I’m sure beginning this, only my friends, family, and people who pretend to associate with me because they’re too polite to tell me to screw off will be reading this. For anyone else who may be reading this, I’m Matt. I’m pretty awesome, but there’s so much more to know about me than just that (though if you know just that…you’re still fine). I’m Canadian, born in 1990 (I’m currently 25, but as time goes on, that will no longer be a true statement), I’m a cook by profession, but I’m also very involved in the lacrosse community and it’s become almost a second career for me in a variety of ways. I can also hold a lot of passion for the right thing. I think I have three big passions in my life. Lacrosse, cooking and science…and maybe Batman too…Ya, I love comics, but there are a lot of other things I really love. I can get to those another time, but for now, lets focus on those first three.
Lacrosse is a huge part of my life. I’ve played in a league since I was five, and had a stick in my hand as long as I can remember. As I’ve grown up I’ve become more involved off the floor, and as a referee. I’ve also had the opportunity to practice along side some of the best player in the world, call them team mates, and recently even get paid for it (HA! I’m a professional athlete now). It’s not the only sport I’ve played, I also payed hockey my whole life and wrestled through high school, but it is by far my favorite sport and a very important part of my life.
Since I’ve chosen to follow a career in coking, I obviously love it. Being a picky eater, my parents were often frustrated with trying to get me to eat, and eventually came to the point of “Fine, make your own diner!”…So I did. My dad taught me a little bit about the basics of cooking and it took off from there. I loved it. Something surprisingly simple, fun, creative, and best of all, you get to eat it at the end! The more I learned and practiced, the more I knew I wanted to do this for work. There’s also an aspect of cooking which ties nicely into my third, and probably biggest passion…
When you sear a steak, why does it turn brown, why does the taste change? Why does yeast make dough rise? How does sugar turn from a white, bland powder to a delicious amber liquid? It’s all because of science! Everything is because of science! The screen on which you’re reading this, they keys with which I’m typing it, our eyes, bodies, the environment around us and indeed, existence it’s self is all science. I find that astounding. In high school I got bored and found the math aspect of science class mind numbing. Math specifically was never my strongest subject. For that reason I didn’t pursue a career in it. But that didn’t dull my passion for discovery and understanding.
The thing which motivated me to start this blog was my love and passion for science. I’m a cook. I’ve never had any higher level formal education in any science. I’m not Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Bill Nye, or Carl Sagan. I am not an expert. But that just motivates me more. Looking around our society it hurts to see the blissful ignorance to how things around us work. People are more interested in a woman who is essentially famous for nothing, than one of the most mind blowing discoveries I’ve ever heard of! (I plan to write a post about that in particular soon). I’m not an astrophysicist, but that just motivates me more. You don’t have to have a PhD to learn and understand our world! Normal people can do it, it’s in some ways very simple and beautiful. Having said that, I do think that when it comes to knowledge and understanding, I’m pretty high above the average of today’s society. As nice as it is to feel really smart, I want to live in a world where I am the average, or even below average! Imagine the intelligence of the people considered smart then? We’d live in a world of geniuses, and I firmly believe that would be a better world. Through this blog I hope to have a least a small effect on that. Maybe I can capture your curiosity, or imagination and get you a little more interested in the sciences, and then maybe you’ll talk to someone else and get them interested in science and so on…
I will probably talk about my other two passions as well, and in all honesty there’s a good chance some other subjects will pop up (it’s my damn blog, I can say what I want, sue me), but I plan to make most of it’s content with the purpose of sharing my love for science. I hope everyone enjoys it.
By the way, I’m not exactly a writer either, so some [all] of my posts may be riddled with spelling or grammar errors, run on sentences and fragmented ideas jumping around the page. Maybe the more I write the more I’ll improve in that aspect.