First off, folks, that picture on the left is older than dirt. At the time
of this writing (2007), it is over a decade old. As such, I am now the proud owner of far fewer hairs on my head. My how the years fly by!
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio in November of 1976 on the East side of town.
Over the years my parents dragged me around the West side, where I remained until
going to Case Western Reserve for my higher education.
I hung around the East side for awhile after graduatng and beginning my full-time job. After
a few years, my wife, Jodie, and I moved back to the West side where we now live happily in Lakewood.
I am currently the Facilities and Teaching Labs Manager in the
EECS department at
Case Western Reserve University.
I have a B.A. in Computer Science, and have dabbled in taking graduate classes
for a Masters degree in Comp. Sci. Overall, though computers in an of themselves don't
define who I am as much as they enable me to explore other areas of life in a more
organized, efficient and unique manner. AS I have often been heard saying, sometimes people
are infinitely more fascinating than a computer could ever be.
I am co-founder of
FTS Conventures, which runs the annual
Notacon event here in Cleveland, Ohio. I was also a founding member of
the Geek Empire,
an educational and technical co-op, although am no longer affiliated with
the organization. My list of affiliations
is long, with a good number of organizations being associated in some way with
Case. I like being a leader and what-not. It's fun
I am also big into community building and events which bring different groups of
people together. Some may define me as a "con whore". That said, though,
when attending cons, I tend study the people more than the material
being presented. It varies upon my mood and current curiousities involving my
fellow human beings. Overall, though, I enjoy travelling and the sense of freedom
most cons offer.