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Into the Wild Spaces :: About the Author

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I have spent most of my life living and working overseas, from Asia to Latin America to Africa. Other than travel, my biggest interests are open-source software and computer systems, writing, exploring, camping, biking, hiking, surfing, and making maps. I love languages and good books. This website reflects my passion for exploration.

I am the co-author of the best-selling travel guide book Moon Nicaragua and its companion Living Abroad in Nicaragua for expats and retirees. I am also the author of the phenomenal Dictator's Handbook: a practical manual for the aspiring tyrant. In addition to those three books, I have published several other pieces as well.

I am currently a senior manager in the energy devision of RTI International, where I design and implement projects related to clean energy, energy efficiency, and improving access to energy for the rural poor, particularly in Africa. I'm passionate about solar PV and mini-grid technologies, as well as improving the status quo on utility service delivery. I was previously General Manager for a 33 MW peat-to-power plant in Uganda, and for ten years I was the Resident Country Director for MCC: I spent five years each in Benin and Senegal.

In my spare time I make maps and surf, play the 12-string guitar, and go hiking. I am a vocal advocate of Open Source software and love Linux and FreeBSD in particular. I dabble in server tech and retrocomputing.

I am listed on LinkedIn for professional networking, but don't/won't use Facebook, despite its flaws. Back when Google Plus was a thing, I was at here. This is my Amazon author page. These days I don't do social media and typically stick to a text-only browser.

I much prefer email. Drop me a line if you'd like to get in touch; my current (disposable, spam-filtered) email address is zafiro17 AT gmail DOT COM.

Finally, interested in this site? Here is the colophon. Note, my entire site and all my writing is available on gopherspace. If you know what that is and how to access it, go here: gopher:// If you don't, then hey ... happy websurfing.

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