My name is J.D. Harper. You’ve probably gathered that by now.
Education: I’m a recent graduate of Bob Jones University, that crazy, conservative school in Greenville, SC. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in Comprehensive Business Management, with a minor in Technical Writing. Theoretically, I can write well and manage a business.
Employment: Currently, I’m doing some free-lance web design, primarily for my local Chamber of Commerce. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
I’m keeping my eyes open for opportunities to start my own business; I have little desire to be part of a large corporation. (This, perhaps, is a side-effect of reading Dilbert religiously for the past nine or ten years.) I have even less of a desire to work for the government. I hate meetings and bureaucracy and wasting time when there’s something better to do. I hate it when my success depends on someone lazier than I am. My goal, work wise, is to avoid as much of that kind of thing as I can, and the best way I can see to do that so is to start my own business.
Now if I can just figure out what kind of business to run….
Politics: Although I did graduate from a conservative school, I’ve largely outgrown any love for what conservatism has become. The parties are all too similar for my tastes.
Personally, I tend towards “minarchism”–that is, living with as little government as possible. I think that there are things that the government does well–national defense and infrastructure–and there are things that the free market does well–agriculture and industrial production. Generally, the government should stay out of the free market’s way, and vice versa.
On the other hand, corporations can be as much of a tool of oppression as governments can, and so the governments and the corporations have to keep each other in check if society is to be free.
Basically, I want large faceless organizations to leave me alone. Blue Cross/Blue Shield is every bit as inscrutable and dangerous as the IRS. To blindly promote “the free market” over “the government” isn’t all that helpful.
Music: My tastes are varied. I do not share Bob Jones’ view that all music written by non-Christians after 1955 is of the devil. (I exaggerate, but not by much.) In fact, I can find something to enjoy in most music, from Jazz to Celtic Folk to Techno. Even rap, which I hesitate to classify as music at all, can carry a message well.
I tend to prefer independent music to popular music. I don’t care for music whose only message is “I enjoy sex and would like to enjoy it with you,” which seems to be the primary message of most Shakira, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears. I’d much rather listen to Jonathan Coulton or Carbon Leaf or Matthew Ebel. (Seriously, go listen to the title track of Goodbye Planet Earth and tell me that’s not better than most pop music out there.)
Hobbies: I enjoy board games with strategic depth, like Settlers of Catan, Princes of Florence, Starcraft, and A Game of Thrones. I do not particularly enjoy Monopoly, Life, Battleship, Sorry!, and other games based almost entirely on luck.
I do not generally enjoy sports, either watching or playing. I enjoy playing volleyball and tennis, but that’s about it. Generally, I can find something more interesting to do than watch other people run around in circles hitting balls with sticks. I can enjoy watching football game every now and then, especially if there are other people around.
I am pretty good with computers. I’ve been using them since I was little; we have pictures of me on my dad’s lap banging on an old Commodore 64. I enjoy working with them, getting ever more efficient with tools like Launchy. I also enjoy playing with them from time to time–I’ve recently installed Starcraft on my video card-deficient laptop–but I can’t play for very long without feeling like I ought to be doing something productive.
I enjoy photography, although a huge DSLR is well outside of my budget right now.
Other Stuff: Well, that’s what the rest of the blog is for.