Nothing up my sleeve...
Funny, that's what often happens when I try to pull a rabbit out of my hat. Since the other page does up my work stuff, I thought you might want to see that I'm not a totally boring putz. Have fun looking around, but please turn out the lights and close the door behind you when you leave. Last updated on December 12, 2016.
A Few Things You Might Want to Know Before Proceeding
First, you might like to know that this page has been rated among the bottom 95% of all web sites by those fine, fine, folks at Pointless Communications, back when they maintained the site for this reward. I lament the passing of the award for the rest of us.
Second, you should know that, unlike my main page, this page has not been reviewed by, nor is its content necessarily endorsed by, The University of Dayton, The School of Business Administration, The Department of Management Information Systems, Operations Management & Decision Sciences, The Easter Bunny, Bugs Bunny, or any other entities, persons, or fictional characters that might be concerned about things I might say. I don't speak for any of these and they don't speak for me. Actually, my main page hasn't been reviewed by any of the above, either, but there isn't anything all that interesting there anyway, so I don't think they'll mind (come to think of it, I don't say much interesting here, either).
I didn't say they'd be of me, did I? The one above (no, I didn't take it) reflects my state of mind, generally at the end of the semester, or when I'm trying to get a paper out. The ones below are of a different nature.
This shot is at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. It was taken with a simple "point and shoot" camera at about 8 in the morning. I was especially taken with how the bright sun washed out the eastern face of the monument, to the extent that it created a really sharp contrast with the side of the monument.
This shot was taken at about 6 AM just north of Lethbridge, Alberta, again with my trusty point and shoot. I lived in western Canada for four years, and never ceased to be amazed by the tremendous natural beauty of the place (this photo is just a sample). An ad for Tourism Canada states that "America borders on the magnificent". As it pertains to Alberta, they got that right.
Dave Salisbury in regalia at graduation - May, 1996
Next, one of li'l' old me. This was taken at my convocation, where I received my Doctorate in Management Information Systems from the University of Calgary. Actually, I like the regalia so much, I bought it. Hope Mum likes the picture.
Finally, (since I haven't added much to this page in a while) one of my dog Louie (in front), and the neighbor's dog Biscuit. Louie is a pound rescue dog, adopted from the good folks at the Rutherford County (TN) Humane Alliance. Louie's a Lemon Basset (apparently being a Lemon's a big deal to Basset owners; Louie seems rather unaffected by the distinction). He sleeps around the house, eats, forces me out on walks, gnaws on his rawhide bones (but not anything else except pencils), plays with his squeaky toy, jumps on the couch when I'm not looking (hence I purchased leather furniture - it's a LOT of grief to get his hair out of the couch) and generally makes the house a little nicer place to live (he's also housebroken, which is probably more than I can say for myself). If you are looking for a good pet you might want to consider adoption as well. Bassethoundrescue.com is one site that specializes in Basset rescues.
Finally, I would be most remiss if I didn't mention the lovely young lady who has had pity on me and consented to marry me in June of 2004. Here's a picture of us taken at Columbia Ice Fields. Aren't I lucky? (I'll put what I really think here later when she's not standing behind me with a large club) :-).
All work makes Jack (and me) a dull boy, and consequently I generally try to keep a few non-work things going. It never actually works out that way, but the thought is nice, isn't it? Anyway, when I have time (it seems that this is never the case anymore), I might be found partaking in one of the following:
- Web browsing
- Learning the Mandolin
- Collapsing on the couch
Books (read or in progress)
If I read only work stuff, my mind would rot (some say it has already), so I do a lot of extra curricular reading. Some of the books I would recommend follow (I have either finished or are currently working on them):
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Pirsig)
The Pursuit of God (Tozer)
Pilgrim's Progress (Bunyan)
We Would See Jesus (Hession)
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (Thompson)
Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings (Fehrenbacher)
The Debate on the Constitution (Bailyn)
An Illustrated History of Canada (Brown)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Bach)
A Parliament of Whores - A Lone Humorist Tries to Explain the Entire Government (O'Rourke)
A Man on the Moon--The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts (Chaikin)
We're Right, They're Wrong--A Handbook for Spirited Progressives (Carville)
The Closing of the American Mind (Bloom)
The Future does not Compute: Transcending the Machines in our Midst (Talbott)
This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age (Burrows)
Down Under (Bryson) - sold in the U.S. as "In a Sunburned Country"
Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys (Collins)
The Social Life of Information (Brown, Duguid)
Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain (Paterniti)
Networks & Netwars (Arquilla, Ronfeldt)
Eat the Rich - A Treatise on Economics (O'Rourke)
The Unbroken Chain (Wendt)
The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer (Irwin, Conard, Skoble)
Fighter Boys: The Battle of Britain, 1940 (Bishop)
The Pengaton's New Map (Barnett)
The Lexus and The Olive Tree (Friedman)
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (Prahalad)
Gossamer Odyssey (Grosser)
To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight (Tobin)
Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism (Verton)
The Mystery of Capital (DeSoto)
Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism (O'Rourke)
Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen (Hilfiker)
The 9/11 Commission Report (9/11 Commission)
Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill (Stern)
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (Zakaria)
The Kite Runner (Hosseini)
The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century (Hammes)
The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank (Bornstein)
Music is something that helps me escape from the hustle of work. My range of favorites is a bit wide, so it's likely that you'll find something to which you can relate. The following is but a sampling of the range.
The Music Map (not a group, but a cool way to find other stuff related to artists you already like)
Web Pages I Visit
Everybody's got to have some of these. I'll be adding more as I browse around, or as my students enlighten me. Some of these make literally no sense save that they just appeal for one reason or another.
- Abraham Lincoln Online
- AirStream Trailers
- The American Air Museum, Duxford, England
- Annals of Improbable Research
- A Prairie Home Companion
- The Automatic Dave Barry Column
- BBC News
- Calgary Flames
- Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
- Car Talk
- The Cato Institute
- Cessna Aircraft Company
- Cincinnati Reds
- Citizens Against Government Waste
- The Darwin Awards
- Despair, Incorporated
- The Dilbert Zone
- Formula 1
- Gospel Communications Network
- The Institute for Liberty and Democracy
- Kentucky Wildcat Basketball - History & Statistics
- Joe Cartoon
Mandolin Cafe MSNBC NASA Information Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum National Museum of the USAF The Official Mr. Bill Homepage Onepeat.com The Onion Put Dave Concepcion in the Baseball Hall of Fame Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Wit and Wisdom
Since this is the bottom of the page, I thought I should leave you with some wit and wisdom. In particular, I rather like this one--in fact, it graces my dissertation (as the frontispiece).
If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know. (1 Corinthians 8:2, NASB)