I am a cisgendered, heterosexual, heteroromantic, monogamous male. I am happily married to a beautiful Belarussian and we live in a small house in Baraboo, Wi with our beautiful daughter, Uliana.
On the Meyers-Briggs Test I test as INTP. I am quite introverted and at any moment you see me I will most likely be lost in my thoughts and conversing with myself, however, if you get me on a topic I am passionate about I can talk quite a bit. I can extrovert when needed – presentations, parties, etc.
My Divergent faction would be Erudite.
My Wizarding house would be either Griffindor or Hufflepuff – I have tested equal for both.
My Patronus would be a spicy chicken sandwich.
I am a Unitarian Universalist (UU), more specifically – an Agnostic Humanist. You can see the Personal Creed I developed to give you an idea what that means. We attend the Free Congregation of Sauk County.
The 2 following documents are the closest things I have to ‘religious‘ documents:
I am also a LGBT+P advocate. You can take a look at my writings regarding these topics here under Social Activism.
I am an agonizingly progressive and support the issues of :
- Civil Rights
- Separation of Church and State
- LGBT+P Rights
- Universal Healthcare and Education
- 24 Hour Clock
- the Metric System
- Calendar Reform
- Resource Based Economies:
- The Venus Project
- The Zeitgeist Movement
- Radical Sustainability
- Globalization in General
Yes, I know… keep laughing. =) =P
I am a member of the Green Party and I supported Bernie Sanders for President. If you want to see what my policies might look like if I ran for office, then please go here: Policies to Transform the World.
I have also started a local conversation group at our Yoga Studio titled: Transforming the World: Conversations on Social, Economic, Political, and Sustainable Policy
If you would like to support my writing and activist work then please stop by my new Patreon project.
Computers, Web Development, Role Playing Games, Martial Arts, Traveling, Esperanto, Investing, Religion, Politics, Yoga, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Nerdy, Rock, Hard Rock, Writing
I have traveled around the world a little bit, both while in and out of the military, to the following countries: Spain, Italy, Israel, Greece, France, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, St. Martin N.A., Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, and Germany.
The most beautiful place that I have been is Prague, Czech Republic – their buildings are exquisite. I hope to visit China, Japan, and Ireland some day. My wife and I both want to visit Paris and Rome together.
I have taken trips with friends and family to places around the United States like: Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Hoover Dam, Bad Lands National Park, the Statue of Liberty, Saguaro National Park, Yellow Stone National Park, Disney Wold, Disney Land, Hershey Pennsylvania, and more.
Traditional American, Italian or Mexican, although I generally avoid all three since have been trying to eat as healthy as I can – slowly adding vegetables into my diet, as well as much organic as I can. I would love to be a vegetarian, but I do not like vegetables so much, so It is a struggle. =)
Primarily pop, rock, and 80’s Hair Metal.
2 Cellos, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bruce Willis, Creed, Def Leppard, Enigma, Evanescence, Goo Goo Dolls, Guns and Roses, Halestorm, Jeff Healy, Journey, Nickleback, Pat Benetar, Poison, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queen, REO Speed Wagon, Scorpions, Third Eye Blind, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, White Snake
I have found that as I have grow older that my taste in music has become heavier. I am starting to look at Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, and Avenged Sevenfold. There is this Norwegian musician and producer, Leo Moracchioli, who does some amazing metal covers which I have bought. Leo’s cover of Adele’s Hello is amazing!
primarily sci-fi, nerdy, and fantasy
Agents of Shield, Altered Carbon (Netflix), Big Bang Theory, Caprica, Daredevil (Netflix), Defiance, Doctor Who, Firefly, Fringe, Game of Thrones (HBO), Glee, Gotham, Heroes, Jessica Jones (Netflix), New Girl, Peggy Carter, Sense8 (Netflix), Star Trek (original series, TNG), Supernatural, The Expanse (SyFy), The Magicians (SyFy), The Shield, Torchwood,
I hate to admit it but American Idol, The Voice, and So You Think You Can Dance. I blame these fully on my wife.
News and Politics:
AJ+, The Young Turks, David Pakman Show; Abby Martin, Chris Hedges, Glen Greenwald, Jacque Frescoe, John Oliver, John Stewart, Noam Chomsky, Peter Joseph, Rachel Maddow
Primarily Science Fiction and Action/Adventure, with a splash of Drama
300, 5th Element, Aladdin (Disney), Aliens, Angels and Demons, Army of Darkness, Avatar, Avengers, Braveheart, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Clash of the Titans (original), Contact, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Dances with Wolves, Dark City, Divergent (series), Enemy at the Gates, Finding Nemo, Event Horizon, Gladiator, Harry Potter (series), Hercules (Disney), Hunger Games, Indiana Jones, Interstellar, Ironman, James Bond movies, Labyrinth, Lethal Weapon (series), Lord of the Rings (series), Lost in Space, Matrix, Monsters Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Pay It Forward, Pirates of the Caribbean, Primal Fear, Pulp Fiction, Rent, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Romeo and Juliet (Danes and Di Caprio), Romeo Must Die, Scent of a Woman, Serenity, Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List, Sister Act (don’t judge me =P ), Sixth Sense, Spiderman, Star Trek (original and new), Star Wars (IV, V, VI, VII), The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, The Maze (series), The Princess Bride, The Usual Suspects, Toy Story, Troy, Unbreakable, Wimbledon, X-Men
I don’t know how it happened, but the wife and I survived a Star Wars Marathon for the release of Episode 7 – a total of 7 movies and 23 hours including driving. =)
I have done martial arts (Shaolin Kempo Karate), racquetball, ping pong, tennis, and yoga.
I watch Green Bay Packer games when I get a chance, but that is about it.
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Education and Training
Right after high school I enlisted in the Navy for 6 years and was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a Reactor Operator/Electronics Technician during the tail end of Desert Storm.
I have graduated with honors from the Herzing College of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an A.S. in Computer Networking Technologies; as well as being a Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) from Human Factors International (HFI).
I am working as web standards-based developer dealing with such issues as Semantics, Separation of Layers, and Validation. I am involved with Accessibility and Usability in addition to Web Standards.
Books, Pleasure Reading
Check my Good Reads profile for more info on the books I have read.
Primarily Science Fiction and Fantasy
I have not done a whole lot of ‘pleasure reading’ in the last 10 years or so. In the last year I started reading the Harry Potter books to look them at from the stand point of learning how to write. I am on book 7. I have also started The Expanse series too.
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown), Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien), Robots Trilogy (Issac Asimov), Star Wars Novels (Timothy Zahn), Sword Dancer Trilogy (Jennifer Robberson), The Dark Elf Series (R.A. Salvatore), The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown), The Expanse (series), The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown), Dungeons and Dragons as well as other RPG books.
Books, More Serious Books
Check my Good Reads profile for more info on the books I have read.
I read books on healthy living, real estate, investment, business management, religion, civil rights and constitutional law, as well as evolutionary psychology and biology, sexuality and relationships, religious history, philosophy, theology, divine feminine, and symbolism.
I have many books on Kindle and Nook (over 2 years of non-stop reading). I watch TED Talks, Cosmos, and Crash Courses. If you do not know about The Great Courses then please go there NOW!! I loves it. It is my precious.
Here is a list of some of the Great Courses I have listened to:
- Augustine: Philosopher and Saint
- Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft
- Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity
- The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World
I have too many of these too. So much to learn. so little time!
Important Pursuits and Hobbies
I desire to write fantasy, urban fantasy, solar punk, and science-fiction works. If you are interested you can see some of my older writings on this site through the I also participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2013. I have tried my hand with some flash fiction and want to write novels, although… By the gods above! Plotting… is… HARD!!
My top 4 series to watch for writers are:
- Game of Thrones (HBO)
- Altered Carbon (Netflix)
- The Expanse (SyFy)
- The Magicians (SyFy)
Changing the World
I have pursued studying many topics for over a decade in order to try to figure out how and why our world is so messed up, and how to fix it. Many of my blog posts and my blog pages are aimed at just that. From talking about Resourced Based Economies, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and my 7 Philosophical Pillars for Peace in Humanity to Calendar Reform, Esperanto, and Yoga.
I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons and Star Wars as well as a smidge of Alternity, GURPS, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu and other RPG’s for over 25 years. I just fell in love with the FATE system! <3 Years ago I played Magic: the Gathering and Spellfire.
Other Table Top Games
For cards games we primarily play: Rook and Euchre.
For board games I play: Axis and Allies, Carcasonne, Firefly, Othello, Pandemic, Risk (Dr. Who), Settlers of Catan, Tsuro.
Computer and Console
In the distant past I have played various such as: Atari 2600, Nintendo, SNES, Play Station 1, 2, 3 and their many, many games, although I have had to pretty much end all console or computer gaming due to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in my wrist and forearms. (me sad panda)
I was playing Mech Warrior Online (MWO) and Star Wars: The Old Republic, but had to quit due to arm issues. Currently, I am only playing a turn based strategy games such as:
- Mordheim: City of the Damned
- Battletech by Hair Brained Schemes (which was also a Kickstarter).
Turn based games are about what my arms can handle. =(