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Hello from Virginia

Postby dunningrb » Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:20 pm

My name is Rodney Dunning. I'm a physics professor at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, and I attend Farmville Baptist Church. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say about myself, but I'm glad this forum exists. It appears to be a place where Baptists can engage in civil discussions without being excommunicated because you disagree with someone.

I have a wife (Tammy) and two daughters (Sarah, Olivia). I ride my bicycle almost every day. I maintain a blog called "Very Important Stuff" at http://dunningrb.wordpress.com. Please visit it. If I get enough hits I can start selling ads, and become a millionaire.

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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby JaneFordA » Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:00 pm

Hiya, Rodney--

The only thing that MIGHT get you into a spot 'o bother around here is your obvious commitment to being healthy. :wink: I advise you to stock up on dark chocolate and CRUNCHY Cheetos (the only Jane-approved ones, naturally) and do battle with the bulge as do the rest of us gluttons. Daily. Hourly. :D
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Haruo » Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:20 pm

Welcome, Rodney. I urge you to join me in consuming banana-flavored Cheetos—the heretic's snack of choice. Very low sodium, and plenty of that chemically induced banana flavor you remember from childhood bright-yellow toffee pieces.

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PS to Jane: There, I've thrown down the gauntlet.
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby JaneFordA » Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:31 pm

Haruo wrote:Welcome, Rodney. I urge you to join me in consuming banana-flavored Cheetos—the heretic's snack of choice. Very low sodium, and plenty of that chemically induced banana flavor you remember from childhood bright-yellow toffee pieces.

Haruo

PS to Jane: There, I've thrown down the gauntlet.


A crunchy Moon Pie??!?!?! Tell me it ain't so! :wink:

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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Lowen » Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:23 pm

Welcome Dunning. I'm new myself. As newbies here, I say we stick together. These people might bite and rip us apart until we become official members of the pack. lol, I jest. :D
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Joshua Villines » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:05 pm

Rodney,

What kind of bike do you ride? My wife is a daily commuter, and I just put another 17 miles on my Cannondale T800.

Also, have you read Feyman's Six Easy Pieces? I'd love an actual physicists perspective on those lectures.

Oh, and welcome! :)
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby dunningrb » Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:04 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I'm looking forward to all the conversations.

Joshua: I ride a Trek 5200, your standard race-ready road bike, although I don't compete. (Not fast enough.) I think I'm called a "recreational cyclist." I bike between 100 and 160 miles per week, and ride centuries when I find the time. I'm training for two late-season centuries now, in fact.

I've read most of Feynman's lecture materials. There's an old joke about them: they're like Chinese food---they're great, but an hour later you're hungry again. (I hope that wasn't offensive.) Feynman was a genius of the first rank. But, pedagogically, I'd say his lectures are fairly close to useless. I don't think he understood that the key to successful teaching is to focus on what the students are doing, not what the professor is doing.
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Dave Roberts » Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:41 pm

Welcome, Rodney, from another Virginian in the southside. I like your pastor from what I have seen of him in the BGAV and VBC. He seems quite interesting. I'm in Emporia and only occasionally get over to Farville. Welcome, and I look forward to reading what you post.
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Joshua Villines » Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:03 pm

Rodney,

I'm not offended at all. I feel much the same way about when religion scholars write popular books. That's why I wanted to know what an actual physicist would say :).

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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Lowen » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:36 pm

Joshua Villines wrote:Rodney,

I'm not offended at all. I feel much the same way about when religion scholars right popular books. That's why I wanted to know what an actual physicist would say :).

Joshua


"I feel the same way about when religion scholars write popular books." :D
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Joshua Villines » Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:03 pm

Bah! Homonyms have always been my enemy ;)
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Ed Edwards » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:19 pm

Joshua Villines wrote:Bah! Homonyms have always been my enemy ;)


They're their own worse enemy there!
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby JaneFordA » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:52 pm

Joshua Villines wrote:Bah! Homonyms have always been my enemy ;)


Best served up with stewed tomatoes and cornbread. :wink:
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Postby Chris » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:03 pm

Welcome, Rodney; from another Virginian.....at the Mouth of the James.
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