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“What do you want, Joe, my life’s history? Here it is in four words: big ideas, small results.”

— Clash by Night (1952, adapted from a play by Clifford Odets)

Any rough times are now behind you.

— Fortune cookie received 8 Sept 2000

 

Likes  |  Dislikes  |  Places  |  Jobs  |  Fantasy

Born in 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland, I can’t take credit for the “Charm City” vogue because by the time it started I had already gone to college. Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, somehow blinked in 1971 and issued me both a physics degree and a teaching certificate. I’m single, and since 2006 I’ve been doing full-time tech support for a software company.

My Likes

rainbow flag In the proverbial fifty words or less —

Hmm, I guess that’s more than fifty words. Now you know something else about me! <grin>


My Dislikes

Religious fundamentalism, particularly here in my own USA. Of course I have no objection to anyone believing and practicing their own religion. But the fundamentalist agenda seems to be to force their own ideas of living onto everyone else, and that’s just wrong. Whatever happened to the American way of “live and let live”?

“One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment.” Thus spake Steven Weinberg, in Facing Up (2001).


My Places

I lived in Cleveland’s inner suburbs from 1969 until 2000 (23 years was in one house), and it did seem a day too long! In September 2000 I moved from Cleveland to the outskirts of Cortland, New York. Cortland is a town of 24,000, on the eastern fringe of the Finger Lakes region.

In 2006 I relocated a few miles west, to the suburbs of Ithaca New York, on the Cayuga Lake Byway and at the edge of New York’s wine country (Here are some views of the lake by a local photographer, William Warmus.

This is my first experience with country living since age 10. I like the slower pace, the thinner traffic, the wider vistas. The scenery is peaceful: the lake nearby, hills and small mountains all around. I love seeing more stars at night than I can count—when it’s clear, that is. The retail scene is paltry, but there’s always Amazon, and the automated Interlibrary Loan at the Finger Lakes Library System can deliver virtually any book I might desire in a week, give or take.


My Jobs

Right out of college, I taught college-prep math for two years at Hawken School while working part-time as a computer programmer. I then transitioned to computer programming as a full-time job, first as an employee and then for about 22 years as a self-employed consultant.

I still sell a couple of shareware command-line utilities that I wrote during those years.

During that time, I also started teaching math, mostly statistics, as an adjunct at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden New York, through the end of the Fall 2015 semester.

In 2006, I started as a full-time tech rep for Palisade Corporation in Ithaca. Palisade makes the industry-leading @RISK software, so my statistical background is a good fit. I also write and edit their Knowledge Base.


My Fantasy

Dannebrog (Danish flag) My ultimate fantasy is to live and work in Denmark. (“Der er et yndigt land. …”) I visited Scandinavia and Finland for a wonderful month, and liked all the places I visited, but I really fell in love with Denmark and the Danish people. Americans tend to see Scandinavians as rather dour and gloomy, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Danes were all warm and friendly, they really seemed to take joy in life, and they made this American feel very welcome indeed.

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