A picture of me

“It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.”
— Herodotus (The Histories)

I chose that quote for my yearbook entry senior year (class of 77), and then missed photo day.  Whenever I hesitate because of fear, or because I haven’t figured out exactly what the best approach would be, I try to remember the wisdom of Herodotus. As Nike would say 2500 years later, “Just do it”.

My name’s Steve, and I’m a over 50 associate director of IT  who can barely tolerate computers. I got a BS in Zoology from LSU, followed by a MS (concentrating in environmental physiology) at UGA. I moved from physiology into a research tech position in an entomology and molecular genetics lab. After a few years in that field I talked my way into the position of “manager” (and sole employee) of a flow cytometry laboratory, operated as a cost recovery service under the VP for Research. I learned an enormous amount, and loved the job and flow cytometry in general, but after about 8 years I found myself more and more interested in Linux.

Another jump into water over my head, and I was hired as a system administrator in our University’s central IT organization. Almost 10 years later I’m the manager of 18 system administrators, responsible for way too many high profile services, stressed, sleepless and counting the days until my retirement.

You’re probably thinking, “if this is going to be another one of those whiny self-absorbed online diaries, I’ll pass”. And I know how you feel, I used to read several online journals (before the term “blog” was coined back in the late 90′s) and quickly tired of those with a “dear diary” feel. I’m not really sure what I’m going to focus on, but I started this blog to exercise my creative side, so it could be any of the following:

  • glass art
  • celtic culture
  • books
  • writing
  • music
  • food
  • travel
  • home improvement
  • our pets
  • fly fishing
  • Toyota land cruisers and other old things

The one thing I won’t talk about is information technology at UGA, this blog is my life outside of work.
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