I am a 47-year old Electrical Engineer/ Programmer living in Fairfax,
Virginia. I have a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering, and a BS in Electrical
Engineering from Virginia Tech. I have an ITIL V3 certification.
The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for
learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents,
parents, and children are students together. -Eric Hoffer
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.
The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. -Eric Hoffer
More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person's level of resilience will determine
who succeeds and who fails. -Dean Becker
repose is not the end of education; its end is a noble unrest, an ever renewed awaking.. a ceaseless
questioning of the past for the interpretation of the future, an urging on of the motions of life, which had better far be
accelerated into fever, than retarded into lethargy. -George MacDonald
It matters little where a man may be at this moment; the point is whether
he is growing
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached
in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
-Booker T. Washington
My hobbies include music, ballroom dancing, running, chess and
finding creative solutions to technical problems.
The video above shows me in a recent short performance.
A writer may try his best to draw a map of how things are, that will be
equally valid for all; but all he can really do is to paint a picture of what he sees from the unique and transient viewpoint
which is his alone... It is for the reader to say how much my view contributes to his own. - Geoffrey Vickers, Freedom
in a Rocking Boat, p.14
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down
new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
The capacity to tolerate complexity and welcome contradiction, not the need
for simplicity and certainty, is the attribute of an explorer. Centuries ago, when some people suspended their search for
absolute truth and began instead to ask how things worked, modern science was born. Curiously, it was by abandoning the search
for absolute truth that science began to make progress, opening the material universe to human exploration. It was
only by being provisional and open to change, even radical change, that scientific knowledge began to evolve. And
ironically, its vulnerability to change is the source of its strength. -Heinz
R. Pagel, Perfect Symmetry: The Search for the Beginning of Time
Given the power and ubiquity of the human tendencies toward inertia,
dualism, linearity, and reduction, it can be no surprise that the scientific establishment rewards those who color
within the lines. It can also be no shock to realize that all useful advance must come from deviation outside of those lines.
Thinking new thoughts is, after all, impossible for most, difficult for all, frightening for many – and irresistible
for some few poor souls. This is dangerous in science and can be deadly in medicine. -William J.M. Hrushesky, Triumph
of the Trivial
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will
never do any harm to the world. - Voltaire