Grew up in Cupertino before Apple. It was prunes and apricots then; one of my earliest memories is cutting ’cots for the drying racks at Mariani. Got a degree in music at UCLA, but then knocked around for a while, ending up working at UC Berkeley, where I whiled away 22 years evolving from a larval bureaucrat to a network administrator. Chucked that at the beginning of 2003 and spent a year reveling in not having a pager or a cell phone, or a couple of dozen network devices any one of which could ruin an afternoon or an evening. That year stretched into several of not much work, not much money, but lots of learning. Now I'm the Network Engineer (!) for a non-profit health care organization and loving it.
Significant dates: 4/1/1955: Not my real birthday. I have no wish to conceal my age, but it's a bad idea to put personal information like that out in public. Let's just say I was born during the Eisenhower administration, which may be why I tend to associate Republicans with infantile thinking. 7/25/1980: Married the love of my life 9/27/1983: Our daughter born 7/31/1989: Our son born
MORAL VALUES I hold these truths to be self-evident:
The government should not promote any religion. (That's what the First Amendment is about.)
Censorship is the vehicle of hate and ignorance.
Racism and homophobia are vile.
For humans, gender classifications are inherently misleading. To adopt your society's traditional gender traits uncritically is suicide. The same goes for labels like "gay", "straight", and so on.
There are people who will, if you let them, tell you who to have sex with, when to have sex, where to have sex, how to have sex, and why to have sex, not to mention how to talk about having sex. And if you let them do that, they'll keep on telling you what to do right up to the moment they order you into the troop carrier or the cattle car, and it'll serve you right.
Marriage is about love, not plumbing. "Defending marriage" by prohibiting same-sex marriage is like defending free speech by jailing dissidents.
Miscellanea I will not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem In England's green and pleasant land.
The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring. [...] All the rest is the speculation of schoolboys for schoolboys. --James Joyce, Ulysses
Consider this rule: Lead an interesting life. Woody Guthrie wrote every day about his life. Could you do that? Never mind whether you can write, or could write every day -- would you have anything worth writing about?
You are DNA. You're a smart person, and you appear incredibly complex to people who don't know you. You're incomparably full of information, and most of it is useless.
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