Wow, that was fast!
My name is Russell Bryant, and as you can see, I took Stephen's suggestion that I use my real name instead of some cryptic pseudonym. For me, this is a new approach since I almost invariably try to hide some things about myself. Here in this place I will try for a certain amount of transparency.
I have been using Linux now since about 2004, when I ran it from live CD's with no 'persistence' because I was afraid of attempting to install anything to hard drive. As a result, I became very acquainted with Slax in its previous incarnation and with Puppy, which I still use, though installed to usb now. It was nearly two years before I first installed Linux Mint 7 to my harddrive. It was a good beginning, though I have fallen out of love with Mint.
As a Linux user, I've reached a plateau at the intermediate level and have not yet found my way to becoming an advanced user.
I live for learning things, even though I have not had a formal education. Being an orphan, there was little in the way of support for me, emotional or otherwise, and I had to find my own way. I tell people I went to the school of hard knocks.
I cook for a living, and yes, I am self-taught, with a lot of help along the way. I began cooking until I could find myself a way to get out of it and begin my real life, and thirty-odd (*very odd*) years later I realized this was my life.
And so, I have been trying to learn to stop running away from what is in front of me. I find that to be difficult, since I have been living in my mind for nearly all my life.
I feel life is a matter of learned techniques: everything you do or want to do can be broken down into its component parts. This is the essence of my 'philosophy.'