Email: dzetland AT gmail DOT com
Phone: +1 (510) 455-4656 (skype global)
August 2002 and later...
My ranting energy has gone into my work (see blog!)
June 19 - Someone else rants
June 18 - Letters to/from National Geographic Society
12 Sept - 9/11 - my opinion
12 Sept - Your Reactions
12 Sept - Other Reactions
18 Aug - Going Faster but Where?
4 Jan - Letter to NGS
7 Oct - Turkish Genocide
9 Apr - Wedding Letter and Photos
26 Mar - Outdoor Cafes in Italia
28 Jan - Personality Questionnaire
"Hobbits? I love hobbits -- nice furry feet they have..."
I read books, magazines, and the internet (besides my academic reading -- oy vey!). I also like movies (film noir and fantasy) and electronic music.
Favorite Funny Stuff
Politics: I am a libertarian who thinks that government can be useful to coordinate the solution to externality problems. (I oppose monopoly and abuse of power in both the private and public sector.) I also like anarchy, using my definition of unguided autonomy -- what Hayek called "spontaneous order" and Smith called the "Invisible Hand" Read this PDF.
|My father Hugh was born in India and moved to England, Canada, and then the US. He met my mother Marty in NYC. They moved to San Francisco before I was born.
My mother died of breast cancer when I was 18.
Here's a photo of her and me at my high school graduation:
|Here's a photo of me and first car, an MGC that looks similar to the MGB that my dad had when he was young (middle). Oh, and that hottie in the bottom photo is my mom; she lived in Hawaii before she met my dad :)
||In 2006, we were surprised to find that my dad had another son, my half-brother Gary. (His mum is Sylvia). Gary lives near London; he was very happy to meet his biological father... after 46 years!
My father was born Hubert Cecil Zetland CHICK. He says his "crazy aunt" suggested his third given name. By coincidence (not!), this name also belonged to Lawrence Dundas, 2nd Marquess of Zetland, a noble whose family lived in York, and who was very involved in Anglo-Indian politics and therefore likely to have had an influence over the career of my grandfather who worked in Delhi until Indian Independence in 1947.
The title of Zetland can be traced to the Shetland Islands in Scotland, where it was considered a mis-spelling of Yetland (previosuly Hjetland), which was written as "Ȝetland" when the Scottish Yogh was used as a first letter but later written (and mispronounced) as "Zetland."
My "family name" in short, was neither my father's (he legally took it just before I was born), my grandfather's boss's, nor the name of the place where that boss was not from. Beat that!
That didn't stop me from visting the Shetlands, where I got this article [JPG] describing "This Absurdity -- Zetland."