That’s great! I am all about inquisitive and critical minds.
The short story is that I had started this blog site as part of a freelance business in 2016, which I have closed since then. Now, I maintain the site and blog every so often. I enjoy sharing knowledge this way when I find the time and inspiration.
PS: Below is some more background from the original page for the curious site visitor.
The big ideal
Behind Blue Steens lives a big idea, a big ideal. I believe in knowledge. I believe that everybody should ask questions until they get satisfactory answers. There is never an ultimate answer. Questions provoke answers, answers prompt more informed questions and these, in turn, lead to more refined answers. We should never stop enquiring until we have an answer that satisfies our thirst for knowledge at that point in time. Questions are the vessel on a quest for knowledge.
What does this have to do with science?
Science explains the world around us as far as we, humans, can perceive and measure this world. Not every question is addressed to another person. Scientific researchers may ask nature questions by using experimental systems. These questions often start out rather broad and are eventually narrowed down more and more until they are so specific that you could not even have dreamt them up without going through a rigorous process of evolving questions and answers. It is an interrogation of nature if you like. This requires the discipline not to contend yourself with the first best solution, but to verify your findings. It requires perseverance to continue searching when nothing seems to give. It also requires refining your technical skills and deepening your subject knowledge to ask and answer in ever improving ways.
These are great qualities in people.
I have a strong academic background in biomedical sciences. After completing a PhD in Molecular Biology it started dawning on me that it was time to leave school and enter the real world. I spent few more years in academia and, eventually, became a scientific consultant in the oil and gas industry. This gave me a better understanding of the application of some other scientific areas, in particular microbiology and chemistry, as well as aspects of engineering. The various STEM disciplines, Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics, go hand in hand.
Where does the name come from?
Probably from a combination of my local pride and nostalgia.
I come from a beautiful granite region in the federal state of Saxony in the East of Germany. It is called Upper Lusatia (Oberlausitz). The area is rather rural and green with rolling hills, forests and fields. In local poetry this region is called the 'Blue Stones' due to its natural granite rocks. Since 2008 I have been living in the Grampian area in the North-East of Scotland, another granite region. In the local dialect, Doric, the word for stone is 'steen'. There you have it – past and present united in Blue Steens.
What’s the logo all about?
The Blue Steens® logo represents a typical part of the architecture of traditional Upper Lusatian houses. It also sports the colours of the Upper Lusatian flag – only upside down.