My vegan mousetrap (live trap) project is now live! I have finished adding the images to the document that I started last fall. With the completion of this project page, I have also published the video that I made last fall, showing the capture of a mouse in my trap!
I am now officially a manager! My job title hasn't changed. I wasn't granted a pay raise. I didn't even change positions! Rather, my department finally decided to give me more than one assistant!
Doesn't that title sound selfish, cruel, opportunist, or even Machiavellian? I first heard of it referred to as an alternative viewpoint to main-stream media's take on our economy. The commentator stated that John Downes was the "ultimate pessimist" about our economy. I felt that this was a promising viewpoint to the lopsided reports I was getting.
Before I committed to read it, I skimmed a few pages here and there. It seemed level-headed enough and certainly not mean-spirited. So I checked it out from the library and proceeded to renew it for five months, determined to finish t!
Enough was a fun read! It was like reading a book from the future that I wrote in my old age. Most of the chapters were based on points of view that I already have. That's fun enough. Though I did pick up a few insights.
My current employment is all about technical support. I'm the go-to-guy for any computer problems. Mysteriously, this includes anything with electrons or photons.
I've worked in the technical support field most of my life. One of my talents is comprehending machines and systems, which is quickly recognized by others in trouble with objects and processes. Sadly, I'm not omniscient, nor omnipotent (even if some problems magically fix themselves when I'm around). There are days when my talent becomes a curse.
First off, I was home schooled, K through 12. It was a wonderful experience, but not the topic of this post. Being raised outside of the public school system, I often see it with "new eyes" and not a little suspicion. The idea that a central authority could trump my parents bothers me. It all comes down what I call unalienable responsibility. Much like unalienable rights, there are some responsibilities that cannot be subsumed by society, government, or other third parties.
This is an amazing book! Not perfect, but amazing none the less. I find myself referring back to it in other conversations and using the concepts to clarify relationship problems and solutions, both for myself and for friends, family and society at large.
The fundamental premis is that we always have some part in our troubles. There is always something we can do to change or improve a situation or relationship. The most powerful change we can make is how we see the other person. Love and compasion can completely change the equation. These are the bonds that make us free.
I have a lot of marketable skills. At least I think I do. I've never really sold them on the open market. That is essentially what freelance developers and consultants do. I want to. So what's stopping me?
I am interested in radiant floor heating and cooling as the backup heat source for a passive solar home. This page is where I am collecting information about it.
I need to find some evaluations of bamboo flooring on concrete, without insulation.
Heating from the floor seems to produce a more even heat in the air, as compared to forced air heat.
For most of my life I have wanted a greenhouse. I'm not sure when that desire started, or how. Something intrigues me about the mini-world within, safeguarded from the fickle elements and productive in the face of winter famine. Being vegetarian, I dream of cheap year-round greens and extended growing seasons for fresh fruits and vegetables.