About Jerry Kindall
Hi there. I'm Jerry. Pleased to meet you.
Though I live in the Seattle area now, I'm a midwestern boy at heart. I was born in Ohio and grew up in and around Columbus. I've been a misfit and a geek all my life. In high school, I majored in misanthropy. Bulletin boards and the Internet changed my outlook for the better. After graduating college in 1990, I moved to Detroit, and in 2000 I came to the Emerald City, or actually a suburb thereof.
I'm now in my early forties, and I was such an idiot just a few short years ago. But then, it's been my experience so far that no matter how old I get, I was always an idiot a few years ago.
I have been writing professionally since 1989, when my first article was published in a small Apple II programming journal. Later, I wrote user manuals for many Apple II and Macintosh products from Quality Computers, and served as Editor In Chief of II Alive, the last "slick" Apple II magazine. After leaving Quality, I freelanced for five years under the brand Manual Labor, and did contract technical writing for clients such as id Software, Bare Bones Software, Wise Solutions, and Microsoft. I also wrote a book on Web animation techniques for Waite Group Press.
I've been online since 1987 and have had an Internet e-mail address since 1989. I had an America Online account before they were called America Online and a Genie account back when they were actually owned by General Electric. I have participated in and helped build several online communities, including theLINQ (an early Internet service for educators) and several Genie and AOL forums.
I have been trying to start a rumor that my first name is actually "Gerund," but it doesn't really seem to be taking off.
I am currently contracting for a small software company in the Seattle area. Besides writing, my professional background includes commercial software development and Internet service and Web design. I still do the occasional freelance job, though I seem to do fewer of those as time goes by. I also dabble in fiction, though I'm not yet satisfied with my efforts at writing stories.
Politically, I'd classify myself as a moderate fiscal conservative, with definite libertarian leanings. I am generally in favor of personal freedom and responsibility, science and reason, local control, lateral thinking, cool technology, decentralization, emergence, and free markets. I am generally opposed to remote bureaucratic monoliths, knee-jerk reactions, the unexamined life, people who refer to themselves as their pet's mommy or daddy, mind games, overly rigid ideology, wasted potential, foolish consistency, ostentatious public display, willful ignorance, widespread panic, going too far, and stopping too soon. I am, tragically, handicapped by an unusually low tolerance for what I must refer to in polite company as "bovine excrement."
I'm currently engaged to a wonderful woman named Amy. We live in a house with two Glen of Imaal terriers, Stanley and Violet, and a Ragdoll cat named Kyle.
I read a lot of science, philosophy, sociology, politics, economics, and speculative fiction. I am also a music junkie and have several hundred CDs of various genres; my tastes run to the complex, the obscure, and the melodic. In film, I lean toward thoughtful science fiction, subtle comedies, and animation. I prefer ambitious failures to unremarkable successes. My other hobbies include photography and developing small but useful software tools in various scripting languages.
I am rather reserved with new acquaintances and prefer to observe a situation before participating. I respect and value intelligence, initiative, and introspection. Details matter to me, which is a polite way of saying I'm anal-retentive about certain things. (Myers-Briggs type: INTJ.) My sense of humor tends to be dry and ironic, with a predilection for wordplay and for intentionally taking things too literally or seriously.
Just for the record, I am not the Jerry Kindall who used to play for the Chicago Cubs and coached for the University of Arizona, and who has written several books on baseball. I am probably distantly related to him, though I don't know exactly how. However, I believe I'm a good Jerry Kindall nonetheless.
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