Tim Keith dot com
 "Thistles in the wild
General Information
  • I'm a male.
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  • My ancestors migrated to North America between the late 1600's through the late 1700's.
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  • Then they continued to migrate west along with the other U.S. expansion.
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  • I was born when there were only 48 states. I was not born in one of the states.
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  • I live on the west side of the Continental Divide (Rocky Mountains).
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  • Married almost three decades to the most wonderful wife. I praise God He lead me to find her.
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  • Two wonder children of which I'm very proud of.
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  • I listen to a a combination of Celtic music and movie soundtracks.
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  • The majority of the movies I watch are romantic comedies and action/adventure. The latter genre can't have too much carnage or I will simple walk out. I don't enjoy seeing CGI humans torn to bits.
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  • I won't eat raw meat; otherwise, I'll try anything once. I love desserts, especially Cherry-O Cream Cheese pie, but they don't love me. So I eat desserts seldom.
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  • I'm a Patriot. I believe in the authors' original intent of the U. S. Constitution. We cannot continue to reinterpret what they wrote in light of today's immorality.
Faith Of Our Fathers

Am I discussing my father, my grandfathers, my great-grand fathers, etc ? Or am I discussing the faith of our Founding Fathers ? Yes to both, but I'll start with my ancestors.

I know as a fact that as far back as I can tell, the faith of my "Fathers" has been one of placing their faith in Jesus. I also know as a fact that my father and grandfathers prayed for me. They believed that our country was founded on these principals as quoted from Samuel Adams:

"I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . . that the confusions that are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing in the holy and happy period when the kingdoms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and the people willingly bow to the scepter of Him who is the Prince of Peace."

Let's discuss our first Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams (1722-1803). Samuel Adams was a leader in the opposition to the acts by British Parliament which precipitated the American Revolution; he formed Bostonís Committee of Correspondence in 1772; was a member of the Continental Congress (1774-81) where he signed the Declaration of Independence (1776); he helped draft the Articles of Confederation (1777); was a delegate to the Massachusetts constitutional convention (1779-80); served as president of the Massachusetts senate (1781); was a member of the state convention to ratify the Federal Constitution (1788); Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts (1789-94); and Governor of Massachusetts (1794- 97). He is justly titled both the "Firebrand of the Revolution" and "The Father of the American Revolution" for his important leadership in the cause of American independence. As you can see from just one of his many quotes (see above), his faith was in Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.

The second Founding Father I'll discuss is Charles Carroll. He was a signer of the Declaration of the Independence; selected delegate to the Constitutional Convention; framer of the Bill of Rights, and U.S Senator. If you remmeber the movie: National Treasure, he was the one in the coach who was dying.

"Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, He had conferred on my beloved country in her emancipation and on myself in permitting me, under circumstances of mercy, to live to the age of 89 years, and to survive the fiftieth year of independence, adopted by Congress on the 4th of July 1776, which I originally subscribed on the 2d day of August of the same year and of which I am now the last surviving signer." Yes, Charles Carroll was the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Another Founding Father is Joseph Story. He was a U.S. Congressman; "Father of American Jurisprudence"; U.S. Supreme Court Justice appointed by President James Madison.

"One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations."

The final Founding Father is none other than our first President, George Washington. He would often write down his prayers. Here is one:

"Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.

Need I have more quotes ? No one can deny that vast majority of the Founding Fathers of these United States of America were men of deep religious convictions based in the Bible and their Christian faith in Jesus Christ. Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, nearly half (24) held seminary or Bible school degrees.
Employment Experience

I first started learning how to program a computer in the Fall of 1975 in college. It was an IBM 1620, IBM's smallest transistor computer at that time(1959). It had 16k of internal memory which was a whole lot of memory back then. There was no screen, just flickering lights on the console panel and no printer, just the teletype at the console. My program and data was inputted via punch cards.

As I grew older, technology progressed and so did my training, experience, and understanding of the world of Information Technology (it was called Data Processing back in the beginning). I eventually became a senior mainframe software engineer with my primary computer language: COBOL. During this time, all of our processing and storage was on a central machine, or a series of machines linked together that were accessed through "dumb" terminals. We eventually had a PC on our desk with a mouse, but the program running on the PC was\ a terminal emulation to appear to the mainframe computer as a "dumb" terminal.

Next came distributed processing and storage on both our PCs and servers on the Internet. During this time, I had a decade of experience as a web designer. An example of my abilities is this web site. Today, I'm still learning the latest and greatest technology as current distributed and central processing merges back together.

One part of today's technology has made a loop back to the past. We now have what is called the "Cloud". Instead of "dumb" terminals, we have tablets and cell phones that don't do much processing, but instead, the processing is performed on the "Cloud." In addition, our tablets store very little data, but instead, data is stored on the "Cloud". The "Cloud" is nothing more than central processing performed by a series of central machines linked together just like before. The data we store on the "Cloud" is located in distributed databanks. This may seem like new technology to some, but to us who have been around in "data processing" just after its infancy, this is just faster and easier access to central processing / central storage, a renewed technology of the past.

I would like to leave you with this warning. There is no such thing as secured data storage. From the beginning of Mankind (Ancient Mesopotamia 3,700 B.C.), we've documented information. Back 5,500 years ago, kingdoms were being destroyed by natural disasters and through pillaging by barbarous humans. It is only through archeology (Dead Sea Scrolls, etc.) that we get a glimpse of what was documented. There has always been predators that have attacked and destroyed. Today, we still have humans acting like salvages cutting people's heads off. And, we have hackers (for lack of a better name) stealing data and documentation to satisfy their own evil greed. There is no such thing as secured data storage and there never will be until the King of kings comes back to rule on this Earth. So, store data and documents on the "Cloud" at your own risk.
When Time Allows

Like many people, I keep busy when away from my employment.
  • Gardening, especially a vegetable garden with close to 26+ plants. There is something special about growing, harvesting, and eating what you have grown with your own hands.
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  • Reading for pleasure and to quince my thirst for knowledge. I have shelves of books that I have read and many more that I plan to read, both fiction and non-fiction. I also read often from an electronic reader.
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  • My favorite book to read is the Bible. Yes, i know, the Bible is not a book, but a complimation of many books so it is really a library in iself.Which version ? It all depends upon why I'm reading. When I'm reading the Old Testiment, I prefer to read the Alexandrian Septuagint (LXX).
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  • Lately, I am interested in the study of Eschatology (the study of End Times). I study how Bible prophecy correlates with events in recorded history, current events, and how our future will evolve.
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  • My favorite genre for non-fiction is history, especially U.S. History from 1608 to 1820s. I consider myself well versed in the USA's chronicles.
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  • TURN-Washington's Spiesis the only regular television program I watch. It is factual enough to keep me interested.
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  • From time to time, I get an itch to build something made out of wood.
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  • Programming: when I want to be personally challenged at home, I teach myself new concepts.
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  • And, I irregularly watch a few live sports, especially soccer and high school football.