Bill's Project Notebook


Welcome to my notebook! This page is a portal to the various projects I have worked on or am currently working on -- a bit of a peek into my life and what I do.

As a kid, I was always taking things apart (much to my mother's chagrin) to see if I could figure out how they worked. I could figure out the mechanical contraptions quite readily, but I always struggled with the electronics. I still do, but when I discovered digital electronics, I was thrilled, because it seemed simple to me. I suppose my brain simply works in mechanical and logical ways (despite my efforts to push it into analog or artistic realms).

I got into computers in 1978, thinking they were cool. The short version of my life story is that I was finally let loose from my last job (as in my most recent job) as a software engineer in 2004. I left with a feeling like I would never return to programming, despite what was once my one true passion. Today, I still feel that way. So now I am in school again, learning how to do other things, like graphics and animation and digital video. I'm delving into the depths of Macromedia Flash, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, and all that good stuff. I'm finding I really like animation and am learning the tools very quickly, but I have yet to discover any artistic talent. Maybe because I'm still on the computer.

I used to be a member of the
Home Brew Robotics Club (HBRC), although I no longer live in the area. I have a little robot that I built after getting excited about robotics in January 2001, but I haven't done much with it in a couple of years. I have two combat robots - one of which is currently active. You will see details about these within my project pages.

I have many interests (perhaps a few I should never have actually tried to partake in), including computers (well...not so much anymore), digital electronics (mostly microcontrollers), robotics, radio-controlled airplanes (I like to fly at night!), amateur radio (I like to listen), video production (including acting), and I'm sure there's more, but I don't have that kind of time anymore. And rather than droll on about myself, feel free to break away and spend some time perusing my project pages (or not) to see if you find anything interesting or insightful that you can enjoy or use. My hope is that I may have some knowledge or experience that will be of some benefit to you. I also hope that my knowledge and skills will once again bring me some income one day, as I am running out of money, fast! I feel like I'm starting over. Oh my gosh - I'm a starving student again! Wake me up! Wake me up!