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Hypnosis

Several years back, my growing frustration with people not consistently acting logically combined with the importance of mental discipline in the martial arts compelled me to take a serious look at hypnosis. My initial studies generated significant improvement in the control of my own mental and emotional states and provided me with many tools to understand, connect with, and help people almost immediately. Thus a new passion was born.

My studies have included live classes and conferences given around the world, hundreds of training DVDs and CDs, and dozens of books. The works of Mark Cunningham, Mike Doubet, Igor Ledochowski, Jerry Kein, and Richard Bandler have been most influential on my learning. However, you can't become good, much less great, at hypnosis by studying it, you have to do it! So I would like to thank the thousands of people I've hypnotized over the years for all I've learned working with them.

If you are serious about rapidly making permanent, powerful, positive change in your life through hypnosis email me at julias at mentalartist.com with a description of the change you would like to have. My schedule is quite full, so availability is limited and initial sessions must be done in person in Austin, TX. Other locations may be available if appropriate arrangements are made.

Technology

I am a big fan of the Semantic Web technology stack. A rich understanding of data was the key to much of our success at two of the startups (Requisite Technology and Autodaq) where I led engineering. I am spending a lot of time with RDF, OWL, and SPARQL and I am continually amazed at their power.

The majority of my work is done in Clojure, Ruby (including RubyMotion and Ruboto), Objective-C, and Java. I've also worked with Erlang extensively.

Being a former ThoughtWorker, it should come as no surprise that I am a fan of software development processes such as Comaking, Software Craftsmanship, Crystal, eXtreme Programming, and Lean Software Development. On the business side of things I'm a big fan of the Lean Startup movement and Running Lean in particular.

Philosophy

I am a libertarian and a warrior. For me, a libertarian is defined as one who follows The Non-aggression Axiom and a warrior is one who follows The Defender's Creed.

Some years back I wrote an article, "What JFK Should Have Said" that got a fair bit of attention in the libertarian community.

The Non-Aggression Axiom

The non-aggression axiom is a prohibition against the initiation of force, or the threat of force, against persons or property. This axiom does not preclude the defense of self, others, or property against aggression.

The Defender's Creed

By John Farnam

I accept and understand that human predators exist. Criminal or terrorist, they take advantage of our civilized society to prey upon the weak. They represent evil and must be confronted and defeated.

I believe that self-defense is a moral imperative, and that illegitimate force and illegal violence must be met with righteous indignation and superior violence.

I will not rely on others for the security of myself, my family and my community. I proudly proclaim that I run with a like-minded pack. I do not amble through life with the mind-numbed herd.

I will train with my chosen weapons, maintain them and carry them in a condition of readiness at all times. I will be mentally prepared and physically equipped to effectively respond to an attack or emergency.

I will constantly test myself against realistic standards to discover my strengths and weaknesses. I will turn weakness into strength.

I will seek to learn new skills and techniques, and then teach what I have learned to other members of the pack. Be it with firearm or blade, empty hand or blunt object, I will hit my enemies hard, fast and true.

I will live a quiet and unobtrusive life, but I will develop and retain the capacity for swift and decisive violence. I recognize that I am the modern equivalent of the traditional Minuteman, and that I may be called to service at any time against heavily armed enemies. I will respond effectively.

I accept that I am a pariah among some of my countrymen, and a quaint anachronism to others. I will not hold their ignorance against them.

I will win, or die trying.

I swear this creed before God, my family and my fellow citizens.

About

You can reach me at julias at juliasshaw.com or find me on Facebook or LinkedIn.

For the insomniacs out there, you can read my resume and a few nice things people have said about me.