And all other new friends, I guess I can tell you something about myself.
>As is common on mailing-lists, new subscribers usually provide
>a small introduction. Since most of us Stoics already did this
>on our old format, I guess that leaves our electronic savior
>Andre' Slabber. :)
I think I haven't seen any of these introductions. How about a re-run?
>Methinks, Andre', that I have seen you about the newsgroups as
>Andy McGregor. How's about telling us more of yourself, your
>interests, now that you have joined our company?
First of all, Andy McGregor and me are one and the same person, but I often
use his name on the Internet because it has a better ring to it, and leaves
a thin (very thin) shield of anonimity. The name is one I invented back in
my highschool days, when I was a DJ on weekends.
I'm currently 35 years old, have a wife and two lovely daughters, and work
as a developer / problem solver in the IT branch for one of the biggest IT
companies in Europe.
About four years ago, during the onset of what was later diagnosed as manic
depression (mainly manic ;-) I got interested in the questions of life, and
turned to the Web to find the answers. I tried various things, thought a
lot, and decided that I must make my own personal philosophy if I were to
make any sense out of this. I did, only to find that my homemade philosophy
coincides for a very large part with the Stoic view of life. Of course, my
views might change in the light of new knowledge, but I'll see it when I get
During the past few years I've been out of commision for almost a year due
to the bipolar disorder mentioned earlier. This was a strange and wonderful
period, but I'm hoping not to repeat it.
My interests are few, but very wide: the pursuit of knowledge is my first
concern, and taking care of "my girls" is a close second. After that come
all of the things you can do with computers, except for games (which I play
hardly at all).
This is, I think, about all that I want to say here and now. If you are
curious, and want to know what makes me tick, visit Andy's Brain Dump at