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Name:
neminem
Birthdate:
6 October 1984
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Schools:
I'm no longer at Harvey Mudd College, a prestigious but little-known science/math/tech school in Claremont, CA, having now graduated. I'm too lazy to significantly change what was previously here, though, so I'm just making everything past tense that deserves it, and leaving the rest mostly untouched. I majored in computer science; wanted to double major in linguistics, but didn't have the time. Would have triple majored in vocal music, but really didn't have the time. I also love music of many genres, as well as performing vocally. I was in an a capella group at Mudd called The After-School Specials (formerly Shower Quality), as both a tenor and bass depending on which they need more for a given song ;-). Also percussion, when they needed it - vocal percussion is awesome, by the way. Now, I'm out in the real world, and missing a cappella, but at least I found a new choir (don't tell anyone, but the Long Beach Camerata is way better than the equivalent-sized choir at Mudd, being composed, unlike the Claremont one, exclusively of people who can actually sing.)

I work at a company in Long Beach called Laserfiche, which does boring stuff (office document management) in interesting ways (lots of graphics algorithms floating around; also a project that's basically giving nonprogrammers a programming language to play with). I spend much of my time outside of work surfing the net, playing random games (not entirely computer/console, either) and chatting with friends on AIM, most but not all of whom I know in real life. Oh, and reading, can't forget that. My long list of my favorite books/authors, because people are always asking for such a list:
Anything by Orson Scott Card. Especially: Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Whatever the as-yet-unreleased 4th book will be called, and Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus.
Anything by Timothy Zahn. Especially: his two Star Wars series', Spinneret and Manta's Gift.
The Incarnations of Immortality series, by Piers Anthony. Especially: the first book, On a Pale Horse.
Also the first n books of the Xanth series by Anthony, where n is 12 +/- 2.
Anything by Mercedes Lackey. Especially: The Last Herald Mage Trilogy and Brightly Burning, but really, anything Valdemar and a significant amount of the rest. Not the Serrated Edge stuff as much, though.
The Hyperion series, by Dan Simmons.
Everything by Jim Butcher. At the moment of this typing, this includes the Dresden Files series, and the Codex Alera series.
Absolutely anything by Dave Barry, unless it's a novel.
Dragon's Egg, by Robert L. Forward, if you're into super-scientific sci-fi.
The Adolescence of P-1, by Thomas J. Ryan, a completely unknown writer who appears to have written nothing else, despite incredible results with this one book.
Anything by Steven Pinker. Especially: The Language Instinct, Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, whatever other books he writes in the future.
Anything by Asimov (I don't need to put down his first name, do I?). Especially: everything but the Foundation series.
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, by Douglas Adams.
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman.
The Harry Potter series, by... I don't even need to say. I doubt a single person on the planet hasn't heard of J.K. Rowling by now. Not that she doesn't deserve it completely.
Sims, by F. Paul Wilson.
Matilda by Roald Dahl, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. Yes, these are kids books. They were some of my favorites when I was 6, and they still are today.
Oh, another kids' author. Anything by Louis Sachar. Especially: um, anything.
The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb. Probably the rest of her books, too, but I haven't read them yet.
I can't believe I forgot Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons; especially the last one). Also Book of Enchantments.
Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
several books by Robert Charles Wilson. So far I've read Bios, Darwinia, The Chronoliths, and Blind Lake, and would fully recommend all of them but Bios.
The "The Adept" series by Katherine Kurtz. Apparently, all but the first and last books are fairly hard to obtain, though.
The first book in Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series, but not necessarily any of the others (the second was sort of a letdown).
Code of the Lifemaker, by James P. Hogan.
A new one as of this typing (which was several years ago, now, as of this typing): The The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, by Robert J. Sawyer. Haven't read anything else by him, yet. Yes, I am a book fanatic. I'm sure there are more that I'm just not thinking of, too.

My list of games I obsess about is much smaller, but deserves mentioning anyway:
* Kingdom of Loathing, as of Fall '06
* WoW, as of Winter '07
* Smash Brothers, as of when it came out
* Nethack, as of pretty much since I saw a computer





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