The Wonders of the Universe

One of my favorite hobbies I do is astronomy. Astronomy is not fortune telling and horoscopes, that is astrology, so I will not be talking about such superfluous things.

Astronomy is the study of the start quite simply..astronomy is what happens when you look up at the stars and try to find a constellation, or when you stare up at the full moon. Astronomy is one science that you dont need to be a scientist to understand..all you need is a pair of eyes and an open mind.

I learned to appreciate astronomy in elementary school. when I believe my second grade class did a study on the solar system. It was all fairly basic stuff, what the nine planets were;the asteroid belt and solar system models. Most of my classmates like usual elementary schoolers finished the study and moved on to other things, but I was utterly fascinated by it. I continued to check out books on the solar system in the school library, and some on things beyond our solar system, as I was just so enthralled by it all!

One of the most fascinating things I know about space and the universe is the fact that is so infinitely big. Earth would be nothing but a speck of sand on a beach in comparison to the sheer size of the universe. There are other stars out there that are 500 times bigger than our Sun that so elegantly shines in our skies each day. Planet Jupiter in our own Solar System is so big that it could fit all 7 other planets and Pluto as well as all their moons inside of it. The asteroid Ceres is about half the size of our moon, and about 100 times bigger than the asteroid that crashed into the Yucatan Peninsula and wiped out the dinosaurs (well it helped wipe them out).

Space is just so infinitely interesting, I do not understand why more people dont ask about it, or wonder whats out there. Some people are comfortable just living life on our tiny little rock and wondering “why worry about whats out there when we have our problems here” (an actual quote I saw from someone in a Yahoo! news article about the Curiosity rover).

I implore everyone to take an interest in what is out there! Go out just before sundown and you will probably see Venus, which, next to the moon is the brightest object in the night sky. Look through a telescope and see if you can find the “North Star” also known as Polaris, which is named such because it is always the northernmost star in the night sky. Locate a constellation (though you will probably have to go out of the city to do that) those are always fun if you find them to trace the lines with your fingers.

I could go on all day telling you all the immense amounts of knowledge of space I know, but that would get long, technical and boring. The point im trying to make is that the universe is so much bigger than what you can see in your backyard or the city you live in. Explore it with your eyes, and dream of whats out there…cause when it comes down to it, we just dont know yet…


Enjoy your evening everybody



Express yourself

Today was a very boring day for me..I went to work and did not get home until about 3 AM, which is just an awful hour because normal people are asleep and the bars all are closed (I know, change it to writings of a drunk right?) When I got home, I had a couple thoughts…one of them was to check on what the latest news was from the Monday Night Football debacle (It was clearly an interception) and the other was that I needed to write something…So for about an hour I wrote a little of the first novel of my fantasy novel series that will never be released to the general public..but then I thought..why not?

As a person who wants to be a successful journalist someday, writing is everything to me. The mark of a good journalist is to be able to write what you are going to write, and to not worry so much if people are going to like it or hate it…to be able to express yourself in a public forum and not be concerned if people are going to hate it. Now as I say this, some other journalism majors are going to tell me that I am completely wrong, that people have to like what you are writing or you will not be successful, and while that is right in a way, I do not think that “being liked” should be a major concern while you are crafting your article.

Why am I rattling off on being a journalist do you ask? Well I think that my idea of not worrying about ridicule should apply to all mediums of expression, not just writing but to music and art and any other form of self-expression. I think that even some of the greatest writers in the world these days are worried about if people will like them or not, and this will cause them to get overly concerned with making changes.

We live in a society where people want to be accepted, and I am no different. As a middle and high schooler I was what you would call a social outcast. I was not popular,  had very little friends and no attention at all from girls and I spent most nights at home in my room playing video games and not doing my homework. I will tell you what though…I would of done anything to be accepted by my peers. I wanted so much to be one of the “in” crowd that I got into habits just because I thought they would get me accepted..I did not like Football until Freshman year when I liked it because everyone else did.

Back to my original point, I got so overly wrapped up in being accepted that for a time, I got away from the things that I loved…I stopped looking at the stars at night and finding constellations,I stopped reading and I stopped writing all the time..I wrote some pretty deep stuff and I thought that if anybody ever saw them that they would make fun of me or tell me that it sucked and I could never write anything…But I got away from that. So if you are a secret writer, who has a lot of thoughts on paper but are afraid of what people will think, or an artist who thinks people wont get their art or a musician that believes that they suck too much to go public…stop worrying! It does not matter what anyone else thinks, if YOU are happy with what you have created then go with it! Share your gifts with the world, because you never know…you might be the next Steven King, or Pablo Picasso or Kurt Cobain..or you might just be a decently talented person who is happy with what they created and even though the rest of the world doesnt appreciate least you do


Avere Buona Notte,


Career Choices

I would say that today is a pretty good day…although the day has only just started for me! 

When I turn on the tv or read the paper or see any sort of media outlet, all you hear about is the upcoming presidential election. Talking heads telling you why you should vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, or Republican pundits telling you how bad of a job Obama did for the last four years or Democrats telling you that Romney is an out of touch millionaire that doesnt care about the common people.

In my opinion, and no offense to anyone that is considering this career..but politics is the worst career that a person could get involved in. Imagine if you were working in a place where a certain group of people are “programmed” to completely hate you for only what you are representing? That is party politics for you, and it is the worst career in history. In a recent poll taken, only about 4 percent of the voting population in the US are undecided voters,,,which means that 96 percent of the voting population in the US just vote for whoever the democrat or republican candidate is and dont take a lot of thought into it.

If you work in politics, you can pretty much expect that there are going to be a lot of people that really hate you, even if you think you are doing good things…heck even if you do good things people are going to hate you (there is always something to dislike about a new law passed). You can also expect to lie…just like lawyers, politicians lie. Politicians lie to get elected, to get support or just to make themselves look better, it just comes with the job.

With all that being said..we need politicians in this world…but what we need are politicians that are not only looking out for the best interest in their own party…those can maybe fix the broken government that we here in America have lived with ever since George W Bush took office.

 Well, as for my prediction on the election…I predict that Barack Obama will be reelected for a second term..Mitt Romney kind of shot himself in the foot when he insulted half the country with his “47 percent dependent and think they are entitled” video that surfaced…Obama or Romney though whoever is elected I dont think that will fix anything in this country as long as the other 2/3 of the government continues to be so divided

Who is this guy???

Who am I…a little get to know on the writer,publisher and creator of my personal blog




I have a saying…I believe that the best way to get to know a person is through writing…because I believe even through no fault of our own, we tend to hide our true selves in real life…sometimes out of necessity and sometimes because we are afraid of what others might think. So here is me…the truth and nothing but the truth on Devin A Knieriem

Well as you can infer from the above paragraph, my name is Devin Knieriem…Im of German and Native American descent apparently. I have one full blood brother, who is serving in the Navy, a half brother who is going to be a future Football star and a stepsister..but they are all family to me regardless of blood.

I really think that I might have too many interests….I love all kinds of music except country really. My favorite genres are punk rock,grunge,pop punk,and classic 70s and 80s rock

I drink entirely too much coffee..heck the stuff is probably in my blood and mostly responsible for my terrible insomnia I have most nights. Needless to say im addicted to caffeine and im proud to admit it!

My biggest passion in life is writing..I write all the time! My blog might not show it but I have a lot of things saved on my computer…everything from poems to short stories , a fantasy novel series,unpublished blogs,journalistic style pieces,current event opinions,autobiographies,memoirs and many other things. I wont say as to my skill as I am not a vain person, but I am really not that worried if people think that I am not very good.

As you can tell from all the writing, I really want to be a journalist someday..I was going to go to school for Journalism but I ran into financial difficulties so I have to wait now..but its no matter because the amazing thing about writing is that you can do it at any time in any place with a job or not.

I guess that my passion for writing came out of needing a way to cope with my life…I have not had the easiest life in the world…I have had major social anxiety since I was in middle school which made people I went to school with think there was something wrong with me…I didnt talk very much and I was not very popular so it made some people infer that I had a mental retardation..yet I was in all normal classes…I just was very quiet. I am also the child of divorced parents..I watched them deal with eachother for many years and they had their ups and their downs..things like custody wars,child support arguments, petty jealousy and new marriages plagued them all through my childhood. I do not blame them for anything though, we are all human and not perfect.

I really started doing a lot more writing 9 years ago though, My mom died from complications from cancer and I was forced to move in with my Dad and Stepmom..who lived a good distance from where I had been living for many years. My social anxiety went way up when I moved in with them in Canby,Oregon..I made little friends there and was very lonely and slightly depressed for a number of years until I moved out when I turned 18 and finished High School (I was held back a year in Kindergarten) with my friends back where I used to live.

I love music but I am not able to play an instrument. Though I own an electric guitar, I do not know how to play it and I never got any lessons. I would love to learn to play guitar and piano as well..I think I would have the capacity to learn how but I have tried and cant teach myself.

For the past couple years since I turned 21 I have turned into an outstandingly positive person. I was before but now I find myself always trying to find the light at the end of even the darkest tunnels. I had been on a job search for about a year and a half and during that time I made no income and lived with my grandmother but I never got discouraged..always just smiling and saying “the next one maybe”

I would say that I am a very good friend…I have never lost a friend that I have made and I am unflatteringly nice to everyone I meet. In terms of people I enjoy to hang out with, I have a small group of people that I see on a regular basis. I have many other friends though and I have been making many new ones lately..If you meet me in real life, I am very easy to get along with, I have a decent sense of humor and If you ever need an ear to listen to your words..mine is always available!

I wont talk of my romantic life…its kinda depressing anyway so I avoid such things…but im not depressed that I am single…its just a word anyway

Some of my other favorite things including driving,road trips,Some of my other favorite things including driving,road trips,astronomy,hiking,humor,concerts,football,tennis,hiking,humor,concerts,football,tennis,bop its,cheesy horror movies, reading, old video games, scotch & cigars,beer, football games,classic cars, side of the road diners,taking walks,watching the stars,naps,photography,surfing the internet,beaches,getting lost,cooking,bacon,sarcasm,karaoke,whiskey,Sci Fi shows,netflix, warm weather and pizza.

I think that is enough for now…I have quite a bit of stuff in if your reading it…then enjoy! Everyone better have a fantastic week…or else!!! kidding kidding!!!!!