Computer Engineering (ME)
landscape photography, harp,
hiking, street hockey, Japanese,
A little bit about myself. I am an introvert, although I am fairly gregarious in groups where there are a lot of people I am familiar with. I also try to talk to people new to a group, so I am sometimes mistaken for an extrovert. I tend to be project-oriented, and always have more projects than I can possibly do. In fact, if I ever happen to run out of projects, I will spontaneously generate new ones. I tend to prefer depth in relationships, but because I like to explore, I prefer breadth in interests and career. I am a mix of a scientist, engineer, and artist. A scientist, because only really ever ask one question: “why?” An artist because I like to create beautiful things. And an engineer, because I like to create beautiful, useful things that are (preferably) at the edge of feasibility.
As a kid I loved playing with blocks, and would carefully stack all the blocks on top of each other to make the tallest tower possible. (Then I would draw a picture of it, so that I could re-create it) These days, I am a computer programmer, enjoying writing tools for people to solve problems or do things that previously they could not. I have several software projects available to download; hopefully one of them will be helpful for you.
I have discovered that I seem to be drawn to three main things: beauty, learning, and stories. My lasting interests all seem to come from these three things.
Beauty: I am drawn to beauty, particularly visually, and desire to create things that are beautiful. I like art museums because they showcase other peoples’ beautiful creations. I like hiking because I find that God’s creation is the most beautiful and intricate thing around. I also have a love for outer space, since the nebulae, galaxies, planets, and moons all have a cold, mysterious beauty.
|Best Books of the 20th Century
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Best Visual Stories
(Sen to Chihiro ni Kamikakushi)
Stories: I am very fond of stories, particularly ones with mysterious forces, so fantasy and sci-fi are my favorite genres. I am most drawn to stories with depth and a world that is deeper than the book shows (The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down are two great examples). I also enjoy short stories, both for the twist at the end and for the short exploration of an idea. I seem to like telling stories, too. As a kid, I would tell stories about my stuffed animals to my brother for hours before I fell asleep. I also wrote short stories, slapstick plays, and for a time drew a comic strip based on Walt Kelly’s Pogo. I still write the occasional short story, and by 2022 I hope to have gained enough life experiences and story-telling skills to write a sci-fi/fantasy novel.
One enduring interest of mine that does not fall into the categories above is games. I love card games and Euro-board games. I like the interaction with other people, the strategy, and the competition. I apparently like the experience, as I don’t care if I win, but there must be a winner and loser (or it isn’t a game), even if I have to be the loser.