About Me

born  Madison, Wisconsin-- back in the days of tail fins and Elvis
raised  Poynette, Wisconsin
siblings  one younger brother
educated  long string of alphabet soup after my name
ordained  yes-- member, John Knox Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (USA)
pastor (1999-2023)  Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church and St. John's United Church of Christ, rural New Albin, Iowa
marital status  single-- dammit!
height  5'7½"
weight  next question, please
hair  brown, with some grey in my beard
eyes  smokey blue, with a sunburst of brown around the pupil-- runs on my Dad's side of the family
voice  bass, and very loud

favorite color  red
music  rock, mid 60's through early 80's
favorite album  either "Fragile" by Yes, or else the Beatles' White Album, or maybe the self-titled first album by The Damnation of Adam Blessing
Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle  2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, 4x4, 4.0 liter inline-6 engine, colored steel blue
movies  science fiction, comedy, Jackie Chan
wool blanket  Hudson Bay Company point blanket
sounds  the noise of an old vacuum cleaner
pizza  with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and green olives

bananas  I will not eat bananas-- pineapple & coconut are close behind
bullies  especially if they are into enforcing conformity, acting respectable, or picking on people for being different
armor anger argue  people for whom "veni vidi vinci" and "venom vendettam vindictum" are a way of life
& its equal and opposite reaction  relativism is the intellectual equivalent of disarming you through gun control-- when absolutes are outlawed, only relativists will have absolutes
states  West Virginia; Idaho
presidents  Bill Clinton
vice-presidents  Aaron Burr

frosting on the cake
science fiction  mostly stuff written from 1945 to 1975-- and/or Robert Heinlein, James Blish, Clifford Simak, "Doc" Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, Phil Dick, whatever
stuffed animals from my childhood  Mr. Dummy (sock monkey), Mr. Frappo (blue rabbit), Pink Frappo (multicolor rabbit), Sinister Frappo (off-white satin bear who thinks he's a rabbit), Funniment (red terrycloth horse), among others
synaesthesia  I have always "known" the colors of the days of the week: Monday, light brown; Tuesday, violet; Wednesday, red; Thursday, moss green; Friday, yellow; Saturday, luminous red; Sunday, white
theologians  Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Reinhold Niebuhr, T.F. Torrance, John Calvin, Richard of St Victor, Augustine, Athanasius
philosophers  oh, besides Charley Peirce? Josiah Royce, Ernst Cassirer, Charles W. Morris, Miguel de Unamuno, Albert Camus, Søren Kierkegaard, George Santayana
poets  Dylan Thomas, T.S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Philip Larkin
semiotically oriented novelists  Walker Percy
curmudgeons  H.L. Mencken
neoplatonists  Plotinus, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Richard of St Victor, Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola
beer  Leinenkugel's, Point Special, Miller Genuine Draft
pop  RC Cola, Spring Grove black cherry, 7-Up
still use on my old computer  the DOS command line; MS-Word 5.0 for DOS; Turbo Pascal 3.0; the Q-Edit text editor, with WordStar ctrl-key commands; Keith Ledbetter's WHEREIS utility; Vern Buerg's LIST utility
use on my new computer  Mageia Linux; the BASH command line; the Fluxbox window manager; Opera 11.52 for Linux; Thunderbird; Pan; the JOE text editor, with WordStar ctrl-key commands; gkrellm; gFTP; Pidgin; XMMS Beep Media Player Audacious; mplayer; gnuplot; The GIMP; urpmi; and Frozen Bubble
books to expand your mind  Jacques Barzun, The House of Intellect; Daniel Boorstin, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America; Eric Hoffer, The True Believer; John Carroll, Humanism: The Wreck of Western Culture
books to expand your consciousness  Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind; Richard Brautigan, In Watermelon Sugar; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Theory of Colours