About the Author

Who Am I?  (a little of the history and habits of the author)

  • Descriptive words and phrases:
    • “Words are very important to me”
    • “Defying depression”
    • “I try to wield my pen always in the service of Light”
    • “Intense”
    • “Introverted”
    • “Perfectionist” (but only when it comes to my own work)
    • “Recovering Workaholic”
    • “Chary with both criticism and praise”
      • Offered only when both mind and heart agree.
  • Loves:
    • Long chats
    • Good friends
    • Helping people
    • Poetry
    • Laughter
    • Sunsets & Sunrises
    • The night sky, especially the stars
    • Lakes
    • Mountains
    • Wind
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Hates:
    • Bigotry
      • I have no tolerance for bigotry from any quarter, towards anyone.
      • When it is necessary to judge people, do it based upon who they are — never upon what they look like, who they love, or who their ancestors were.
    • Horror
    • Politics – especially bigoted politics
  • Philosophy:
    • Personal politics:
      • Fiscally a conservative, Socially a flaming liberal.  Enough said.
    • Strong ethics, loose morals:
      • “Morals are the standards by which we judge others.  Ethics are the standards by which we judge ourselves.”
  • Career:
    • IT support for many years (see “Loves”: “Helping people”)
    • BS in Computer Science longer ago than I’d care to admit
    • Largely self-taught as programmer, employing a somewhat aging toolkit:
      • Transact-SQL (extensive work mostly targeting server 2000 – 2008)
      • C# & VB for .Net 3.5 (extensive work with Visual Studio 2005 & 2008)
      • JavaScript (very extensive but not w/ libraries such as JQuery or Angular)
      • HTML (fluent with v4/4.01 but not with CSS or v5)
    • ServiceNow system admin and developer (Incident-focused, some custom apps)
      • Fluent through Eureka
      • Familiar with later versions thru Helsinki, but very little development there