So, who is this guy, anyway?
Who am I? Good question. When I figure out the answer, I'll let you know.
I've kind of drifted around from one thing to another in my life. I went to college right out of high school, but after I went through a couple of them, I joined the workforce as unskilled labor. That wasn't pretty, especially since I'd never really had to work for a living before. It was certainly more educational than my college experience.
But, I went from one career to another (kind of an interesting - eclectic, even - list, really), wound up working at a university so I could finish up school (and changed careers there, too), and finally got a diploma 26 years after I started (I don't feel any smarter, but what the hell, it was free) and am now a fulltime grad student, which is actually turning out to be more of a pain in the ass than working was.
So, that's kinda sorta who I am. You'll find other tidbits scattered around the site, if you're bored enough to poke around.
Welcome to PJS Designs…
Hi there. PJS Designs used to be a small company specializing in web design and web hosting, not to mention basic network design and implementation. Wonderful and talented as I am, it turns out I'm a really lousy businessman (which I think is one of my better qualities). I had every intention of putting up a business web site here, but, well, I never got past a "coming soon" page. So, now, I put this here as a starting point to get to some of my personal pages and projects. If you take your time, you could probably kill the better part of an afternoon looking around (hey, it beats working).
Patrick's World (which is, admittedly, a pretty dumb name, but I had to pick something quick when I first posted a link to my original home page way back in 1996 or so) is my personal home page. It (the name) actually worked out pretty well for me, for reasons that may or may not be written down somewhere here. This is maybe the third generation of it, and it's been moved from its original home at Dreamscape to where it sits today (with one or two moves in between).
Anyhow, it hasn't been touched too much lately. In years, really. A lot of it's broken (when I moved it, I broke a bunch of stuff, and I didn't have the energy to fix it), and most of it's just abandoned. I had a pretty damn good collection of links going for a while there, but it just got impossible to keep up with. There are some family photos and things I've written, and some other stuff that I haven't really looked at in a long time. One of these days, maybe I'll try and fix the broken stuff and give it all the same look (they hadn't invented style sheets back then - or I didn't know how to use 'em, anyway).
Is that a shrub in your pocket...?
This is my blog, which I don't get to write in as much as I'd like. It has a political bent most of the time, when I get to write anything at all. If you have a problem with the "f" word, or swearing in general, you may not want to venture in there. I was a workin' guy for a long time, and f*ck is a pretty good all-purpose word for the working man (and woman - hell, for everybody else I know, really). It works as an adjective, noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, and interjection (you might be able to use it as a preposition and a conjunction, too, if you work at it). Also, if you think George W. Bush is doing a great job, you probably just want to stay away from there (and congratulations on either being extremely wealthy, batshit crazy, or just plain dumb).
A while back, I got interested in researching the Sauter family name. The Sauters (the ones I care about, anyway) came to the Syracuse, NY area somewhere around 1850 from Bavaria. I'm not sure if they came to Syracuse directly, or landed someplace else first. Anyhow, I learned a lot of stuff I never knew before, and every now and again I dig up something else of interest. If you have any Sauter-related interest (or better yet, information), poke around a bit. There's a little (very little) O'Toole and Perkins info in there, too.
I'm big fan of Morning Sedition, and its cancellation was one of the biggest mistakes ever (that doesn't begin to say it, but I'm trying not to get all wound up here). I'm trying to keep the spirit of Morning Sedition alive at MorningSeditionists.com, and I invite everyone over. There's a blog and forums (much more active than mine), and a growing community of progressives who like to (hell, have to, or go crazy) laugh. You may also be interested in listening to Sedition Radio, which is a ShoutCast stream of funny bits and interviews form Morning Sedition and The Marc Maron Show. Everything comes courtesy of the hard work and dedication of Patrick (not me) and his helpers over at thesnotgreensea. You can download all these bits (and more), plus complete shows. If you enjoy the archives, toss him a couple bucks to help with his hosting fees.
If you want to contact me, there's a form here for that. Nothing fancy.