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location Portland, Oregon, U.S.
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Professionally, I am a long time contract software engineer. My other interests include:

  • filmmaking: I have made dozens of personal travel videos, as well as helped produce, storyboard, capture and edit sound, and edit a two hour storyboard animatic for a film club. Also, I have appeared in several Hollywood films as a background actor ("extra") in Untraceable, Leverage, The Hunted, and a participated in a half dozen local projects which no one has heard of.
  • scuba: I am a scuba divemaster with thousands of dives experience; also I have assisted instruction of hundreds of student scuba divers, and led dozens of scuba boat expeditions on the Oregon Coast or in Washington's San Juan Islands.
  • aviation: more than two million miles on commercial airlines, plus private pilot
  • bicycling: I really love getting around by bicycle, often as a commuter, but especially to bicycle in remote locations like near the Oregon Coast, in the mountains, or in Central or Eastern Oregon's wondrous beauty.
  • snow sports: I thoroughly enjoy the Oregon Cascades year round, but winter provides special magic. For eight years I was a (part time) ski instructor.
  • travel: visited at least 34 countries for a lifetime cumulative total of about two years, mostly Europe. There are about 12 U.S. states I have not yet visited.

Oct
21
comment The Quiet Earth conclusion analysis
Isn't Saturn a bit far from Earth for radio signals to have much effect on humans? Or vice versa.
Oct
20
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
9
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
5
comment 70s morning calisthenics
If seeing that (really amazing) video doesn't clinch it, I don't know what would. It has organ music which I can understand sounding like a xylophone.
Aug
5
revised 70s morning calisthenics
apostrophe abuse
Aug
5
revised 70s morning calisthenics
apostrophe abuse
Aug
5
reviewed Approve What is the significance of “Tannis Root”?
Aug
5
reviewed Approve Alien mask gives a teenager an exoskeleton and superpowers
Aug
5
revised Why does Frankie Pentangeli's would be assassin say “Michael Corleone says hello”?
spelling; less useful edit (remove unnecessary words) to satisfy minimum edit
May
31
comment What is the meaning behind Pussy Galore's name?
@MrLore: Wasn't there also a quip like Christmas only comes once a year?
May
2
awarded  Yearling
Apr
20
comment When/Why did American television change from primarily episodic to primarily serialized?
@NapoleonWilson: Not yet it doesn't. Give it time.
Apr
19
comment Why do professional green screens look so much better?
I have worked at Grass Valley, makers of video broadcast equipment such as is used by NFL video productions. Their high end equipment uses FPGAs instead of brute computer power to do the effects.
Apr
19
answered When/Why did American television change from primarily episodic to primarily serialized?
Apr
14
revised What is the meaning behind Pussy Galore's name?
correct spelling and link
Apr
10
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
3
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
30
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
10
awarded  Popular Question