Potato or Potatoe


Warning: This page is a shortcut to who I am. If you do not believe that shortcuts should be taken in relationships of any kind, then do no read this page.


Yep, you guessed it, another movie reference. In this case it is an old song. I remember the song mostly as part of the soundtrack to When Harry met Sally. Specifically: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Sung by Harry Connick, Jr.

If you still have not figured it out by now, I am a:

  • Straight
  • Reformed-Christian
  • Male
  • Have a particular love for
    • Jewelry
    • Design
    • Musicals
    • Pulp
  • I have a strong technical background in a number of areas including:
    • Engineering,
    • Chemistry
    • Database Systems
  • I have a strong liking of:
    • Diagnostics
    • Neurology
      • Especially in regards to congenital disorders and mental illnesses
  • I have studied at the university level (and have either degrees or would be close to a degree in):
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Theology
  • I like to:
    • Sing
    • Play musical instruments
    • Explore places I have never been
  • I have in the past:
    • Been a multi-rated SCUBA diver
    • Held a Private Pilots License
    • Been Ordained as a Pastor/ Priest and so have worked Pulpit supply
    • Obtained in excess of 100 IT certifications
      • From MCT/MSCE to A+ and many vendor specific bits of paper. Does anyone need an Epson 500 line multi impact printer certified technician? or maybe an RS-6000 OS2 SMP certified tech? Yeah I did not think so 🙂
    • Spent years effectively locked in a small room due to a congenital illness. I frequently refer to it as my brain tumour, and there is a large portion of truth to that, but it is far more complex than a simple brain tumour)
  • I like animals, but tend to be a bit of a workaholic or am otherwise gone for extended periods so my preference or Cats and Dogs leans to the Feline end of the spectrum.

I am, even if I do not think it on a regular basis, a pretty amazing guy, but I have some serious flaws as well. Most of my flaws revolve around two aspects of my life. First, I have a strongly underdeveloped affinity of social interaction. Yes, I am in that Asperger’s crew, having been diagnosed by a professional, not by myself. Worse, included in that, I have the Knack. Compounding it all, I am a throwback to a more romantic time.

“But I’m telling you straight: I think you were born into the wrong age.”


“I think you are a romantic. Now this is a very romantic age, so there is no room in it for romantics; it calls for practical men. A hundred years ago you would have made a banker or lawyer or professor and you could have worked out your romanticism by reading fanciful tales and dreaming about what you might have been if you hadn’t had the misfortune to be born into a humdrum period. But this happens to be a period when adventure and romance are a part of daily existence. Naturally it takes very practical people to cope with it.”

from The Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A Heinlein



A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
from Time Enough For Love, a novel by Robert A Heinlein

In short, I am what in literature would be called a Competent Man, albeit with a dramatic flaw.

Of course, as anyone with a dramatic flaw will attest, their strength in other areas either requires the dramatic flaw be present or at the least compensates for it. I will tell you that at least in our present society, and likely in all societies, such a statement is patently false. In fact, the competent man is typically only appreciated by other competent men or competent women.

I am in many aspects just short of the Heinlein Hero, and thus I expose another flaw, I am the 90% guy. I am not really an expert at anything. Sure I can gut by in most anything and I can bluff my way into people believing I know what I am talking about at the expert level frequently, but I am just a little bit shy of it. Here comes the defensive retort: I can pick up the missing skills pretty quickly.

Still though I am the Romantic, a Rule Deontologist, a classical Liberal, a staunch conservative (no, those are not contradictions)… Where I deviate from the Heinlein hero is the flaw, the 90% and my theology and its full working out. Yep, even my fantasies are vanilla, to the point where I hear other people talking and wonder why their partner puts up with such. I will normally give you the benefit of the doubt upon first meeting, but it is easy to fall from that standard. I judge myself most harshly and those around me less. That lacking of social conditioning I mentioned earlier that I would like to think is compensated for by competence… yes, that causes issues as it is very difficult for me to lie. An ex of mine, when explaining why she could no longer be around me, one of the reasons given was “you are one of the most genuine people I have ever known,” she was not being complementary. As an extension of my own competence I tend to expect that others who are close to me will “know what they believe and why they believe it.”

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