Richard’s Ramblings

This is the personal web site and blog of Richard McDonald, a computing professional living in Canada.

Interests

Astronomy

An amateur astronomer, I enjoy observing from home, nearby dark sites, and especially “sidewalk astronomy” — public outreach events where we give the passing public a chance to see. I’m also struggling up the learning curve for astrophotography.

Motorcycling

I’m an avid motorcyclist, commuting and especially into the countryside on weekends, but wish the season around here was longer. Want to discuss great roads in the area?

Photography

Photography, especially landscapes, portraits, and events. This link leads to a different site with publicly-shared photos.

Wood-Turning

Wood-turning, making hand-made pens. This link leads to a different site with photos of pens, a construction blog, and a store.

Science Advocacy

I enjoy participating in science outreach, taking astronomy demonstrations to the public, and participating in online groups that promote science education and critical thinking.

Web Publishing

I help several volunteer organizations with web presences, and do freelance writing, photography, and graphic art.