Who are you?
I think of myself as a many-faceted being; who I am
depends on what facet is turned towards you this time.
No, really, who are you?
I'm a Unix herder
in the Unix Systems Group of UTTS (don't ask) at the
University of Toronto,
a fine institution of higher learning and biannual reorganizations.
I think it's a nice place, so there's no resume for
you to see.
I can be found on various spots around the
Internet and Usenet.
My hobbies include
Usenet reading (and sometimes posting),
and finding various pictures that I like.
(You'll want to follow the hobbies link)
In person, I'm a five foot ten caucasian male of slim build and no
greatly distinguishing features besides a braid of long brown hair
and permanently askew glasses, both of which you can see in the
I drink too many caffeinated
beverages but they tell me it doesn't usually show.
It seems every Web page has to have a collection of strange links.
Because it's trendy, I've made my
full hotlist available.
But don't go there; instead, look at this
annotated collection of
things I become (greatly) enthused about.
I have a lot of projects, most of them defunct (and we won't even talk
about work). Here are some of the ones that either aren't or that I
like to pretend aren't.
- Playing around with the World Wide Web
- It's fun to fiddle with
in strange ways. Next up on my
wish list is some page verification software, which I think I have a
lead on. I continue to resist
various authoring tools, prefering a plain text editor and Mosaic
as a previewer. I've been toying with Netscape, but it doesn't run
on my Ultrix machine and the beta version is kind of buggy (including
forms support; I had to fill out the Netscape registration form with
Mosaic). I've been playing with forms
recently (and upgrading the server so I could do it easier), and now
over all my pages recently to improve them; it's a cool program.
- Using the graphics on my graphical workstation
This deserves a full scale rant, but I find it disgusting that the
major use most graphical workstations get is as a convenient way
to get lots of VT100s in a small space (although I don't agree
with all the opinions in it,
Unix Haters Handbook
has a nice discussion of how this has affected X). Whenever I can,
I try to find graphical tools instead of throwing things up into
xterm windows; my favorite ones
(some drawn from
Plan 9 from Bell Labs) include
9term (inside which
I run rc),
exmh. A recent discovery
is wily, a hard to describe
editor and environment.
- Playing with my new workstation
- It's an SGI R5000 Indy and was supposed to have entirely replaced
my old DEC MIPS workstation by now, but you know how projects go (not
the way they were planned). It has neat multimedia features, like being
able to record (and play) music from SCSI CD-ROM drives (one of which
I have); perhaps I will do exerpts from particularly favorite pieces.
Until I have more time I've just made some snapshots with its video
camera, such as
of my desk, or
shelves full of now-obsolete DEC manuals (also available in
version, which I'm not sure converts as nicely), or
me in the
office with my headphones on, or even
looking thoughtful as I revisit some of
CJ Silverio's web pages;
her journal inspired me to doodle some with my web pages. Someday I
will do a full page of pictures of me and surroundings, to replace
the page of pictures I like, and then I will have a place to talk
about hair, tshirts, and photographs.
As a bonus round, you can now see a screen
image of what my SGI's monitor often looks like. You can even get
a guided tour of what all the cryptic windows are.
- Updating my web pages
Well, this has sort of made it into the status of a project, seeing
as how it's creeping up on a year since I got a nice colour picture
of me from a friend that I want to use here but I haven't had time
to do all the necessary mangling (like brighten it) before I put it
up for real. In the mean time you can
in its original state. It's contemporary with the black and white
picture up above. Plus all the other more serious updates I want to
do; my hotlist is approaching the status of a coldlist.
I don't believe in backlinks on pages (this deserves to be part of
a longer rant on WWW pages that I haven't had time to write), so
I don't have many. If your browser doesn't have a command to go back
to the previous page, get a better one.