Get a totally different and somewhat unrestrained perspective from an autistic home economist, an adogmatic asocial yet ascetically devoted Mormon, a black-listed developmental specialist, and an overly-philosophical compu-nerd, all living in one mind and obsessed with finding truth and meaning in a sometimes shallow, hostile and increasingly senseless world.
I am the Quasi-Indefatigable Xenolith (QuIX), a founder of the Xenos concept, and live a somewhat sheltered life with my determined wife and our semi-odd children in an obscure location for the sociological safety of others. I am also the sole steward of both this website and the hardware it runs upon.
My birthday is also Towel Day. Lucky me!
In understanding me, it may be helpful to read some things about autistics.
I go camping and hiking with my family and I have taken some pictures of our trips.
Over the years, I have kept a list of people I want to meet.
I am an amateur radio operator and my callsign is W5JSN.
People ask me regularly what I give as a recommendation for computer purchases.
I am a descendant of the Biblical Aaron which makes me a kohen or priest by tradition, and I work to honor this with service in God's temples and other situations that are available to me. Although I am not a Jew in the rabbinical (Pharasetical) sense and I am not a particular aficionado of rabbis and their lawyerly aspect, I access and serve God in my own way, as he guides me, similar to my fore-bearers.
This is my one and only organizational affiliation. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I try (with varying degrees of success) to live my life after the example of Jesus Christ.
Though I did attend public schooling, ultimately earning a bachelor's degree as a Home Economist and a master's degree in Information Technology Management, anyone can tell you that I am a maverick and have been mostly self-taught in the subjects of electronics, computers, and practically everything else I know. "Autodidact" is another way of saying "self-taught". More people are autodidactical than society is willing to admit.
I have written a number of works that are available as Kindle books on Amazon.com. I also continue working on my great philosophical anti-novels in the Navigiary allegory.
Also, I have written some inspiring stories that some people enjoy.
You can learn more about my writing adventures.
My graduate degree is in information technology management, which keeps my fiscal and location options open, while adding surprisingly little to my "tech-cred". As I have an advanced degree, I can be sighted "teaching" on the college level lately.
Lately, I supervise a course or two at Eastern New Mexico University. This is about as close to "teaching" as I come.
I took the examination for my amateur radio license in 2008, receiving a General license (KE5YGT). I build a few radios, and was never able to contact anyone. I took an additional test and received my Amateur Extra license (AG5AH) in 2015. In June of 2016, I finally joined the Greyhound Amateur Radio Club. On a whim, I looked into vanity callsigns and found one (W5JSN) with my initials (which also happen to be the consonants in and a reasonable pronunciation of my first name), which is apparently quite the prize and I snatched it up. I can be found on the 2 meter repeaters occasionally.
As a computer hobbyist, I had a long-term longing to create a satisfying Computerized Bulletin Board System (BBS), which I finally realized in December 2007, many years after BBSs had been overtaken by the Internet.
I had long ago given up on programming computers, having lost any particular need to do it since teaching school. In 2005, an old employer let me know that she was still using a program that I wrote in 1988 -- a little ditty that helped a child care center figure work time. I know of few programs that have the ability to remain useful and used for nearly twenty years, so I have decided that I really am a computer programmer in the truest sense.
For a long time, I wondered why I had such peculiar interests, but now I understand that I am a rabid isolationist. My great desire is to essentially be left alone, which is called "asocial" (as opposed to being anti-social). For those of you that are also rabid isolationists, you may find some information on this web site to help you cope.
For a guy who wants to be left alone, I also have a sometimes confusing need to share what I know. It is important to understand that there is no conflict between being asocial and being willing to share things - they is two very different things. Now, there may be questions as to the usefulness of such sharing, but I am not here to quibble. I am the maniacal one here!