2 years of the Forensic Science Geek of the Week Challenge

I suppose you can categorize the world and this baffling human experience we all share into two categories: those who take and those who give.

I try to keep myself net positive in the column of those who give.

There is a quote I try to live by and it is this:

Develop an expertise in that which interests you. learn, lean, learn, then do something totally counter-intuitive…. give away your knowledge for free to everyone and anyone who will listen. Become the proverbial Johnny Appleseed. People will love you for it and justice will come about. That is a life well-lived and a legacy made.

From small things come great beginnings or put differently as Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in Troilus and Criseyde, (1374) “mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” It is my ardent hope and fervent desire that this humble blog will continue to provide for a forum for forensic scientific truth.

I had an idea. A simple one. There needed be a place where the truth could be published about forensic science: the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, I made this place.

The first post of this blog was on February 23, 2010.

For 2 years now (as of this last Sunday 6/24/2012), we have run the Forensic Science Geek of the Week Challenge week after week. It all started with a simple exchange on a FaceBook post on my personal FaceBook page with some comments between my friends Chuck Ramsay and Christine Funk. 102 contests later and we’re still kicking. We now regularly have several honorable mentions.

We have added many wonderful series along the way looking in-depth about specific topics. For several months, we have had the great fortune of having regular weekly contributions from Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, JD, PhD.

I want to thank each and every one of you who visit the blog. I am inspired by all those who contribute. I am pleased to meet many of you through the organizations that I have had the pleasure of lecturing to in my travels across the United States. God bless you all.

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