I live in Provo, Utah and work at End Point Corporation on various Internet-related projects: web applications, databases, e-commerce, scalability, system administration, and security, and occasionally, Android application development. I’m a radio amateur (“ham”) with call sign KG7TXN.
I write on the End Point blog and Somusing, blog of my wife, Erin.
Other places to find me on the web: Twitter Facebook Instagram MeWe LinkedIn End Point
My email address is email@example.com. You may encrypt messages to me using my PGP/GnuPG 2012 4096-bit RSA public key. (For historical reference: My 1998 DSA public key and my 1994 RSA public key.)
A random quotation from my collection:
It’s sometimes argued that there’s no real progress; that a civilization that kills multitudes in mass warfare, that pollutes the land and oceans with ever larger quantities of debris, that destroys the dignity of individuals by subjecting them to a forced mechanized existence can hardly be called an advance over the simpler hunting and gathering and agricultural existence of prehistoric times. But this argument, though romantically appealing, doesn’t hold up. The primitive tribes permitted far less individual freedom than does modern society. Ancient wars were committed with far less moral justification than modern ones. A technology that produces debris can find, and is finding, ways of disposing of it without ecological upset. And the schoolbook pictures of primitive man sometimes omit some of the detractions of his primitive life—the pain, the disease, famine, the hard labor needed just to stay alive. From that agony of bare existence to modern life can be soberly described only as upward progress, and the sole agent for this progress is quite clearly reason itself.
—Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 1974 & 1984, p. 112
A map of the route my son & I took on our 2019 trip to Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova: Jon and Seth itinerary in June 2019.
An interactive map of various churches we visited in north England in 2013, with links to our blog posts and photos about each: Churches in north England, 2013.
I support free software and open source. Don’t be a sharecropper! I contribute to projects including Interchange, DevCamps, and Bucardo, and keep miscellaneous scripts around.
Other free software I work most often with:
Some Unicode things I keep handy:
Language family maps for reference:
My novice linguistics research: I wrote a paper for Linguistics 490 (senior seminar) taught by John Robertson, winter semester 1998 at Brigham Young University. It examines how Hebrew verb patterns (binyanim) may be semantically grouped using C.S. Peirce’s universal categories. The paper: Hebrew Verb Pattern Tendencies Clarified by Peirce’s Universal Categories (8.5″ x 11″). Reference chart: Roots in various binyanim chart (11″ x 17″).
Some of my free verse:
Many years ago, a tree fell on our car, so I wrote up the story to share.
A few organizations I support:
Links about religion:
Johann Sebastian Bach composed some of my favorite music. See these freely redistributable Bach sheet music PDFs and the James Kibbie complete Bach organ works recordings. Mutopia collects freely usable music scores. Thanks to those who typeset the music and gave it away!
mod.zayda.net is a collection of old Amiga-era music “modules”, including the whole U4ia and F8 collection by Jim Young, mostly created on his Amiga.