Leis On Life: The Blog

When I was in high school I thought I had important things to tell everyone. The teacher advisor for the school paper humored me and published the monthly column I wrote called “Leis on Life.” The title is a play on the pronunciation – “lease” – of my last name. Roughly double my age and I still think I have important things to tell everyone in a regular column. Now my outlet is digital, available to the world in my own public blog.

Beside the overwhelming urge to tell everyone what I think, whether I should or not, I also have the compelling urge to expose myself in cyberspace, a phenomenon perhaps related to nudism, a practice I term “cybernudism.” It is a personal dare, a risk, a smirk, a lie, but ultimately an attempt at the truth. No, I am not going to post nude images of myself. The concept of cybernudism includes a sense of responsibility for the material that you expose about yourself and awareness of why you are doing it in the first place.

I created Frontier Channel to showcase the beauty and wonder of science and technology, with the hope of imparting to readers some of the benefits of skeptical thinking and an aptitude for wonder at a time when both skills are needed more than ever. “Leis on Life” is much more personal than Frontier Channel (the views expressed in “Leis on Life” do not necessarily reflect the views of Frontier Channel.) Here I can be as subjective as I want while trying to show how the above skills can be applied to all aspects of our lives.

Welcome. I invite your comments and suggestions and I hope you find something useful here.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).