Autonomous Source

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Welcome to Autonomous Source!

Welcome to my new Movable Type powered site. Moving Target may have had a tiny bit of name recognition, but I wasn't able to get the domain. So I've picked what I think is a new and much cooler name for the new blog. For some time it's been in the back of my mind to get off Blogger and get a real host. Now I've finally gone and done it. Blogger is great for starting a blog and finding out if you have the dedication to keep it going, but having your own site has a lot of advantages. The most important of these is the ability to host my photos myself. I really like throwing pictures up on my blog but have felt limited by the undependable nature of my picture server. So look for more pictures at Autonomous Source.

Starting this new site is an excellent opportunity for me to examine why I'm doing this and to ask myself what I'm getting out of it. Moving Target started out when my kids were born and was a way for me to send out photos and stories about them to friends and family. But it's grown from that to be an important way for me to interact with the outside world. I'm a stay-at-home father and I certainly feel my work here is very important and satisfying. But I'm sure anyone who has spent months at home changing diapers and heating up baby food will agree that you sometimes feel isolated. I often have felt as if I'm in a basement apartment looking out one of those tiny windows at the world going on without me. My blog is a way to try to engage rather than just receive -- even if that engagement is almost infinitesimally small. I have a lot of stuff I have to get out of my system -- the blog is the conduit for that stuff.

As before, I'll be writing about whatever interests me at that moment or what I feel is not getting enough attention in the traditional media. I'm interested in economics, technology, geography, politics, culture and foreign affairs. Actually, I'm interested in pretty much everything except celebrity journalism and Baseball. Some friends try to sum up my views as "right-wing" or "libertarian", but I prefer not to be categorized. But there is one thing that runs through much of my commentary, and that is the belief that freedom is the most powerful force in human civilization. If people are free to manage their own affairs and are confident their success will not be punished, they generally find ways to make things better, both for themselves and others. The inevitable mistakes that people make become lessons learned, and help to increase the wisdom of the society. I believe in progress, and know that progress does not occur when important decisions that affect individuals' lives are made by a technocratic elite. But please don't assume from the above that this blog will just be dry political rambling about the tyranny of the political classes and the hypocrisy of the media. There will also be pictures of babies.

So take a look around and drop a comment in the comments section of this post if you like (or don't like) what you see. In the more than a year that I've been writing Moving Target, I've never received an email from anyone that I didn't already know. Please drop a note and let me know someone's out there!


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Boy, sure is quiet around here...


I have a Talia of my own and it's her first birthday today. I googled on 'happy birthday talia' (why, doesn't everyone do these things?) and found you.

So, um, I'm out here. I don't have a lot of spare reading time, but I've found the browsing I've done so far to be interesting.

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