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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.
  —Kent Pitman

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Climate Change


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 end up having to find the article in the Wayback Machine at archive.org, let me know):

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, netsettlement.blogspot.com.

Click here to visit my blog.

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):

Politics and Finance

Consumer Credit


On History and Kent’s Life



There are a number of other posts on a variety of topics.

Technical Topics and Other Points of Interest

Here are some possible topics of interest:

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