My purpose is to bring about peace, harmony, and prosperity.
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.)
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 25 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...
My hobbies of writing and a few software
projects have languished.
I try now and then,
but there's so little time between work,
family, house, dog, exercise...
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.
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.
"...family has cost me my life,
and replaced it with a far richer one." - RAS, 2005
To reach me, send me email. This domain is "strausses.net".
You can send an email to Randy, at this domain.
Many people outside California don't know where Silicon Valley is.
It 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.
"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.
- coined in 1994 or 95, watching my 2-3 year old son
- but also 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.
- RS, May 14, 2016
Education is expensive. Ignorance is exorbitant.
Obama said, "If you think education is expensive, wait
until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century."
We already did. At least $3 trillion of the cost of the
the Iraq War, which fueled the War on ISIS, was due to Bush et al's
"Knowing is not just the booby prize, it's also the booby trap."
- Judy Bell at the 2016 CGT.
Note: A variant of: "Being right is the booby prize."
"Being a man gives you the right to be both wrong and confident."
On my list:
Good books off the beaten track:
Interesting sites about:
polls are misleading...
What religion has beliefs like yours?
Cool physics video
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