Please enjoy reading about some of the projects that Ray is working on. He is always looking for collaborators and new, innovative ideas and thinkers.
Ray is currently vacationing in Ecuador and Mexico. His travels will take him to Quito, Manta, and Cuenca in Ecuador and Mexico City in Mexico. The travels in Ecuador will be split between the mountains of Cuenca and Quito and the beach town of Manta. Manta, Ecuador used to be a sister city of Ray's hometown of Long Beach, California. Ray will only be stopping in to Mexico City for some chats with bioinformatics and biostatistician people.
Ray recently passed birthday number 59. According to his tradition, Ray rode 59 miles on the road bicycle to celebrate his 59th birthday. Ray has also been regularly participating in Habitat for Humanity builds as well as working on web programming and outreach for non-profits to provide shelter/resources to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and homelessness. Ray attended a silent art auction in Long Beach to benefit the End Child Prostituion in Asian Tourism (ecpat.org) intern program in Thailand. Ray is hoping to meet up with the ECPAT people on a future trip.
Ray has had a busy few weeks. He participated in collaborations to help the homeless in Long Beach, to implement new child abuse prevention/tracking tools in hospitals, and to release data to the public via Long Beach's Innovation Team (iTeam). He continues to develop new technology tools and processes for web and mobile devices to help those in need. Along the way there was also a Habitat for Humanity build day, though Ray is a bit disappointed that he is almost one month into his retirement and has only participated in one Habitat for Humanity build thus far. (And has not even used the new safety boots that he bought with an Amazon gift card from co-workers.)
Ray is retiring from his aerospace job on 31 May 2016. Ray feels that the time has come to work hard at other issues, such as helping victims of human trafficking and domestic violence and mis-placed adoptions, as well as spending more time on bicycles and more time traveling the world. Ray already has a number of activites lined up with the Long Beach Human Rights Commission, The Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force, and Habitat for Humanity. And Ray is looking forward to a trip to Ecuador sometime late in the summer.
Ray will be attending the Basic Income Create-A-Thon being held in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles sponsored by GOOD magazine. Writers, artists, developers, researchers, and geeks will come together to create projects around the theme of a Universal Basic Income in the United States. The idea is to help those lower down the economic ladder to create opportunity and better income equity in the United States.