Things Done…

Here is a list of things Thad has done so far.

  1. Fall in love.
  2. Write a physics book ‘Einstein’s Intuition‘ that explores the assump­tion that the vacuum is a superfluid.
  3. Sail across an ocean: through the Panama canal, to the San Blas Islands, Columbia, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Bermuda, and across to the island of Flores in the Azores, Portugal in a small sail­boat – a 55′ Sloop (2013).
  4. Work for NASA: Astrophysicist 2000, Geo-astrophysicist 2001, Flight Lead 2002.
  5. Discover a New dinosaur species: A Ceratopsian & a Hadrosaur with the Utah Museum of Natural History, lead by Scott Sampson Ph.D., near Rincon Colorado, Coahuila State, United States of Mexico.
  6. Touch the moon/make love on the moon (2002).
  7. See the world’s largest and most pow­erful par­ticle accel­er­ator – the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (2013).
  8. Fly the MBS Space Shuttle: 7.1 hours, 14 land­ings, 3 of which achieved a 0.0 decent rate. 
  9. Survive sailing through a trop­ical storm in the Bermuda Triangle (trop­ical storm Andrea, 30 foot swells, 65 knot winds, for 31 hours, 2013).
  10. Explore the ruins, jun­gles, and cenotes of Central America (8 month adven­ture with Angela, exploring wild Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, living out of our Vanagon named WIGGLES, 2013).
  11. Raise $10,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, research depart­ment by moun­tain biking from SLC to San Francisco. ~810 miles. (Summer 1999)
  12. Earn pri­vate pilot‘s cer­tifi­cate and high per­for­mance rating (Private on 4-1-2000, at Great Western Aviation, SLIA & HPR at Evanston WY, while exploring Flaming Gorge).
  13. Become pro­fi­cient in SCUBA diving: Open Water, Advanced, and Rescue Diver SCUBA Certificate, Blue Lake, PADI; NASA NBL Nitrox Certification. [Also dove as a Flight Lead in con­junc­tion with Astronaut training at the Neutral Bouyancy Laboratory (NBL) at JSC, NASA.]
  14. Go on a mining expe­di­tion: Peru, 2 miles deep. I plucked a 2 inch Pyrite crystal from the celing, and the rocks burned a hole in my jeans when I sat down (2000).
  15. Successfully prospect for dinosaur fos­sils: The Kaiparowits Plateau, The Smokey Mountains of Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Coahuila State, Mexico as a vol­un­teer with the Utah Museum of Natural History.
  16. Earn three bachelor’s degrees: BS Physics, BS Anthropology, and BS Philosophy (University of Utah).
  17. Meet Sheldon Goldstein, Detlef Dürr and Nino Sanghí – the fathers of modern Bohmian mechanics. (At the Physics and Philosophy of Time summer school in the Black Forest of Germany, 2013)
  18. Explore 100+ beaches: Peru 5, East coast U.S. 14, Gulf of Mexico U.S. 21, California 67+, Hawaii 23, Peru 2, Japan 2, Mexico 42, Belize 6, Guatemala 3, El Salvador 3, Honduras 2, Nicaragua 7, Costa Rica 11, Panama 9, Colombia 1, Cayman Islands 4, Cuba 3, Bermuda 5, Azores 4, Greece 14, Turkey 2.
  19. Explore beach caves: Abalone State Park, CA, (swam all the way through), El Matador State Beach, CA, (three caves allowing secret access to hidden beaches), Costa Rica, Bermuda.
  20. Touch a cloud with my hand while flying through it.
  21. Uncover a pyramid com­plex in the wild that hasn’t been exca­vated (Mexico, 2013).
  22. Be a vol­un­teer fire­fighter: Nassau Bay Fire Department, TX (2000-2002).
  23. Explore a sunken ship: Off the famed casino on Santa Catalina Island.
  24. Work at an obser­va­tory: Founded the University of Utah Astronomical Society (UUAS), remained pres­i­dent for sev­eral years, ran star par­ties, pro­cured funding for new tele­scopes, CCD cam­eras, orga­nized and led camping star parties.
  25. Meet Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong: At AIAA meeting in Houston; and at the MBSSS respec­tively. (2001, Buzz again in 2014)
  26. Get lost in a forest.
  27. Float around the International Space Station: Training the Astronauts for their Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA’s, “space-walks”).
  28. Experience zero gravity: In a Cessna 172 & 182, 20 min­utes collectively.
  29. Take pic­tures of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
  30. Mine for rare min­erals and gem stones: Bixbyite, Red Beryl, Topaz, Pyrite, Galena, Tourmaline, etc. (Mostly in the Wah Wah Mountains).
  31. Feel the static rise before light­ning: Most impor­tantly on top of the Enchanted Rock batholith in Enchanted Rock State Park, TX. – Kaydee’s wet, 3 foot long, thick, Persian hair was standing straight up!
  32. Wake up to a better dream.
  33. Have a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion with Nature: Best were atop the moun­tain temple of Machu Piccu, Peru, Secret Canyon, Lake Powell, Buckskin Gultch, Spooky & Peek-a-boo, Gandy Warm Springs, and Meadow Springs.
  34. See the southern cross: From Arequipa.
  35. Watch a meteor shower from a Hot Spring: Meadow Springs, UT.
  36. See Niagra Falls from the Candian and U.S. sides.
  37. Learn to sail: Taught by Patrick the “Pirate” in the Gulf of Mexico, Clear Lake, TX.
  38. Discover a Tyranasaurid tooth: 5th unearthed in Utah, near Joe’s Valley, now cat­a­logued in the UMNH.
  39. Experience severe dehy­dra­tion in a desert: On Slick Rock Trail, Moab and once between Buckskin Gulch and Lee’s Ferry.
  40. Go off a water­fall: In the San Marcos River, TX & dozens in Havasupai.
  41. Hike over 100 dif­ferent trails: From Adams Canyon to Twin Peaks, UT, Mexico, Southern Utah, Nevada, California, Hawaii, Peru.
  42. See a tor­nado: Texas.
  43. See the northern lights: From south of Vegas, SLC, and Yellowstone.
  44. Learn to oil paint: Prefer real­istic (land­scapes and portraits).
  45. Explore Goblin Valley: Played Hide-n-go-seek, explored its secrets with Angela, Marcus, Matt, Steven, and Pam.
  46. Become an Eagle Scout: learned what lin­gerie is.
  47. Explore a black sand beach: Near Hana, Maui.
  48. Watch Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park.
  49. Play with light­ning bugs “fire flies”: best place was out­side the George Observatory, HMNH, in Brazos Bend, TX.
  50. Unearth a raptor’s claw (ungle): From the San Rafael Swell on a dig.
  51. Jump off a bridge: Train bridge passing over the San Marcos River with Tiffany.
  52. Experience cliff diving: Best places = off the south­ern­most tip of the United States, Big Island Hawaii, Pedernales River, TX., Flaming Gorge, Lake Powell & and Sand Hollow.
  53. Hike from Buckskin Gultch to Lee’s Ferry: The world’s longest Slot Canyon. An amazing trip!!!
  54. Explore Lake Powell and Rainbow Bridge: From Bullfrog to the Glen Canyon Dam.
  55. Find plant fos­sils: Best ones were near the 68 by Utah Lake.
  56. Dig ammonite fos­sils: Lake Whitney, TX.
  57. Mine pyrite crys­tals: Peru, North end of the Fish Springs Range in UT.
  58. Touch a dol­phin in the wild: Huntington Beach, CA.
  59. Excavate a cut­table red beryl gem­stone: Near Topaz Mountain. Less than 20 sam­ples exist of equal or greater weight and quality. (As of 2001.)
  60. Raft the Snake River.
  61. Find dinosaur tracks: Utah, Texas, and Mexico.
  62. Play with a sea turtle in the wild: Molokini Island, and the Big Island, Hawaii.
  63. Spend 3 weeks trav­eling from coast to coast for less than $300.00
  64. Watch a Space Shuttle launch: (STS 105) Cape Canaveral.
  65. Learn to Kayak: First out­door in Santa Catalina Island, best in the Puget Sound of Seattle, with Angela and Jason, under a full moon, com­pletely cloud­less night sky and glass water.
  66. Have my ass kicked by a dinosaur: A T-rex from the Brigham Young Museum of Natural History.
  67. Learn to surf: Southern California.
  68. Spend a whole day laughing: Best one on Newport Beach.
  69. Excavate Utah’s first T-rex fossil near Joe’s Valley.
  70. See a UFO: In the West Desert in Utah along with the rest of the star party from the University of Utah Astronomical Society, Near Dugway.
  71. Make and fly a kite: Lost and found 3 over the U mountain.
  72. View over 100 objects in space through a telescope.
  73. Photograph a nebula: Dumbbell nebula, Ring nebula, the Orion nebula, etc.
  74. Make a green fire: Joe’s Valley.
  75. Squeeze through the Birth Canal near ter­mi­na­tion of the Nutty Puddy Caves, West of Utah Lake. (Now closed)
  76. Find a Native American arrow­head: Mexico.
  77. Build a huge snowman in a Federal Prison Camp, sym­bol­i­cally standing up against oppres­sion. (FPC, Florence)
  78. Watch Apollo 13 inside the old Apollo Mission Control Room at NASA (pro­jected on the wall).
  79. Float in the hot springs of Cuatrocienegas, Coahuila, Mexico.
  80. Watch a vol­cano erupt and col­lect a “new rock.” (Big Island, Hawaii)
  81. Visit Kitty Hawk, Write Brother’s National Monument.
  82. Dig up over 100 fossil shark teeth: In Aurora, North Carolina + a Megladon tooth.
  83. Body surf at a nude beach. – Makena Beach, “little beach,” 2nd cove, Maui.
  84. Overcome a blinding con­vic­tion: Most sig­nif­i­cantly on Valentine’s Day 1999 – stopped being Mormon, stopped judging others and myself, and started wearing real underwear. :-)
  85. Lose every­thing that wasn’t real: July 20, 2002 – the day I got arrested.
  86. Spend Six months entirely uncon­nected with the modern world: over­shot that a bit with over 6 years in Federal Prison.
  87. Spark a sci­en­tific debate: ongoing, but it has been sparked. Introduced an eleven-dimensional geom­etry, based on the assump­tion that the vacuum is a super­fluid, that may have the poten­tial to unify gen­eral rel­a­tivity and quantum mechanics into one com­plete intu­itively acces­sible map.
  88. Complete 50 expres­sive art pieces.
  89. Hike the Seven Sacred Pools in Maui, Hawaii.
  90. Go cave diving: Gandy Warm Springs (beau­tiful expe­ri­ence), and Meadow Hot Springs.
  91. Learn to ski & snow­board (taught by Shauna and Angela, Park City, 2010).
  92. Feel an earth­quake (April 15th 2010, 5.0) Was in the CTIHB on the top floor at the University of Utah.
  93. Give a TED Talk (TEDxBoulder, August 7th, 2010).
  94. Teach sci­ence and inspire stu­dents to follow their curiosity. (Teaching Assistant with excel­lent stu­dent eval­u­a­tions at the University of Utah for the fol­lowing classes: World of Dinosaurs (GEO 1040), Observational Astronomy (PHYS 4060), General Physics Lab (PHYS 1809), General Physics I and II (PHYS 2010 and 2020), General Physics Lab I and II (PHYS 2015/2025), and Myth, Magic, and Religion (ANTH 4171). Was also an Adult Continuing Education Instructor for 4 con­sec­u­tive years in the Federal Prison Camp at Florence, Colorado for the fol­lowing classes: Astronomy, Basic Science, and Beginning Art.)
  95. Exceed 60 mph on a moun­tain bike: Down the canyons around SLC.
  96. Rock climb: In Joshua Tree National Park, Moab, and Central Utah.
  97. Ride a switch back train: From Cusco to Machu Piccu.
  98. Swim over ten miles (Swim Team, Clearfield High).
  99. Learn to play the piano.
  100. Learn to ride a horse: Syracuse, UT.
  101. Write a per­spec­tive changing book (Einstein’s Intuition) in prison. (Explores the pos­si­bility that the vacuum is a super­fluid con­structing a can­di­date theory for the theory of quantum gravity.
  102. Discover the geo­metric ori­gins of the con­stants of Nature (they all nat­u­rally depend on the seven geo­metric para­me­ters that encode quantum space theory).
  103. Launch my iPhone (and GoPro) to near space and get my own video/pictures of Earth from that per­spec­tive. (Took a few tries.)
  104. Photograph the Venetian Transit of 2012 and the Solar Eclipse from Horseshoe Bend.