I finally updated this site at the beginning of the year after 5 years of letting it languish untended. Writing new content has gone more slowly than I'd planned, but I've managed to push a few things out. More posts are pending:


I am living in quiet, rural Central Texas trying to get as much hiking as I can in while the weather is nice and before late-afternoon daylight departs entirely.

Lake hiking

I went carnivore in October 2018 as an intervention for chronic health issues. So far, for me, it's the best nutrition approach I've yet tried. It was a logical next step after restricted AIP wasn't as successful for me anymore. My staples are grass-fed beef products and pasture-raised eggs. COVID-19 related egg shortages have, thankfully, resolved.


Revisiting Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive series. This is one I violated my policy about waiting for series to be finished before starting. Since book 3 is out and book 4 is due out later this year, I decided to go back to it, but had forgotten everything from the first reading. I re-read The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, finished book 2.5, Edgedancer, and Oathbringer. Will be starting book 3.5, Dawnshard, shortly with Rhythm of War to follow. Excellent series. Very recommended for fantasy fans.

I'm also reading The Tragedy of American Compassion, which argues that government-sponsored welfare programs have toxic incentives, neglect individual needs, and crowd out private charity that would be more effective in helping improve life for the poor. It develops its thesis through a historical overview of charity and giving in the US.

I've been working my way through The Daily Stoic this year. I have not kept a regularly page-a-day schedule very well, and the content itself is pretty shallow, but it's been helpful as a motivational philosophical text.

Recently completed


I work remotely in the contact center of a major national boating retailer as an Operations Analyst. My work primarily involves reporting automation (mostly Python) and data wrangling, forecasting contact demand, workforce planning, managing the Contact Center Operations team, and IT administration. My major work goal for 2020 is to automate myself out of my position.

I completed a major contact center and workforce optimization platform migration at the beginning of April, which is a major improvement over our existing platforms. I am still working to iron out some issues, including some acute limitations with the WFM platform.