Guitars, Paramedics, Linux, and Me

About Me®

Your blog author is married with mostly adult kids (one is still in high school). I am retired and starting a second career in the medical field, but I have experimented with information technology as well over the years. I think I have a great sense of humor  even though I realize some people will be offended. That’s fine by me because that’s what makes it so much fun. I guess I consider myself an equal opportunity offender!

I do enjoy my privacy so the best way to get in touch with me is through social media outlets like the ones I’ve listed below. If you’re lucky enough to get ahold of me I’d be happy to assist you with anything I can … unless you’re a condescending, offensive, jerk … and even then I may consider an opportunity to help if it creates enough entertainment value.

Social Media

My Facebook Page  – For friends and family (may not be visible to public)

My Twitter  – I don’t tweet much!

My Blog  – This blog … duh! I created it in November of 2006.

Education

Vincennes University

University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

Indiana University – Indianapolis

My fascination with Linux®

Linux is an operating system. Google it to learn more … there are literally a gazillion places to find information on Linux.

Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. I have been an avid Linux® user and advocate since 1996. I am also a member of Linux on Laptops and registered Linux user # 81778 at The Linux Counter.

Linux on Laptops Member

Registered Linux User 81778

LinuxCounter User# 81778

Registered Linux Machine

Slashdot user 93667 since the early 1990’s!

Software Experience

I have long been involved in both open source software development and, on one occasion, a traditional closed development project. I can honestly say that I learned far more than I ever could have anticipated with regard to managing a software development project.

Perhaps the greatest thing I learned was that project management should be based on managing the software, not the community that surrounds it or participates in it’s development. Far too many so-called open source projects spend way too much time trying to please everybody and far too little time trying to create original and innovative solutions to their software.

I am one of the four original founders of the Envolution content management system. Envolution reached it’s heyday with nearly 15,000 registered members worldwide before I shutdown the project. The legacy of Envolution is open to interpretation, however no one can argue with the contributions my fellow founders and friends have left on the various content management projects which borrowed quite a lot from our vision and developments.

I have been involved with Linux® far longer than my time with Envolution. I use Linux® and have worked on the side as a Linux® consultant and system administrator to private businesses for years. I choose not to persue this as a full time job because of the fear it will become something I loathe. As it is now I make a little money on the side and working with Linux® remains a pleasure I look forward too. While I no longer take and active role in software development I may still work on personal projects as I find the need.

Transportation

I have worked in many areas of the transportation logistic field since 1987. I have worked as a driver and in middle management.

I once toured with Journey, Smash Mouth, and Velvet Revolver with the responsibility of moving their gear, and stage equipment, from concert to concert. If it wasn’t for the long time away from home I would still be doing that now. I also was involved in teaching the original lead singer of REO Speedwagon, Terry Luttrell, on how to drive a commercial motor vehicle.

I retired form the transportation business in 2010.

Medical

After retirement I decided to return to school in my home town to take a Paramedic class. Returning to school after so many years proved challenging and rewarding. I am currently licensed in multiple states, nationally registered, and hold certifications in ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, and AMLS. My primary goal is to serve my community with a special focus on Community Paramedicine.

Music

My real passion is for music. I have played guitar and saxophone since I was 13 years old. I currently own a Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, and Fender Precision bass guitar. I have had the pleasure of owning about 30 guitars in my lifetime and expect to add more to the collection from here on out. I have a particular taste for tube amps of the Fender, Mesa Boogie, Fuchs, and Two-Rock variety.  I’ll one day have a vintage Paris Selmer Mark VI (or two) saxophone if the bank account holds out!

Politics

I am an unapologetic constitutional conservative. I do not identify with the liberal agenda and I do not allow myself to be shackled to labels such as Democrat or Republican. I have seen abuses and abominations of constitutional rights from both sides of the aisle. I have no problem with, and fully support, equal rights for same sex couples. However I do not believe changing the definition of “marriage” to support same sex unions is proper. Use a different term instead of changing long held definitions of words. I only support non-funded fiscal policy as it pertains to national defense. I strongly support balanced budgets and the free exercise of constitutionally guaranteed individual rights.

Faith

I am a Christian. Deal with it.

More to come later …

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