The first three characters of “RTCXpression” are my initials. The X stands for “expression”, which is what this website is all about. My self-expression, that is.
This is the place where I publish information and opinions about a variety of subjects. Regardless of what subject I write about at any given time, I try to be as clear and concise as I possibly can. I don’t have a college degree in anything, although I do have a few college courses under my belt.
RTCXpression is now running as a static website, using WordPress as a static site generator. Several functions and a PHP script makes it work.
My full name is Richard Timothy Cunningham. I shorten the first and middles names to “RT” where I can and some people even call me that. I don’t mind being called by either, but I’m not too happy with some of the other nicknames I’ve picked up over the years.
I was born in 1960 and my wife was born in 1961. I have two sons, both grown and married. I’m a grandfather in the American sense and a lolo in the Filipino sense. A lolo has more of the Filipino word for “grandchildren” than real grandchildren. Please don’t ask me to explain it.
I spent 20 years in the military. The United States Marine Corps, to be exact. Before that, I worked as a paperboy and then as a part-time janitor at a high school. After the military, I worked in the IT department at a telemarketing company and then as an accident claims processor at a large trucking company.
I’m retired from regular employment and I live in the Philippines as an American citizen and expatriate, in an area of the world some people would call paradise. I live in the suburbs of Olongapo City, on a hill at the end of a road.
I try not to write about personal issues, but I will on occasion. I write about the Philippines, naturally, because it’s where I live. I usually write what comes to mind on any given day.
I cut my programming teeth (BASIC and Assembly Language) on the Commodore 64 way back in the 1980s. I hacked some software and ran a bulletin board service on a Commodore 128D from 1992 to 1998. I used some of my programming and people skills at a later job, where I ended up as the manager of the IT department (quitting just before a promotion to director), working mostly with UNIX servers. I quit that job for medical reasons, but I would have quit eventually anyway. Programming is a hobby for me and it wasn’t fun when it became a job.
I don’t program much today – I usually write short scripts to carry out specific tasks. I spend much more time writing, or researching subjects to write about. Perhaps I’ll someday write a novel, but don’t count on it. I prefer nonfiction and technical writing.
I have no trouble sharing my knowledge and expressing myself to some degree. The reason I continue writing, even when I think I have nothing to write about, is because I want to get better at it.