First blog post

Getting started…

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This blog is intended as a catch-all for topics of interest to me, and topics that might be helpful to my children going forward. If they’re of interest to you, all the better. A few of the topics in the rumination mill (in no particular order):

  • Immigration, mostly the legal variety. This has been an area of interest since my employeer began staffing-up with H-1b’s many years ago. At that time, it was one of the most opaque, and brilliantly obfuscated topics I’d ever researched. It was also one of the first times I found myself (a life-long constitutional republican) in the same political bed with big labor and some liberal democrats. One of the first documents that was helpful comes from the AFL-LIO’s Department for Professional Employees, and is entitled Gaming the System (pdf.) While it carries its own biases, it does define terms, point-out loopholes, and does a good job of educating the reader. Additionally, I follow the blog of Norm Matloff. A CS professor at UC Davis, his insights are excellent, and his penchant for sound research is refreshing. The Center for Immigration Studies is also excellent, and there are many other good sources. That said, the profit motives for business are obvious; the motives for the political class less so. Until Mr. Trump gave a voice to the immigration issues, only a few programmers, The Programmer’s Guild, and a few others even cared. Thankfully, that is all changing now.
  • Marriage, Divorce, parental alienation, feminism, and all that encompasses, mostly from a religious perspective. Before the state got involved in marriage, it was a religious construct. As such, it carries the weight (and baggage) of words like “should” and “God’s plan”, and so on. Divorced 13 years ago, and deeply religious at the time, it was very important to examine myself, my former wife, our religion, and the society within which all that existed to see if I could  understand the fundamental forces at work that led to that terrible outcome. This journey is a work in progress. It has been frustrating at times, but never abandon. It has led through the world of the men’s human rights movement (if you have not visited that world I encourage you to do so. I can recommend A Voice for Men, and the National Coalition for Men.) Neither is a perfect place, but there is much to be learned there. For me, both lacked a spiritual component that I need, and that, I believe, are requisite for a successful, large-scale movement. I would also occasionally search the traditional religious works to see if there were insights there, but they never seemed to get it. They were forever blaming men for problems that were not men’s making, and apologizing for women who’s culpability was as plain as the nose on their face. I am still trying to articulate the terms, issues, and first principles, so it is like looking through the fog. Some things look like what they actually are. Some things turn out to be completely different. Occasionally, I would stumble on christian women bloggers advocating traditional marital roles. Lately, I’ve found Dalrock’s Blog. I’m slowly working through years of posts and sifting through his thoughts, and the insightful comments. His work on Reframing Christian Marriage has been very interesting.
  • Flats fishing in Florida. Call it a dream, call it a fantasy, call it my “why”, it sure looks  like fun! I am a fan of the Saltwater Experience. They do a great job selling (in a good way) the flats fishing experience. And, I LOVE blue water. I was born to snorkle , swim, play, and run next to the water, and warm blue water is the best water for all of those things.
  • Shooting .50’s. I love to shoot my .50. I no longer compete, but used to and have a few trophies to show for the work. Unfortunately, there are not many place to shoot nearby, so my skills are getting rusty, and the gun is getting dusty (figuratively speaking, of course.)
  • 1985 Chevy C10’s. A relatively new project purchased from my friend Arthur Mulder (he passed last year.) It has a 350 crate motor with a cam, intake, and carb. Once the trans is replaced, I’ll return to the process of freshening the interior and a general light restoration.
  • C5 Corvette’s. The ‘electrical comedy’, I call them. I have a 2000 convertible in pewter with Z51 suspension. It currently has a P1518 (Throttle Actuator Control module error), that is going to require professional help, methinks. It is sitting until I can get the C10 operationally reliable.
  • Disc Golf. I haven’t thrown a disc in a couple years, but I used to compete at the local tournaments. Never won anything, just enjoyed playing, and liked the regular exercise and solitude.
  • Strengths and personalities. This started when my boss asked me to take a Strengthfinders evaluation. I did that and it was very helpful in understaning myself. I’ve also taken the Meyers-Briggs tests. I am an INFJ – a bit of an odd fish, but I already knew that. I’d like to see my children follow this path as it will help them with many of the decisions they face in the years ahead.
  • Trading: I have been a student at Online Trading Academy since the Summer of 2014. I suck at math, but I’m pretty good at recognizing patterns on charts 🙂  A thoroughly challenging endeavor, this will hopefully be my new career. I traded a simulated account until I was consistently profitable. I’ve been trading real money since August of 2015 with a 7 month break to help take care of Arthur and his estate. I restarted in April of 2016. I’m consistently profitable again, and looking forward to continuing my growth and increasing my profitability.

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