moscow