Wed, Apr 12, 2017
In the American Media you’re hearing a lot right now about Trump’s first 100 days, people are (rightfully so) giving this topic a lot of attention. Understanding what this presidency focuses its attention on in its first days gives us an idea of where the administration is pointing our future.
I had personally been thinking about these 100 days a lot lately, and honestly, it was making me extremely depressed, despondant, and anxious.
Today I was walking and I decided to check how many days I had been back in America since my last trip home, turns out it is 99 days.
So I thought I’d write about what I’ve been up to these last 99 days, and what I’m focussed on for the next 100.
It’s so easy to get lost in the narrative about what is happening outside us, that often we neglect to pay attention to our story.
The Last 100 Days
Work has been very successful, our engineering team is ahead of schedule, we have moved through three times faster than expected and are now able to tackle a major project that will redefine how we operate a department.
My home life is great, I live with a fantastic friend/gym buddy/fellow philosopher/activist, he provides calmness in a storm I so often feel.
In my personal life there is someone I have built a great relationship with, someone who I have genuinely great times with, can happily sit next to reading a book, and pushes me to be a better version of myself. I’m grateful for the memories we’re making with each other.
Mentally I have had difficulty managing my depression, feeling a great personal weight on me for the issues we’re seeing in the world. Returning to my earlier statement about the focus on what Trump has been doing, losing myself in these issues has had a significant toll on my ability to maintain a healthy perspective on the great successes in my personal life.
The Next 100 Days
I’ve just organized a trip to Colorado to see one of my closest friends and his dog Edna, he lives in one of the most pristine parts of this country, the times I’ve spent in Fort Collins hold a special place in my heart.
Following that I will be attending another close friend’s wedding, as a member of the bridal party no less! It will be held in the beautiful Prospect park, alongside his family from Perth, wife from New York, and her family from Russia. So many cultures of the world that mean so much to me, meeting for a celebration of two wonderful people.
At work we’ll be planning the next two projects that will revolutionize our organization, they’re both firmly based in areas that I am particularly interested and span across the two teams that we have devised and nurtured over the half decade we’ve been working together.
Personally I will begin the process of moving out of America and into my backpack, begining the first stage of my quiet retreat from a nation I moved to many years ago. This means that soon enough I will be back home with my family, lifelong friends, scouting community, and a political and economical system that we need to work together to reform.
Ultimately the next 100 days are a precursor to more organized resistance. After considered thought for a long time it is time for me to raise my head and call out the injustices in our systems that threaten the future of our species.
Then there will another 100 days, and we all will continue to resist, continue to work towards a sustainable future.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017
Recently Democracy Now interviewed Noam Chomsky on Trump’s first 75 Days as President, here’s some key points I took away from it.
On the alleged interference of the election by Russia, Chomsky points out that America is constantly interfering with world politics and overthrowing governments. If Russia and Trump were to have a more positive relationship this would not be a negative thing at all, especially considering we’re at a really dangerous time.
It’s a pretty remarkable fact that—first of all, it is a joke. Half the world is cracking up in laughter. The United States doesn’t just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn’t like, institutes military dictatorships. Simply in the case of Russia alone—it’s the least of it—the U.S. government, under Clinton, intervened quite blatantly and openly, then tried to conceal it, to get their man Yeltsin in, in all sorts of ways. So, this, as I say, it’s considered—it’s turning the United States, again, into a laughingstock in the world.
Only two days later America attacks a Syrian Airfield and kills at least 9 civilians, enraging Russia and daring them to respond.
People like William Perry, who has a distinguished career and is a nuclear strategist and is no alarmist at all, is saying that we’re back to the—this is one of the worst moments of the Cold War, if not worse. That’s really serious. And efforts to try to calm that down would be very welcome.
Thu, Apr 6, 2017
I lost myself to anger after I learned that America had fired 59 missiles from the Mediterranean Sea into a Syrian Airbase.
I’d already been feeling very depressed and anxious the last few days, at 9pm I sent this message to my partner.
Two hours later when reports started coming in I attempted to write a post, here’s how far I got.
America just launched ~60 cruise missiles at Syria in response to an alleged Assad chemical attack.
This is a massive escalation, a direct attack at Russia, and a cataclysmic moment.
The speed at which this advanced, with no congress approval, no formal investigation… is terrifying.
Thankfully instead of posting this sort of thing to social media and arguing with the world, I managed to keep the distribution of my ranting limited to a set of close friends, I’m glad I’m not on social media anymore, I’d rather write a response than a reaction to this event.
The reactions from those I spoke to were far more calm and reasoned than my own, they all came from the perspective of understanding the event within the greater story of history.
Here are some key points that were discussed, all of which I agree with.
- America regularly kills Syrian forces and civilians with drones.
- This is a minor attack compared to other proxy wars in the past.
- Russia is too smart to react to this attack.
- Trump did this to win support from the Democrats and media.
I went to sleep in the early hours of the morning assured that this was a stupid attack and that it will not have an immediate escalation affect.
My underlying anger came from my disappointment in Trump, to clarify I have no faith in him, I’ve never supported him, I don’t respect him. However I do know that before he became the president he was not part of the central powers that are intent on destroying the world in pursuit of more power.
That doesn’t mean that he’s not playing the same power games, Trump has no interest in helping American citizens, he wants to increase his influence in the world and extract wealth from the country in order to do it.
At this point in history humanity should be focussed on two clear goals.
- Nuclear disarmament
- Biomass preservation
The dangers that nuclear war and climate change pose to us are species level extinction in scope.
Fighting in Syria doesn’t help us fix these problems, in fact it only makes them worse. If we continue to engage in fighting against Syrian soldiers instead of ISIL we will continue to be stuck in a quagmire where we spend the richest country’s GDP in efforts to further destroy the Earth instead of saving it.
I was devastated by this attack because I know that it will only lead to more, and will only lead our civilization further into the collapse of society that we are seeing globally.
This post lacks citations for a lot of my claims, it’s not academic at all, it’s merely a reflection on my own opinions about this event in history.
I still have much to work on in improving my writing.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017
I will begin to resist by writing more.
Trump is proving to be the perfect distraction for the Republican party, he creates
outrageous executive orders that consumes the public’s social media feeds.
In the meantime the Republican controlled government carry out their systematic
destruction of the services that were keeping America from both starting a nuclear
war and bringing upon climate change harder and faster than ever.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017
Currently work in progress This all comes from a Youtube Playlist, this
month I’m focussing on documentaries regarding climate change and nuclear war.
Noam Chomsky - Racing To The Precipice - 2017 March
The U.S. is determined to undermine all world efforts to resist climate change.
American capitalism will ensure that everyone burns in the name of growth.
Adam Curtis - Hypernormalization - 2016
We live in an extremely complex time where nobody can discern reality, those with
power use mass media to hide the war they’re enacting on the world.
It took me a long time to accept this limitation in my being. I believe it to be one of the most important and yet most overlooked aspects of who I am.
As a human I am prone to so many flawed traits, to be a great example of this species will take significant effort.
Here I am, attempting to carry out that work by building documentation of who I am.
This has come to mean so much to me, I have so much love for a country that supported me into becoming who I am. My culture defines me, and yet I am so interested in how others have been influenced by their cultures.
I believe in cultural exchange, I believe that we need to be challenged in our values by those who have lived with different external influences.
Am I? I don’t know anymore. I’m certainly not a fan of our current economic model. That’s not to say that I don’t recognize how to leverage it. I just chose for so long to disregard and fight against a system I didn’t believe in.
A goal is to move beyond capitalism towards a system that doesn’t require labor to define value of humans, yet recognizes that those same humans require purpose in order to survive.
I’m building this documentation with a new piece of technology that I’m hoping to implement across my organization.
This gives me an opportunity to compare the tool to so many others that I have used, contributed to, consulted on, deployed with, supported, regretted, and praised.
I adore the Internet, simplifying the ability to publish to it is a high priority to me.
That’s not to say I don’t recognize and abhor the cost of technology influencing our lives.
InterExchange is a non profit organization which understands that people build empathy towards each other through in-person interaction.
With the aim of reducing adversity between cultures we administer international exchange programs that enable participants to interact with a foreign society through work and volunteer opportunities.
I’m their Chief Technology Officer. It’s my responsibility to understand how the industry can be innovated and made more efficient, then guide the implementation of these improvements through structured process and automation.
I was born here, I promise you it’s one of the most beautiful places I have been on this Earth.
My family live here, they’re a clan of caring, hard-working, intelligent, and opinionated people.
Perth’s economy is weak, I recognized this many years ago and moved in response.
I hope to help this beautiful city of industrious people move into a new economic model that works for all of them.
I moved here over 5 years ago to advance my career in software development at Pivotal Labs.
Consulting was a fantastic way for me to experience the huge variety of organizations in the world, and relate that experience back to my skill of system analysis, design, and development.
After a few years working in consulting I moved to InterExchannge. New York is where our headquarters are located, as such I’m very often located there myself.
I enjoy New York, I don’t love it, but I love the friends that have become my family here.
Colorado stole my heart the first time I visited. It’s funny that a small town like Fort Collins has become such an important part of my life.
If I could live here, I would. Maybe some day I will.
A lot of people know my actual email, however anything works on my domain.
I’m not looking for a new career.
If this is InterExchange related.
Please do not use this for recruiting.
Still reviewing how to release this.
Chief Technology Officer
InterExchange provides work and travel opportunities to young people, I manage their use of technology to achieve organization goals.
Having successfully built a quality engineering team, I am working on an organizational level to simplify systems and improve business.
Lead Software Engineer
InterExchange provides work and travel opportunities to young people, I built and maintain their online service application.
After many years consulting on various projects, I am now taking the time to fully understand a single organization.
Lead Software Developer (Anchor)
Pivots are an amalgamation of engineers and consultants, I lead software development of our client’s project.
I started to get to learn more about businesses and use my improved software development skills.
Pivots are an amalgamation of engineers and consultants, I build apps for clients and teach them an agile development process.
Being away from the top of the business allowed me to focus on learning the craft behind building software.
Worked with two friends to build a native IOS dating app released throughout Australia.
Potential Investors, App Store Approval, A language none of us knew, we learned a lot by doing.
Started off as a Rails engineer and moved on to the product management and client liaison side of things.
Working for a larger firm showed me just how little I knew about business and how vital process is for them to succeed.
Owner / Developer
Ran a one man Rails consulting gig for a couple of years, teamed up with local designers and eventually other developers.
I now know that getting bills paid is hard, that sustainable hours are vital and that the technical part of business can’t be your only focus.
Predominantly built PHP single purpose apps within the student services division. Installed and maintained an OpenReports service.
Learned how to respond to business needs promptly, helped build an agile working environment within a less-agile business.
Internet Software Development
Gaining an undergraduate taught me to efficiently recognize and research solutions to problems.
The degree I hold can be used to in accordance with an E3 visa, I can work within the U.S tech industry.
I have spent countless (about 6) years working within a DBMS, Web Framework, Application and the DOM environment.
My tests will guide me through a codebase; I test always, when it is necessary and never unnecessarily.
My process prioritizes end-user features over solving problems that don’t exist yet.
I work closely with product teams to champion and promote quality time spent on technical debt and R&D.
I don’t need to be managed to produce results. I enjoy roles that split me between coding, training and planning.
A Learning Teacher
I place a high emphasis on the value of pairing as a tool for teaching and reducing instances of code siloing.
An existing committer to many projects and I’ll surely commit more in the future. I enjoy using and supporting OSS.