bioinformatic exposure

swimming with the sharks

"Only those who are subjective, one-sided and superficial in their approach to problems will smugly issue orders or directives the moment they arrive on the scene, without considering the circumstances, without viewing things in their totality and without getting to the essence of things. Such people are bound to trip and fall."

mao tse-tung

I left the service in February of 1988 and decided to start a new life. I held several jobs while I went to college. I worked for in a huge franchise of Domino's Pizza, opened two optical labs for Eyemasters, and was an charter employee with Soft Warehouse (a.k.a. CompUSA).

My first big break came when I was hired for a start-up computer firm, NoteBook Computer Co., where we designed and built the first i486 notebook computer.  [today jpg] The experience I gained from NoteBook was a great starter gift. Being a junior member of a R&D team was an incredible opportunity, but learning how ruthless and impersonal leadership without values can be was the gem I unwittingly pocketed. This was my first exposure to the desperate need for soft skills. I learned (painfully) that just being exceptionally talented technically is simply not not enough to be successful. People skills, communication, and business savvy are required as well.

Getting my college degree eventually became so much more than an education or a piece of paper. It was a mark of determination and achievement.

Professionally, I have navigated through development, network engineering, multi-flavor UNIX and Linux, and information systems security. For the longest time I was deeply fascinated by systems intrusion, corporate espionage, and forensic analysis. At one point, I thought the pinnicle of my career would be to work as a member of a "Tiger Team." A T-Team, also known as a red team, scan and pen team, or white hat team, is a group of security specialists that are hired by a company/government for the purpose of hacking/cracking the hiring authority's infrastructure. Clearly the objective for the stakeholders is to identify weaknesses for remediation.

I achieved this goal and every other hands-on technical objective I set for myself. I've learned it is very important to have many goals, because you may surprise yourself and actually achieve them sooner than you expect.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done."

theodore roosevelt, 1891


In an attempt to satisify your curiosity, I make some biographical information available. Within the connected pages you will be exposed to information that is special to me, but public due to the nature of space. What you do with the information you may find here is your business...I only ask that you accept the caveat that reader discretion is advised.

If what you may find in these links is offensive to you or would bias you in some way (be it personally or professionally, ethically or morally) then you should check your curiosity and simply return from whence you came.
rich 2003

"1. Out of clutter, find simplicity.
2. From discord, find harmony.
3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

albert einstein