Just a little bit about me. I am an American by birth and very proud to be one (until recently that is – Let’s Go Brandon!) From an early age I was fascinated by science – all of the natural world especially biology, paleontology, psychology, and all new technology. I was a teenager when the first personal computers were being introduced and I immediately realized the life changing impact they would have and digital tech would have on the world and began studying it. As a result I have been self-employed working as a website developer and photographer/graphic designer since 1995 to this day. This has worked out well since I have a passion of international travel and the internet gave/gives me the freedom to work from anywhere in the world! As a result I have lived outside of the US for extended periods of time. I love getting away from the bubble of general stupidity that many Americans live inside of. Travel is the best education there is.
I enjoy freshwater tropical fish with a particular interest in Amazonian species (I have been to Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru). I have swam in the Amazon river while exploring the Brazilian rain forest. Travel is clearly one of my passions and I have visited 25 different countries thus far living more than a year in a couple of them. My partner and I lived in Brazil for a year (probably the most amazing year of my life thus far) and 7 years in Argentina. It was fascinating to live long term rather than just visit as a tourist short term. It really is a totally different experience which I highly recommend if you have the opportunity to do it. As such I consider myself a citizen of the world and I see that borders are just lines on paper we call a map and are only a concept in our minds.
I find this mindless group conformity via bulling aka woke to be very disturbing. They have no regard for science, facts, or even reality! Those so-called “woke” individuals are typically dim witted followers and small minded people who prefer simplistic black and white thinking and who for the most part, are not really capable to thinking for themselves – much like uneducated children. They need to define themselves by the groups they voluntarily belong to such as a country, a religion, or even LGBTQ… “community”. How limiting is it to put yourself in a box. Hey I get it – we are social animals so this tribal behavior is understandable, however, as modern humans (that excludes the Middle East and most Democrats these days) we have the ability to examine information and draw our own conclusions (critical thinking) without the need of group approval to validate our views.
I don’t have a Facebook page, or a Twitter account as I never felt the need for one. I have my own website and have had long before Facebook, Instagram, or any other so-called social media existed. If you can remember my name you can always contact me but you already know that since you are reading this! I also value my privacy while clearly Facebook does not (they have been profiling you and selling your information for years) nor do I have the need to post every mundane detail of my daily life that many seem inclined to assume others are interested in. For the record, no one gives a fuck what you had for lunch unless you had an amazing local delicacy in some exotic foreign country.
I work with the internet daily but never got into the social media craze. “Social media” gives individuals the illusion that their opinion matters since they can post it online. This is nonsense as any fool can post anything and clearly most of those posting are indeed fools with nothing of real value to say. Most just want to feel like they belong (herd mentality) to a group and they are validated by other (sheep) in the group. Not only this but I have seen the changes to the internet from an open system used for exploration, personal growth, individual expression, and freedom reduced to simple commerce and now government propaganda and surveillance. Quite the opposite of the original intent.
How sad that most governments are run by sociopaths who are so corrupt that they need to spy on their citizens to control them (thank you Edward Snowden) as has been proven to be the case in the USA. Additionally, using the two party system as is done in US politics to keep the populace under control is classic…so simple – divide and conquer. Maybe finally read 1984 or Brave New World so you will have a clue about what is happening right in front of and directly to you!
I am a militant atheist. In case you are unclear what that means let me clear it up. I will NOT respect your religion. I will openly ridicule it and point out the stupidity. I am not particular about what religion it is – they are all nonsense and used for control and behavior control (guilt, public shaming, conformity) much like rules for those with the simplistic mind of a child. Certainly you have a “right” to be ignorant but I am under no obligation to placate your ignorance – and I will not. The world is an incredibly complex place and our extraordinary evolution to where we are is remarkable. I had developed my own theories of explaining human behavior based on our evolution. Today there is a field called evolutionary psychology. It’s encouraging to see an understanding of evolution being applied to other branches of science and today completely new fields of science such as evolutionary biology and evolutionary psychology exist.
Understanding the complexities of science is not for everyone certainly as most can not grasp even the most basic concepts such as the immense periods of time required for the gradual adaptive changes which is essential for understanding evolution. The predisposition for belief in a god is illusion or delusion that evolution created to keep you doing the single things that humans are here to do – to make more little humans. Sad – the most pathetic part are the modern humans who willingly remain voluntarily ignorant to facts and even reality itself. This tendency for the masses to remain ignorant to science is somewhat understandable as the fear of death and the denial of your mortality makes religion “seem” like a comforting alternative. That however, doesn’t mean it is real and I assure you it is not. When you die you cease to exist – you are dead. The illusion that you thought of as “you” is gone as soon as your brain is dead (about 5 minutes tops), there never was any “you” to go anywhere. You never existed in the first place and your consciousness is a byproduct of evolution. Have a nice day!
PS – Since writing the about message above there has been a pandemic (thanks China) and the effects of man-made global warming (again – thanks China) are escalating with each year breaking the previous year’s record. Looks like the party is coming to an end for civilization as we knew and loved it. I am glad I got to live my life at the peak of western civilization. The development of computers and digital media. I have enjoyed the peak of commercial air travel which allowed me to see the world and is today changing for just the elite. I also grew up enjoying the concept of privacy which is rapidly becoming just a memory and without the toxic effect that social media and woke stupidity is having on society. It’s been a good run!
UPDATE: On July 9th 2022 my partner and I both tested positive for Covid 19.