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on Oct 29, 2006 at 16:25 UTC ( [id://581144]=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I have no axe to grind; only my thoughts to burnish.
 -- George Santayana, "Character and Opinion in the United States"

Name: Benjamin A. Okopnik

Age: Current_year - 1962 = Current_age. The actual solution is left to the student; creative answers will be graded appropriately, with bastinado being reserved for the wittiest and applause for the most charming. Note that a combination of the two is hereby explicitly not excluded.

Residence: Wherever Sailing Vessel "Flight" happens to be anchored.

Likes: Probity, integrity, and clarity. Sailing. Warm clear waters to dive in, the laughter and enjoyment of friends, good red wine, dealing with the world effectively. Writing a program that runs without errors the first time. Classical, jazz, and classic rock, sharp dry wit in writing, theatre, and life. The pleasure of being expert in a complex technical topic or discipline. Standing straight and telling the truth, no matter how much ancient indoctrination or old fears scream in outrage. Being brave enough to be kind. Fine craftsmanship, competence, and ability. Access to that deep inner calm and quiet courage in adversity. Well-designed machinery, poetry, or thought/belief systems. Dolphins surfing under my bow.

Dislikes: Willful ignorance. Blind adherence to unexamined ideas and meme complexes. Self-defeating beliefs. Pres‎crip‎tive moralizers. Manipulators. Cigarette smoke. Cold weather. Being blocked in expressing my creativity.

Work: I teach classes on various topics (mostly data science and analytics) for high-end companies and a number of private clients; I also do quite a bit of private consulting and development. I really love teaching and the process of transferring knowledge; the moment gestalt happens and a student suddenly sees the world from the different perspective is precious. There is a philosophical basis underneath it all - a belief that most of the world's problems can be eased or fixed by raising the world-wide level of awareness and education - but in short, teaching suits me to the core. It's what I do, but more importantly, it's who I am.

Hobbies and other lifestyle stuff:

"I don't have a 'lifestyle', I have a life."
-- Neil Simon
Computers, unsurprisingly - but much more than that, too. I sometimes wonder how I find the time...


  • Sailing
  • Philosophy
  • Motorcycling
Recent but on hold for the moment
  • Saltwater and freshwater fishing
  • Yoga
  • Martial arts
In abeyance but to be revived at first opportunity
  • Flying (I'm half-way to a Private Pilot's license)
  • Scuba diving (too cold in the winter!)
  • Horseback riding
  • Photography
In the near future
  • Massage therapy (I'm good now, but I want some formal training!)

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