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2019-06-27 | Meta | Straight Down the Line

I am listening to Gerry Rafferty's song Right Down the Line as I write this. Gerry Rafferty was always there as I learned about music. I remember burning trash in the 70s listening to Baker Street. I would haul the trash to the burn pit and listen to the radio. I would check out records of his from the library and record them, listening to them over and over again on the way to school. I was also thinking of Straight Down the Line in the movie Double Indemnity - one a sweet song and one jaded. This article, though, is about both, about a stance, a mission that is full of love but still jaded and pragmatic.

My thought is that we are in population overshoot, simply, but there are certainly other factors that are too complicated or ominous to dig into in this article, or even on this site. If you are interested in such things, there is much out there to explore.

I've been working in IT a long time. I also used to be a technological optimist, but that has since faded. I am compelled to do something that will help, but my understanding of economics and our predicament has hamstrung me over the last seven years. This site, though, is a way through. It is useful now, it is useful as we deal with the stressors in transition to whatever happens next, and it is useful in a lifeboat sense.

Primarily this site exists to document tools used to run systems. Part of this includes modeling systems using a stripped down form of triples and other tools of data science. Another part is how to run these systems in a way that is not reliant on network connectivity. This is useful both from a lifeboat sense, in that it will be possible to use the information on this site to administer a system used for analysis without network connectivity, but it also allows me to focus on the meat of what is happening at one slice of time vs. constantly shifting to accommodate the latest versions of application and operating system software.

I have made this journey before in different ways in my life. I've authored many websites. What you are reading is a culmination of all of my past efforts and what I have learned. I will try to avoid repeating myself and leverage existing documentation, as well as enable readers to find the information locally. Most importantly, as I go down this track to the end of the line, I am doing it with love, with a kind of wonder and faith that I had when I was young.

Tags: gerry_rafferty, principles