FAQ

Who are you?
I would’ve thought that was rather obvious. My name is Reg Natarajan.

What is this site for?
More than anything, it exists for my own convenience. It is a place for me to organize and access things that mean something to me. It’s also a way for me to share things with people I know and with people who may find them interesting.

Why should I care about your stuff?
You almost certainly shouldn’t, a fact which really should cause you to reassess your motives in reading this FAQ.

Well, I think you’re an idiot.
That isn’t a question.

What do you do, anyway?
I have a few pokers in the fire. I recently sold my data center and am now deciding what to do with what will likely be the last active decade of my life.

If you’re a businessman, why do you advocate government health care and education?
I worked in the health sector for many years and in that time I found that purely private systems for fundamentals like health care simply don’t work. If someone is sick and doesn’t have the money to get better, don’t be surprised if they end up on welfare or, worse, breaking into your house to get food money. Don’t even be surprised if they kill someone needlessly in the process — desperate people tend not to use good judgment. Just look at our neighbours to the south to see how ugly the results of purely private care can be.

So, are you a conservative or a liberal?
I am what I am. That which I am remains unaltered by the labels others choose to apply. If it helps you any, most would call me a fiscal conservative and a social liberal.

Where do you live?
I split my time between Vancouver, Toronto and a small town in the Colombian Andes called Mosquera.

Why do your links have predominantly Canadian content?
Because they exist primarily for my own convenience.

But that makes them less useful to others.
Welcome to my world. I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to create your own online world somewhere else.

What’s with the old cars, boats and black & white prints?
I like them better than new cars, boats and colour prints, generally. I don’t dislike all newer handicraft. I’d never go back to film cameras, for instance, and I think some newer cars and boats are stunning. Overall, though, I value craftsmanship and quality and I don’t much care how old (or old fashioned) it may be.

Why did you delete your blog?
Because it was stupid.

Will you link to my site?
No.

Don’t you want to see it first before deciding?
No.

How old are you?
52

Your site is full of funny spelling, such as “labour” and “harbour”.
That’s because I speak and write English, not American.

Can I republish your stuff?
Sure, go ahead. Most of it is crap, anyway, which makes it par for the net. Don’t bother emailing me to tell me you did. I don’t care.

Why have you released most of your stuff into the Public Domain?
Because copyright law is stupid.

But getting rid of copyright law would mean no more Hollywood blockbusters!
How tragic.

Don’t you like movies?
No. I also don’t own a TV.

What other strange personal traits do you have?
I play no computer games other than chess. I do not drink to excess. I use no recreational drugs and I think tobacco is vile. I also have an odd aversion to tattoos.

Are you a homosexual?
No, but I have no quarrel with them.

Why aren’t you married, then?
It would seem I’m not very good at that. For what it’s worth, I’ve been with my girlfriend for a few years, now.

Why did you change this site from dot com to dot ca?
The US government recently moved to extradite and prosecute a strange chap named Kim Dotcom on the grounds that his site, Megaupload, was a .com domain, and since all .com domains are administered by the old Network Solutions (now Verisign) registry in Virginia, they claim jurisdiction. This bothered me enough that I switched.

Do you hate America and Americans?
Not at all. I’ve spent a great deal of time there. I love the US and have nothing but respect for most Americans, although I admit I don’t care much for the current crop of far-right Republicans. I am saddened, however, by the fact that the US is turning into a police state, a feeling shared by many Americans. I find it utterly repulsive to see armed soldiers patrolling the New York subway. I understand why they’re there, but I don’t have to like it.

So, what would you do differently?
Nothing. When I was 18, I had all the answers. Today, all I seem to know is how little I know.

~Reg Natarajan