About Me

Hi there! My name is Nathan Fortner, and I’m glad you stopped by to read a few of my thoughts on the state of the world.  A little about me first, though, so you might see where these peculiar ideas are coming from.  I currently a Computer Support Analyst at a small health/tech firm based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I received a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Political Science and History in 2006 from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University in 2009, which is how I ended up in the Northeast.  I originally hail from the great state of Tennessee, where my roots run 200 years deep.   Needless to say, I still consider myself a Tennessean.  I grew up in Lobelville, a town of 700 people in a county of 7,000, however I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself up here in the Northeast US.  I like to think that I have made the adjustment from living in a tiny southern hamlet to one of the largest metropolitan areas in North America without much of a problem.

My academic interests tend to center around international relations and military, conflict and intelligence studies, and I have an ongoing obsession with technology and the Internet.  I spent two years as a student of Aerospace Engineering, until I realized I had reached the peak of my engineering career at the age of 20 after flying zero gravity research missions on NASA’s KC-135. I discovered shortly thereafter that actual engineering wasn’t what it was in the heyday of the great aviation designers, the 1930s to the 1960s, and I would most likely be confined to doing what I hated most if I continued: another faceless number cruncher punching data into MatLab programs in a darkened cubicle.  I had been born 50 years too late to be the kind of engineer I wanted to be, the next Wernher von Braun or Kelly Johnson, seated behind a drawing board, slide rule in hand, creating the next groundbreaking design that would take humanity higher and faster.

So I switched to my other love, politics and history, and I never looked back.  I was fascinated with almost all of my courses, devouring the new ideas of philosophy I encountered in my political science classes and the sense of presence gained through my studies in history.  I fulfilled my language requirement by studying German, a language I still am fascinated with today (and continue to butcher when speaking).  I even had the opportunity to study abroad in Berlin.  All things that would never have been possible had I continued on my original course. And in truth, the world has enough engineers.  It needs more people with a classical liberal education, an education that makes you think deeply about the world around you instead of the just preparing you for a trade.

Politically, I consider myself an extreme moderate with a healthy realist streak, for lack of a better popular term.  I realize that you can’t legislate away all of your problems or force others to your particular moral code with new rules, a concept people on both sides of the party lines seldom seem to understand.

I also like to take pictures, and some of my favorite photographs that I have taken over the years can be found at my Picasa page if you’re interested.

The first iteration of “Holding Down the Fort” came back in 2003, while I was still an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee.  It was a mildly successful mostly political blog that took off after arose regarding the UT administration that received some attention from the East Tennessee blogging community and media.  Unfortunately, I allowed it to lapse as other things took my attention.  It eventually disappeared as its original host, Blog City, decided to go to a pay model and I didn’t act quickly enough to retrieve my content.  I lost a significant amount of (what I considered to be, at least) halfway decent content, which was disheartening.  But oh well, out with the old, in with the new, right?

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  1. 30 October 2012 at 12:48

    Hi Nathan, heard what you had to say and our happy hour is back, everyday 5-close. Come on in and let me buy you a beer.

    Thanks Judi & Dave
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  2. 7 August 2013 at 19:17

    Heya! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems
    with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work
    due to no backup. Do you have any solutions
    to protect against hackers?

  3. 17 September 2014 at 10:19

    Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested
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    and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it
    with someone!

  4. 23 September 2014 at 00:11

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    Would you be interested in exchanging links or
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    If you happen to be interested feel free to send me an email.
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