Unless this is your first visit -- in which case, "Hi!" -- you likely know that I'm a onetime physicist and computer engineer, and that I remain interested in science and technology.
It continually amazes me how few people I meet have any interest in either subject area.
But my fascination with the cutting edge of science isn't why others' disinterest in science and tech surprises -- and, yes, saddens -- me. Come. Travel with me to my youth.
I remember TVs that were small, monaural, black and white, low res, and could pick up (again, badly) only a handful of local stations. If you missed a show in that primitive era, that was your tough luck. It was an era before the VCR, let alone DVD, Blu-Ray, TiVo, on-demand cable, or streaming video.
I grew up before, among other things: personal computers, the Internet, iPods, cell phones (not merely smart phones), and digital cameras.
How long before? I remember fondly when transistor radios first hit the market. The revolutionary music devices of my youth -- like iPods -- were portable and pocket-sized. I loved them. Everyone loved them.
And so, I remember when life expectancy was much shorter than today. Polio was a scourge -- that terrible image nearby is of polio victims, confined for the remainder of their lives in iron lungs. Cancer was a death sentence. Hunger, not obesity, was the nutritional problem.
I remember a time before the first artificial satellite, the first man in space, and the first man on the moon. (I'm not old enough to remember the breaking of the sound barrier.) I remember when no planet but our own had ever been inspected up close, and astronomers still debated whether other suns even had planets.
I could continue (a symptom of my advanced age :-) ), but I think I've made my point. There's been a lot of improvement to the human condition within less than one lifetime -- through the efforts and accomplishments of scientists and technologists.
How can anyone not find science and technology interesting? By cracky (said slapping my knee), I just don't get that.