Introduction . . .

This is a brand new blog, by a brand new blogger. However, some readers may recognize this blog's title, taken from a series of books of the same name. Unfortunately, time has a way of gradually making printed material all too quickly outdated -- especially these days -- and so, this blog was created partly as an attempt to address that issue.

As we move forward from here on-going efforts will be made to transfer selected content from the Better Microscopy books series into this new format, not only to provide to provide more effective distribution, but also as a means for making timely additions and overdue updates to that material. In addition, much previously unpublished material is now planned to be released, including high-resolution color images.

The current plan is to aim for a content mix that is both interesting and educational -- perhaps even inspiring -- and which will address the needs and interests of a wide range of user levels, from beginner to semi-professional. With more decades of Microscopy experience than I care to admit, I hope I will be able to contribute something to others in terms of both knowledge and enjoyment.

I hope you find something of interest in new undertaking as it takes shape and gain much from its content, now and well into the future!

Just beware of the occasional attempts at humor...

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Back again!

Although it's been over two years since the last posting on this blog, that time has been put to good use.

Admittedly, the initial posts were never intended as anything more than a "test" to determine the suitability of this format and to gain some familiarity with its handling. However, just as that effort began technical troubles arose with the publisher of the Better Microscopy series books, resulting in the complete loss of all the files (including all backups) for several newer volumes in the series.

Needless to say, all those files had to be laboriously re-created, proofed and checked. And, as you might suspect, accomplishing all this for several books can consume quite a bit of time and effort. However, "Revenge is Sweet," as the saying goes, and a new publisher was located during the process. All of the new series volumes will soon be transferred completely to this new publisher and the affected books should be available both through their online bookstore and, shortly thereafter, through Amazon.com as well. Only the book previews and layouts for the online storefront remain to be completed. (Further information will be posted here as soon as it is available. Note that book pricing will reflect actual production costs, plus the normal retail markup, making this essentially a "Not-for-Profit" undertaking. Expect the actual retail price to be around ten dollars for softcover versions -- and even less for the smaller format volumes!)

Also, despite this extensive workload, considerable efforts were made in the realm of Microscopy, as well. Much of this centered on investigation of new techniques for utilizing "infinity" systems, and much of this work has proved successful. Posts covering these efforts are due to be added soon, beginning with ways to use so-called "finite" optics on "infinity" systems! The remaining technical challenge is developing a method for linking photos and .pdf files to the relevant posts, including files from sources outside Google.

So, "stay tuned, boys and girls" -- this Blog is back!  

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