Philosophy

Everyone needs a place to express their opinions and share compelling content, so I have created this blog as a repository for some of the more interesting things I discover online. Hopefully, you will find something that is humorous, informative, or challenges you to think about a topic in a novel way.

Sky Diving

One of my goals is to create a dialogue with people who share my interests. I love getting feedback, so if there is anything you find particularly intriguing, please leave a comment and take part in the discussion.

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Just Obi, chillin

Feel free to look around, and, if you have any questions, head on over to the Contact page and let me know.

Paul Ciano

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

– Steven P. Jobs (1955-2011)

About Me

I have always had two great passions, science and technology. During the first part of my life, I devoted myself primarily to the former, specifically Psychological Science and the study of the mind/brain. I have an undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate degree (M.A.) in Experimental Psychology and have designed, conducted, analyzed and presented several cognitive and biopsychological experiments, usually focusing on the effect of emotional valence and stress on to-be-remembered material.

During the latter part of my life, I have become increasingly interested in technology and have decided to explore my interest in this field. I have an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and am a CompTIA certified technician (A+, Network+, Security+). For me, learning is a lifelong process, and I am continuously working toward refining my skill set and furthering my education.

Disclosures

I am employed by Automattic, the creator of numerous, online properties and maintainer of WordPress.com.

I own stock in both Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL).

Mission Statement

The Internet, World Wide Web (WWW), and personal computer have engendered an age of unparalleled communication, and have substantively changed the lives of millions of people worldwide.

In general, computers have become easier to understand and utilize. However, the rapidly changing field of Information Technology (IT) can leave even the most tech-savvy dilettante perplexed.

In addition, as more people become comfortable with living a digital lifestyle, deciphering how to efficiently and securely utilize technology will be of utmost importance.

I seek to make a place where everyday people of varying skill levels can come to learn how to harness the power of technology.

My goals are twofold:

  1. Curate and link to the most helpful, practical tips I can find
  2. Create original, long-form content on substantive, technical topics that is presented in easily understood terms

Professionals thrive, in part, by making a valuable set of information as opaque as possible to the layperson, hence, increasing the need for them to interpret it for you. Technology professionals are no exception.

Yet, when one considers how technology has penetrated so many aspects of our lives, both personally and professionally, you have to ask, is this right? I don’t think it is.

Whether we like it or not, the Virtual Revolution is here to stay, and I believe that all people are capable of, and would benefit from, having a better understanding of the technology they are surrounded by.

If you don’t understand the tools you are using, then they are using you.

I hope to do my small part in working towards this goal by sharing what I have learned and by engaging with an interested audience.