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General Biography

James E. O'Neill IV
James E. O’Neill IV

I am a cisgendered, heterosexual, heteroromantic, monogamous male (he/him). I am happily married to a beautiful Belarussian and we live in a small house in Baraboo, WI with our beautiful daughter.

  • My Divergent faction would be Erudite.
  • My Wizarding house would be either Griffindor or Hufflepuff – I have tested equal for both.
  • My Patronus would be a spicy chicken sandwich.
  • In Game of Thrones I would definitely be from House Stark, but I would be one of the Starks that would die within the first few chapters of the first book.
Me with people: quiet. Me on my own: blathering away.
Me with people: quiet. Me on my own: blathering away.

On the Myers-Briggs Test I test as INTP. I am quite introverted and at any moment you see me I will most likely be lost in my thoughts and conversing with myself. A little too often my wife and daughter will both ask me who I am talking too. =O

In groups of people, I tend to quiet down significantly, but I can extrovert when needed – presentations, parties, etc. Plus, if you get me on a topic I am passionate about I can talk quite a bit.

I have recently added an About My Blog page.

Religion

I am a Unitarian Universalist (UU), more specifically – an Agnostic Humanist. You can see the Personal Creed I developed to give you an idea what that means. We attend the Free Congregation of Sauk County.

The 4 following documents are the closest things I have to ‘religious‘ documents:

I am an LGBT+P friendly ordained minister with the Universal Life Church and I am open to performing services. Here is my Ministry page if you want to learn more.

I am also a LGBT+P advocate. You can take a look at my writings regarding these topics here under Social Activism.

Politics

I am an agonizingly progressive and support the issues of :

Yes, I know… keep laughing. =) =P

I am a member of the Green Party and I support Bernie Sanders for President. I also love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) with all of my progressive feels. <3

If you want to see what my policies might look like if I ran for office, then please check out an entire website dedicated to my policies:

The Interstellar New Deal – Transforming Humanity with a Vision for Radical: Equity and Social, Environmental, Economic, and Technological Justice

I have also started a local conversation group at our Yoga Studio titled: Transforming the World: Conversations on Social, Economic, Political, and Sustainable Policy.

I have also started to stream on Twitch where I will play games while I wait for someone to pop in so we can talk politics: Free Xenon @ Twitch.

If you would like to support my writing and activist work then please stop by my new Patreon project.

General Preferences

Computers, Web Development, Role Playing Games, Martial Arts, Traveling, Esperanto, Investing, Religion, Politics, Yoga, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Nerdy, Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Writing

Personal Profiles

General Interests

Travel

I have traveled around the world a little bit, both while in and out of the military, to the following countries: Spain, Italy, Israel, Greece, France, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, St. Martin N.A., Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, and Germany.

The most beautiful place that I have been is Prague, Czech Republic – their buildings are exquisite. I hope to visit China, Japan, and Ireland some day. My wife and I both want to visit Paris and Rome together.

I have taken trips with friends and family to places around the United States like: Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Hoover Dam, Badlands National Park, the Statue of Liberty, Saguaro National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Disney World, Disneyland, Hershey Pennsylvania, and more.

Food

Traditional American, Italian or Mexican, although I generally avoid all three since have been trying to eat as healthy as I can – slowly adding vegetables into my diet, as well as much organic as I can. I would love to be a vegetarian, but I do not like vegetables so much. The struggle is real!! =)

Music

primarily pop, rock, 80’s Hair Metal, and a little metal

2 Cellos, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bruce Willis, Creed, Def Leppard, Disturbed, Enigma, Evanescence, Five Finger Death Punch, Goo Goo Dolls, Guns and Roses, Halestorm, Jeff Healey, Journey, Nickelback, Pat Benatar, Poison, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queen, REO Speed Wagon, Scorpions, Third Eye Blind, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, White Snake

I have found that as I have grow older that my taste in music has become heavier. I am starting to look at Disturbed and Five Finger Death Punch having recently bought a bunch of their music. There is this Norwegian musician and producer, Leo Moracchioli,  who does some amazing metal covers which I have bought. Leo’s cover of Adele’s Hello is amazing!

Television/Video Series

Life is too short to be normal. Stay Weird!
Life is too short to be normal. Stay Weird!

primarily sci-fi, fantasy, and nerdy

Agents of Shield, Altered Carbon (Netflix), Big Bang Theory, Caprica, Daredevil (Netflix), Defiance, Doctor Who, Firefly, Fringe, Game of Thrones (HBO), Glee, Gotham, Heroes, Jessica Jones (Netflix), New Girl, Peggy Carter, Sense8 (Netflix), Star Trek (original series, TNG), Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Stranger Things (Netflix), Super Girl, Supernatural, The Expanse (SyFy), The Flash, The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix), The Magicians (SyFy), The Punisher (Netflix), The Shield, Torchwood

I hate to admit it but American Idol, The Voice, and So You Think You Can Dance. I blame these fully on my wife.

News and Politics:

AJ+, Francesca Fiorentini, The Young Turks, David Pakman Show;  Abby Martin, Chris Hedges, Glen Greenwald, Jacque Frescoe, John Oliver, John Stewart, Noam Chomsky, Peter Joseph,

I have also started to stream on Twitch where I will play games while I wait for someone to pop in so we can talk politics: Free Xenon @ Twitch.

Movies

primarily science fiction and action/adventure, with a splash of drama

300, 5th Element, Aladdin (Disney), Aliens, Angels and Demons, Army of Darkness, Avatar, Avengers (Marvel series and spin-offs), Braveheart, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Clash of the Titans (original), Contact, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Dances with Wolves, Dark City, Divergent (series), Enemy at the Gates, Finding Nemo, Event Horizon, Gladiator, Harry Potter (series), Hercules (Disney), Hunger Games, Indiana Jones, Interstellar, Ironman (Marvel), James Bond movies, Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) Labyrinth, Lethal Weapon (series), Lord of the Rings (series), Lost in Space, Matrix, Monsters Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Pay It Forward, Pirates of the Caribbean, Primal Fear, Pulp Fiction, Rent, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Romeo and Juliet (Danes and Di Caprio), Romeo Must Die, Scent of a Woman, Serenity, Shawshank Redemption, Schindler’s List, Sister Act (series, don’t judge me =P ), Sixth Sense, Spiderman, Star Trek (original and new), Star Wars (IV, V, VI, VII, VIII), The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, The Maze (series), The Princess Bride, The Usual Suspects, Toy Story, Troy, Unbreakable (+ Split and Glass), Wimbledon, X-Men

I don’t know how it happened, but the wife and I survived a Star Wars Marathon for the release of Episode 7 – a total of 7 movies and 23 hours including about 2 hours of driving. =)

The Joker is an amazing movie! Check out my post on: Themes, Messages, and Symbolism from the Movie “Joker”.

Sports/Activities

I have done martial arts (Shaolin Kempo Karate), racquetball, ping pong, tennis, and yoga.

I watch Green Bay Packer games when I get a chance, but that is about it.

Artists, Contemporary

Uploading to the Brainbow!

Education and Training

Brainbow – This image really embodies who I am. =)

Right after high school I enlisted in the Navy for 6 years and was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a Reactor Operator/Electronics Technician during the Iraq War.

I have graduated with honors from the Herzing College of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an A.S. in Computer Networking Technologies; as well as being a Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) from Human Factors International (HFI).

I am a web standards-based developer dealing with such issues as Semantics, Separation of Layers, and  Validation. I am involved with Accessibility and Usability in addition to Web Standards. Currently, I am working as a Drupal Administrator.

Books, Pleasure Reading

Check my Good Reads profile for more info on the books I have read.

primarily science fiction and fantasy

I have not done a whole lot of ‘pleasure reading’ in the last 10 years or so. In the last year I started reading the Harry Potter books to look them at from the stand point of learning how to write. I am on book 7. I have also started The Expanse series too.

Angels and Demons (Dan Brown), Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien), Robots Trilogy (Issac Asimov), Star Wars Novels (Timothy Zahn), Sword Dancer Trilogy (Jennifer Robberson), The Dark Elf Series (R.A. Salvatore), The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown), The Expanse (series), The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown), Dungeons and Dragons as well as other RPG books.

Books, More Serious Books

Check my Good Reads profile for more info on the books I have read.

I read books on healthy living, real estate, investment, business management, religion, civil rights and constitutional law, as well as evolutionary psychology and biology, sexuality and relationships, religious history, philosophy, theology, divine feminine, and symbolism.

Brain Drain

Kindle and Nook Books

I have many books on Kindle and Nook (over 2 years of non-stop reading).

YouTube and Netflix

I watch TED Talks, Cosmos, and Crash Courses.

I also just found out a about Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur (SFIA). This is an amazing YouTube channel discussing space, futurism, and related technology. They release one amazing video a week on Thursdays, so prepare to educate yourself on SFIA Thursdays!

The Great Courses

My mind is like my internet browser 19 tabs open, 3 of them are frozen, and I have no idea where the music is coming from.
My mind is like my internet browser 19 tabs open, 3 of them are frozen, and I have no idea where the music is coming from.

If you do not know about The Great Courses then please go there NOW!! I loves it. It is my precious.

Here is a list of some of the Great Courses I have listened to:

I have too many of these too. So much to learn… so little time! Currently, I am listening to these on my weekly route to and from Madison.

Important Pursuits and Hobbies

Aspiring Writer

I desire to write fantasy, urban fantasy, solar punk, and science-fiction works. If you are interested you can see some of my older writings on this site through the writing category. I have tried my hand with some flash fiction. I also participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2013. and want to write novels, although… By the gods above! Plotting… is… HARD!!

My top 4 series to watch for writers are:

All of these shows were conveniently based on a book series.

Changing the World

I have pursued studying many topics for over a decade in order to try to figure out how and why our world is so messed up, and how to fix it. Many of my blog posts and my blog pages are aimed at just that. From talking about Resourced Based Economies, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and my 7 Philosophical Pillars for Peace in Humanity to Calendar Reform, Esperanto, and Yoga, to all of the other crazy things I talk about here.

Gaming

Oh, I don't try to hide my weird. I like to wave it around and scare away the boring people and it's like a beacon for my fellow weirdos.
Oh, I don’t try to hide my weird. I like to wave it around and scare away the boring people and it’s like a beacon for my fellow weirdos.

RPG’s

I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons and Star Wars as well as a smidge of Alternity, The Expanse, GURPS, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulu and other RPG’s for over 25 years. I just fell in love with the FATE Core system! <3 Years ago I played Magic: the Gathering and Spellfire.

If you want to see my various posts, writings, and narratives for Role Playing Games check out that tag: RPG.

Other Table Top Games

For cards games we primarily play: Rook and Euchre.

For board games I play: Axis and Allies, Carcassonne, Firefly, Othello, Pandemic, Risk (Dr. Who), Settlers of Catan, Tsuro.

I just backed a Kickstarter for the following 4X game: Laruna: Age of Kingdoms and just bought Gloomhaven (second printing) from my local gaming store.

Computer and Console

In the distant past I have played various consoles such as: Atari 2600, Nintendo, SNES, Playstation 1, 2, 3 and their many, many games, although I have had to pretty much end all console or computer gaming due to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in my wrist and forearms. (me sad panda)

I was playing Mech Warrior Online (MWO) and Star Wars: The Old Republic, but had to quit due to arm issues. Currently, I am only playing a turn based strategy games such as:

Turn based games are about what my arms can handle. =(

I have also started to stream on Twitch where I will play games while I wait for someone to pop in so we can talk politics: Free Xenon @ Twitch.