I’m an analyst programmer and I work for a medical software company. I have been in the same job for over 14 years, which shows you how much I love my job and the company I work for. I don’t even hate my fellow co-workers that much!
I spent my first 4 ½ years after high school in the South African Police where I met the true dregs of society. It was an interesting time and I learnt a lot about what I am capable of. Unfortunately, I also learnt what most humans are capable of as well, which makes me very cynical at times.
I spend a lot of time on my own, enjoying my hobbies. I love reading and watching DVDs, being able to be taken to another’s world created solely through the imagination of another is a joy I rarely tire of. I enjoy working with my hands, making and fixing things but as that takes away from my reading time, I don’t do it all that often. I have also been know to sit and stare into the distance just allowing my thoughts their own time. I usually don’t spend all that much time in the company of others.
Music, what can I say here about music and how it affects my life and who I am that could possibly give you any idea about what it means to me. First off, I love music, almost any type of music and my only requirement is that it has to be born of passion.
I own an iPod so that I may take my music with me wherever I may roam. I have setup a home theater system in my lounge so that I may listen to music in the highest quality of perfection that I may afford. I possess a Bose speaker system in my bedroom so that my music will be the last thing I savour before I fall asleep. The Bose Quiet Comfort headphones I use with my iPod cost me over R2500 (about $312) and has special noise reduction hardware. I tell you this not to boast but for you to understand how serious I am about my music, from the full 5.1 sound system in my lounge to my portable music equipment.
I listen to music 24/7, all day, every day. It is an integral part of my very being. Very often you can find my sitting in my lounge with my eyes closed just listening to music and doing nothing else, not allowing any distractions to interfere with the perfection of the moment.
And now from my passion for music to the logic of computers. I love the logic of computers, especially the way they will always do what you tell them to – and sometimes even what you expect them to. Humans, on the other hand, have always confused me.
Speaking of computers, I love cRPGs. That is RPGs made for the consol, for example, the Final Fantasy series. I love the graphics but even more important, I really love the expanse of the stories told. I am currently playing FFx-2, Kingdom Hearts, Star Ocean and Lord of the Rings: The Third Age.
I find great pleasure in writing. I used to write a lot of short stories but, of late, I find that the only inspiration for writing left within me is for posting to this journal. I do have a couple of muses, and one of the little darlings even has her own journal.
My belief system, if I can call it that, is neither an Agnostic nor Atheist, although both are very close to my belief.
An Agnostic believes that there can never be any evidence of a god, which confuses me because if there is a god, surely he can make such evidence if he/she/it wanted to.
An Atheist believes in no such notion of a god and that no evidence exists for such. Again this worries me in that every day scientist discover new things in the world around them. Just look at some of the discoveries of late in dark matter and quantum physics.
No, what I like to call myself is a skeptic.
This means that I have no evidence that a god exists, therefore until such evidence is found, I cannot believe in a god.
I am not saying, like an Atheist, that there is no god, I am saying that at present there is no evidence for a god.
I doubt many people care about such a subtle difference but I do. It is the difference between being so sure of yourself that you may end up overlooking the evidence and having a belief that is willing to change as new evidence comes to light.
And that, in a nutshell is what I have against most religions, the inability to change as the world changes around them.
I am currently a Skeptic, and I shall remain a skeptic in all things that I have no evidence for.