This post is mostly just an excuse to have one of my favorite quotes be the second post on this new blog:
“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
a brief history of my love affair with Δ.
If there was one thing constant about my childhood, it was change. To date I have moved more times than the number of years I’ve been alive (>30).
I may have fallen in love with change as a defense mechanism, but it happened either way. It’s harder to avoid change than it is to find little ways to enjoy it, at least for me. Change makes for a very steady date partner, which is something I appreciate immensely.
Then I went to grad school and one of the many things grad school taught me is just how much I don’t know outside of my knowledge niche. It also taught me that I like statistics (they’re just so darn useful). Shortly after graduating and relocating to Tucson came that fateful day when my partner brought home 3 teensy desert tortoises, against my very loud and vocal protestations that we already had a starter zoo…
I was smitten as soon as the first one took it’s first step in our yard. Tortoises are basically tiny adorable dinosaurs. There’s no way I can NOT love them – trust me I tried. But who could pass up having their own Dino Discovery Channel in their yard?? Not me.
When one of our little desert tortoises matured to the point that a little Δ was revealed on its shell plates – the only name I could think of was Delta – a symbol for change (loosely translated).
Turns out Delta is the one tortoise who keeps trying to change its view too. I think I picked the right moniker.
Photo features the hard working hand of my partner, Dr. Ryan Perkl, showing Delta some affection after his latest failed escape attempt.