A Hobby breakdown:
Here's more information on my various hobbies.
I read a lot, and sometimes I post stuff, but not very often. Right now
the most visible thing I've done recently is arranging the creation of
comp.unix.advocacy. Favorite newsgroups,
in no particular order:
I used to like a lot of others, but right now I'm really just going through
the motions for a lot of them. But then, everyone says that.
(stop sneering -- talk.bizarre is the newsgroup most
often ripped off in magazines and newspapers)
- the comp.unix.* hierarchy
- various rec.music.* newsgroups, always good for interesting new music,
of which I'm fond (you can
peer at my collection)
Being Enthused about Programs
Yes, it's really a hobby of mine. I like to zoom around the Internet
finding and exploring nifty new toys. Current favorites include:
- An X based
frontend written in TK and TCL. Exmh is well designed and easily customizable,
and has all the usual advantages of GUI-based programs when manipulating
large amounts of mail.
- An X based manual page browser written in TK/TCL, with many slick
and nice features. To quote from the tkman help:
A manual page browser, TkMan offers two major advantages over xman:
hypertext links to other man pages (click on a word in the text which
corresponds to a man page, and you jump there), and better navigation
within long man pages with searches (both incremental and regular
expression) and jumps to section headers.
- A program that is an X11 based emulation of an 8-1/2
window. 9term features fully-editable text; all text can be
edited and reused. Using it gives an interesting perspective
on shells with command line editing.
Geeze, I'm on too many to count, including a bunch I can't tell you about
and a bunch you'd be bored with. I run three that you might be interested
in, on rc, es, and
I'm always interested in better ways to deal with email. I prefilter
my mail with
a very nice mail filtering tool, and read it with
and the X based frontend
exmh, which is
very nice and much better than mh-e in GNU Emacs or xmh.
I don't play as many or as often as I used to. I'm a wizard on
AmberMUSH, and I
play on the just-revived
and occasionally on
I used to be active on
but I became much less active there after it moved from
my machine to its current home.
I play under the name Chris on all these places. If I play under
other names, I'm not going to tell you about them.
You can also read an unauthorized biography of my MUD life and times
I play a fair bit of
perhaps too much. Most recently I was on the INL team Team Testudo, which
is mostly a University of Maryland team; these days, the only organized
thing I do is be part of the Netrek Draft League. You probably won't recognize
me on any netrek servers.
Here's a brief history of me and netrek,
complete with excess links.
I read science fiction, fantasy, and technical reports;
I listen to a wide variety of music;
I play roleplaying games;
I sleep on weekends.