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Adam Joshua Smargon

"There is perhaps no more effective expression of self than the personal home page. Everything can reveal volumes about an individual."
-- Jon Phillips

Ain't that the truth. You are probably a carbon-based terrestrial life form with Internet access... and you seem to have stumbled across my digital presence. Hi! I'm Adam. I'll be your tour guide for (as well as the subject of) this web site. Just an earth-bound misfit, I am a blue-eyed, brown-haired, six-foot tall, non-thin white male, 42 years of age.

I live in the city of New Brunswick, New Jersey. For my fellow geography geeks, I live at 40.479896 north latitude, 74.443426 west longitude. It's a large college town, and it's a short drive to two very large metropolises (metropoli?) in the Northeast U.S.: New York, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I moved to New Jersey specifically to go back to graduate school; I'm in the middle of a two-year master's degree in mathematics education at Rutgers University here in New Brunswick.

Before I was in the field of education, I was an environmental academic; I made a career change. I have a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees in the environmental field, and I was halfway to a doctorate before I made that difficult decision to switch gears and follow other dreams.

I spent much of the 1990s in Gainesville, Florida, earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in natural resources and environmental economics, from the Department of Food and Resource Economics. (That's another way of saying "Agricultural Economics." And no, it's not about why cows have no money. At the time, and due to some other weird factors, it was the closest thing to an environmental studies degree.) Also, I hold a double minor: Theatre, and Agriculture and Natural Resource Ethics and Policy. I'm also a proud member of the University of Florida Alumni Association, and my local chapter: the Gotham Gator Club.

I am a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union; I joined in 2003.

I am a lifelong Democrat; for more, check out the government section of my website.

I was a member of American Atheists for a few years; this was only two years after I realized I was an atheist. It all began in the fall of 1997, when I started to see some conflicts I had with the religion I was born into. For more information, check out the religion section of my website.

I joined the Freedom from Religion Foundation in January 2006.

In December 2003, I received a diagnosis of mild Type II (Adult Onset) Diabetes. I have since joined the American Diabetes Association.

In 2004, I became a part of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), which has been leading the way in defending the cornerstone of religious liberty in America since 1947. AU is a non-sectarian, non-partisan organization; members include people who practice religion, people with no religious affiliation, and people from every political and economic group. AU defends separation of church and state in the courts, educates legislators, and works with the media to inform Americans about religious freedom issues.

Many people worldwide own books. I like receiving new and old ones, reading them, and then releasing them into the wild. How do I do this, you ask? It's called bookcrossing, which is defined as the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise. . (This definition was added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary in August 2004.)

BookCrossing.com is an original community site that gives back to the world at large. After the moderate success of web-based tracking sites, like PhotoTag.org (which tracks disposable cameras loosed into the wild), WheresGeorge.com (which tracks U.S. currency by serial number), and GeoCaching.com (where you can stash and search for items with GPS technology), thoughts began to fill various heads: What other physical object might people enjoy tracking? A glance at a full bookshelf gave the answer to the eventual site founder: tracking books! Imagine people in every community and every city and every state and province in every nation, trading and exchanging books just for the sheer pleasure and joy of circulating the knowledge and wisdom in these tomes. And you can track every book, and see where it has traveled!

Want to know more? Who I really am? What I really think? Beware where you tread! Choose from the menu on the left, or continue to discover the personality inside Adam's body and mind...

"Such predicaments... I must forge ahead!"
-- Tom "T-Bone" Stankus

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