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Hi. I'm Steve Ford, and this is my wiki.

If you wish to communicate with me, you can either post a message on my discussion page (User_talk:Sford), or you can send e-mail directly to Note that this e-mail address has a fairly aggressive spam filter running on it, so be careful to make your message appear non-spam-like. I get too much spam to monitor my spam folder.  :-)

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Sford wiki setup
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Sford LinkedIn endorsements
Sford Content Outlets
Sford Blog Tags


Wiki-like Thingie

I'm planning to share this wiki with others, but didn't want to make an entirely-separate wiki for each of us. So I'm keeping my personal sub-wiki here:

Sford wiki
Sford cheat sheets - short-cut to part of the wiki

Blog-like Thingie

I tried to implement a blog right here, simply by adding text to this page periodically.

Besides the fact that I am just not a natural-born blogger, implementing a blog in wikimedia is a bad idea. A blog needs a good RSS feed, and the RSS feed for a wiki page is not a good way to do it. I do have another experimental blog (yes, I went to the trouble of creating a DNS record for that one).


There is a good chance we will move when C goes to college. Some questions need to be answered:

  • How many kids would we want to support living with us? Think boomerang.
  • What maximum work commute time? 1 hour for public transit, 30 minutes for car?
  • Walking distance from what? Groceries? Drug store? Non-busy area (for peaceful walking)?
  • Are there financial reasons to own, especially if own outright (i.e. no mortgage deduction)? Managed property (e.g. condo) v.s. paying for maintenance.
  • Weather? Cold winter with ice and snow? Hot summer with insects and sunburn?


I've been asked what I would do if I retire. The person asking generally assumes that I would not have enough to do, and would go back to work, not for the income, but for the activity.

I find this hard to believe. I have so many things I am interested in that I think I could pursue those interests full-time and still not get to everything I want to do.

Here's a list of stuff I would do if I could retire:

  • Astronomy. I want to hunt for deep-sky objects by star-hopping, a time-consuming and solitary activity. It would involve shifting my sleep cycle somewhat so that I'm not dead tired by 10:00 pm.
  • Blogging. I've always sort of wanted to write a blog, although I'm not quite sure why. So I guess the real test would be to try it and see if I like it. Software is an obvious subject. Doing a "dueling critics" blog (food, entertainment, books, etc) could make it spouse-friendly.
  • Coding. I would like to write that adventure program, maybe multi-player. And a sudoku solver. Maybe an event generator/packet generator/etc for RT testing. Learn Python and Ruby. Hascal. Scala. SmallTalk. Teach PhP to M. Do more semi-literate programming.
  • Dogs. I don't spend nearly enough time walking them, and I really do like doing it. Just not enough time in the day. Learning to train them would be cool too. Spouse-friendly.
  • Exercise. Nature walks during nice weather, treadmill with movie when not. Snow-shoing. Beach combing. Spouse-friendly.
  • Films. We should get one of those "1000 films to see before you die" books. This would be fun for cloudy nights. Also plays and dance, although obviously not as often. Spouse-friendly.
  • Games. People have told me that I would enjoy D&D; maybe I should try it. Also WII. Console games (e.g. shooter) don't interest me much. Bridge? Penny-stakes poker? Potentially spouse-friendly.

Wow, nice alphabetic sequence there!

  • Minigolf. Yes, you heard me right. An opportunity for travel. Spouse-friendly.
  • Museums. MoMA. Tate Modern. Shedd. Field. MS&I. Historical societies. This involves travel. Spouse-friendly.
  • Music. I suspect it's too late to try to learn an instrument, and I'm not sure it would be very rewarding. But wouldn't it be cool to be able to play Chopin? Or Beethoven piano and cello with a friend?
  • Reading. I never have time to read. I would love to have time to read all kinds of books. From histories and biographies, to mysteries and science fiction. Recent classics (20th century). Reading aloud makes it spouse-friendly.
  • Teaching. Maybe at a community college? Maybe a high school or college tutor? OK, I guess this counts as a job...
  • Wikipedian. Even just as a gnome. It's fun and time-consuming!
  • Writing. Short fiction, maybe my long-planned debugging booklet, free tutorials. I remember really enjoying writing on Chinet, with an interactive audience - maybe more of that?

Geeze, run out of things to do? Far from it. I could get tired of HALF of those and STILL have more to do than I have time for. And most of them cost little or nothing to do.


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