My undergraduate work was in Design with a minor in Japanese and Chinese Linguistics. I pursued Electrical Engineering before that, but alas, could never escape the death grip of computers and so in spite of my failure to grasp Laplace Transforms, computers and technology form the staple of my business undertakings. As for philosophy, I believe that people are fundamentally good, but inherently pursue their own self interest, so the ideal political system has checks and balances that recognize that neither government nor her institutions, nor corporations nor their board or employees, are any better than each individual, and certainly not better than the whole. So, I accept that we're free only by obeying and honoring the law of the land. I hold fast that politics and economics are inseparable and I tend to go with political ideas that limit restraint on the market forces and trust the market more than the frequently compromised individuals that try to manipulate it. In terms of investing, I'm not too sophisticated, but patient and methodical and hope that my observations are accurate enough to put my wealth in growing concerns rather than shrinking ones. I look at a companies products, ideas, culture, and leadership first, and if those qualities are sound, then I look at the numbers. I believe technical analysis (looking for numbered patterns) to be fundamentally flawed except where they can track a direct corollary and take into account externalities. Companies I like: AAPL, WFC, AMEX, ADBE, GOOG, NFLX, AMZN... mostly tech because that's where I see future growth. Those things aside, however, my family is my MOST IMPORTANT undertaking and I've had to suppress my love for photography, film, and other forms of art. Fortunately my children are taking an interest in those things, so it's not panning out too bad for ol' dad.