It really bugs me when I go to a blog and there seems to be absolutely no information about who the author is. I assume that others are bugged by this as well, so to eliminate this vexing problem I endeavour to tell you a little bit about myself.
I am a soon to be 32 (fuck that’s old) writer from Melbourne Australia. I have an identical twin named Nick who works with me in my business Constitution Computing.
Having an identical twin is a great thing as I am always guaranteed of having a best friend. Once you have a clone you will never be alone, as they say. It is also useful to have a genetically identical person around as a ready supply of spare parts. (He’s my personal organ bank. Ha Ha!)
My brother and I suffer from the genetic disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. DMD is a muscle wasting disease that causes extreme weakness. All my muscles still work it is just that they are very weak. It is a progressive disease, meaning at age zero there was nothing apparently wrong. Our mother began to suspect that something might be wrong at about age 3, but the doctors put it down to the fact that we were premature and twins. We were eventually diagnosed at age 7 and went into electric wheelchairs by the age of 10. Electric wheelchairs sound fun, but they don’t go down stairs to well.
My brother and I do not feel sorry for ourselves, as being an angry bitter cripple is not a fun way to live (although they are fun to tease (I am a cripple myself so it is okay)). It is important to remember that there is always someone worse off than you. For example somebody with motor neuron disease can end up not even being able to blink their eyelids. (This will never happen to my brother and I as in DMD small muscles such as in the face and hands are affected to a much lesser degree than larger muscles.)
For many years my brother and I ran a business, Constitution Computing, creating database driven websites for people and businesses. Anyone in business would know that working with customers can be a frustrating experience.
Last year we changed direction and started making websites for ourselves and (attempting) to make money through advertising instead of paying customers. My brother created PicsO – Awesome Pics which is a website that allows users to upload pictures and rate them. There are many other websites such as Facebook and Flickr that display pictures, but not many that allow users to rate them. This enables the best and most unique photos to bubble to the top.
PicsO is starting to take off with a large increase in the number of visitors.
Our other project is this website you are reading right now, Log My Blog. LMB collects and displays blogs in a similar manner to the way PicsO displays pictures. (In fact technically both sites are very similar.) Users can add to their blog and then other people can rate and comment on them.
My hobbies are playing computer games, bonsai and trying to create the perfect alcoholic beverage. My dream is to write a science fiction novel and get it published. I read a great deal of science fiction and fantasy. I like to watch science fiction movies, TV shows and a bit of Anime.
I am on the left of the political spectrum. I once considered myself a centrist, but now with the advent of the right-wing death beast and the, now destroyed, neoconservative pushed all other political positions to the left. I believe that capitalism combined with democracy is the best, if imperfect, governmental system developed so far.
Ideally, I believe in a free market, but I do believe it needs to be regulated to protect those at the bottom. I also believe in the welfare state and believe that health care should be available to anybody who needs it without sending them broke. Those who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged should also be given the help to live a normal and productive life.
I believe the war on terror is a bit of a joke. Terrorists are criminals and should be treated as such. To call it a war is to give them way too much credit. I’m not a pacifist, but I believe that violence should be the absolute final alternative.
I am not the sort of person to take life seriously. I believe there are no boundaries when it comes to humour and I do not get offended easily. I do get offended by ignorance and stupidity and are particularly pissed off by those who do not know they are ignorant and/or stupid such as Andrew Bolt, Lord Monckton and David Irving.
I love a good argument. I am an atheist, but I do try to live by the golden rule: treat others the way you wish to be treated. I believe that everything has a rational scientific explanation even if we don’t know it yet. It also believe the scientific method is the greatest human achievement.
Hopefully, you now know a little bit about me.