Of general interest? Undergraduate degree in political science and economics. Graduate degree in business. I've lived in Thailand, England, and Spain a total of 5-1/2 years. (I first lived in Spain as a student, later when I was in the military.) U.S. Air Force vet (7-1/2 years). Fluent in Spanish and have dabbled in translating over the years. Have done everything from washing dishes and janitorial to estimating, sales, and newspaper writing (I once counted 32 jobs I've held if you include part-time, temporary and second jobs). Now retired. Married a Spaniard -- and so I have 'family' in Spain. My son lives in Kawasaki, Japan. He and wife Yumi are great parents to grandsons Alex and Tony -- so family in Japan,too. (Son is now a professional Japanese>English technical translator.) Over the years I've migrated from libertarian to humanist and now am simply 'eclectic'. The only religions I really like are Theravada Buddhism and (Kurt Vonnegut's) Bokononism. I've been heavily influenced (in recent years) by Benoit Mandelbrot, Nassim Taleb, and several folks involved in behavioral economics. I continue to explore my this incredible world; I'm never bored!
Books (over 2,000 volumes in my house). I try to read a book a week. Also heavily into backpacking. I love learning and exploring; the more detail and complex the better.
All ideas which are attempts to explore and understand are worth spreading. Lies, propaganda and ideologies are not.
Spanish or that I have an MBA...
I keep stumbling onto TED when I follow links or take up the postings of interesting online friends. The only other place I'm seldom disappointed is The Charlie Rose Show.
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