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You are reading this on gopher, yay! On the WWW it's at http://www.therandymon.com.
Welcome! I have fond memories of gopher and thought in a radical act of
defiance against the way the modern WWW is headed, I would replicate my entire
sites content on gopher. Enjoy it! Here are a few words about the author.
Spammers and identity thieves, please take note:
I have spent most of my life living and working overseas, from Asia to Latin
America to Africa. Other than travel, my biggest interests are open-source
software and computer systems, writing, exploring, camping, biking, hiking,
surfing, and making maps. I love languages and good books. This website
reflects my passion for exploration.
I am the co-author of the best-selling travel guide book Moon Nicaragua and
its companion Living Abroad in Nicaragua for expats and retirees. I am also
the author of the phenomenal Dictator's Handbook: a practical manual for the
aspiring tyrant. In addition to those three books, I have published several
other pieces as well.
I work in the power sector, with a focus on solar, wind, and renewable energy
technologies. I previously was a senior manager with RTI International, where I
designed and implemented projects related to clean energy, energy efficiency,
and improving access to energy for the rural poor, particularly in Africa. I'm
passionate about solar PV and mini-grid technologies, as well as improving the
status quo on utility service delivery. Before that I was General Manager for
a 33 MW peat-to-power plant in Uganda, and for ten years I was the Resident
Country Director for MCC: I spent five years each in Benin and Senegal.
In my spare time I make maps and surf, play the 12-string guitar, and go
hiking. I am a vocal advocate of Open Source software and love Linux and
FreeBSD in particular. I dabble in server tech and retrocomputing.
I am listed on LinkedIn for professional networking, but don't/won't use
Facebook, despite its flaws. I have an Amazon author page. These days I don't
do social media and typically stick to a text-only browser. The WWW is a
wasteland and the internet is generally speaking, a sewer.
I much prefer email. Drop me a line if you'd like to get in touch; my current
(disposable, spam-filtered) email address is zafiro17 AT gmail DOT COM.
Rest assured, this server is not placing any cookies or tracking you in any way
(Man, don't you miss the early days of the Internet?) As a result, I have no
idea if anyone is reading this stuff. If you've gotten here by gopher, say
Enjoy the site, advertising-free, tracking-free, "create a profile"-free, spam
free, etc. It's been my pleasure.