Profile: Nin Ki

Personal background
I live in Central Arkansas and appreciate very much the small city in which I reside. It is progressive (a good thing politically here in Arkanas), thanks to a progressive mayor and other city officials and community leaders which is, quite frankly, rare for this part of the country.

I would love to say that I currently have numerous hobbies but unfortunately I am too busy taking care of necessary business to engage in any of them with the exception of the occasional good book. (Update: I just finished reading Isaac Asimov's "The God's Themselves" on 6-28-09 - a luxury I enjoyed without guilt despite the work I was NOT doing in order to read.) I do wish I could retire so I could start to live my life. But I look forward to vegetable gardening and canning again, someday, and to building my own solar and wind system so I can not only sustain my own electrical usage but contribute to the grid. I cannot wait until I have time to hang out the wash instead of stuffing the laundry into an electricity-eating dryer.

And, oh my, I do so want to learn to brew my own beer. What a treat that would be!

I am currently consulting with a knowledgeable coworker on the establishing of a flock of chickens. Can you imagine? Fresh, organic fertile eggs from happy, truly free-range chickens and later on organic chicken dinner. For those of you who think that is cruel consider this: one rooster per flock or all the roosters will constantly fight making life hell for all the flock. And when was the last time you took responsibility for the raising and slaughtering of the bovine creature whose flesh you consumed in that steak or burger or the porcine creature who provided your ham and bacon? I have decided that if I am to consume meat - which actually I seldom do but other members of my family like it - I must accept responsibility for all that consumption entails.

Love my wonderful well water - it is truly a gift of the earth. I would not touch city water if they paid me and the municipal supply here is one of the best in the country. Maintaining my system can be a hassle at times but well worth it.

Perhaps I will add a little more later but right now I need to clean up some of the recent storm damage.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@home for two reasons. Firstly, I simply do not believe that we are the only sentient beings in the universe - actually, we are not the only sentient beings on this planet even though as a race we act as if we were not only the lone sentient entities but the only entities of any value. Secondly, because of that belief and my firm conviction that we must all contibute back into the community at least as much as we receive from it to the best of our abilities, I run SETI@home in an effort to do my part.
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