Stephen Hawking: Genius, funny guy, kindergarten teacher
Well, after about a year, I have finally made more progress on A Brief History of Time. What really blows me away is his ability to explain some really complicated stuff in an interesting (well, I find it interesting... I wouldn't want to speak for anyone else), entertaining and concise way. His writing isn't laugh-out-loud funny, though it does have its moments, but at least it keeps my attention. More importantly, he's able to cover ridiculous topics like black holes, the space-time continuum (Back to the Future flashback), mesons and time cones in just a few pages each. Not only that, but an idiot like me can actually understand some of what he's writing. The guy's got a unique combination of intellect and eloquence that I doubt I've seen elsewhere.
I guess one thing I'm learning as I read his stuff is that I'm probably always going to be a bit of a nerd at heart. Ten or fifteen years ago, that might've bothered me, but I've been learning for a while now that I just have to be comfortable in my own skin. I guess that's an idea I'll have to continue getting used to since I'm still just breakin' it in.