I want to improve the world by writing, by providing training and learning opportunities, by making writing and ideas available for others to use, by providing tools and ideas for more creative disruption, to disrupt the status quo, to change the world for the better.
My goal on Patreon is to take support for continuing to do what I already do - do research, write thoroughly about, and promote the truth.
Please help me do this thing, and fight the rise of clickbaity entertainment news in the world.
- providing critique against propaganda and extremism
- bringing intersectional aspects of social justice and civil rights activism to the forefront of my writing and communication
- bringing a third perspective (since I don't fit well into binary understandings of the world) to binary understandings of the world
- working with organizations to commit to internalizing equity frameworks into their decision-making processes
- researching open questions about things that are knowable, writing about them, and sharing that writing
- writing blog entries about Things I Feel It Is Important To Know and Things I Feel We Ought To Remember
- writing, especially from personal experience and perspective, rooted in verifiable facts, about current events and how they affect me and people I know (and love)
- creating a wiki to bring podcasting production knowledge, in a centralized and comprehensive form, to the public
- creating a wiki of writing prompts, tools, resources, excerpts for quotation, and other reuse specifically to do with the topics I find fascinating
- creating resources on using digital security toward safer activism and activist writing
- working with others to create a technology stewardship panel
Professions and Career:
My professional background is an unconventional mix of extreme dedication and excessive interest. I have a B.S. in Chemistry from a school better known for Law, I have some graduate school (but didn't finish the degree) in a Ph.D. track for Physical Chemistry (but I worked with LASERS). I also have a cherished minor in Women's Studies.
The majority of my working life has centered around technical (computing) strategy and planning. I've been an analyst, a project manager, a product manager, a systems engineer, a systems and data integrator, a data architect, a systems architect, and an enterprise architect. I have technical training in writing and communications. I have computing specialties in security and encryption, networking, and in information architecture and document management. I've also been paid as a consulting social justice activist in theater, and I am part of a fellowship pursuing equity in the Arts. I also love cooking and food related topics including food justice. I'm also training in data analysis/science because I think it's the next step in my career as an IT professional.
I'm also, despite my scientific background, NOT a skeptic. I have problems with the lack of understanding many skeptics have of the actual scientific process, and I think that a lot of poor science is being done these days in the name of profit and capitalism. If you have a spare few hours, ask me what I think of health science, specifically in the realms of cholesterol and metabolism. (It probably factors in that as a kid I knew Melvin Calvin, who aside from the Calvin cycle, also did some cowboy-assed science with cholesterol.)
It meshes with my hobbies, but one thing I've learned to do very well in conjunction with my professions is research. I use Google very well (I've taken their official free training). I can read scientific publication. I can reverse engineer statistics. I use libraries. I know or can find out who to call or visit when I have a question about something that isn't on the Internet.
Weirdness and Identity:
My Dad used to call me weird. That's a good baseline, but I'm usually the weirdest person in the room. Even with other geeks.
It's not always obvious until I open my mouth, but after I do, well, then it's glaringly obvious.
- highly socially acute (but somewhat introverted)
- non-white (half-white, half-Taishanese/Chinese - native English speaking, with rare smatterings of Chinese)
- one of those rare, unicorn, non-misogynist masculine feminists (I was raised as a 2nd wave feminist, but developed it to be a lot more complex and nuanced as I grew up)
- Taoist (by choice - I study the philosophy and meditation, primarily)
- one of those rare lay-scientists, both non-atheist and non-skeptic, but very well educated in the philosophy of and practice of bench science, as well as scholarly research, and data analysis/data science
- a board-game and video-game enthusiast
- invisibly disabled (I have a well controlled chronic disease or two)
- a decent writer (strong topics: technical documentation, process, and activism)
- an enthusiast of food and cooking, recipe development, and experiments with foodways and food traditions, and bent for food justice
Because of my wide and varied experience, I tend to take unpopular, slightly different, subtle and complex positions from the majority of activists because I think nuance is lost in ideology, and I tend to hold friends, family, and strangers equally responsible to my high ideals. Which is why my close friends are few but generally people of high quality.
I'm not a creature of video, and grew up expressing myself in text, but I might be cajoled to gawkily and geekily produce video of myself, my work, my life.
For an idea of other topics that I find interesting and fascinating, here are some of my favorite hobbies:
- Knife sharpening (40+ years)
- Feminism (40+ years)
- Mixology (5 years, every Sunday)
- Board and Video Gaming (40+ years)
- Experimentation and Lay Research (40+ years)
- Cryptography and Applications of Cryptography (30 years)
- Origami (40+ years)
- Taoism (20+ years)
- The list goes on!
Resources and Samples:
You can find some samples of various things I've written here: https://goo.gl/aDxZuV
Another example of writing: https://goo.gl/v4ZgPA (In this case, this is advice I gave to a paying client on both general antiracism in reflection to white fragility, as well as what white folks should consider when attending public meetings and wanting to put on a good show in building community with minorities, especially when representing an organization of their own. I wrote this, originally, for a majority white theater group that was facing community outcry on what Asian activist theater groups said was yellowface, both in their production and casting of a performance of The Mikado)
This Wiki is an example of my finding, collating, and writing about specific topics: https://goo.gl/DXHLar (This Wiki is trying to provide a central place for industry knowledge on producing your own podcasts. I've been interviewing working podcast producers, taking comprehensive notes, and then posting information I write based on that into the Wiki. For now it's a single page, but it's getting long enough - especially with notes I haven't yet transcribed, that I should break it up into separate articles. I ask the interviewees if I can share the information, and then, getting permission to do so, I share it on the Wiki under the Creative Commons 4.0 license so that folks can use and reuse it without worry. Finally, the Wiki is open for any Internet user to edit it, without creating an account.)