So, I’m using this “appendix” to describe the website and myself. Egotistic, perhaps, but it’s my website, and why not indulge myself a bit? It’s not like I’ve made this required reading.
I bought this domain (my first) as a birthday present for myself back in college. I was reading a book called “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge and leading a Bible study on the life of Paul (as I recall—this was – years ago now, and today I barely remember what I ate for dinner last night). Anyway, one thing I had noted was that several people in the Bible (Abram, Sarai, Jacob, Saul) had their names changed by God (Abraham, Sarah, Israel, and Paul, respectively) indicating either a change in direction or a destiny for their lives. I bought this name specifically to document my own journey in finding my purpose in life, and to have a place to play with web design.
While the background story is rather less applicable today than it was so many years ago, I keep the name for more sentimental reasons. I own one other domain and manage a third for a friend now, but that’s the story of this one.
I am a sucker for pithy statements made by famous people. So I have a collection of quotes which show up in the upper right of each page. I do my level best to track down the origins of quotes and, when I can’t find original sources (either first- or second-hand) I tag them so, at some point in the future if I’m bored enough and ambitious enough, I can try to track them down. I also try to include context where it’s commonly omitted, correct wording when it’s commonly misquoted, correct attribution where it’s commonly misplaced, and original language when it’s available. Google Translate does a fairly decent job at rendering these in English if you prefer, though I can’t speak as to its ability in other languages.
My name is, in fact, James, and I don’t usually prepend the definite article, but it makes sense here as an anaphora. I would describe (and have described) myself as a polymath and autodidact. While my personal knowledge base and fields of interest do indeed cover a large variety of subjects, I know little detail about a lot of things. If you play me in, for instance, Trivia Crack, sports is definitely my biggest weak spot (overconfidence probably comes a close second).
I spend a decent amount of time reading up on First Amendment law, politics (specifically related to technology, education, the criminal justice system, and the rights of minorities), linguistics, science-based medicine, and particle physics. I listen to podcasts covering the fields of grammar, writing, skepticism, religion, music, physics, psychology, economics, as well as reasons to turn on your radio and hide. My extracurricular reading habits mostly consist of science fiction and/or fantasy, my favorite authors being Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Others I’ve enjoyed of late: Brian McClellan, Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, Patrick Rothfuss, Philip K. Dick, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes, I am aware that 9 of the 10 authors just listed are (presumably straight cis) white men. I’m trying to mix it up a bit: I’ve got some Jocelynn Drake, Kim Harrison, Lois McMaster Bujold, Vicki Pettersson, Mercedes Lackey, Kelly Link, Lauren Beukes, Cherie Priest and Holly Black in my queue. I don’t know whether or not any of those authors are straight, cis, or white, but they are (as far as I can tell) women. As for Brandon, Howard, Dan, Mary, and John, I usually have their books preordered months in advance, and read them (yes, sometimes the entire book) the day they come out. I watch TV shows, usually several episodes in a row, of (at the moment) Royal Pains and Phineas & Ferb (and casually looking for others, though I need to watch Luke Cage and Iron Fist, as well as finish Breaking Bad). I play computer games, with Diablo III taking my attention most of the time on that front. I play board/card/dice games with friends on a regular basis: games like Sovereign, Carcassonne, Viceroy, Alchemists, 7 Wonders, Power Grid, Railways of the World, Eclipse, Dead of Winter, Ascension, Five Tribes, Splendor, Legendary, Cubist, Settlers of Catan, King of New York, Kingsburg, Coup, Quarriors, Rum & Bones, Qwixx, 6 nimmt, etc. Finally, I try to make it to our local makerspace, MakeICT, at least once every other week.
With all that going on, how do I have time to eat, sleep, work, or walk my dog? Surely the fact that I am also happily married to an elementary school teacher and occasionally help her with grading papers has to break Einstein’s theory somehow, right? Well, I’m not aware of anything that defies general relativity, but I do somehow manage all of the above. When I write it out like this, I find I’m far busier than I usually imagine!
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