Cliff Gardner

Friday, August 12, 2005

Why I moved....

I've been thinking about this for a while, and I think it's time for me to leave xanga. Honestly, I have never had a problem with it, ever. I like xanga a ton. However, I kept thinking that it just wasn't appropriate for my blog to be called "WUDB8ER," a.ka. "Willamette Debater," when I'm coaching another team. I thought about how I would have felt if Rob Layne, my coach last year, had a blog named after the school he competed for. So, I'm here now. I chose blogger because it's free, and has a few cool other features like spell-checking that aren't available on xanga classic. Plus, this was the site used for "Online Onslaught" and I liked it so much then I figured I'd stick around for a while. I'll still check xanga to stay in touch with folks, but this is my home now.

As for why I named this blog "Cliff Gardner," well, I'll let Aaron Sorkin explain it:

"You guys know who Philo Farnsworth was? He invented television. I don't mean he invented television like Uncle Milty, I mean he invented the television. In a little house in Provo, Utah. At a time when the idea of transmitting moving pictures through the air would be like me saying I've figured out a way to beam us aboard the Starship Enterprise. He was a visionary and he died broke and without fanfare. The guy I really like though was his brother-in-law, Cliff Gardner. He said to Philo, "I know everyone thinks you're crazy, but I want to be a part of this. I don't have your head for science, so I'm not gonna be much help with the design and mechanics of the invention. But it sounds like, you're gonna need glass tubes. See Philo was inventing the cathode receptor, and even though Cliff didn't know what that meant or how it worked, he'd seen Philo's drawing and he knew he was gonna need glass tubes. And since television hadn't been invented yet, it's not like you could get 'em at the local TV repair shop."I want to be a part of this", Cliff said, "and I don't have your head for science. How would it be if I taught myself to be a glassblower? And Icould set up a little shop in the backyard. And I could make all the tubes you'll need for testing." There oughta be Congressional medals for people like that...I'm somebody who knows how to do something. I can help. I can make glass tubes."

3 Comments:

  • :) exciting!!! :)

    By Blogger Brenna, at 4:03 PM  

  • Hi, Thomas! Welcome to the blogger community! I've had a blogger since about October 2004 and prefer it to xanga/live journal or the other alternatives. The only disadvantage I notice is that there are no subscriptions.

    Also, even though Philo Farnsworth actually invented the actual technology for television in Utah, he did most of the thinking/inventing in a little town called Rigby, Idaho, which is about 20 minutes from my hometown in Idaho Falls. :) It's our big claim to fame, lol.

    By Blogger Amy, at 4:04 PM  

  • Welcome to blogger Tom. I told you it was better than Xanga (take that so called Xanga gods). Oh, and Im going to continue leaving posts saying rediculously controversial and provacative things without any explanation (like "global warming doesnt exist and if it did it would be good") until you explain your similar comments. Cheers...

    By Blogger WattHead, at 8:43 AM  

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