There is not enough time in the day for me to list everything I’m interested in, but I figured I’d add as much as I could and go from there.

 

  • Health and Wellness – I didn’t grow up with a lot of this knowledge, so later in life this is something I’ve been trying to learn at the biochemistry level.  While I’ve been learning a lot about my body and watching tons of videos, it’s a VAST arena of knowledge and I’ve just scraped the 101 courses.  So…I’m not balancing redux equations anytime soon, but I’m trying to learn about things like digestion, metabolism, building muscle, losing fat, what vitamins and minerals do what to your body, etc.
  • Weight loss – tacking on to H&W above, but this is also digging deep into the methodologies, daily routines, and tests I’m doing to keep losing weight and keep it off.  I feel I’m on the cusp of some pretty good empirical evidence a LOT of people can use to lose massive amounts of weight.   Believe it or not, with all of the scientists on this subject – there’s a lot more theory at play than they’d like to tell you.
  • Writing – it calms me a lot.  I have constant ideas in my head, and I need to try and put them to paper.  I’m not a wordsmith like some of my friends, so my style fits well in blogging.
  • Futurism – while I don’t write a lot about this, I do spend a lot of cycles pondering what the future will be like.  It’s how I steered my way towards cybersecurity in 2009 and got ahead of most that followed.  I also tried to “invent” something in 1998 called “cyberCD”.  It was very similar to what you guys know as satellite radio.  Now, I was not exactly prepared – as my idea was a concept, and they essentially needed a working prototype.  I told them something like, “sorry, I don’t have a goddamn working satellite in my backyard”.  This was at the time where compression just made the leap to MP3 and file sizes of 3MB for a song was of interest to me.  I also came up with something else at the same time called “cyberDVD”.  Both of my concepts relied on the following:
    • Server farms with source data on them.  All songs, all movies ever created
    • You are granted rights to the music by either purchase or lease over time.
    • You never need to hold the media in your hand.  Your devices would have your ID hard coded into them, and the files on the backend would have access control lists (ACLs).  You would be granted rights to these files, and you have access to these, forever.  No need to ever own a cassette, DVD, etc.
    • Before you laugh, one of my high school friends is the founder of YouTube.  So – maybe it’s the water at our school, but many of my friends in high school were “idea” people.
  • Gaming – not so much into this anymore, but I liked the following:
    • Risk – there’s a secret to winning every game.  Once you figure this out, the game is fun, then boring because no one will ever beat you.
    • Stratego – like chess, this was fun!
    • Chess – I possess a 1651 United States Chess Federation (UCSF) rating.  In my teens, this rating was one of the top in the country under age of 15.  I played in the World Open in 1991 and went 5-2-1 in my section and placed 11th – this was not the open section with grandmasters.  My longest tournament game ever was in this tournament, where I had an 8 hour game.  In 8th grade, my high school tame won the counties and I went 8-0 that year.  My favorite openings:
      • White: e4.  Leads to more open games and I was taught on the Ruy Lopez first by my dad, so I might have played 1,000 games of the Ruy Lopez.  I didn’t see the Sicilian defense until I was 13 or so.
      • Black: against e4, I try to force the French and undermine white’s center.  Against d4, I try to play the dutch to attack e4.  I used to love the King’s indian, but I had a lot of problems on e5 a lot.  I was never much of a proponent of the Sicilian as black.  I spent about a year trying to understand the systems and loved the dragon variation, but overall white seems to be able to address any asymmetry with this defense.
    • Civilization.  When the wife leaves for a trip home for 5 days, I bust out a long game of civilization or SimCity, or both.
  • Movies – most have sucked the last 10 years, but I’ve seen over 3,000 movies and was a walking library of movies for many years.  When CGI took over to real storytelling, I sort of checked out.  Many movies now are garbage but have great CGI.  No thanks.  Give me an indie like Memento or Pi to blow my mind.  These movies aren’t made anymore.
  • Sports watching:
    • Football!  Go Eagles!!  I’ve been an Eagles fan since I’ve been very small.  This is my church on Sundays.
    • Baseball.  I played baseball most of my life and my baseball IQ far, far exceeded my physical talents.
    • Basketball.  Sorry, I’m a sixers fan and watched a LOT when Sir Charles or IVERSON were there.  Apparently, they are going to start being good again so I’ll be tuning in this year!
  • Sports
    • Baseball – I played this for a lot of years through high school.  I was a doubles machine, hit some homers.  My last year of legion I finished with a .389 average in the same division as Boyertown…who won the national title like 4 times and the state title 17 times (at that point).  So, we played in a very competitive league.  I’ve played with some guys that made it into the minor leagues.  My last at bat for my high school team I was struck out on three 93 mph pitches below my knee by Matt White, who was later drafted like number 2 overall.  So, I was struck out by the best of them! lol
    • Tennis – I made the tennis team in college as the 4th flight as a freshman at a D3 school.  Before our first match, I was thrown off the team for pledging a fraternity.  Essentially, I had virtually no sleep, lots of academic requirements, and conflicting requirements for pledging that got me tossed.  I had some serious skills with this, but baseball was my passion.
    • Biking – today I bike a decent amount on gravel trails.  I hit 20 miles this summer.  I’m leaning towards mountain biking next year, as I found a place 5 mins from me with trails for this.
    • Hiking – I’m coming late to the game on this, but I fell in love with this over the summer.  Real challenging trails near me lead to some serious fat burning!
    • Weight lifting/training – I’ve been at this now for 13 months and am dialing up my program this week.
    • Swimming – I haven’t done this much lately due to competing priorities, but I learned how to do the “total immersion” type of swimming where you don’t use your legs much.  It’s a good fitness thing to do, but I don’t ratchet up the heart rate much doing this.
    • Walking – I walk my dog a lot around my development and sometimes go to parks to enjoy a beautiful day.
    • Running – I’m shelving this for quite some time, but I do love to run 2-3 miles.  My body at the moment won’t go much longer than 3, but a few years down the road I’d like to get deeper into this.
  • Academic interests
    • History – there are many others far more knowledgeable than me in this, but I never turn off something historically interesting on TV!
    • Math – I was a math geek back in the day and participated in something called “Math Counts” in our county.  I checked out when numbers turned over to letters.  Numbers I was great with.  letters started baking my noodle.
    • Physics – took AP physics and 2 advanced physics classes in college.  Love it, but don’t have the aptitude to do it for a career.  I got lost around, “how many newtons of force does it take to kick a football through the posts at 35 yards out with wind at 5mph southeast on a 92% temperature day with pressure at 29.  It got worse, but that was an example where I threw in the towel.
    • Chemistry/biology – I’m terrible at this, but like to learn new things.  I’m currently trying to wrap my arms around anabolism/catabolism in regards to muscle building, fuel sources, and aerobic vs anaerobic respiration.  It seems people think they’ve figured it out, there are papers supporting them, and papers disproving them for some other theory.
    • Computers.  On my previous page of about me, I have a strong academic background in computers.
    • Business/management – going along with the whole MBA thing, I love learning concepts about management styles.  For example, different MBAs teach you different things.  One MBA might teach you how to make widgets in a factory, another may teach you about the world of finance and economics, and another may take a global approach to emerging markets and market penetration in BRICS countries.  It’s fascinating to understand supply side versus demand side economics.  For example, supply side has its roots with Marxism whereas demand side has its roots on the socialism side with Keynes in 1935 during the great depression.  Each system has its academic merits – and each system is  ripe for abuse from politicians if not done properly.
    • Nutrition and biochemistry – this is one of my more new interests, and I still have so many more questions than answers.  I watch a ton of videos from the Khan academy to try and fill some blanks, but most of it is still far over my head.
  • Music – I had some musical accomplishments earlier in my life and spent a good portion of my younger years in bands, orchestras, etc – and played all the way through grad school in my college orchestra.  I got to play solos at Vet Stadium in Philly, lead our band down Disney World, and play in a Toronto music festival to decimate the competition.  I’ve never been great with scales or music theory, but music is able to hit me in the bones and change my mood on a dime.
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