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!