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Science Interests
Think of me however you want; I care not. While most kids in sixth and seventh grade cared about Mario 3, Tetris, and Weird Al Yankovich; chemistry, quantum physics, geometry, and biology were my interests. I never was sure if it was my interest in those subjects that made me unpopular, or if being unpopular drove me to find those interests. Whatever the case, it was curiosity that kept me going. Tell me, where is Weird Al Yankovich now? What are snap bracelets? Who has the highest score in Tetris? Who won the baseball game seven years ago? Now tell me, where are the protons, electrons, neutrons, mesons, baryons, trapezoids, parallelograms, sine tables, H2O molecules, and Deoxyribonucleic Acid strings? Oh, they're still around, and they'll probably be around for a lot longer.

Musical Talent
Playing the piano since I was 9 has given me a deeper appreciation of the work that musicians put into their songs, whether Mozart or Madonna, Beethoven or Yanni. Although I can play classic songs well, I'd really like to have more of a gift to write my own. Those that I do create which sound halfway decent are forgotten because I never write them down. Sort of like all those little poems that come into my head and are gone forever by the next day ;-)

Over the years I've been brave enough to get up on stage several times and play for my church, or maybe it was that I wasn't brave enough to say no. When I was 12, our church had a talent show in which a girl and I were both playing the same song. I played it better (no offense to Jessica!), and they gave me on of the five Gold Awards. Although still unhappy about that event, she now plays weekly for the church. Who does everyone remember, the kid played well once, or the one who continues to play for them even now? Jessica of course.. That shows that it is the person who stays with it who gets the eventual recognition.

Console History
Like most kids, I love video games, and the interactive stories they tell. The SNES (Super Nintendo) was my first real video game console (my grandma's Atari was fun, but was also a minimal machine). Partly due to the graphic effects and mostly due the great games, I fell in love with it. You can see some of my favorites below.

I looked everywhere trying to find out how the machine worked, how the graphics were displayed, how the code was executed, how sounds were made, and what it looked like on the inside. The only part of that which I did find out was what the inside looked like, and that was only because it broke and the repairman let me watch him as he worked my precious toy. Not until I found out about the awesome database of information called the Internet, did I finally get all the technical info ever wanted.

PeekinSoft
Another hobby of mine goes beyond just playing games, as you could possibly tell from above, I want to know how they work. In my free time, I work on my utilities for finding game's graphics, playing music from them, and making maps of them. They mostly view rather than edit, because I'm more interested in knowing how they work than in changing how they work. That's why PeekinSoft is a fitting name to describe what my utils do; they peek into the workings of whatever I happen to be curious about ;-)

Windows 95 Icons BRR wave sample Zelda LTTP: Ganon's Pyramid

The Real Definition of a Hacker
Maybe I should clear this up right now before going on any farther...

A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to strech their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming. A person capable of appreciating the motivation for expending effort towards a seemingly useless goal. A person who is good at programming quickly. An expert and a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it .... One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations....

Not to be confused with the less savoury cracker:
A malicious meddler who tries to discover snesitive information by poking around.

The New Hackers Dictionary, Second Edition 1994, p.218

Drawing
A favorite character of mine I drew from the land or Lotaria.

Izari

Anime
Ever since I first saw Lens Man, Vampire Hunter D, and Project AKO on the Sci-Fi channel, I've loved Japanese Animation. With much more detailed drawings, interesting plots, and unique characters than usual western productions, it isn't difficult to see why. Since then I had the chance to watch Sailor Moon and the great RoboTech/Macross saga on Cartoon Network. I'd be dishonest though if I didn't admit that the bishojo style (specific drawing style for females) also kept me interested. Below are a few drawings that I'd love to have drawn. Perhaps someday I do more than watch anime and contribute to its art.

Ranma Two main cuteys from Dirty Pair Lum from Urusei Yatsura

Things Owned/Liked (all summed up for you)
I've heard that one can can learn much about a person from his trash... Imagine how much more you can learn from what hasn't been thrown away yet ;-)

Games: Mario RPG, Metroid 3, Zelda: LTTP, Starfox, Mario World 2, DKC, DKC 2, Gradius 3, Mario All-Stars, Mario World, Mario Paint, Alladin, Lion King, Cybernator, Actraiser, Actraiser 2, Super Star Wars, Super Empire Strikes Back, Vortex, Superscope 6

Zelda LTTP: Outside near graveyard Mario RPG: Main map Metroid 3: Lizard Kraid
Mario World: Main Map Zelda LTTP: Main Map

Quest For Glory V, QFG I, Titanic, Descent: Freespace

Also liked: ChronoTrigger, Secret of Mana, Zelda 64, Starfox 64, Megaman X

Books: Tricks of the Game Programming Gurus, Intel Architecture Software Developer's Manual, Upgrading and Repairing PC's, Programmer's Guide to Microsoft Windows 95, Multimedia Developer's Guide, Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, C++ How to Program, The Quicktime How-to Book

Star Trek Encyclpedia, Star Trek TNG Technical Manual, From Star Wars to Indiana Jones, The Best of the LucasFilm Archives, Human Anatomy and Physiology, The Official Pokémon Handbook (I think the odd creatures are cool), The Dinosaur Handbook (I think these creatures though are even cooler)

Movies: The Matrix, Star Trek 1-7, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Armageddon, Con-Air, Face Off ... (and mostly anything sci-fi that is thought provoking).


2000.4.25 Dwayne Robinson