My purpose: to bring about peace, harmony, and prosperity.
In general, call me "Randy"
unless it's about PeopleCount. For that, it's "Rand".
And, it doesn't much matter. I don't take offense, or coffee...
"ras" is my short signature/initials...
- Dec 11, 2016: Celebrating and grieving.
I can't launch PeopleCount alone and can no longer afford not having an income.
I am pausing. Some fascinating and wonderful possibilities remain.
I start work tomorrow, on a wonderful
project at Stanford.
I participate a bit on Brigade.com. It's pretty dumb. I sent their
support people some feedback. They invited me for a phone interview as
a user. Thursday I went to San Francisco by train to see my older
brother who was in town visiting two of his sons. I stopped by
Brigade's office and did the interview there. I told them of the
vision and possibilities. They're intrigued, but it'll probably be
lost in translation when the interviewers tell others...
The book is finished. A few people are reading it now to give
feedback. Is it readable? Does it communicate? Is it ready fo
- Nov: A few people were surprised by the election.
My dad turned 90...
- Oct: They failed- weird stuff... I'll finish the old code
as a demo. Am working on the categories/issues/questions. It's
coming together, but takes time.
And with a competent angular engineer, it could be done in a couple
of weeks. And it's too close to the election to launch now.
I have a new website design
but haven't changed to use it, yet....
By the way, every week I reach out to 4-5 more people. Every 2-3
weeks, someone exciting replies. Usually nothing comes of it...
- Sep: A small team says they can rewrite it quickly.
- Aug: Having trouble with the authentication.
'Not sure if I can finish it.
Still 2 weeks from Launch. Getting close, but burning out.
Feel horrible a lot- depressed to the point of unable to work.
Feel incredibly tired. Tried to start exercising again
Wrote a 6-part series on political accountability
- May 2016: The team said they got to the 90% mark. I looked at the code- maybe 60%
of the functionality. It's taking shape, but it's horribly done.
Some is just a veneer, so maybe 25% done, sigh.
They refuse to even acknowledge it, so fired them. Tried another team. They wanted a few
hundred as a commitment, then they'd come up with a plan, then start working to earn the money.
They want to take 12 weeks and do everything over with another technology. It seems wrong.
They agreed to return half the money, but didn't. Found another small team. I'm doing the
work with an engineer's help...
- My wife and son are insisting I give up if it doesn't ship by June 7
- Depression is horrible...
- Apr 2016: The woman disappeared- some kind of severe health problem.
I learned pl/sql to encapsulate a central algorithm into the database.
Marketing guy has horrible marital problem, it's not his fault, but he's now busy and sad.
- Mar 2016: Finally settled on a new offshore team.
- episodic depression is back
- Feb 2016: I found a woman who will manage the software devl!
- The "developer" had a tantrum and went silent. It seemed he
had been lieing about what he coudl do and didn't want to face it.
He asked for the 2nd payment and then disappeared...
- In Hawaii for 11 days. Run in the morning, swim, then work all day...
- Jan 2016: The design phase is going much slower than anticipated
- I found a guy who wants to be the marketing co-founder!
- So much to do- I stopped exercising
- Dec 2015: Committed to have a local guy with an offshore company build the software!
My wife wants to know when it'll be done. Should be in March. We agreed to June 7th.
- Nov 2015: It's not working- there's too much to do. I can't even organize it by myself.
One book has reached first draft, but needs a lot of work.
I've been having bouts of depression again- worse
- Oct 2015: PeopleCount.org is still stuck. I'm starting a new phase,
building the software instead of trying to build a team...
- May 2015: Wife & I took 2 weeks to drive around Yellowstone and other states.
I had a few episodes of depression- weird.
- Apr 2015: I left my job, and will work on PeopleCount.org full time.
I'll work on two books, and on building a team....
April 2013: I failed to get a team together to take it to the next level.
I'll work for a while...
December 2012: PeopleCount.org is
live! Check out our
You're welcome to
September 2012: I'm up to something big -
solving the divisiveness, expense and struggle of politics,
and changing government to be accountable to the people.
For PeopleCount, I'm calling myself Rand instead of Randy.
(Friends are welcome to use either.)
Less Recent Happenings
My biography/history page
needs some updating...
Nov 10: The purpose of Landmark Education
Jul 10: I started a blog...
Dec 09: About Hanukkah
Nov 09: Taking the
Began improving CA math education
Aug 09: Took the Advanced Course!
Time and Fashion March On
Haiti... and my movie debut
dog dramas (Lambda/Jupi)
my new job at MITI
See also my pages on math teaching,
and, so far, one tech article.
And if you're curious about my family...
And a few "sayings".
Some accomplishments and events with which I have shaped my story:
- Growing up in Seattle with 3 brothers and a dog. Finishing at Stanford.
- Having moral (non-religious) parents who naturally help society
and set great examples for their kids.
- Learning to juggle clubs, do a ju jitsu fall and a bit of gymnastics.
- The Landmark Forum ('84), 6day, MOE & seminars. Stirling's MSP.
- Achieving enlightenment through
- Merging my enlightenment into normal life via Landmark seminars
in 2007 thru 2009
- Reviewed the Forum in Mar 09, took the Advanced Course in
August, completed the SELP in the fall and early winter
- Patenting an invention (#6057844)
- Programming in Silicon Valley for 35 years, including building FrameMaker
- Stepping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet.
- Being unemployed for 16 months in 2002-2003 and studying math teaching
to 8th graders while substitute teaching.
- Solving the Monty Hall and 12-ball problems (and many, many others)
- Walking across 20 feet of hot coals.
- Loving, marrying and trying to communicate with a female.
- Raising two boys, one with Asperger Syndrome & OCD.
- Turning 50 (in 2007), exercising daily since 2009...
a way for humanity to work together
but there's so little time between work,
family, house, dog, exercise...
- writing (most are not published)
- a few software projects have languished
- juggling (weekly with kids ended in early 2016...)
- exercising. I used to hike on weekends...
No longer true:
I still juggle balls and clubs, but mostly Wednesday mornings during
the school year when I help teach a juggling class at the
local elementary school. During the summer, we get together on Saturdays sometimes, but it's spotty.
No longer: On the week-ends I take the dog for a part-walk, part-jog. On Sundays
I often take him the 2 miles to the local farmer's market, buy some
potatoes, carrots and broccoli for my lunches and drop them off a half
mile away at work. We often stop at the school on the way home to
do some pull-ups and chin-ups.
What I love
- Complex thoughts
- bringing meaninglessness to the sacred
- laughing at the serious
- solving the impossible
- Aisle-dancing at my local Trader Joes (the best music!)
- Understanding how all of existance can be, without a god.
- Understanding why so many believe in a god
- Responsibility and cause
- Civilization is a self-perpetuating myth
- My laptop and my orange tree.
- Sweeping (leaf-blowing)
- Wearing ear plugs at movies and dances
What I dislike/avoid/recontextualize
- coffee (including mocha)
- sugar addiction (mea culpa)
- Monogamy (misguided)
- Loud music (I'll bring ear plugs...)
people are confident (e.g. climate change denial)
- Confusing "smart" and "elite"
- Thinking other people cause you to dislike them
- Thinking religion is valuable
- "...family has cost me my life,
and replaced it with a far richer one." - ras, 2005
"Everything that's known is surrounded by questions.
And those are surrounded by realms of unknowns."
- yours trule, Sep 22, 2016...
"Life isn't serious-- it's not even permanent."
- First heard in the 1980s from my father...
"There's no point being lucky unless you can count on it."
- yours truly, around 1977 (stories of being lucky in school)
"Integrity and the pursuit of enlightenment are fundamental.
Enlightenment strips pretense.
What's left is human, but honest, imperfect, but worthwhile."
- also me, late 1980's
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to succeed."
- also mine, circa 1982, working on FrameMaker (using X/Motif)
"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years
before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it."
- Mark Twain
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
- Nelson Mandela
Minuscule power corrupts absolutely.- ras, 1994
- coined while watching my 2 year old son
- later, noticed this principle alive and well in George Bush and his neo-cons.
Having thoughts is like flying a kite.
There's lots of movement caused by meaningless gusts.
In the end, you're in the same place.
Real thinking is an adventure.
It takes preparation, work, and you reach new places and see new sights.
You don't know where it will lead, and you're not the same when you return.
And it's richer if you're willing to see new truths and willing to let go of
all the things you think you know.
To get better at it takes practice, real work, hiking, training, and study.
The world is much larger than you or I can ever know.
Our views, our notions of what's possible, can always expand.
-ras, May 14, 2016
Education is expensive. Ignorance is exorbitant.- ras, 1999,
during a remodel. Also used relative to marriage...
Obama said, "If you think education is expensive, wait
until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century."
(We did- $3 trillion and counting, for the Iraq War,
which fueled the War on ISIS, all due to Bush et al's ignorance.)
"Knowing is not just the booby prize, it's also the booby trap."
- Judy Bell at the 2015 CGT.
Note: A variant of: "Being right is the booby prize."
Being a man gives you the right to be both wrong and confident.
Perspicacity breeds consent. -ras 2017
Good books off the beaten track (old list...):
Interesting sites about:
polls are misleading...
What religion has beliefs like yours?
Cool physics video
Abundance by design
Email: R a n d y -at- Strausses . net
Home: Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley)
FYI, Silicon Valley used to be from Santa Clara through Palo Alto, California.
But now it has consumed most of the peninsula from San Jose to
San Francisco, a distance of about 60 miles, plus the East Bay.
Last updated: Dec 2016. Copyright 1999-2016, Randy Strauss