2019 - 现在
The « domain » (領土) is a nexus of my work from this time with —
I would be happy to share ownership and vision of something I'm building with other heavy lifters. Alternatively, I do expect to hire out fixed cost specific deliverable jobs to other workers that I could in fact do myself, albeit not necessarily over the weekend 😉. Mechanisms for mutual credit and just distribution are the domain of the Public Market.
2020-02-29 02:00 UTC Jaime Carbonell's CV: was 5 mo. older and his CV showed a academic career very different from the ragtag industry one I've had. His simple 2 page CV contrasts starkly with my 10 pager and the busy "CV space", but going forward, will let these domains serve as CV.
Fixed Fee / Retained / Salaried
My time has finally arrived, mostly worked remote since late '90s, post COVID the balance of contingent forces appears to be swinging that way. May do a job at no charge which is an application of my stuff, otherwise can net 30 bill 90% of any job at 2X the current concierge devops rate upon completion with 10% at or soon after start (people don't seem to appreciate the retainer concept/value proposition) . The doorbell links to facilities for desktop sharing and video conferencing to support same. No charge for from the hip fixed makespan bid in man days. No hourly/hoops please, avoiding the bad feels is priceless, for everything else, there's Mastercard!!. No problem with a friendly teleconf, and open in the '20-21 timeframe to a 1 or 2 year role on a low monthly retainer as I've decided a year or two of prose and preliminary infrastructure debt reduction on my projects is a low flaw plan that can proceed in parallel with same assuming a ~40hr/week level of effort for the engagement. Will update this if such an engagement occurs, otherwise available for short term jobs unrelated to my projects in that time frame.
1974 - 2018
CV Space Tour
The wage labour moeity of my work life, given fine detail with the responsive bootstrap CV tour, a summary cover page, and a 10 page resume, the latter two linked at its top.
1974 is the actual start because that's when I took training at the schools Control Data was running and actually did first programming, but I went back for a 4 year degree majoring in Math and CS and only had operator jobs until 1980. I did have a DP course at a community college before CDC in '73 which pushes it back to my teens. The Control Data Institute I went to btw, was in the building shown on the Bob Newhart Show at that time on Michigan Avenue as being where he had his office.
From the late nineties I mostly worked remote, but did work on-site in Buffalo in '14, and from the late 80s 60% or so of my work was on a contractor basis, by the turn of the century independent of job shop parasites. From late '18, for the reason explained in the prior §, I consider this phase of working life ended, the last actual gig was spring '18. The character also discussed in theat §, together with a less than propitious childhood, lead to a less than stellar success in my first working life, as far as success is measured in money and the like. However I think it was a tremendous success in delivering me more or less whole, as a life long learner with a high IQ, and considerable depth of experience as an IT worker, to this point where I can work for myself, society at large, and free, open source production.
The "CV Space" content is preserved as a record of my wage labor worklife, and as a testament to contracted workers and customers. Some content, e.g. the responsive CV space Tour, things related to the long tail technical debt mentioned in the README (firstname.lastname@example.org), may be maintained. Other, especially older stuff such as Shockwave Flash (like the Old Web Portfolio), works if you have the client support for it and some older content broken by TLS (https), modern browser constraints, etc., will remain broken.This page replaced the linkage in the left nav to the following content:
Rest of this § a digression on political economy in this period.
I am very far from thinking that the acquisitive instinct is fundamentally wrong or that altruism is necessarily right. I definitely believe that selfishness which does not harm others can be a virtue, it's just that so far, a social form that makes it so has not been achieved and indeed the apparent trend is away from a high point in the last century, not as was thought then as a result of totalitarian socialism but rather ironically as a result of the global dominance of doctrinal capital with its supposed philosophical base in individualism.
Defined as a basing of society solely on the principle of accumulation, Capitalism will ultimately be unsustainable because of the unappreciated aspect of mortmain. Every social order puts someone, a class, in charge. Globlaized Capitalism is unique in that it just puts a class in charge and an abstract one at that. It's just false that that class operates in the way former orders did to control and order society actively, indeed they are incapable of doing so since the globalized class is inhibited by a number of practical reasons from being the same kind of conscious actor that a national bourgeoisie can be and most simply pursue their own interests and genuinely don't desire power aside from that which accumulation confers. It is this rudderlessness which ultimately will cause a return to Capitalism just being an economic regime within society organized on some other principle(s) as was the case in its progressive period, and is the case, e.g. in Communist countries where a strong party controls it.
To paraphrase 邓小平, it is indeed glorious to become rich, but not by expropriation and not at the expense of the best possible development of society at large.¹
From the earliest age, I have been resistant to authority
, which for the most part, given the state of human societies through to the present, is generally illegitimate. Why? Because essentially every society up to this time is organized on the principle of domination of others in order to extract the value of their living labor, make individuals conform to local belief systems, etc. Progress is ever countering this over the long march of history because it is inimical to human nature but paradoxically, in this time, 資本主義
, the doctrine of the extraction of value from labor, is also the one that makes it possible for individuals to be free of domination, if they can work for themselves. To the extent that it is organized for the well being of all the members, like a healthy body in relation to its cells, the authority of society is
legitimate, and because this is the reason for society to exist at all, over time the progressive outcome becomes more certain and manifest.