I live in Provo, Utah and work at End Point Dev on various Internet-related projects: web applications, databases, e-commerce, scalability, system administration, and security, and occasionally, Android app 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: Mastodon Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn End Point
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org — since 1999! You may encrypt messages to me using PGP/GnuPG with my current public keys (2019 ed25519 ECC key, 2012 4096-bit RSA key), which superseded my historical keys (1998 DSA key, 1994 RSA key).
In a real revolution, the best characters do not come to the front.
A violent revolution falls into the hands of narrow-minded fanatics
and of tyrannical hypocrites at first. Afterwards come the turn of all
the pretentious intellectual failures of the time. Such are the chiefs
and the leaders. You will notice that I have left out the mere rogues.
The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane and devoted natures,
the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement, but it passes
away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its
victims: the victims of disgust, disenchantment — often of remorse.
Hopes grotesquely betrayed, ideals caricatured — that is the definition
of revolutionary success.
—Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes (1911), cited in Paul Johnson,
Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties (1991) p. 86
quotation #529 of collection of 823 · another random quotation
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 am on GitHub as jonjensen and have contributed to projects including PostgreSQL, Interchange, DevCamps, and Bucardo. I also keep old 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.