.: Welcome to my site
Basic physics and chaos theory, including fractal graphics, are the main
topics of this site, intended for high school AP and undergraduate students
and teachers. Dynamical systems analysis, underwater video and speculation on
the nature of the universe are other interests of mine that show up here.
For several years I operated a
sales and consulting business through a commercial web site under
the name M. Casco Associates. On entering my eighth decade I
retired and thought about just closing down the site, but there are
still folks accessing my online material so to continue
to make that material available... here we go with my first
personal website. Since this is a total overhaul of the original
web site there will be some unavoidable link breakage. Please
seek out your favorite pages and renew your bookmarks. The
appearance of the pages will change some as I continue to update
to this new style throughout the site.
One advantage in running a personal website is
that it makes me feel more free to indulge in personal opinion
and observations. An example is the "Wonder!" logo that appears
on this site. I have reached the age where I think I should be
dispensing advice. To wonder about things is what I want my
grandchildren to do. Wonder is an endless source of entertainment
and appreciation of the miracles of everyday life. Because of my
capacity for wonder, I do not know what it is to be bored. I recommend
working on your own capacity to wonder.
I have always been a curious fellow, in both
senses of that adjective. My strong interest in the world around
me and how it works, together with a sort of flypaper memory has
made me seem a bit odd to those who know me best. Be that as it
may, here you will find a few tools to help you explore certain
aspects of the world, as well as bits of advice. Also there is a
separate section called "observations" where I share some ideas
perhaps not fully formed - just stuff that I am, following my own advice,
still wondering about. If you need something to wonder about, take a look.
Navigating this site begins with the column of
buttons at the left. The "home"
button is linked to this page.
The "observations" button leads to pages where I
sort of think out loud about things that have bubbled to the top
of my consciousness. I intend to write something new here
The Connections button brings up
a series of pages that comprise a fictionalized account of the
family's genealogy from 1640 to 1940 overlapping 3 decades of
the diary entries from Alice's Diary.
The "Alice's Diary" button takes
you to an area of the site,provided mainly for the benefit of
friends and family, containing Gram Jones' diary entries covering
many of the years 1909-1966. Anyone who is curious about life in
the U.S. during the first 2/3 of the twentieth century is welcome
to scan these pages.
"physics" button links a
not for credit, introductory course in basic physics as well as
some more advanced ideas on the topic.
The "chaos theory" button accesses pages that
address that topic, some of which are at the level of a good high
art" button links to several pages of mathematically
generated images of things called fractals.
The "nautic video"
button goes to my marine biology pages - one of those aspects of
the world around me that I have been paying attention to.
The "answers" button leads to a
selection of technical questions and answers that have come
up in the course my work.
The "about" button takes you to a page where I
provide some of my background and contact information.
I recently became aware of a page on the IEEE website that
accumulates articles from various sources. If you wonder about
things scientific you should check out the