Here are eight random facts you should know about me before you put me in a circle.
Who am I and what do I do?
- I’m a philosopher and scientist. I tend to talk about both.
- I write a lot. More than once, I've produced a million words in a year
- I’m a terrible poet. But you can't stop poetry. It must come out eventually… like a sneeze.
- I consider myself an artist. But I've been told I shouldn't.
- My sense of humor operates in the 7th dimension only. Which means it's not visible in normal reality.
- I have traveled around the world more than once. It permanently inoculated me against racism, fascism and authoritarianism. If you suffer from any of these conditions, I suggest you travel more.
- I love a good book, a good conversation, a good drink and occasionally a good cigar.
- I’m not a spy… no matter what those guys in Belarus say.
I get asked all the time about what I do. Typically, this is not a hard question for people to answer. However, one thing that can safely be said about me is that I am not typical. For almost four decades (I started young) I’ve been privileged to work on the forefront of advanced technology. Unfortunately, the nature of the work I do (and who I do it for) is restricted at best and outright classified in most cases. This, of course, makes it very difficult to explain what I do without breaking any of the rules I must operate under. But rules are rules… and the Romans love their rules.
These days, I mostly get paid to come up with new plans and systems, and with rare exception, the plans and systems are always for something big. For those who like traditional job titles, I usually function as the managing director for my government and military projects although I also consult and develop projects that are implemented by others. Much of the commercial work I do is called business development, although I am usually only involved in the consulting and startup phases of most entrepreneurial projects. One of my specialties is the development and commercialization of advanced technology, particularly at the bleeding edge, which is always on the forefront of knowledge.
In addition to developing these types of plans and systems, I’m often asked to come up with new solutions to certain intractable problems. I'm not saying I have all the answers. But in my professional life, I've always managed to come up with unique and novel solutions to the problems that were posed to me. Because I have experience with both entities, I also work with private groups to commercially develop and transfer technology from within the government, particularly the military and NASA.
On a personal note, I'm a husband and father; the best and hardest jobs I’ve ever had. Plus, I have a pack of eight mini dachshunds I use to hunt ceramic garden gnomes. I'm quite proud of my trophy room with little ceramic gnome heads. (And yes, I have a thing against garden gnomes, with their little pointy hats and their red cheeks. I'm especially gunning for that Travelocity gnome.)
(tl;dr) And finally, for those who like things summed up in a sound bite, someone once called me:
“A precociously smart, hyper-competitive guy with a bloodletting mean streak and a vicious sense of humor."
I'm rather proud of that ㋡
If there’s something I can help you with, drop me a note. If you need (or want) more information about me, the column on the
bottom of this page contains links to interesting original articles that
I have recently written on Google Plus. These are great indicators of
the type of work I do and the nature of my interests. The ones marked
with this smiley face ツ are possibly humorous. The list at the bottom
has other tidbits from the archive there, too.