Hi. Welcome to my blog, a sort of public journal of my thoughts, observations, and experiences. To understand my articles it could help to understand me. I will try to provide a brief summary here. If you came here from my professional site then you might prefer a more professional version.
I became blind at birth. This happened in 1977. I got my first computer in 1983 or so, an Apple II/E, the first home computer the blind could use. I took to it immediately, and started programming as soon as I learned how. Since day one I have pretty much taught myself everything I know with computers. It all started when I had the idea to type LIST. To this day it still seems magical that I can write code and make a computer do something new.
I moved to the PC in middle school. I started running a bulletinboard, and to this day I have never had more fun on a computer. I also became a Discordian. I figured any religion that could get me through high school could get me through life. Besides, the idea of a crazy woman running everything makes sense to me.
I became a vegetarian in 1997. I do it purely for physical reasons. My body feels repulsed by meat. Idealism doesn’t enter into it. I don’t care if other people eat meat. I just want a good meal too. Because of this, I have also become a good cook, at least good enough for my own needs, and my friends seem to agree. I enjoy cooking for the same reason I enjoy programming, you know what goes into your system. However, when it comes to your body, you only get one. You can’t trade it in every three years like a computer, at least not yet. By the way, I love Cacao, raw chocolate.
I began meditating around age fifteen or so. Most recently, I have developed an amazing technique, which I have begun publishing. Meditation always comes first, above computers or politics or anything else. It has to.
In June of 2010 I got an iPhone and it changed my universe as soon as it entered it. That article went viral. Since then I have begun using all of Apple’s products. They provide the most accessible desktop experience for the blind. For server stuff and programming though I still use Linux.
Recently, I have moved from the suburbs into the city of Philadelphia, and love it. The city has so much opportunity and cool things to do. I have also begun using echolocation, which allows me to see with sound.
Some ask about the name Behind the Curtain. They wonder if it refers to the Wizard of Oz, or perhaps the iron curtain. I campaigned for Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012. In 2008 I did the tech work for Ron Paul Radio. Since I didn’t want any of the crazys to contact me, my tagline on the contact page said: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. I did a show with that name, and the blog grew from that. After the station collapsed, I decided I enjoyed having a blog, so kept it and moved it here. Now I have so much more. I hope you enjoy it. The Goddess prevails!