Hi! My name is Kenneth David Gloeckner! I usually go by Ken. I was born on March 23, 1984 in a hospital outside of Orlando, Florida in the United States. I am the youngest of three children.
My sister, Claire, is near exactly 10 years older than I (her birthday is two days after mine). My brother, Dan, is 6 (sometimes 7) years older than I. My sister is currently a medical device engineer and my brother works in the film industry.
My parents, David and Carolyn, are avid sailors and have already cruised all of the eastern coast of the United States, the Gulf side of Florida, and most of the Bahamas and Caribbean. My dad is a retired physicist and my mother has been an editor and writer (and continues to write to this day!).
I lived a relatively normal life in Orlando until after 6th grade when my parents and I moved to the Port St. Lucie/Stuart area on the east coast of Florida. My father purchased a sailboat large enough to comfortably support 3 people (plus a cat) for long periods of time. We sailed around for a couple of years (for my 7th and 8th grade years) during which time I was home-schooled. Our travels during this time took us from the coast of Maryland down around Florida and to the end of Florida’s panhandle. We stopped at a lot of coastal towns, some of which were quite interesting and unique, and some rather memorable destinations like the Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. It was during this period that I developed a fondness of travel, of the ocean and sailing, as well as nature.
At the beginning of my 9th grade year of education, my parents bought a house on Summerland Key, in the lower Florida Keys. I attended Key West High School from 1998 to 2002. I was active only in track for my senior year.
Upon graduation, I attended the Florida State University with the plan to study physics and astronomy (like my father). This was a topic I was deeply interested in as a child (I remember pouring over all the cool pictures of nebula, supernovas, of the Viking Mars lander in the space books my dad kept in his book collection) but my early classes turned me off since they were quite humdrum and did not jump right into the exciting stuff. After musing about other degrees, such as computer science, I eventually settled on undergraduate degree in Finance. Finance was a new and strange area of study for me and, along with economics, seemed to make society go round sort of like the laws of nature created interesting phenomena in the world. To this day I enjoy keeping up with financial news as well as reading books in the realm of finance and economics.
In the years since I attained my undergraduate degree, and subsequently my MBA, I have enjoyed studying a range of topics. I consider myself a life-time learner and always interested in learning new and different things. I enjoy reading history and philosophy in particular, but do enjoy reading science and math books for the non-specialists (since my puny brain cannot handle some of the more technical stuff out there!). When I am reading fiction, I enjoy a wide-range of genres though I have spent most of my time reading through classic sci-fi such as the Dune series by Frank Herbert, the Foundation series by Issac Asimov, a good number of Philip K. Dick’s mind-bending novels, as well as all the novels the usual sci-fi nerd will insist “you HAVE to read this!” like Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke, The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe, Stranger in a Strangeland by Robert Heinlein, and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I better stop here before I turn this about page into an annotated bibliography on my reading interests!
I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education on a part-time basis at the Florida State University. It looks like I will be defending in Fall 2013 but I would not be surprised if it ends up being Spring or Summer of 2014. My research interests are in the economics, finance, governance and politics of higher education. Lately I have become particularly interested in politics as it seems, in many ways, to raise questions that can be viewed through philosophical (ethical, social justice, etc.) or economic lenses (both lenses intrigue me a great deal). These areas of study in higher education, I feel, will likely grow in importance as public higher education becomes more like the private sector (both in terms of finance and governance).
Finally, during the day I work as an accountant at the Florida State University. I enjoy the work though sometimes it can be a bit too monotonous at times (a common plight of being an accountant, I gather). Working on a university campus is stimulating as I am often able to attend public lectures on various topics that interest me like international affairs, biology, mathematics, and philosophy.
Some of the things you will find on this page are posts about books I have read (or currently reading), travelling, and other assorted news! I do not hope to make this a dumping ground of personal complaints about the larger world (like some other blogs seem to be) but rather a place where I can post some of my thoughts and maybe, someday, I can go back to them and see how I have changed or grown over time. Or maybe my future children can go back and see what their pappy was like back in the olden days of manual-steering cars, desktop computers, and televisions that require stands!