This is the personal webpage of Joseph Kiser. I am the proud father of two beautiful children. I used to make music, but now I fix computers for people. I like gardening and strength training. I have been to many countries across Europe, Asia, and the Western Hemisphere and have lived out of a single bag. I have served in two wars, or one war on two fronts. I like hotdogs, the color orange, cheese, and baroque music. I never get cold.
Genealogy - Work in progress, currently on hold. I have not been back to Germanton since last autumn and have many sites to cover. The the work from 1769 - 1918 has already been done, and is well documented in the 1981 Publication, "Stokes County Heritage - Volume I." Family names include Buchen, Rippel, Fessler, Tuttle. I am writing the story of the 1918 - present family story. Family names here include Garner, Henning, Wallace. We put a man on the moon, fought communism, and liberated camps in the Second World War. A lot of neat stories here, including one where a German ancestor captured another German ancestor during a war, and their descendants (my grandparents) married some 170 years later many hundreds of miles away.
Computers - Moved here.
The only rights you have are the rights you can defend.
The only things you own are the things you can control.
Most of the world is shit. Most of the world is a desert because of these shit people. Civilization is always a few bad days away from a painful diarrhetic death for many. All it takes is one broken supply chain or an unexpected power outage to send a large number of people their death. Learn to be self-sufficient. Learn a trade and learn to grow your own food. Buy land and stop cutting down the trees. Love your children and teach them to survive, most of all.
Max out your 401(k). It may seem like I waste a lot of money on computers, but not before maxing out my 401(k) and Roth IRA's for myself and my wife. If you have the option, buy the index and hold. Recommended reading: Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It. If you have children, invest in a 529 plan. Part of the conundrum of being a high-middle class wage earner is that I will be expected to contribute a higher percentage towards my children's university tuition. While the year over year cost of tuition outpaces the stock market, at least you can do something to contribute towards your child's future. Do not burden them with debt as soon as they graduate; let them start with as close to a clean slate as possible so that they can invest in their retirement plans. If you don't have a specific reason to buy an Android device, buy Apple. With Apple products (iPhone, iPad), you will get several years of security updates as well as access to the widest range of aftermarket accessories and support. As of 2017, Apple still provides timely security updates for phones released in 2012, almost five years ago. Compare with most Android manufacturers which may get a single major update over its lifespan and maybe a year's worth of security backports. These are no longer phones; they are pocket computers which contain our most sensitive personal and financial data. Saving a few bucks on the Android phone is not worth the hassle of potential identity theft because the manufacturer decided to stop supporting the device after six months. Don't use Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Reddit. Use Free Software where possible. Be independent, have an open mind, and refuse services that implement censorship/shadowbanning. They are a direct assault on free speech.
Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition. Learn to use a computer. Paganism Explained, Part II: Little Red Riding Hood & Jack and the Beanstalk. Second part in this series about the meaning behind European fairy tales. The Best of Michael Swanwick. The superior sci-fi writer of the last quarter century.
This page shamelessly written in vi. I have no HTML skills.
Last Updated: 2018-03-19