Hi and welcome to my personal interest pages. Here you
the stuff that flicks my bic so to speak. Even though I have worked
very hard over the last 30 years I have been able to devote significant
time to my hobbies, many of which are detailed on this page. In fact it
was those very hobbies that helped keep me sane over the years what
with long work hours, critical and/or impossible deadlines, stupid
companies and shifts in the high tech industry. In March 2006 Heather
and I decided
it was time for me to leave the working world and spend time doing what
I want to do for a change. My
body pointed this out to me as well as I had a series of ailments I can
only attribute to stress and lack of exercise. Anyway we are
now both retired so I have the time to devote to this website.
I have had a lot of good jobs in my career that started out as an
electrical engineer and ended as a software programmer. I have met most
of my friends through work and that I will miss but I'm still in
contact with many of them. My days are more fulfilling now that work is
out of the way. I spend more time playing guitar, doing wood working,
playing with my computer, traveling and being with Heather. And of
course during the winter carrying and chopping a lot of wood to
on a link to go to an
area of interest.
|If I had to do it
again, I might have been a geologist instead of a computer
programmer. I love rocks and volcanoes. Check it out.
|Being a long time
music is a big part of my life. I've recorded a series of CDs both as a
solo artist and with others. Many of the songs I've recorded are
available on this page.
processing and raytracing are all long term interests of mine. A
selection of original raytraced
images can be found here along with some information about raytracing.
|I've created a lot
of sawdust in
my day building furniture and other things. Check out my
craftsman furniture and my other wooden projects here.
|Some of my most ambitious
wood working projects to date, building guitars. Look here for the
|I recently revived
in electronics and programming. I have now designed and built numerous
electronic gadgets. Check them out on this page.
||Recently read books are listed here.
|At one point in my
life I was a
rather prolific writer of technical articles and
selection of my writings and a publication list are available here.
In July 2008 I was awarded
my first patent #7,401,238
and method for causing an idle image to execute on an application
node of a distributed computing system when instructed to power
down”. In March 2010, I was awarded my second patent #7,685,148
entitled, "Automatically configuring a distributed computing system
according to a hierarchical model". On March 8th, 2011 I was awarded my
third patent #7,904,543 entitled, "Dynamically generating custom
reports using self-defining report events". On March
13th, 2012 I was awarded my fourth patent #8,135,751 entitled,
"Distributed Computing System having Hierarchical Organization". On
June 3rd, 2014 I was awarded my fifth patent #8,745,124 entitled,
"Extensible power control for an autonomically controlled distributed
All of these patents were for technology
developed while at Cassatt
Corporation. All of these are now property of Computer Associates
Think, Inc. which bought the Cassatt intellectual property.
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