Memoir of a Nerd shares your personal stories growing up in the ’50s and the hilarious situations you got into. Why was this an important book for you to write?
My children and friends are used to me telling stories about the countless strange and humorous situations I found myself in, and they encouraged me to “write them down.” I feel fortunate to have had a very full and satisfying life and felt compelled to share my story with others.
There were a lot of humorous situations in the book. What is a moment in the book that makes you laugh every time you think about it?
My favorite story is the chapter titled “A McDonald’s Bag of Cash.” I cashed a check for over $18,000, and the only thing the teller had to put it in was a used McDonald’s bag. My second favorite is the chapter “Déjà vu,” about a prank we played on a fellow missionary.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
Life is better when you enjoy what you are doing. Looking back on my life, I realize that my enjoyment was more of a state of mind than the circumstances or situation.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
I hope that readers will enjoy reading about my escapades enough to brighten their day.
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The YOU beyond you shares your experiences to help readers reach their true potential. You stated in our previous interview that people need to stay motivated to survive. How do you stay motivated?
Well motivation alone is not sufficient. One can be motivated all the time but reach no place. You can compare motivation to a muscles car, if you have a bad driver behind the wheel the experience would generate a lot of chaos. Before being motivated, one should filter all negativity acquired from the outside, by avoiding putting himself in unpleasant scenarios or situations and reasoning his actions and reactions, thus implementing a system where he uses his consciousness in everything he does. We need to be proactive in acquiring knowledge and not let data in, in a passive manner. I personally have removed TV, news, unhealthy social interactions, and all sorts of data that can get to my mind in an unconscious way by totally avoiding being exposed to them.
Once this is in place, you can put a clear vision for your life and the lack of demotivators can leave space to motivation which can be directed towards productive goals. Remove all negative data intake from what surrounds you and your mind and thoughts will be automatically shift towards productivity.
You stated that the majority of what we know is only partial. What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to come to terms with that?
Yes, I believe all what we know and all what we could ever know no matter how ample it is, would remain partial in nature and this is due to the fact that we as humans are just a small fragment of the reality we live in, and our brains can only read a limited spectrum of it. The way to deal with that is to always take this as a constant and never have rigid beliefs in life which always lead to aggressiveness and mind-blocks.
Knowing that our knowledge is partial in any subject should always lead to more lenient social interactions.
Moreover, one should work on segregating these partial realities inside of him and encompass his logic as to what to keep and what to let go, on daily basis. This is a strength and not a weakness, as if our knowledge was rigid and complete, our humanity would be stagnant with little room of development.
Do you plan to write more books on this same subject?
Yes, this was the tip of the iceberg. I am intending to write a second book explaining more in depth the dynamics I communicated to readers in The YOU beyond you – The knowledge of the willing.
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I’m a Romance Scam IT Detective: Psychological games * Real IT Analysis * Legal matters * Gender Studies
You share your own experiences in this book, and they help clarify how someone can be scammed. What were some things you learned personally compared to what you learned through research?
I have learnt that scamming the scammer is as easy as being scammed.
I have also learnt that many people do not fall for love, but for GREED or for KINDNESS.
And you will be surprised that most educated people got romance scammed in my book – engineer, politician, IT consultant, professor, top business person … all got scammed!
In my book, I have explained a lot of psychology in this game. Well, it is pretty long. Read my book to learn more.
I enjoyed how you presented the information in an easy to understand manner. What do you hope readers take away from your book?
Most of the media has over-simplify the game. The current “signs” and “Red flag” method has a high degree of guess – it does not work for humans. Humans make judgements based on rational data and human relationships.
The revolutionary IT-evidence based method will bring the crime to an end.
In my book, I have illustrated how legal hackers trace the source in a cybercrime. This has been a black box for the general public. I hope the general public can now have a high-level idea on cybercrime forensics.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I’m currently full time working as a cybercrime detective. There is NO next book planned.
This true story explains cybercrime investigation, hackers, romance scams, scamming a scammer and money recovery.
When financial IT consultant Selina finds herself victimized in an Internet romance scam, losing 70% of her life savings, she scams the scammer and uses new IT tools to trace the criminals …
But … why did this computer engineer fall victim in the first place, when she was not even in love with the fraudster? Will Selina be able to save the love of her life, Jason, who is believed to be in another romance scam?
This crime involves 7 countries (Australia, the United States, Singapore, Ghana, Nigeria, China, New Zealand) in 4 continents.