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10 years old…and I am still here…

10 Year AnniversaryPeople still ask about “Hold No Virtue.” I try to explain it as this. Being virtuous isn’t something to be aspired to or cherished, indicating a material value at some level and thus will be withheld in lieu of fear of loss. Virtue doesn’t belong to the virtuous, rather vice versa…the virtuous are just being good. To hold on high someone that is good is part of the mistake, as I think it should be the baseline for how we interact with one another. I simply think that we have it within ourselves to be better without handing out prizes for it.

Now…as for the “Tonytown” part…well I am happy to say that wasnt actually my idea…

…and then Rob says with that crazy grin,
“HAHA…She’s about to get a free ride on the skinboat to Tonytown!”

It’s funny considering how this all started. I was just starting to tinker around with hosting and just starting to get my sea legs back on the unix of things, and wanted to convert what journal entries I had left to a digital format for later reference. I’d been tinkering with domain usage and an old friend Rob had a saying about me referencing the term “Tonytown” I knew that would be the perfect name for this. The really funny part is that I had assumed I was using the c2/cafelog right (which I wasn’t), and was making all those journal entries public instead of keeping the journal entries private.

…you see there are things you just cant live down, or laugh at. But that is it, the origin of how this all started. I went from accidentally posting all my entries and memories…from Dancing with Death and mentioning (and getting called out on) high school crushes, and even accidentally leaving a homemade rss aggregator running so well that I was getting more traffic from other bloggers articles than they were getting on their own posts.

But it’s always been fun. It’s always been an enabler for me to speak my mind on the subjects that even some of my close friends aren’t comfortable discussing. It’s enabled me to grow what was a hobby into a skill, and even more into expertise. At one point I even labelled myself a giant dork for having such a hobby. 10 years of WordPress (in all its incarnations), 10 years of expression. This little piece of internet real estate was my true enabler. It let me groom and cultivate the world…all colored lovingly in my rarely humble opinion.

10 years…and I own a successful IT company rather than worry about the 9-5 grind.
10 years…and now I’ve met all the wonderful bloggers, writers, and people that inspired me.
10 years…and now I own my own hosting company…not just one little blog.

…and this was very likely the first little step.

Cheers interwebs! Happy 10 Years of putting up with my nonsense!

-Tony




About

Tony Hunt 2016A long long time ago in a living room far far away, I started taking all my thoughts and journals and basically everything I’ve ever written, and transcribed them into a journal of sorts on my computer. At that time, it was more an act of preservation than intent to publish. I just wanted to be able to read those journals and remember the days gone. Since that time, that journal has gradually grown and evolved into my little playground here online. My blog has become my journal, it’s an extension of me of a sort.

So…me…well…I am a geek, an old school tech-head, a staunch Buffalo Sabres fan, a very infrequent artist, an author in progress (what blogger isn’t?)…and most importantly *grin* I am just another guy that loves to read, write, cook, and live happy. A long time ago I was once known to both injure and get injured regularly by swinging swords at people in the SCA and Amtgard, and I have a penchant for stopping traffic doing the right thing catching proverbial bullets regardless of how much its gonna cost me in blood, sweat and tears.

BUSINESS/CAREER
I used to spend my weekdays making sure a massive network of very expensive servers stayed up and running, my nights wishing I had more time to spend, and my weekends making up for everything I missed and/or wanted to do in the past, but since then I started my own company, Tony Hunt Consulting, which is literally a big extension of my technical skills for hire. It’s allowed me to really start relaxing and enjoying my work on my own terms.

Most recently, I have been getting more and more into the realm of coffee, a client of mine as it happens turned out to be a master roaster, and has elected to include me on his journey. Currently we’re incubating a number of coffee companies, including content creation, roasting, and cafe concepts. It’s been a real treat to find a hobby thats turned into a second career (again) and i look forward to sharing all of it through here as well.

CHARITY
If you’re not helping some-one or some-thing out of sheer habit, then you aren’t helping enough and I think community service should be an obligation, not a punishment. When I’m not slowly destroying my sanity working on my business, I can sometimes be found doing things like jumping out of airplanes, saving small third-world countries, and having coffee in Brazil(not really, but I am probably thinking about it a few times a day.) Occasionally I used to help Habitat for Humanity build houses here in DFW. More recently, I have found my calling with Operation Safe Escape. Operation Safe Escape is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that assists victims of domestic violence and associated crimes. We Educate and Train survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and harassment in various methods of personal, physical, and digital safety, help them to Escape their abusers by erasing their digital footprint and protecting themselves in the real world, and Empower them by working to increase their privacy and overall safety.

Also, through all the covid problems, my brother and I make PPE face-shields for healthcare and first-responders that need them. If you know of a healthcare or first responder unit that needs help with Face-Shields, please feel free to contact me directly (my email link is all over this website.)

About ten years ago I wrote a short fantasy story that slowly evolved into a novel and I’m about halfway done with the first draft of it. While it’s clearly a fantasy novel, it’s also clearly an allusion of my own journeys and experiences on the path to find some clarity.

So what else do I do? I go and have fun if at all possible! I used to spend a pretty significant amount of time doing volunteer work but in the last few years I’ve slowed that down considerably. I honestly miss it and am starting to think I might start putting more time in. I really enjoy helping those in need and actually try to make it fun. I am also a devout tech enthusiast and spend a significant amount of time helping people learn about social media, blogging and how to promote themselves online.

If you noticed I post a lot of recipes here on the blog. I like to think I can cook like there is no tomorrow, but I think its a learning experience that I hope never ends. Eventually I plan on publishing a book of recipes, but in the meantime I just like testing all the good food on my guinea pigs friends and posting the results.

In a nutshell, that’s me!