About

Well, I guess I should give a little more information about myself.  I’ve spent 13+ years doing IT support:  tech support, instructor, tutoring, web design, programming, application development, and game development.  For those keeping track, here’s a list of the operating systems and programming languages I’ve used (funny, I don’t feel old):

  •  DOS 6.0-6.2
  • Windows 3.1
  • Windows for Workgroups 3.11
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows XP
  • Mac OS X
  • various Linus distros
  • C/C++
  • Java
  • Python (my favorite)
  • HTML/XHTML
  • PHP

I’m been in the US Navy since 1996; 6 years as an ELT (nuclear chemist and radcon tech) on submarines, 2 years as Water Lab Supervisor, and 3 years as IT technician.  The Navy’s ITs aren’t programmers; they’re mostly network types.  So I’m really the odd-man out since I don’t have much of a background in networking.

My current hobbies include learning dynamic web site development and video game programming; I’m working on an online RPG that you’ll find at http://cmrpg.sourceforge.net.  I’m also a big fan of books; I have a huge variety of genres that really upsets my wife whenever we have to move.

For those more interested in what makes me tick, here you go. Maybe I’ll find some like-minded people to chat with.

  • Generally speaking, I feel people should be allowed to do what they want as long as it doesn’t infringe on others and no one should be coerced to do something against his/her will. However, there are times when I think people are just too stupid to figure things out on their own and need to be told what to do. People can be so frustrating, you know?
  • I don’t believe in P.C. (political correctness) so I’ll be using “him” and “he” for pronouns. I also don’t believe in “African-Americans”; unless you immigrated here, you’re an American who happens to be black. Do you think a Haitian or Jamaican feels it’s appropriate if they’re called African-American when they’re in the U.S.? Plus, what is the P.C. term for a white South African? Technically he is still an African-American, correct?
  • Finally, in case the title of my blog didn’t tell you, I can’t stand stupid people. There is a strong need for people to use common sense. Unfortunately common sense just isn’t common anymore. That’s one thing I hate about the military; they simply don’t use logic when it comes to planning things. I hope to point out in this blog areas where common sense is lacking, or at least areas where people should think a little bit more before acting.

3 Responses to About

  1. Al Richter says:

    Hi,

    I live in Salt Lake, Hawaii, near Honolulu. Moved here from Chicago with a usPostal job 2.5 years ago. Thought it would be paradise. Have become disillusioned by the ignorance of the local people, the incompetence of the local government, and the high price of real estate.

    Enjoyed your essay on “overrated”. Thinking of taking a Postal transfer back to the mainland. Only have 2 more years until retirement so perhaps I’ll stick it out.

  2. Hello, my posting name is “getting ready to leave.” In my most frustrating moments and delirium while in my situation in Hawaii, I carelessly posted names within my posts. Is there any way those posts can be deleted or even all of my posts, if necessary, to delete those names? This would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Sir GumbaLot says:

    Hello, I am very new to Python and programming in general. However, Ive really enjoyed learning the code and have been working on a fairly simple (logically simple) inbound manifest for items that come into our warehouse. Because the code doesnt need to interface at all with the existing management system and because Access (uh oh) is falsely alluring, Ive been working with Access and completing small iterations here and there.

    Anyways, I am very much interested in trying to do this in Python and as I searched for inventory program code python, google presented your post : http://www.gidnetwork.com/b-123.html

    Though its been almost a decade ago, are you still available to answer questions or direct me in a direction where I would have a good base of code to start with for my inbound manifest (inventory) program?

    Thanks in advance and thanks for you service (AirForce here).

    Bob

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