Hello world!

Any of us who have taken a computer programming class or read a book on the subject are familiar with this phrase. It’s often the first thing we learn to print on our screens in this new language. Whether it’s a simple scripting language to C++, and all languages in between, our first step, it seems, is making the program send “Hello World!” to the screen. Fitting then that this is how we begin here.

Next, a question I hear often enough when I’ve just pronounced my name for someone, so as you are only able to read it, it would only be polite to tell you how to say my name. “Gingolph” is spoken as “ZHEN-golf”. The name comes from a town and lake on the French-Swiss border, St. Gingolph. When spoken quickly, it also sounds like a profane statement in Spanish. Imagine the ensuing culture shock when as a child, we moved to a largely Spanish-speaking part of South Texas!

I am a Systems Engineer for a well-respected global technology company in Austin, Tx. My playground often consists of servers, computer networks, enterprise storage, such as storage area networks (SANs), virtualization, and more. That’s when I work with machine systems.

I also work with human systems, and the similarities are enormous. My undergraduate work in college was in Psychology, and I was always interested in both Behaviorism and Cognitive therapies. The latter, by the way, is based upon computerized systems (which, in turn, were developed upon models of human learning, memory, and processing, so you see the irony…).

I’ve now completed three Trainer’s Training certification cycles in NLP, and am working on my fourth. Didn’t get it right the first three times? No. I truly believe that when we ever stop learning, we actually stop KNOWING. There of course will always be the classical skills, knowledge that doesn’t often, if ever, get updated, because it’s just RIGHT. And useful. Then there are millions of other things that are constantly in flux, and each new trainer offers a touch of greatness to them. I’d hate to miss out on that just because I “finished” my training a few years earlier! So this is very much a journey, and I learn something new from each new teacher. Even some that surprised me. I learned to keep my mind and senses open, hoping to not miss a thing. I’m sure, despite my best efforts, I’ve still missed a ton. But I do what I can to prevent that, hoping to soak up every bit of skill and wisdom from anyone willing to share.

In so doing, I’ll be sharing with you here. I read my emails, so message me through the “Contact” page as you like. If appropriate, I’ll respond. I firmly believe that we’re all here to teach one another, so feel free to share your observations. i promise not to share them unless you invite me to do so. What you share with me will otherwise be held in confidence.

Further, if you are part of a long-term relationship that you feel is fulfilling, I’m working on a modeling project called The Strategies of Intimacy. There’s a survey page on this site that, if you’d be willing, will collect any insights you share. The results of that project eventually will be published as a book and a training class, though I anticipate that taking several years as there is a lot of information to gather.

Thank you and let’s stay in touch! Hello world!

-Chris

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