I am way behind in getting this post out...my profile says I have over 200 posts. Oops. I guess I should say I am a procrastinator somewhere in this introduction.
Hi all! I'm Steve.
I'm 47 and I've been on Steemit about 2 months. I came to Steemit while researching #Gridcoin, and I'll spend a second explaining that. Gridcoin is an altcoin mined by doing distributed computing via BOINC. SETI@home is an example of a BOINC project. In other words, Gridcoin is mined by using your home computer to help scientific research.
I primarily write about the politics of security and crime-fighting (I know, yawn to most folks, but it interests and enrages me at the same time). It is funny though, as my most successful post to date has been about hot buttered rum!
My favorite post has been a series on critical thinking; part 1 is here
Philosophically, I am a minarchist; politically, I am an America-first Constitutionalist and nationalist. That does not mean "America uber alles", but that's a story for another post. I despise leftism, but I understand the criticism directed at my position from an anarchist view. Both leftism and pure anarchism are derived from Utopian idealism...and again, that is the subject of another post. I'll just say this, liberty is something that MUST consistently be fought for due to human nature.
My career has been all over the place, but the last thing I have done is to get a master's degree in criminal justice focusing on homeland security ( which is a crappy term, btw). I blogged my work in the program at http://gradschoolfool.blogspot.com/ and when I'm lazy, I'll dip into a story over there to publish here. The second most interesting job I had was trying to run a porn biz. The most I earned from that was 700 a month. The most interesting job I had was service as a Marine.
I am unemployable due to my own actions; I tend to be judgemental and critical. I have the people skills of a tank, but I flash with sociability from time to time. I don't understand why, but I can be a real charming sonafabitch one time, and in the exact same circumstances, a stuttering fool at most other times. I preety good at being sarcastic, and I can't understand why that doesn't endear me to people.
These days, I lack a great deal of focus. I can engage with a fellow Steemer with a great deal of interest and then drop the conversation like it never existed; I'm not bored or angry when this happens...I just can't come up with a single thing to say. Shrug. This is a new development for me over the last year and a half.
The experience I have had on Steemit has been great. The concept of this platform has been successful on several layers.
- Having a financial stake tied to your reputation makes people act more courteously towards each other.
- I have read a few stories from folks in poor countries that have been able to generate a new income stream. Of course, most people in poor countries don't have computers or net access, but for those that do, bringing new income into those economies will remedy that situation for others. This has a great probability of becoming a self-supporting cycle.
- The platform has generated a great deal of community-focused activity.
One of the things that attracted me to both Steemit and Gridcoin was the potential for helping the community while making some money. Enlightened self-interest is one of the greatest motives that a free society can provide.
Thanks for reading all the way to the end ;>