My Public Persona
I've been privacy-conscious
for many years, perhaps owing in part to a bad experience
I had in the days of the early ARPANET, in which someone
abused a piece of personal data I'd left online.
Later, when the web came online, I held back
as many others rushed to place every detail about themselves,
their homes, and their families into
the public view.
With identity theft
and phishing so common these days, I’m glad I’ve been shy.
Still, one can't live in the modern world without
online connections. So I've tried to strike a balance.
I think of my web site as revealing
my “public persona.”
When considering whether I might want to put
something on the web, I ask myself if it is a
proper part of my public persona, or whether
they should be retained instead
as part of my private persona.
People differ in where they draw the line on this, but
It's a thought exercise I think everyone should go through.
What you'll find here are records of
my publicly visible projects and my achievements,
as well as a repository of
my public writings. If you find something missing,
drop me a line and strike up a personal conversation.
Please consider donating!
It costs me time and money to maintain all of this,
and the effort does not break even.
(If it ever does, I'll be sure to mention it.)
If you can't afford to use this site other than for free, don't feel guilty. We've all been there.
But it wouldn't take very many people making contributions of even $5 or $10 dollars to substantially reduce the burden on me.
In reality, there have been only about a half dozen contributions at all after a number of years.
(I'm very grateful to the few who have chipped in, but I could never have paid for the resources my various sites
consume or the time it took me to make them if I had to rely on donations.)
So if you've received value from these pages or my writings elsewhere
and are looking for a way to say thanks or support the effort,
Please remember to read & share my seasonal Climate poem, A Christmas Peril,
which now has a Spanish translation. You can view the poem in English, Spanish, or side-by-side!
Since the entire Open Salon site was taken down by Salon.com, I've been at a loss for where to blog.
For the time being, I'm blogging at netsettlement.blogspot.com.
My most recent post is Packaged Terror,
a piece I had been meaning to write for quite some time but that the Paris shootings finally gave me
a sense of urgency about.
I care a lot about causes like privacy and civil liberties.
But none of those issues will matter at all if we don’t solve the Climate Change problem.
We need to learn to take this matter more seriously than we’ve been doing!
Here are some of my essays on the topic (mostly though they're offline at the moment, and I'll restore them one of these days at the new blog site when I get time, but meanwhile if you're keenly interested and get a 404, you could find the post in the Wayback Machine at archive.org):
I’ve been trying to keep my Climate Change page
regularly updated with recent news. I don't have it on an RSS feed right now, but please
feel free to bookmark it and to visit it when you want an easy reference to recent science and political news
on the subject. If there's something you'd like me to be tracking, please send me e-mail.
Writing (Politics, Poetry, and more)
I've had a blog on Open Salon (open.salon.com), but Salon closed that site down.
I have rehosted some of my prior pieces at an alternate blog site,
Here are a few of my favorite posts (of which some are still links to the old
site, so my apologies for broken links as I'm gradually rehosting the old posts
at the new site):
Technical Topics and Other Points of Interest
Here are some possible topics of interest:
- Kent’s Publications
The Revised Maclisp Manual was published to the web in late 2007.
- Miscellaneous postings
An index of interviews with me in books, online magazines,
discussion forums, etc. e.g., Slashdot.org,
Salon Magazine’s Table Talk forum, and The CPSR Newsletter.
Some of these are available in alternate languages, as well
(German or Turkish, for example.)
- Kent’s “Personal FAQ” (i.e., “PFAQ”),
a sort of proto-blog.
- HyperMeta, Inc.
of Kent’s professional work)
- Kent’s Web Projects
(various web sites that I’m working on, not all complete)
- Kent’s Endorsements
(web things of special importance)
- The US Government
(resources related to law and government)
- Kent Pitman’s “Thinking Aloud about Politics”
An occasional forum for me to post various political thoughts.
Most recent update (12 Jul 2008):
Climate Change Coming “Faster Than Expected”
In the recent past, I've been writing a blog at Open Salon.
- Nancy's Space
- Make a Donation
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