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Roll Call! (AKA Who Are You? Part 4)

By dannygene in Meta
Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:15:17 AM EST
Tags: Kuro5hin.org (all tags)

The New Year has come and gone, and it seems like an appropriate time for the kuro5hin roll call. Everyone knows the regulars, but what about those of you hiding in the shadows? It's time to show your face, and reveal yourself to the masses!

[editor's note, by rusty] For those of you new to the site, we've been doing this occasionally since March, 2000. See also Part 2 and Part 3. If you're particularly curious, Carnage4Life wrote a K5 Who Are You? search engine (announced here and updated here).

One of the great things about kuro5hin is the diversity of education, experience, and locale. But because we don't necessarily talk about these things outside of our diaries (if even then), you could be sitting in the cubicle next to another k5 regular!

So take this time to post a short bit about yourself, let the world know who you are!

To kick things off, I live in Miami, Florida, USA. I'm an ASP/PHP/SQL programmer. I graduated from the University of Miami (Go Canes!) last year. At certain times of the year, I can be found traipsing around near Jackson, Mississippi, USA.

Now it's your turn!


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I am DranoK (2.33 / 6) (#1)
by DranoK 420 on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 05:42:15 PM EST

I flame idiots like you and rate their stories -1. I am queer and have a boyfriend who, thankfully, would never post such a stupid story.



Poetry is simply a convenient excuse for incoherence.

info (5.00 / 1) (#2)
by makaera on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 05:43:24 PM EST

I live in Gilbert, Arizona, USA. I am in the direct PhD program at Arizona State University (this means I am already in the PhD program, yet am still doing the masters part, I will get my masters after I do 30 hours and defend my comp). I am studing Control Systems (with likely emphasis on Neural Dynamic Programming). I did my undergrad in EE at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

"Ninety rounds in there," Joel Andrews said. "If you can't take it down with 90 rounds, you better turn in your badge!" -- from Washington Post

Nobody rated it -1 yet... (3.00 / 1) (#3)
by foofish on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 05:47:13 PM EST

I'm Mike and I'm queer too! Who knew? Oh, and I'm a high school senior in Omaha, NE.
Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.
I am me (4.00 / 1) (#4)
by spreerpg on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 05:53:46 PM EST

I'm a high school senior from north-eastern Illinois. I've already been accepted to Truman State University in Missouri in the Computer Science college. I am a hopless technogeek. Erm, yeah thats about it.

You can kill me, but you can't eat me!
Yea, we've already had stories like this... (4.00 / 1) (#5)
by ragabr on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 06:17:13 PM EST

but new people don't know and are unlikely to post back to them anyway. And even if they did, I'm too lazy to go back and look.

Anyway, I'm enrolled at UMASS @ Amherst, with a declared major in Computer Science. Over winter break I'm with my family in Virginia.

I like drugs, girls, movies, music and Brad Pitt. In near that order.

And my tongue would be made of chocolate. Mmmmm. Chocolate.
I'm here. (4.00 / 1) (#6)
by DigitalRover on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 06:23:19 PM EST

I'm a 23 yr old SysAdmin in NC. I'm married with 2 cats and I drive a Spyder. All in all, my life is pretty boring which is why I'm posting to K5 when I should be at the gym.

Yo soy chipuni. (4.50 / 2) (#7)
by chipuni on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 06:46:47 PM EST

The quadruped unicorn stallion rears up: the wind ruffles his goatee, his black mane, and his leonine tail. The black tiger-stripes on his powerful white hindlegs contrast with the uniform brown of his body, neck, and head. His cloven hooves attack the empty air. The spiralled, ivory horn in his forehead glows softly. His nostrils flare; he scents the air, and smells... truffles.


The medieval sages wrote that only a virgin, pure of deed and thought, could capture a unicorn. They hadn't known about a unicorn's sweet tooth.

Forgetting his heraldic pose, he drops to the ground and merrily chases after the unsuspecting furry bearing truffles.

He seems more natural now: chasing friends around the park, sharing jokes, helping newer furries, and telling stories. His soft, brown eyes betray his gentle nature, and his whicker sounds like good-natured laughter.

Clipped into his ear is a gold band. Engraved on it is the message, "For my dear, sweet love, K'has."

Around his leonine tail, Chip wears a simple, leather ring. Inscribed on the ring is the name 'Shaterri'. It hangs loosely on his tail, as if it were designed to go somewhere else.

On his left flank, someone has scrawled a 'W' in black, magick marker.


  • Souvenir Button from the Random Witch Hunts of 1999: "Chip_Unicorn, have you no shame?" Taped to it is one word. "Nope!"
  • I ran the Purple Nurple for 36 hours, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt!

Perfection is not reached when nothing more can be added, but only when nothing more can be taken away.
Wisdom for short attention spans.
Memories of FurryMUCK (4.00 / 1) (#165)
by skunk on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:44:19 PM EST

The skunk wavies to the unicorn, and wishes MUCKing weren't the kind of thing that tends to suck up your life 6 hours at a time :-)

(Formerly Straker@FurryMUCK, but got idle-purged 'round 1997 when I started at MIT. Ah, those were the days...)

[ Parent ]
You must be kidding (3.00 / 2) (#215)
by trhurler on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:17:23 PM EST

You post this, after posting this?

Goddamn. You are now number one on my list of the lamest people ever to post to kuro5hin. Other people have fun in a fashion you don't quite understand, you get pissy, and then you go posting your bizarre furry fetish crap. I mean, if that's what flips your bits, good for you, but why in hell do you presume to tell other people that their fun isn't appropriate?! This is like a pedophile belittling a bondage fetishist for "being a pervert."

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
Crrrooowwwww!!! (4.00 / 1) (#8)
by khym on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 06:49:58 PM EST

Sorry, sorry, it was just too tempting...

Give a man a match, and he'll be warm for a minute, but set him on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Spooooon! (none / 0) (#136)
by wiredog on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:51:46 AM EST

Peoples Front To Reunite Gondwanaland: "Stop the Laurasian Separatist Movement!"
[ Parent ]
`whoami` (4.00 / 1) (#9)
by krogoth on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 06:58:53 PM EST

I'm a 17 year old high-school/university student (I graduate in June; I finish my first university class in April). I program in many languages, administrate my two Linux computers (one of which had it's windows partition amputated recently :) and waste way too much time - time that could be better spent on my main free-time project, which I link to at every opportunity. I'm in Saskatchewan (Canada), but you won't find me 'traipsing around' - when I go outside, it's generally to get to my destination as fast as I can.
"If you've never removed your pants and climbed into a tree to swear drunkenly at stuck-up rich kids, I highly recommend it."
I skipped the last one... (4.00 / 1) (#10)
by atreides on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:10:33 PM EST

...so why not?

I'm 6'1", 240lbs, black hair, brown eyes, 28 yrs old, live in Austin, Tx., speak a couple of languages and have had too many woman troubles to count. If you want more than that, read the diary...

"...heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

Atreides: The psychedelic visionary doesn't crave stardom.

a couple (5.00 / 1) (#100)
by kubalaa on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:44:29 AM EST

I don't think you're allowed to count languages with "couple" and "few", as these quantifiers imply it's not really that important or relvant to state the actual number. For example, you say "I've changed majors a couple times," or "get a couple pounds of rabbit food while you're at the store", but you don't say, "I've narrowly escaped death a couple times" or "I've got a couple Ph.D's". Heck, maybe speaking "a couple" languages is no big deal to you (although then one wonders why you'd mention it), but those of us who find acheiving bilingual-ness a challenge feel comforted by a nice solid "two". ;)

[ Parent ]
Who Am I? (4.00 / 1) (#11)
by zephc on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:13:12 PM EST

I enjoy long walks on the beach, the outdoors, and I love life. I'm a 22 year old college student in the Silicon Valley. I program and talk on AIM, bike and play the guitar occationally weeeee. I'm interested in AI, kernel and compiler programming, double-weeeee! I'm finally getting out an doing something (ba qua zhang), which goes nicely with my Taoist outlook on life... Taoist crossed with Transhumanist... weird combo ne? =]

i could cut and paste from the personals too (none / 0) (#97)
by kubalaa on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:39:12 AM EST

But I hate life, long walks on the beach, cozy evenings by the fire, and in general anything that makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

[ Parent ]
I am I (4.00 / 1) (#12)
by czar chasm on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:14:08 PM EST

To make this brief, I am 17 senior at Denton (Texas) High School ("Go sheepish conformity!!"). I'm a policy debater and have been for quite some time, but since my school doesn't allot a budget to us, I don't get to debate as much as I would like. Next year I'll be at UT Austin and hopefully in part of the Turing program (I'm sending in my app tomorrow). Leftist activists, but that comes partly from the red hair (the quickly angered activism, not the leftist thing). I consume mass quantities of Mt. Dew, and am the drummer/lyricist/vocals of my band: Ted Kennedy's Driving School.

-Czar Chasm
not much to tell (4.00 / 1) (#13)
by persimmon on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:16:56 PM EST

I'm a 19-year-old scrambling in San Luis Obispo after cancelling my exchange to Cal Poly. I've given up on being a geek in a day job for now, since I'm not very good at it. Otherwise, I garden, cook, write bad poetry and pretend I'm a 10-century viking chick named Ingeborg.

It's funny because it's a blancmange!
SCA? (none / 0) (#117)
by speek on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:35:50 AM EST

...and pretend I'm a 10-century viking chick named Ingeborg

Would you be an SCA'er?

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees
[ Parent ]

ayup (none / 0) (#156)
by persimmon on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:15:48 PM EST

Yup, I would be. Looks like I'm not the only one.
It's funny because it's a blancmange!
[ Parent ]

just some random dude (3.00 / 1) (#14)
by mstich on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:25:57 PM EST

I'm 18, I live in Canada. I enjoy hacking at my various *nix boxen and also like just hangin' out. Oh, and I run a little website out of my house at:


It's nothing special, actually it's quite boring, but check it out regardless of what I just stated about it.

Thanks Rusty! (3.00 / 1) (#15)
by dannygene on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:27:49 PM EST

I was trying to find a previous article like this, but couldn't find it. So thank you to rusty's masterful memory powers.

Life is too serious to be taken too seriously.

duxup (5.00 / 5) (#16)
by duxup on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:28:17 PM EST

I am duxup and little else about me is important except, I love you.

*Smooch* (nt) (5.00 / 1) (#31)
by mrgoat on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 09:15:22 PM EST

"I'm having sex right now?" - Joh3n
--Top Hat--
[ Parent ]

Well... (4.50 / 2) (#17)
by Anonymous 6522 on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:29:24 PM EST

Click here to learn everything that I ever wanted you to know about me.

This stuff may also be of interest.

And don't forget to check out my webpage!

I also made this (Driph also deserves credit, he made the original logo that I stole to make it).

Why would you want to know? (4.00 / 1) (#18)
by ajdecon on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:30:10 PM EST

I'm a 17-year-old junior at Tecumseh High School in Michigan. I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and other friends, playing jazz trumpet and occaisionally reading such sites as Slashdot and Kuro5hin. I'm interested enough in computers to have created a web site, learned HTML and Perl, and installed Linux, but my real passion is physics.
That enough for you?
"Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself."
-Richard Feynman
J. Irving Washington (4.50 / 2) (#19)
by wji on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:32:17 PM EST

I am a high school student in S.W. Ontario, and am biding my time until the revolution comes.

That's such a useful little phrase, you know. I mean, look at it this way:

Look, I'm not opposed to Linux in general but I see no reason to use it, especially with the encouraging quality of many of the new MS products.

I find your opinions idiotic.

That's not very effective. But wait!

Look, I'm not opposed to Linux in general but I see no reason to use it, especially with the encouraging quality of many of the new MS products.

You'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes!

Much more effective, eh?

In conclusion, the Powerpuff Girls are a reactionary, pseudo-feminist enterprise.

Moje ime je Vladinator (3.00 / 1) (#20)
by Vladinator on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:48:02 PM EST

Jaz sem trollec. To vsi vedo. Sem iz Jolietu, Amerike. Sem ameriški Slovenec. Èast mi je. Kako ste? Na svidenje!
LRSE Hosting
D'oh! Bad i18n support from Scoop. (3.00 / 1) (#22)
by Vladinator on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:52:59 PM EST

s/Èast mi je/CHast mi je/g

Basically, there are 25 letters in the Slovenian alphabet. It has no Q,W,X, or Z. There are also Š or SH, Ć or CH (which your system will most likely mangle into an E like character) and Ž or ZH.

Damn monkeys...
LRSE Hosting
[ Parent ]
That's Č, or č in Unicode. (none / 0) (#130)
by ambrosen on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:22:24 AM EST

That's Č or č, in Unicode.

Procrastination does not make you cool. Being cool makes you procrastinate. DesiredUsername.
[ Parent ]
Yes! Exactly! (none / 0) (#361)
by Vladinator on Thu Jan 24, 2002 at 05:46:37 AM EST

So why didn't it display for me???
LRSE Hosting
[ Parent ]
Believe it or not, I understood most of that` (none / 0) (#72)
by locke baron on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:51:42 AM EST

I don't speak Slovenian, either. No, ya govoryu nemnogo po-russki... :-)

Micro$oft uses Quake clannies to wage war on Iraq! - explodingheadboy
[ Parent ]
I don't think so (3.00 / 1) (#21)
by quartz on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:50:45 PM EST

Everyone knows the regulars, but what about those of you hiding in the shadows? It's time to show your face

No thanks. What kind of a shadowman would I be if I stopped hiding in the shadows?

Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke, and fuck 'em even if they can.
Boring 'ol me (4.00 / 1) (#23)
by ParadigmShift on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 07:59:21 PM EST

I live in Canuckdia. The great white north. Well, okay. Not really. It's actually raining right now.
I think my igloo is melting.
I'm a 22 year old 3d animator, C++ programmer, and guitarist of ten years.
What lucky few actually end up doing for a living what they bleed for in their spare time, hmm? My work is my passion!
Umm..Anyhoo, I have to go and hunt down a baby seal so my tribe can eat.
Bye for now.

Vancouver? (none / 0) (#35)
by Anoymous 22666 on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 10:02:54 PM EST

Sounds like Vancouver... Is that true? I've lived here for a while now, and I have one question:


If you can help me out, that would be great. Thanks.

I just farted... And I blame the fiction section. - Psycho Les

[ Parent ]
Ontario, actually. (none / 0) (#54)
by ParadigmShift on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:31:04 AM EST

We see all four seasons over here. The perfect balance, if you ask me. It's never too hot, or too cold.

[ Parent ]
Ah, Ontario. (none / 0) (#66)
by Anoymous 22666 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:34:52 AM EST

Ah... I spent a summer in Toronto one year. Very nice summers, but the heat and humidity really killed for the first month. I grew up in central BC, where it rarely gets above 25 or 30 degrees and it's pretty dry. Toronto was above 40 at night and humid-as-hell when I was there.

But the rain here in Vancouver is getting to me. The people here think this place is the greatest place on Earth. It's nice, if you can get over the constant feeling of suicide the winters give you...

I just farted... And I blame the fiction section. - Psycho Les

[ Parent ]
Not too far from Toronto. (none / 0) (#78)
by ParadigmShift on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:06:06 AM EST

I know that feeling.
Long winters often give you a feeling of being trapped in a dark gloomy box. I know that when I see the sun shine through the clouds for the first time, it's like someone has opened the lid and let the fresh air in.
Summers here can be pretty hot if you don't have air conditioning. But it's nowhere near as hot as it is down south. I have friends in Texas who would freeze to death in our weather.
I'm only an hour or so away from Toronto, so I know what you mean by warm weather.
Of course, towering skyscrapers of glass don't help much either. ;)
It's somewhat surprising though. Just last week, the sun was shining, brightly as in springtime. And today it's dark and rainy.
Next week, it will probably snow again.
Heh, and they say there's no greenhouse effect.
I can remember snowbanks four feet tall from my childhood. These days, we're lucky if we can get six inches by January. =\
I kind of miss it.

[ Parent ]
How we stand it. (4.00 / 1) (#119)
by theantix on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:40:51 AM EST

We like to sit around and bitch about the rain.

Plus, when it does stop raining, it's quite pretty. Yesterday afternoon was incredible.

You sir, are worse than Hitler!
[ Parent ]

Yesterday Afternoon (none / 0) (#205)
by Anoymous 22666 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:08:41 PM EST

I was sitting at work, considering how I could slit my wrists with a mechanical pencil, when something hit me in the eye. It hurt, but I didn't feel an impact. I was frightened. The room began to get lighter and glow, and a huge flashlight shone in from out in the sky. People outside put their umbrellas down, and looked up. It was the sun! Praise the Lord, or Allah, or non-existant-higher-powers, or what-have-you! I was saved!

Yeah, yesterday afternoon was nice. First time in about two months I can recall seeing the sun. :-)

I just farted... And I blame the fiction section. - Psycho Les

[ Parent ]
Heh (none / 0) (#208)
by theantix on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:23:46 PM EST

Did you grow up around here, or are you a newcomer to our prolific rains? Some get used to it, though I haven't. Unfortunately, I'm also a sucker for warm weather, and would rather take Vancouver over Calgary (or anything farther east). The only good alternatives in Canada are Victoria or Kelowna -- but I can't find any work there. So I'm dreaming of leaving for somewhere where the rain is less constant.

You sir, are worse than Hitler!
[ Parent ]
Didn't Grow Up Here (none / 0) (#231)
by Anoymous 22666 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:29:22 PM EST

I grew up in Prince George, and have lived here for 8 months in 2001, and 8 months in 2000, but now I'm here to stay. Since most of those 16 months have been summer months, I'm not used to the rain yet. I'm not sure that I ever could be. It would be different here if it rained and stopped and got it over with, but it doesn't... it perpetually drizzles and mists at you. For 6 months.

I think occasionally of leaving to somewhere that has four real seasons. Edmonton and Calgary seem okay. Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg don't seem all that appealing. Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal are kinda far from home and I don't know much about them. Halifax is nice, but the job market stinks and it's far from home. Don't really want to leave the country. (Don't hate Americans, but I don't like their political and social support systems.)

I dunno... This is a pretty decent place, but the rain is such a downer. If it cleared up or snowed for just one day, I'd be a little happier...

Where are you from?

I just farted... And I blame the fiction section. - Psycho Les

[ Parent ]
Oh, a northerner... (none / 0) (#271)
by theantix on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:13:42 AM EST

If it cleared up or snowed for just one day, I'd be a little happier...
Now you're starting to sound like my girlfriend -- she's from Williams Lake. I've never been up as far as PG, the puddle is the furthest I've been. Have you been to Kelowna or Victoria? I especially like Victoria, it's pretty much the same as Vancouver, but with less rain. Only problem is the whole "island sickness" thing that some people get.

As for me, I grew up in Abbotsford. It's about 1 hour out of Vancouver going east. You've probably driven through it dozens of times but never knew it. =) Now I'm about halfways inbetween in a town called Langley.

You sir, are worse than Hitler!
[ Parent ]

Yup. North. Well, Not TOO North. (5.00 / 1) (#281)
by Anoymous 22666 on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 04:07:58 AM EST

I've been to both places, but admittedly only for a few days each. I can honestly say that I've never seen so many old people (retirees) in my whole life as I've seen in those two places. It's like people feel this burning desire to go the Island and the Okanagan to die.

I can understand why though - relaxed places, warm climate. Good for arthritis. :-)

I liked the Okanagan better, I have to say. I did sort of suffer from "island sickness" in the time I was there. And it rained the whole time I was there, so it's no different than here.

I have family in Abbotsford, so I drive out there occasionally. I also work out there on occasion (at one of the border crossings). I can think of worse places to grow up - like Prince George. :-)

I just farted... And I blame the fiction section. - Psycho Les

[ Parent ]
Animation (none / 0) (#180)
by johncoswell on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:28:21 PM EST

What software, perchance, do you do your 3d work in? Max? Maya? LightWave? Got any work up on the Web? I'd love to check it out.

I'm a 2d person myself, using Flash and a Wacom table like a really complex (but not as expensive) light table. For 3d, I've used Blender, but that's it.

Snow is good.

johncoswell - http://www.coswellproductions.org
[ Parent ]
3D Software (none / 0) (#252)
by ParadigmShift on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:37:53 PM EST

So far, I have experience with Bryce 5, Poser 4, 3DS MaxR3, and a little bit of Maya 4.
I have a few pieces online.
This one was done completely in Bryce(Except for the lions which were done in Poser 4). Everything is completely 3D, even though the clouds look like a painting.
It was based on a painting I saw online of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and also one of my first major projects in Bryce.
This is a model of Kirk Hammett's Signature series KH2, done completely in Bryce. Those pictures are preliminary, but the final is at the bottom.
And this is what I'm currently working on. It's a scene I remember seeing in the new Return to Castle Wolfenstein game. So far, all I've done are the models and lighting. I'm making texture maps for it as we speak.

I'm only doing these for fun. But it would be nice to use them in a portfolio of work for when I go job hunting. ^_^

[ Parent ]

details (4.00 / 1) (#24)
by adiffer on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 08:06:18 PM EST

I'm in Sacramento California. I have a wife and a son. My PhD is in physics, but I write software for a bank to make a living. I'm mostly interested in opening the space frontier once the basic needs are met.
-Dream Big. --Grow Up.
Name, Rank, Serial Number. And more (4.00 / 1) (#25)
by irksome on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 08:09:25 PM EST

I'm a sophomore at Syracuse University in the college of Information Studies. In my free time, I enjoy watching/playing hockey, listening to music, and working with computers. Part time job on campus fixing them too.

In a past life, I was a River Rat. More than that, you don't find out, at least, not from this post.

I think I am, therefore I'm not.
Me. Again. (5.00 / 1) (#26)
by fink on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 08:38:19 PM EST

I'm Iain Robertson, a 21-about-to-be-22-year-old software engineer for Boeing Australia Limited. I act as a support engineer for the Software Development Environment within one particular project (Vigilare, if you want to Google for it).

I studied the Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering degree program at Griffith University, which is in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Having finished in November 2001, I plan to get the piece of paper in March or April this year.

I live in Brisbane. When appropriate (i.e. when it's fine and not too hot) I can be found on my mountain bike, up and down the sides of Mount Gravatt (which, for most of you, would be considered at most a hill).

I'm a plane nut - I fully plan to get my pilot's license back, and end up back in the air - hopefully commercially - by the time I'm 30.


steps out of the shadows (4.00 / 1) (#27)
by typhatix on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 08:38:26 PM EST

I've been a long time reader of this site, however I rarely post and when I do it's usually a badly thought out knee-jerk reaction (so I should blend right in right?).

I'm a 20 year old undergrad at Georgia Tech, originally from Houston, Tx (no it's not nearly as bad as Jin makes it sound). I'm majoring in computer science, enjoy reading, music, and mountain biking.

A/S/L??? (4.00 / 1) (#28)
by communista on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 08:38:35 PM EST

23, yes please, Ohio. I'm a phone monkey with a kitty. I write fiction not suitable for children. I like Invader Zim and I really want these boots.
/me fucks shit up!!!!
ATTENTION PLZ THX! (none / 0) (#228)
by ennui on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:27:19 PM EST

Due to the behavior of certain idiotic people, poor Nista was forced to apply "password protection" to a portion of her labor of love, luckyblue.com, specifically the portion she deems "not suitable," which is quite an understatement. I'm sure she wants her delightfully erotic romps through her psyche to receive all the attention they're so rightfully due; no other erotic fiction is so able to play such a "deliteful simphony [sic]" on your "labido [sic]." Therefore, I urge you to sign up with any of the better age verification services so you too can enjoy her erotic prose as much as I did. After you sign up, just enter your username/password when prompted, and enjoy erotica.luckyblue.com.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the site, I'm just a big fan of Nista's creative efforts. The site brought me hours of enjoyment, and I just want to share the love. Hot stuff, Nista!

"You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone." -- Al Capone
[ Parent ]

doot. (none / 0) (#29)
by rebelcool on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 09:02:16 PM EST

20. CS major at the University of Texas, Austin. I also write Big Important(tm) software for a small financial services company, and I don't like it all that much (not the writing of software in general, just the financial kind).

Most of my spare time is spent chasing the hotties.

COG. Build your own community. Free, easy, powerful. Demo site

moi (4.00 / 1) (#30)
by jayfoo2 on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 09:05:22 PM EST

27, manager of code monkeys (consulting style, anyone have a million to spend). Fluent in buzzword. East coast transplant to the midwest (people drive slow here).

Liberal, but usually annoyed with the knee-jerk, commie pinko, hug-trees-not-bombs, the-government-is-a-vast-right-wing-conspiracy, America-is-always-wrong, I'm a USian (it's not a word btw) stuff that gets posted here. Which is ok because it gives me something to rant about.

Conservative, but enraged by the tragedy of the commons and the fact that our system allows evil men (and women) to victimize people (i.e. Enron). Annoyed that we still give time to intolerant morons (i.e. Falwell). Big fan of the first amendment (which quite frankly is a conservative stance as far as I'm concerned, what's more conservative than hewing to basic principles and freedom) and thus tollerant of everyone's right to say stupid things.

Music fanatic, send cd's please.

I am joeyo (none / 0) (#32)
by joeyo on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 09:32:42 PM EST

Hi there, I'm joeyo. I am a PhD student at Duke University where I am studying neural electrophysiology in the department of Biomedical Engineering. In case you are wondering, electropysiology is the study of electrically excitable tissues (mainly either the heart or the brain.) I haven't focused in on my primary research yet but my interests lie in neuralprosthetics. My undergraduate background is, incidentally, in Physics.

I live in Durham, NC, USA currently. But I've lived someplace-or-another in North Carolina for most of my life. I like it okay here. We have Good weather, Good southern accents, and Good BBQ (and I'm not talking about steak either.)

I am a long-time reader and poster on k5, though I find myself reading more than a posting lately. In my free time (ha!) I like to go camping, catch local music acts, dabble in astronomy, and watch college basketball. I also like to read kuro5hin. :)

My latest mini-project is to build Linux from scratch. I just need to scrape together a little more hardware. It may sound like insanity, but the idea of everything on a box being compiled by hand (by me, no less) appeals to me at some low level. If computer kits were still arround I think I would have busted-out the soldering iron and be doing that too. :)

/joeyo || Geek || Grad Student || All-round Nice Guy
GPG fingerprint = F76B 9ACA 4197 C707 6E4D 2B78 E430 101A B663 781B

Do you work with Miguel Nicolelis? (none / 0) (#44)
by demi on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:22:35 PM EST

I have always taken a major interest in neurobiology. I try to keep up with research in magnetoencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and cortical event mapping. Also, I think NC is a beautiful place to live.

[ Parent ]

send me an email (none / 0) (#51)
by joeyo on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:57:56 PM EST

see subject.

/joeyo || Geek || Grad Student || All-round Nice Guy
GPG fingerprint = F76B 9ACA 4197 C707 6E4D 2B78 E430 101A B663 781B
[ Parent ]

Who am i? (4.00 / 1) (#33)
by G hoti on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 09:38:15 PM EST

In short im not exactly sure as im still trying to figure it out myself.

The facts I do know are, I am 17, from Australia currently living in Singapore.

I want to go into EE and uni but I just dont seem to be able to pick up anything useful at this institution that is commonly known as school (k-12)

Plumbing is lookin pretty good!

Ive taken the fairly common trip, redhat->debian->freebsd->openbsd and im currently doing some work at my school including giving a class to a few kids on FreeBSD as well as an internal webserver for the *student body*


Who Am I? (5.00 / 1) (#34)
by Anoymous 22666 on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 09:53:09 PM EST

I'm 24 years old. A university graduate in Computer Science, I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where I am an application developer for the federal government.

I like twiddling with computers (admin, *nix, programming, all of it), reading (mostly non-fiction), downhill skiing, squash (the sport), Wendy's spicy chicken sandwiches, Mountain Dew, and Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale beer (from Nova Scotia, Canada - check it out).

I don't like onions, tomatos, unfounded arrogance and ignorance.

I have a sick sense of humour, complain too much, worry needlessly and should probably seek psychological assistance.

Anything else? :-)

I just farted... And I blame the fiction section. - Psycho Les

All about me (3.50 / 2) (#36)
by ennui on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 10:12:29 PM EST

I live in Holland, Michigan. I have a BS in Computer Science from Hope College, which is also in Michigan. I love computers and the Internet, and I really like music, I have the biggest collection of MP3's this side of Napster. I love anime, it makes you wish American TV had a soul. I'm really into movies, especially Disney movies. I like to hack around with art, especially drawing really funny cartoons. When I find time, I like to play videogames.

In my spare time, I like to write and work on some side projects. I spent time coding in C, C++ and Java, but my first love is Pear l.

I love Linux. Linux makes me proud to be a geek. I compile a new kernel every few weeks, just because I can. Hey, it's better than a certain other operating system.

"You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone." -- Al Capone

You are eats poop, Fake Malda PorkRobot (2.00 / 2) (#138)
by ubu on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:01:52 AM EST

Shut up, poser. There can be only one Malda.


As good old software hats say - "You are in very safe hands, if you are using CVS !!!"
[ Parent ]
I'm the Casino Odyssey Guy (4.50 / 2) (#37)
by localroger on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 10:14:30 PM EST

I'm 38 and too fat by about 60 pounds. I still regularly program in 8051 and x86 assembly language, miss the DOS compiled BASICs that allowed standard real mode machine language routines to be linked, and am grudgingly beginning to accept the ability of late versions of VB to redimension arrays and pass them as arguments. I don't believe in database engines, even though I'm writing what will probably become one for my own personal use. Hey, I don't trust Other Peoples' Code. :-)

I believe BASIC sucks as a language just as democracy sucks as a political system. It's the worst thing out there, except for all the others. C is primo among those others, what with the null-terminated string standard and libraries that specify open-ended buffers. Every time I decide to go modern and learn the bitch I get stuck at the chapter on scoping errors. Why does any sane person bother, bleccch.

I am undegreed but only by a sliver, thanks to the last instance of this year's unpleasantness. Had I stayed in college another year, I'd have graduated with a shiny EE degree in 1984, possibly the worst year in the entire last century to be looking for a job in that field. Instead, I went blue-collar and I've spent the last 16 years grazing in the small but pleasant fields of a little shop that mostly does field service, with just enough software development to keep a guy like me too busy.

I have alas forgotten how to solve a differential equation. (I think I could do an integral, well maybe a simple one, if I had a couple of hours with the old textbook. Hey, that's what numerical methods are for. I can still do those.) OTOH I have designed literally hundreds of user interfaces (OK most of them were simple, but all unique) and never had a dissatisfied customer. Literally. And I'm quite proud of that. I've designed dozens of custom communication protocols and gone through a slew of storage paradigm models as I've kept the "cutting edge" at a safe distance. My little service industry is a conservative one, and we all know the "cutting edge" is a place where you regularly see blood, too often your own.

And if you've read this far you deserve to know: "X" is still playing, though he only won $30,000 last year; a terrible haul compared to $1.5 million over the previous 3. "Y" has quit the team for good. X's real plan now is to hope a casino security goon hurts him enough for him to win a real settlement. (Didn't I see this on Fox the other night?) I think he's nuts, but it's his 'nads. Y, being female (I did reveal it before, but accidentally) doesn't feel safe in this new mode of operation. We had offers out the wazoo for New Year's Eve, but spent the evening at home. It's over, done, stick a fork in it. The roller coaster has officially parked, at least for us. We watch X waving at us as he goes out on the next ride, with mixed feelings. We hope he survives those shaky tracks we noticed.

I hang out on K5 because the air smells good and the conversation is interesting.

I can haz blog!

Turner of phases par excellent (none / 0) (#40)
by johnny on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 10:39:16 PM EST

localroger, I do admire the concise style, humanity, and blue-colarness of your usual subjects. Please keep posting. How I love to see a BASIC bastion in a land of modernists! Hail fellow well met! We should break bread together sometime. In my universe, junior, FORTRAN is what we call "one of them modernisms." Long live the solidarity of the pre-Perlers.

Differential equations were my limit (pun intentional, dammit). Integral baffled me and still does. My degrees are in anthropology and agricultural economics.

yr frn,
Get your free download of prizewinning novels Acts of the Apostles and Cheap Complex Devices.
[ Parent ]

Integrals (none / 0) (#60)
by rusty on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:42:57 AM EST

I failed calculus twice in college, due mainly to a lack of interest in the theoretical side of mathematics. My favorite approach to integrals was always a sharp pair of scissors and a well-tuned lab scale. (At this point the physicists are nodding their heads and the mathematicians scratching theirs)

I never got to DiffEq. I switched to film studies the semester I was supposed to have taken that. I can tell you all about Orson Welles, but I don't even remember what a differential equation looks like.

It just now occurs to me that you may have meant differential calculus, not differential equations. Though I'm no longer sure there's a difference. Pun not intended, unfortunately, but like many other things, I'll take credit for it anyway.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

The theoretical side (none / 0) (#112)
by wiredog on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:03:42 AM EST

The math theory courses, along with stats and probability, were the most helpful in my programming. But then, I have done a lot with sets and bit flipping. Truth tables and all that. The linear algebra has come in handy once or twice. The calculus? Well, I can still integrate e to the x... Without the math you are just another uneducated code monkey, banging out the code without any idea of what it really does.

Peoples Front To Reunite Gondwanaland: "Stop the Laurasian Separatist Movement!"
[ Parent ]
with the math.... (none / 0) (#116)
by speek on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:31:26 AM EST

...you are just another over-educated code monkey, banging out code without any idea what it's really good for.

al queda is kicking themsleves for not knowing about the levees
[ Parent ]

Math (none / 0) (#179)
by rusty on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:24:05 PM EST

At the time, the math was toward a physics major. I wasn't a code monkey until years later. And anyway, I write perl, which is not a particularly mathematical language. Perl is the Humanities of programming. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Numerical methods,, man! (none / 0) (#257)
by localroger on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:11:10 PM EST

My favorite approach to integrals was always a sharp pair of scissors and a well-tuned lab scale.

Ah, the joys of real-world math. But back in 1982 I had my trusty HP11C calculator tricked out to solve integrals by IIRC Simpson's Method, where each sliver is approximated by a section of a parabola. I mean, how much do you trust your results to the consistency of paper manufacture?

I did not, however, ever use a slide rule, even though Dad tried to teach me how to use one. Johnny will probably whip one out and whack me with it to demonstrate my youthful ignorance :-(

I can haz blog!
[ Parent ]

Snip snip (none / 0) (#274)
by rusty on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:43:14 AM EST

I mean, how much do you trust your results to the consistency of paper manufacture?

Obviously it depends on what your error margins are. I've found integration by weight to be reliable enough for things like model rocket thrust curves, though, for one example. Those things are crazy -- there isn't a smooth curve, so if you want to do it mathematically you have to get into piecewise best-fit stuff. It's a nighmare. Print em out and cut em up will give you an answer that's roughly as accurate and takes a millionth of the time. :-)

Of course these days, there's probably some durn fool computer program or other that'll do it for you. You kids today...

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

Why, thanks for the compliments (none / 0) (#254)
by localroger on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:01:22 PM EST

How I love to see a BASIC bastion in a land of modernists! Hail fellow well met! We should break bread together sometime.

Yes, that would be wonderful if we could ever do it, but geography may not permit. I live in New Orleans, LA. On the East Coast the furthest I've ever wandered north has been southern PA, fifteen years ago and it was a hellish trip through a freak April snowstorm. I did get a bit further north once on a trip to Detroit where I was solemnly promised I'd be treated to the best food in town ... and it turned out to be a Cajun restaurant. People north of Meridian MS can't cook worth a damn.

In my universe, junior, FORTRAN is what we call "one of them modernisms."

Heh. I have been wondering for years how many people younger than me have ever actually used computers whose RAM was made up of little iron donuts each threaded by three wires. I took the very last class offered by one of the most backward local universities to use Hollerith punch cards for program submission to such a beast, and I was the one high-schooler in a special program taking two college courses during the summer between 11th and 12th grades. (I cheated. I wrote all my programs in BASIC on my home computer and translated them into FORTRAN after they wre debugged. This was in 1980.)

Differential equations were my limit (pun intentional, dammit). Integral baffled me and still does.

You're thinking of differential calculus. Differential equations are a whole 'nother level above integral calculus; you have to do integrals to solve them. I got as far as the classes called "Dynamics" and "E&M II" which will give those who have got that far an idea of how much math I swallowed. I had a head for it, perhaps inherited; my Dad had a Ph.D in physics and taught college. In high school I had a little hobby of taking his tests. By the time I was 15 I was regularly scoring higher than any of his real students.

Funny how things end up. Tell me something, does this time going faster as you get older thing keep accelerating after you're 40? Signed, worried localroger.

I can haz blog!
[ Parent ]

technoparanoid old guy who likes to lift weights (4.00 / 3) (#38)
by johnny on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 10:18:31 PM EST

I live and work in eastern Massachusetts. Two of my three children are older than the average k5er who has posted so far.

My Proustian K5 diaries are a labour of love for y'all. Go have a look-see. They tell a lot about who I am & I think you will be amused. Sans shit. Or don't go look, see if I care.

An even more soul-bearing autobiography is here. It concerns my going nearly nuts, and my taking my family into destitution before I got un-nuts, which (sane) I am still, so I do hope. The whole tale is like a micro high-tech Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Maybe the movie about me will be called "A beautiful K5er."

The main reason for my going nuts was that I was writing my transcendental geekoid technoparanoid cult novel, which every k5 citoyen should own, and about which our own dear Rusty, God love the boy, said, "May well be the ulitmate hacker book," in his generous K5 review .

Because I hardly ever shut the fuck up about my goddamn books & my most astonishingly amusing website I am also known as Paddy One-Tune.

yr frn,
Get your free download of prizewinning novels Acts of the Apostles and Cheap Complex Devices.

A Jaded Jolly Jester (Just a Fool actually) (3.00 / 1) (#39)
by MisterQueue on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 10:28:53 PM EST

Me, I live somewhere I like to call here. It's rather horrid so don't ask for more details. I program a bit in C++, Python, and teensy Java, but programming isn't my full time gig anyway. I'm an IT guy for the Feds...that's right busta..I can get you any time! Well, not really. I love ridiculous humour, music, silly humour, writing, and more humour. Anything in the sense of dadaism, or german expressionist for example. (which is just a way of saying things that make no sense but are hilarious in a snobby way) I'm 23 as of Jan 2002...birthday is in March so you figure it out. So leave me alone, I have cakes to make, and bees to take, and fleas to rake.

Mr. Dr. Carlito Esq III Jr

aka MisterQueue

It is NOT a toy. It has icing packets. And a 40-watt bulb. But the secret ingredient is love...Dammit.

People call me Martin. (4.00 / 2) (#41)
by ramenlord on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 10:56:40 PM EST

I'm 21 and live in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. I use FreeBSD 4.4 and Windows XP. I program using sh, bash, ksh, perl, and a little C and C++. I have a PS2 and Gamecube. I just bought Final Fantasy 10, but haven't played it yet cause I left the damn power cord at a friends. I'm a Libertarian and a Christian. I write bad poetry , watch anime, read sci-fi (just finshed the Martian Chronicals). I go to a local community college due to the fact that I'm paying my way through college. I also work at a smallish telecom contractor. I also have bad spelling.

"Have the appropriate amount of fun." -- Larry Wall
Et Hoc Genus Omne (5.00 / 1) (#42)
by demi on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:08:48 PM EST

I started as Demiurge when I was on iFrag playing Doom some number of years ago. Then I shortened it to demi. I was a lurker on k5 for about 1.5 years and then I de-cloaked.

I'm 27. I work in a laboratory. I do research in molecular electronics at Rice University in Houston, TX. I have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and a BS in Biochemistry. I know some Japanese, German, and French. I drive a Mazda Miata MX-5 (1.6L). I use Windows 2000 Pro and OpenBSD. My current favorite game is still Counter-Strike. I prefer to watch movies as matinees, second-run, or sub-run, or in small dingy theaters. I look like an emo kid. I like to drink the red wines of Rioja and Bordeaux.

If I could not be a chemist, I would have tried to be an animator (I'm not skilled enough tho'). I like some anime, but I am no otaku. IMO the best animated movie of all time is Pinocchio. My favorite anime is The Wings of Honneamise. The last anime I saw was Spriggan.

I love Frederico Fellini and Italian movies from the 1960's. I appreciate mechanical devices and high technology as artistic expression. Whenever I hear a strange sound somewhere I try to listen to it as music. I also like black metal, death metal, and weird music from around the world. I am learning practical marksmanship tactics with a handgun. I watch C-SPAN all the time.

I like to observe my pet anole and geckos. I let the grass in my yard grow long so that I there will be katydids and grasshoppers hopping when it gets hot. I like rodents and other critters too.

My favorite cities in the US are New Orleans and Albuquerque. My favorite city in Europe is Barcelona. I love America and being an American.

¿Who am I? (5.00 / 2) (#45)
by theboz on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:27:30 PM EST

I am me. You are not. Neither are those other people.

As far as a serious answer, I am a 24 year old guy, engaged to the most wonderful woman I've ever known, currently living in Atlanta, and jobless for now. The age information will change in May, the fiancee becomes a wife in September, the place I am living will possibly change in another month and a half or when I get a job somewhere, and the job situation changes whenever some place other than the U.S. military starts hiring.

I am partially bilingual between English and Spanish, but I am working at improving my Spanish. I have no pets, as my wolf died last July and I will wait until I am a homeowner before having anything larger than fish again. As far as my interests go, I love travelling (last year I went to Mexico and N. Ireland), being outside, video games, music, and lots of stuff that are not important to discuss right now. I like computers some, and would like to work with them again but I don't really see myself as making a lifetime career out of system administration or programming. As far as my computer interests go, I've done a little bit of everything from programming to running my own servers to graphics to music to gaming. I recently have been involved with 3DSMax, Bryce, and Poser, although I'm not good with them yet. I did take a break from that to start setting up a web site to play around with.

A webcam picture of me and my fiancee can be found here but I normally am too expressionless to use a webcam. If someone wishes to contact me in some way other than messaging my ICQ number is 3475464. If you think I'm a jerk, please visit this website I made and get to know me a little better.


This is the mind talking. (4.50 / 2) (#46)
by mind21_98 on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:29:03 PM EST

I'm 17 and currently a junior in a high school in Riverside, CA. Right now I'm working part-time for VenturesOnline.com from home while taking AP classes and trying to have a life. My parents are the "overcaring" type so I need some kind of escape, and clubs and work provide that escape :)

If I have any time left during the day I work on GPLTrans and libhtmlparse. :)

mind21_98 - http://www.translator.cx/
"Ask not if the article is utter BS, but what BS can be exposed in said article."

Hello, Ladies! I'm HypoLuxa (4.00 / 1) (#47)
by HypoLuxa on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:29:09 PM EST

I am a robot from space currently living in the DC Metro area. I spend much time playing records (yes, records. Actual vinyl records. You remember. The big 12" black things), promoting some shows, and working on various computers to pay the bills. I am *nix sysadmin with some Cisco spice on the side. I'm single, well paid, and very handsome (according to my mother and this really, REALLY large gay black man I met at a club last week, although his exact words were "really cute"). I intend to remain on earth hidden in the geekcore underground until the planet melts and is drawn into the horrible gravity of the sun.

I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons.
- Leonard Cohen
hi (4.00 / 1) (#48)
by Defect on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:48:34 PM EST

i'm defect and i live in new england. I'm two steps away from losing my job and i drink my sorrows away. In fact, i'm drinking right now. A lot. My only entertainment is found at my second job which i only enjoy because i'm fucking nuts. You can read my diary for more info but i know you won't because the whole point of this article is to have a central repository of information.

I'm a programmer and a waiter/aspiring bartender. I hate working with computers in big business, and as soon as my lease is up, i'm running away and living as a bum waiting tables/bartending for a few years.

My vices are: liquor, cigarettes, and cute girls.
Computer languages (in order of how little i suck with each) : Perl, (markup languages and related thingies), php, java, c++, ruby, python.
Age: older than 20
Sex: male
Better than Ubu: yes
I am 44% GAY and very fucking impure

have a good day.
defect - jso - joseth || a link
Since it was a call to the shadow people... (none / 0) (#49)
by Aphexian on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:50:59 PM EST

I'm 25. Live in Flint, Michigan (asshole of the world... and yes, I had to really resist sticking in a goatse.cx link there.)

I'm an English major - philosophy minor, 7 years and counting on a bachelors degree. (I work full-time, get off my back) And you wouldn't know it because I like to drink and I mostly post when I have been.

I run a little website to kill boredom, love Blue Point oysters, am getting married soon, work (as of the last couple days) as a LAN analyst, play guitar and sing around town, and can't wait to go back to Ireland.
"You can make your friends your 'family', but you can't always make your family your friends." - nstenz
I's the funk SOUL hacka (4.00 / 3) (#50)
by Funk Soul Hacker on Wed Jan 16, 2002 at 11:52:39 PM EST

And I bring funk to the soul!!!!!

--- Right about now, Da Funk Soul Hacker
Boring me (none / 0) (#52)
by cafeman on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:00:23 AM EST

I'm mainly a lurker, occasional poster, and currently on my lunch break. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and have been hitting K5 since it first got mentioned on /.

I think I've officially achieved "sad, may be addicted" status, as I recognise most of the people who have already posted in reply to this. I float between here and /. for laughs, and periodically hit adequacy.org to shake my head and chuckle.

I work as an application architect for a consulting firm (you've probably heard of them), but have had a somewhat chequered career path, having worked in economic policy, quantitative analysis and statistics, programming, process reengineering and change management, and being a general network monkey. I enjoyed them all, and no, I can't figure out what I want to be when I grow up ... maybe a fireman / hero? :)

I did Economics at Uni in Brisbane while working in IT. My past is probably more interesting than my present. I was a UN brat, and grew up in various obscure places (Thailand, Kenya, Hawaii, Ethiopia, and Australia). Yes, Ethiopia was interesting, and yes, I had enough to eat. The most recent places I've lived are the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and now Melbourne.

I'd paste a link to my web-page, but I took it down 2 years ago and am too lazy to re-jig it. I have a Jack Russell terrier (terror maybe?) who has as much energy in an hour as I do in a year. My gf of 5 years is the best person I've ever met. My age is a secret, only known by the ancient druids. Well, them and the people who have met me in r/l ...

Well, that's me in a nutshell (help! let me out!).

"No Silicon heaven? But where would all the calculators go?"

I am ... (5.00 / 1) (#53)
by Nf3 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:17:35 AM EST

... the first move of the King's Indian Attack. Followed usually by g3, Bg2, and then your King side castle. I can handle the closed game that often follows or the fast, bloody open game that sometimes comes.

On #kuro5hin I'm roscoe, and will talk about bikes, both mountain and road.

I'm probably the oldest, at 53 y/o, and "dumbest" of the K5 crew. But I am also probably more "independent" than most folks.

Once again I find myself being hounded by the FBI. The first time they were on my case I was an organizer for the Teamsters. I'm now a retired Teamster, btw. They take care of me quite well, thank you very much. This time the FBI is on me because they suspect me of being some evil computer hacker / enemy of the state. Imagine that.

I'm totally *nix, having wiped the last evil trace of Microsoft from my last hard drive months ago.

I bilocate, currently living over the Riverwalk in San Antonio TX, and in the central city of Indianapolis IN. Every month I share time between central Indiana and south Texas, but my heart is in Odessa, Ukraine. Someday, someday I'll have a dacha there. I'll drink coffee in the morning and vodka at night as I look out my window at the Black Sea. And I'll screw hot Ukrainian women as often as I can.

I listen to Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, and I read comics by Warren Ellis and Frank Miller. I love live music: classical music, good blues, and honest rock and roll. I collect manga... and that's about it.

I don't get out much (none / 0) (#55)
by frozenwoody on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:44:10 AM EST

I'm a sysadmin in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in my free time I like to discover the great indoors.

I am... (3.00 / 1) (#56)
by techwolf on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:54:04 AM EST

The mighty techw0lf..... unable to program worth sh!t, and still trying to get his BSEE after 4 years (backoff I work fulltime)

I live in riverside, ca and love computers and technology in general. I work for an ungrateful irrigation company doing PCB layout/Engineering.

and in my freetime I do as much Urban Exploration as I can. don't know what that is ?? e/mail me and i'll explain it... other than that...I drink, need some new friends, and think that my life sucks ass.
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson
eye yam what eye yam (5.00 / 1) (#58)
by varelse on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:08:10 AM EST

I am new to K5 but old to most of you. I started coding on a VAX if you want a hint. I write code to pay for my habits. I have many habits and so spend a lot of time writing code. I don't write code for Windoze and I don't write BASIC. Any other lingo is fair game. Computer languages are all the same shit to me, they just smell different. Right now I'm stinking up my life with Java. It pays for the scotch. I like short walks on the beach, just far enough to reach the cooler, and quiet afternoons rippin a hill on my mtn bike. At night I play stringed instruments and keyboards through very large amplifiers in dirty smokey places to keep myself out of the nut farm. And I think Mr Franti got it right when he said, "Love is da shit dat make life bloom."
Peace. =:)
I was the kid next doors imaginary friend.
Another lurker comes out. (4.00 / 1) (#59)
by ponderz on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:28:18 AM EST

I read almost all the head line stories for past year and love freedom, reading, and technologies; it's look like I have found THE place. I appreciate many of you who posted thoughtful pieces here. Know it well that your seed of doubt have been planted. And it takes that little seed of doubt to change ideas and thinking. Free thoughts, OSS, open public forum: My revolution!


Hi, I'm Ben. (4.00 / 1) (#61)
by pfaffben on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:05:30 AM EST

I graduated from Michigan State University in electrical engineering last May, and I've been lurking on k5 and posting diaries and an occasional comment since some months before that. Now I'm a Ph.D. student in computer science at Stanford University. I fenced for four years on MSU's team and now I've (just barely) started taekwondo here at Stanford. I'm a Debian maintainer and a GNU software author. I'm lonely for female companionship, but it's been years and years since anyone's been interested in me so I don't hold out any serious hope for the future.

Haven't had a roll call since catholic school. Bah (5.00 / 1) (#62)
by terpy on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:08:50 AM EST

A 23yo electric monkey, who's also a video, computer and network tech in real life, working for a really cool company, in Oregon. Hobbies include OSes, Home Theatre, seeing how many computers I can fit into my living space, and seeing how many dates I can get by saying "NI" repeatedly. Oh, and I am very excited to be cool enough for a mention here.

<joh3n> BUKKAKE: the final frontier
<joh3n> these are the stories of the starship: jizziprize

High school senior (none / 0) (#63)
by ausduck on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:12:03 AM EST

17, Australian expat living in Muscat, Oman. I hope to major in physics at Caltech, starting next year. If not, I will go to Australian National University.
I started to read K5 after all the references to it on Adequacy. :)

I should just put this in my bio, (3.00 / 1) (#64)
by bunsen on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:12:53 AM EST

but I'm too lazy.

Well, I'm a 20 year old senior studying physics at Michigan State University (I'm native to suburbs northish of Detroit). I still live in the dorms, but that's because I got hooked on 100Mb ethernet as a freshman, and haven't been able to break my bandwidth habit. In addition to physics, I like screwing around with computers, and am looking at combining computing with physics for a living (writing and running physics simulations, maybe). I really don't get out enough. I also haven't gotten around to migrating to an OS which does not require HIMEM.SYS. That's because I'm way too lazy and I procrastinate like hell.

Except for the work of Matt Groening and company, a bit of Jeopardy or occasionally some other quiz show, I hate television. It's amazing how much more free time I found when living arrangements eliminated TV from my daily routine, but reading K5 soon began to eat up all that extra time.

I keep reading and posting to K5 mostly because of the very low asshole concentration, and the fact that when K5ers are assholes, they're usually smart assholes. That and the difficulty of having an informed discussion with most of the people in meatspace.

I'd keep going, but I want to get up sometime before my 3:00 PM lab tomorrow.

Do you want your possessions identified? [ynq] (n)

Newbie to Kuro5hin (none / 0) (#65)
by Pseudoephedrine on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:29:30 AM EST

I've been on the net forever, and I've known _about_ kuro5hin for a while, but I never bothered to come here (for some reason, I was under the impression that it was a gaming/Otaku site, thanks Slashdot Trolls) until a friend of mine was checking it one day.

I'm a first-year computer science and philosophy student at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. I know a little bit of C, Perl, Java, and Turing, though I'm mostly used to Java and Turing (because it's what they teach us with throughout high school and first-year university). I'm trying to improve my Perl on the side, with mixed results. I've been online since about 1995 (and I was one heck of a lippy 13 year-old back in The Day[tm])

I intend to go to grad school someday (I'm thinking Royal Military College for a Masters in Computer Science/Electronic Warfare if I can make it), get my Ph.D, and go work in cryptography for a while.

Pretty much, I spend most of my time reading about just about anything I can get a book on. That or ranting on the internet about something.

"We who have passed through their hands feel suffocated when we think of that legion, which is stripped bare of human ideals" -Alexander Solzhenitsyn
I am me (none / 0) (#67)
by R343L on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:39:53 AM EST

I program for a living, graduated half a year ago from the U of Arizona and am married. I also lurk. Oh, and I study Japanese in my freetime.

Tsumaranakute, shitsurei shimashita.

"Like cheese spread over too much cantelope, the people I spoke with liked their shoes." Ctrl-Alt-Del

translation? (none / 0) (#77)
by LilDebbie on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:55:17 AM EST

When bored, I do whatever it is shitsurei is?

It's been a while and I'm wondering how good my grammar is.

My name is LilDebbie and I have a garden.
- hugin -

[ Parent ]
Literally and not literally (none / 0) (#277)
by R343L on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 01:16:12 AM EST

"shitsurei shimashita" means something like "I committed a rudeness" literally. More coloquially it's "I'm sorry" or "Excuse me" or "Sorry to bother you". It's used in present tense too ("shitsurei shimasu") for saying sorry for things you are about to do or are currently doing. The "tsumaranakute" is actually more like "having been being boring...". Overall, I think a good translation is "Sorry for saying something so boring." Obviously the "saying" is kind of implied. :)

"Like cheese spread over too much cantelope, the people I spoke with liked their shoes." Ctrl-Alt-Del
[ Parent ]

I'm Blarney (4.00 / 1) (#68)
by Blarney on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:59:10 AM EST

I am a graduate student at a big University, studying for a PhD in chemistry. Sometimes I like to drink 40s and post.

Blissful existence. (5.00 / 3) (#69)
by rikul on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:08:47 AM EST

I am a beautiful flower dancing with joy in the winds of time.

la la la la ...

I am also crazy.

I'm James (none / 0) (#70)
by jreilly on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:29:42 AM EST

I'm 18, and I live in College Park, and *coincidentially* attend the University of Maryland.
Go Terps!!!
I'm a freshman, majoring in math and comp sci, although I'm considering switching to Japanese. Yes. It's because of the anime. =)

I enjoy anime, camping, beaches (but not camping on beaches, damn tides), and general messing around with computers (I'm setting up ip_masq with my other hand =)

I've got a job doing PHP/mysql on OSX with the Smithsonian, which fills my days with joy, and my pockets with spending money.

If anyone cares, my AIM name is firehairjim, and I have nothing against chatting with random strangers.

Oooh, shiny...
Newbie alert! (none / 0) (#71)
by ggeens on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:35:05 AM EST

I am fairly new to kuro5hin. I signed up after I've seen a couple of references on slashdot. (I still read both /. and K5, depending on the mood I'm in.)

I make a living writing Java code for a large consulting firm.

When I'm not working, I divide my time between my computer (programming, reading web comics), hobbies (RPGs, theater, reading fantasy novels) and my girlfriend.

L'enfer, c'est les huîtres.

Borneo - (5.00 / 1) (#73)
by adewhite on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:58:08 AM EST

That's where I am, to be more specific, it's North Borneo where they filmed the first Survivor (Not that I watch that series :)

I have been mainly a lurker, but I do check this site out every single day. I just don't feel like posting much cause I really don't have the time to follow-up on it.

I'm currently running a very small IT department for a medium sized (in terms of operations) company, and at night I'm involved in my own venture with some other friends - thus the time constraints. We'll see... the companies (my own) will be taking off fully within this year, and probably I'll concentrate on that when that happens. And probably by then I'll have more time to devote to kuro5hin ;)

Since I missed the first 3... (4.50 / 2) (#74)
by Nachtfalke on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:06:43 AM EST

I'm a 25 year old Programmer/Sysadmin/Secretary from Wuppertal, Germany.
In my spare time I am working on the ultimate solution for a streaming MP3 jukebox, but I am still stuck at the design stage, so I read K5 instead :-)

me (none / 0) (#75)
by nefertari on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:20:14 AM EST

I am a now 25 year old (born exactly 100 years after Little Bighorn) nearly finished (Diploma thesis is finished, currently learning for the exams) female student of mathematics. I am german and live in the nice town Bielefeld. It has 300,000 inhabitants and a university with approximately 20,000 students. Bielefeld is at the Teutoburger Wald, a range of hills up to 400 m. Usually it rains here and the sky is nearly always grey.

Now back to me, i have a sister, and live still with my parents. nefertari is my third name, the other two are Judith and Maria. I have a boyfriend who is 33 years old, he is a finished mathematician (yes i met him at university) and has now a job as consultant.

As computer i have a 233MHz beige G3 PowerMac, and i am planning to buy one of the new iMacs. Currently i playing "the Sims", because there is a Version for OS X. My other favourite games are: Tropico (which is way too slow under OS X), Alpha Centauri, Diablo II LoD (waiting eagerly for the OS X-version, currently rebooting under 9.2.2 and playing over our internal network together), Baldur's Gate 1 (currently stuck), StarCraft (there is an OS X-version too!, thank you Blizzard!).

My reading habits are the following: I read nearly everyday in the bus, current book is "Carrion Comfort" by Dan Simmons, favourite books: Hyperion, the Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, the Rise of Endymion (1st and 4th are the best, but they belong together, all by Simmons), The Lord of the Rings, Song of Kali (Simmons again), Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars (Kim Stanley Robinson), the "Sword of Truth" - series by Terry Goodkind (Wizard's First Rule, Stone of Tears, ...)

german weather (none / 0) (#95)
by kubalaa on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:30:36 AM EST

... is terrible. Like as bad as Scotland. I swear I didn't see the sun the whole month of November. But I actually like it; there's something strangely comforting about the grey and the damp.

[ Parent ]
Hyperion rules! (none / 0) (#150)
by Cornelius on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:59:25 AM EST

Nice to meet somebody who enjoys sf at its best. I am a sucker for futuristic gloom and doom. ;-)


"Your suffering will be legendary, even in Hell", Hellraiser
[ Parent ]
who mom likes (none / 0) (#76)
by LilDebbie on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:43:35 AM EST

My name is Samuel and, though I do enjoy to whet my tongue now and again, I am not an alcoholic. Now that I've thrown in my lame introduction, I will proceed with announcing myself.

I am 19 years old, studying computer science at the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers, wait, they suck) because I can't think of anything else to do with my life. I discovered kuro5hin a while back while reading an article on that other site proclaiming its (kuro5hin's) resurrection. My greatest personal irony is my utter lack of programming skills. I can handle C/C++ and god-forsaken lisp, but I do not find joy in these things. Perhaps Perl might awaken a desire to program once I finally get around to learning it.

If you live in the Twin Cities area, you will undoubtedly find me at the Perkins on Hwy. 100, as it is my first home (the second one being where I sleep). Otherwise you can call ADCS, the University of Minnesota's tech support line where I work.

Oog, I'm sick of this already and desire sleep. Cheers, k5ers!

My name is LilDebbie and I have a garden.
- hugin -

joy in programming (none / 0) (#94)
by kubalaa on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:26:08 AM EST

The joy of programming (for most people I think) isn't so much in the actual act as in the kind of thinking it involves and the kinds of problems you solve. I.e. a lot of people get into programming with javascript, php, or perl because it's so simple to do such cool useful things with it (well, not javascript, but php and perl at least).

An annoying language like C++ (personally I like lisp) can make programming a bit less enjoyable, but no language will make it more so. I think you just haven't found the particular kind of problem that calls to you yet.

[ Parent ]

So, world, here am I! (none / 0) (#79)
by vj on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:06:13 AM EST

I'm 20 years old CS student, now studying in Germany, Wilhelmshaven as an exchange student of Socrates/Erasmus program, however I am from Lithuania (bonus points for those who now where it is ;), Kaunas. I enjoy programming, reading (filosophy, fairy-tales, specs and refs (not sure if they belong to 'fairy-tales'), etc.). I also like playing classical guitar very much.

I've 'found' k5 more than a year ago, and though reading mostly all interesting stuff I've never bored myself with writing diaries, posting comments etc. :)

Erasmus! (none / 0) (#92)
by kubalaa on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:14:40 AM EST

Cool. I meet a lot of Erasmus students in München. That's all I wanted to say.

[ Parent ]
Who Am I? (5.00 / 1) (#80)
by werty on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:13:18 AM EST


Hi! (none / 0) (#81)
by e on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:49:56 AM EST

I'm Eric, but most of my friends call me "E". I've been a lurker here for a couple of months, and just signed up for an account. In fact, this will be my first post at K5.

I used to earn my living hunting swamp rats. That was before I was abducted by space aliens who, by means of gene therapy, turned me into a libertarian.

Today I work to uncover government conspiracies and reveal the presence of aliens on earth. My heroes are Mulder and Scully from the X-files, a series much closer to truth than most people would believe.

-- E
"You're not paranoid if they're really out to get you..."

Phd @ Aberdeen, Scotland (none / 0) (#82)
by gromgull on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:52:28 AM EST

I finished my first degree last spring and I started a phd within personalisation and the semantic web in August. It is progressing, although slowly, but then again it is only part time. The other part of my time I am a programmer (read slave) for our new Master Degree in E-Commerce.

I enjoy progressive rock. (And I am proud of it)

If I had my way I'd have all of you shot

Damn it! (none / 0) (#83)
by gromgull on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:54:53 AM EST


My supervisor sent me this link this very morning.

A hint perhaps???
If I had my way I'd have all of you shot

[ Parent ]
Is this true? (none / 0) (#84)
by werty on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:03:07 AM EST

A colleague once told me that males in Aberdeen would often be "affectionate" with sheep.

[ Parent ]
affectionate with sheep (none / 0) (#88)
by gromgull on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:03:45 AM EST

No thats Wales and Yorkshire

Is this a theme on k5 lately?

If I had my way I'd have all of you shot

[ Parent ]
Mr. Nobodaddy (none / 0) (#85)
by ragnarok on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:08:35 AM EST

that's me!

Speaking facetiously, I'm a 37 year old male, with many deep and meaningful interests, such as : "Who took my seat?", and "Gee, she's cute, what's her name?"

Getting even more facetious, I'm fascinated with languages, computer and human; I'm amused - and bemused - by history, the grand spectacle of dorks stalking through human life/lives, imagining they mean something grand; I'm a big fan of science and engineering and hope one day to build my own 'plane; and I even know something of neuroscience - I survived TBI (What does it mean? If you need to ask, you don't know.); I love fiction, mostly fantastic/speculative fiction - excluding the governmental and big business/bureacratic forms of F/S Fiction, which is generally badly written with bad plots (No resolution) and bad characterisation (The good guy poisons your wells; the bad guy protests) - and am currently rewriting an anthropological SF novel provisionally called "Fiercer Than the Pain : The Redemption of Vheratsho of the Lakhabrech and the North Vineyards".

A mule at prayer; ignore him, turn to me
Until the gold contraption of our love
Rattles its seven biscuit boxes and the sea
Withdraws its combers from the rhubarb grove.

"And it came to healed until all the gift and pow, I, the Lord, to divide; wherefore behold, all yea, I was left alone....", Joseph Smith's evil twin sister's prophecies

Allow me introduce myself... (none / 0) (#86)
by si on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:20:23 AM EST

Hey everyone, my name is Si and I am 19 year old Economics student from London, UK, studying in the slightly colder climes of Sheffield in Yorkshire (England still).

I am new to K5, as of about 3 weeks ago, so I haven't fully got to grips with everything yet. But I am enjoying the scene!

I am a big music fan, mainly alternative dance, such as electronica, trip-hop and breakbeat. I also like hip-hop, mainly the political crap such as Mos Def and Talib Kweli. I am keen on sailing and soccer, though rarely participate in either! I am interested in learning some Open Source/Linux, so most of the time I surf around reading articles and news releases to try and pick it up - though I'm not getting very far at the moment!

Anyway, I hope you'll recognise me around! Take care!

Hey! (none / 0) (#102)
by hulver on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:00:41 AM EST

It's not that cold in Sheffield!

[ Parent ]
True (none / 0) (#172)
by si on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:02:35 PM EST

True, infact maybe I'll eat my words, I'm wearing shorts at the moment and I've just gone down the shops to get some fags! It sure can rain here though, but you gotta love it!

Nice to meet you Hulver!

[ Parent ]
It is... (none / 0) (#213)
by Rand Race on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:07:48 PM EST

... if you're an Owls fan.

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, He must approve the homage of Reason rather than that of blindfolded Fear." - Thomas Jefferson
[ Parent ]

Who am I? (none / 0) (#87)
by Gawyn on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:56:13 AM EST

18 year old college freshman (Compsci major), currently on winter break from UMD interning for the US Coast Guard as a system administrator. In my spare time, I study Japanese, in hopes of studying abroad.

-- Error: .sig not found. Replace user and try again.
Please let me introduce myself.... (none / 0) (#89)
by treefrog on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:06:01 AM EST

....I'm a man of wealth and taste.

OK, so not really. Your humble, down at home treefrog got his nick from his climbing club (Kernow CC in Plymouth UK), who observed the shape and size of his digits.

As you might guess, I'm a mountaineer, at home on rock, snow, ice or combinations thereof. I also sail (dinghies and my 1963 Robert Tucker Escapade), and surf (badly). I live in Bath in the UK and sometimes in St Martin Vesubie in the Alpes-Maritime in France.

I pay for my hobbies by working for a major telco, as a systems engineer for 3G cellular (UMTS). I do algorithmic design, c, c++ and ruby, mainly for simulation engines. My background is a degree in Philosophy, a masters in Neural Networks, and a PhD in computing (Complex Systems).

I'm married, but without children. My wife is a fabulous women who has the taste for me...

My sig is apparantly an old Portugese proverb.

regards, treefrog

Twin fin swallowtail fish. You don't see many of those these days - rare as gold dust Customs officer to Treefrog

Sig (none / 0) (#335)
by dorsai on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 09:57:04 PM EST

IAAP(ortuguese), and it is a portuguese saying... though not exactly an "old proverb" :)
Still, if you're the kind to nitpick, you might as well change the order... "one way you're screwed, the other way you're buggered".
There... did my bit for the language of Camões :)

Dorsai the sigless

[ Parent ]
me (none / 0) (#90)
by crayz on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:08:49 AM EST

I'm a 19(for one more day...) year old sohpomore at the U of Delaware(delawhere? :D), majoring in PoliSci and minoring(probably) in CompSci. Right now I'm home on winter break though, so I'm majoring in being a lazy asshole.

I've been in and out of K5 for a pretty long time. For my computer needs I've always been an Apple person, since using a IIe way back when. Of course like every sane Mac user, some part of me also truly hates Apple for constantly doing so many stupid things, but that's a long story.

Anyway I have no real life, so instead I come on K5 and bitch about it.

everyone else is doing it (none / 0) (#91)
by kubalaa on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:11:37 AM EST

I don't think people here really care how old everyone is, and what they do for a living -- I sure don't -- and if they do that's what the diaries are for. But the thought of being left out of the search engine annoys me so I'll chime in anyways.

I'm 19, male, caucasian. I'm double-majoring in Electrical Engineering and Plan II (a liberal arts honors program) at the University of Texas at Austin, although at the moment I'm studying abroad at the Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München). I'm in my second year, and odds are very good that I'll change majors to something like computer science or even sociology.

I studied programming for a few years in high school -- I was the kid whose programs everyone copied -- but I wasn't that into it. I got into graphic design and tried to get a job with a "web design" company but they were cheapskates so I went to work for a web development company instead. Boy am I glad. There I taught myself php and actually got interested in programming, learned all about databases and all kinds of other fun stuff. I'm responsible for many good parts of CourseInsite (and a few not-so-good ones).

I've used Linux for almost 2 years; I started on Slackware and moved to Debian after about 6 months. Debian rules. I believe in the Unix philosophy of small, simple parts, but not in the philosophy that simplicity for programmers should triumph over that for users. I think the problem with Windows is that it pretends to be smarter than it actually is, and thus gets in the way more than it helps.

Otherwise I have a typical geek Zen-fetish, I'm learning the bagpipes, I used to play euphonium and was a drum major for my high school, I mess with the piano a bit, I speak a bit of Klingon, I contra dance, I do origami, I read a lot, I have a huge mp3 collection spanning all known genres (including e.g. French folk music), I like Python and Haskell a lot, once had dreadlocks, and often wear an "Indiana Jones" fedora. I like kilts. I like obscure quotes like "Pengauins are practically chickens," "I'm dissapointed in ye, MacCrarey!" and "Mahwaige. Is what bwings us heah todeah."

In real life I'm very shy and don't make a lot of friends. I had a girlfriend for three years but she dumped me before I came to Germany. I probably spend more time on k5 than I should. I have a simple website.

I believe in moderation in all things, including moderation. Or extremism (it works the same).

Who am I? (none / 0) (#93)
by mikael_j on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:25:33 AM EST

I am Mikael, Supreme overlord of my apartment and all within (that would be me and uhm... me)
I am also a college student.
There is no more known info about me, I think...

/Mikael Jacobson
We give a bad name to the internet in general. - Rusty
American in Madrid (none / 0) (#96)
by adlr on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:36:47 AM EST

I'm 19/m. half cuban, half irish. i grew up in the i love lucy house, i guess.

i'm a student at the u of michigan in ann arbor, where i major in computer engineering. right now i'm in madrid for a semester to bone up on spanish.

i have a wonderful girlfriend who i miss dearly, even more than i miss michigan's fat pipe internet.

in madrid i access the internet from an 802.11 wireless accesspont (go freenets!).

my name is Andrew de los Reyes.

check out a project i'm working on to add encryption to aol im. http://www.proxide.net/

also, i don't drink, smoke, eat meat/fish, or drink coffee. blah.


another one of those scandinavian types... (none / 0) (#98)
by kvaternion on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:39:16 AM EST

I am 21 years old and, because I live in Denmark, a proud member of the 9% who speak "scandinavian". I am currently studying graphical design (yes, that also means I like macs), but spend most of my time DJing and such. I spin mostly D'n'B and oldskool punk. I'll probaly move abroad to find work, Holland, Switzerland or Japan are all possibilities.
visit psychosium.dk for almost monthly, free, magazine issues
I'll join the ranks of the profiled. (none / 0) (#99)
by valeko on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:39:58 AM EST

I just turned sixteen, and am a high school sophomore stuck somewhere in Georgia, US. I didn't always live here, nor do I intend to in the future. I blame my circumstances (surroundings) for my complete absence of a life, but, that gives me lots of time to read K5. ;-)

"Hey, what's sanity got going for it anyways?" -- infinitera, on matters of the heart

Howdy (none / 0) (#101)
by imrdkl on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:52:28 AM EST

Expatriate (please make sure you spell it right) American living in Norway. Married, two kids. Pushing up fast on 40, and only working this (IT) profession for 10 years. Was an electrician and a high-school dropout before finally getting a math degree at 28. Never used much of my math skills since, but it was a good challenge. A white knuckler, even. Everyone oughta major in Math... :{)

Bummed and lonely alot since 11.9, with very few people over here (not even my wife, sadly) able to comprehend it. The Norwegians love peace, and thats cool, but they have to be pretty careful about what they say and do to maintain their world-renowned reputation as peacemakers, and that makes it awkward for an American right now, even after 5 years of living here and learning their ways.

Places like k5 and slashdot cheer me up, being able to write my native language and interact with Americans, but I still get modded down for angst occasionally. Not a troll, but I did used to hang out a bit on talk.bizarre, back in the Carasso days. Miss cross-posting (misc.pets, misc.test, alt.recovery, etc) trolls most of all, I guess. Perhaps someone can figure out how to do that between webboards, someday... heh.

Highschool drop-out, pot head, radical activist. (5.00 / 1) (#103)
by influensa on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:01:39 AM EST

I'm 20 years old, and I live in London, Ontario where I am a member of the radical activist collective, the action.family. Ontario had 5 years of highschool when I was still enrolled, and I did 5 years but spent more time in communications technology than getting the Ontario Academic Credits necessary to attend university.

Since highschool, I've hitch hiked to the west coast and back, gone in and out of chronic pot smoking phases, run for federal parliament under the Green Party, been tear gassed and arrested in anti-FTAA demonstrations in Quebec City and made the newspaper about 15 times.

The coolest local action that I participated was occupying a downtown park as an "Autonomous Zone", basically a tent city to draw attention to homelessness while our city was hosting the Canada Summer Games. We forced the city into negotiations, and won a permanent location for our community, which is now called the Unity Project (and where I still spend four 8-hour night shifts a week).

In October I tried organizing a "shut-down" of an AGM of Ontario's ruling party, the unpopular Mike Harris Conservatives. I got hauled into a meeting with the deputy police chief (wore my anti-pig shirt) who threatened to charge me with incite, and launch a civil lawsuit. He also said his officers would be illegally searching all of the kids that showed up for the students march, the first demonstration planned for the weekend. I threatened my own lawsuit (I was bluffing) and suddenly the searches would be voluntary. Interestingly enough, the Hell's Angels had way more respect that weekend, putting up a sign infront of their clubhouse that said "Stay Strong, Jeremy McNaughton"

Now I work day to day with the poor and homeless. I did a small peace demo in November, but haven't been organizing lately. Read The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, it's superb.

And me..... (none / 0) (#104)
by rf0 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:14:41 AM EST

Well my name is Rus Foster (yes the same as rusty's). I'm english, 22 and working my way in the world. When not working for my main employer (SGI) I do a bit of scoop playing (rf0.biz). Also I keep my other half happy by spending lots of money on winnie the pooh things :)

18-year old genious (sorta.) (none / 0) (#105)
by cowboymikeo on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:16:10 AM EST

I'm an 18 year-old high-school student from Paducah, KY. Hobbies include aquariums, web-design, auto-racing, and rocketry.

Mr. Dick if your nasty! (none / 0) (#106)
by Zeram on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:22:01 AM EST

My name is Aaron, and I'm an addi.... oh um yeah wrong place. I'm a late 20 something (26 soon to be 27) technology worker. When I was younger I had thought about trying to be a writer, but I ended up being a geek. I live in suburban hell (aka King of Prussia PA). I could fill this space with lots of witty comments but I'll refrain for the sake of everyones sanity.
Like Anime? In the Philly metro area? Welcome to the machine...
The usual (none / 0) (#107)
by offline on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:27:16 AM EST

i'm a 24-year-old occasional coder, occasional hacker, etc... Far from the best, but i know my basics, at least.

I work currently as a security guard in the largest hospital in western Canada. My job basically tends to degrade my opinions of both humanity, and govenrmentally-managed, union-worked healthcare on a daily basis.

Politically, i sit well to the "right" of most in my country. i see too many people whose whole existence can be summed up by the word "Parasite" every day. And i don't feel that any given person has 'value' simply by virtue of having been born. As one can probably imagine, this viewpoint gets me into a fair number of arguments. No matter, though - i don't hold it because of its popularity, nor its lack thereof.

Personally, i read K5 because it's got a slightly more reasoned crowd than Slashdot (from whence i came). On the other hand, i generally find that the libertarian in me finds more common ground with the Slashdot crowd - well, unless you talk about MS. Funny, that... Suddenly so many people seem to figure that government intervention is a good thing... Never mind, save that for a diary entry, if i ever get around to doing one.

Anyway, that's me - or at least a bit of me. Have a nice day.

Chris Rose
Fly, you fools!

Moi (none / 0) (#108)
by insom on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:38:06 AM EST

I'm Aaron, 18 y/o software developer and business suit for an Irish consultancy. I'm Irish but looking to move to the UK soon. I took twice the amount of subjects that's normal in my Secondary (High) School exam, and generally worked hard with the end goal of reaching college.
Then I got there and left after six weeks to start a company.

I'm not regretting it now, but I'm going to go back to persuing a degree, now that the last 2 years out of school have given me some perspective. I don't want it for a job or stuff like that, but for study and esteem.
I someday hope to be a stuffy, paper writing IEEE/ACM member, who can make some decent contribution to the field of Computer Science or Engineering.

I spend too much time watching movies, thanks to NTL Digital and the Sci-Fi channel. I used be an IRC addict, so it was not uncommon for real life friends to call me insom, infact Aaron was just for teachers and parents...

Moi.. (none / 0) (#109)
by AnalogBoy on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:51:41 AM EST

Solaris Sysadmin, 21, Tennessee. Formerly strictly a lurker. Decided to register an account today - sick of slashdot. :P
Save the environment, plant a Bush back in Texas.
Religous Tolerance (And click a banner while you're there)
Hullo (none / 0) (#110)
by cvou on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:54:46 AM EST

Chris, 25 aussie moved to canada earlier this year.. currently doing PeopleSoft at a large uni up here..

Snow is so cool.

William Victor Paris here (none / 0) (#111)
by W V Paris on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:57:04 AM EST

...and another one joins the ranks!

Name as above. Age: over 21. Occupation: IT Security in a UK Government Department, which means I get to browse sites like this in work time and call it my job. Politics: Liberal by nature, Conservative by experience, with disillusioned Anarchist tendencies. Married, with two point fur kids; "point fur" being a typical black and white Sub-Post-Office cat.

Hobbies: keeping the family computers running, stopping the wife from feeding the kids and/or the cat into the mincer by applying frequent backrubs, footrubs, and chocolate-coated ginger; raising the kids to become potential human beings, and getting enough sleep.

Why am I here? Because I'm not all there... sorry, I'll start that again: I like the site. I like the attitudes I tend to find on it.


New guy (none / 0) (#113)
by tofu on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:14:17 AM EST

Hello, I am Christopher. I just created an account today. I have read the site on and off for awhile, but I made the plunge today. Anyway, I am 24. I work at the IT Lab at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. We create tool based software solutions here at the university. :) I guess that means I am a programmer.

Meet the rat (none / 0) (#114)
by greyrat on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:17:36 AM EST

I am incredibly lazy. While recoring test systems, or waiting for an insanely long query to finish, I lurk here and drop silly one liners.

I'm not a true geek anymore. For example: I would have replied to this story last night, but decided to make love to my SO instead.

~ ~ ~
Did I actually read the article? No. No I didn't.
"Watch out for me nobbystyles, Gromit!"

New Jersey (none / 0) (#115)
by miker2 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:29:35 AM EST

I'm Mike, 24 yo from the Garden State. Graduating (finally) from The Geek Mill in May, working for an investment bank full-time until then. Typical geek: C/C++, Java, Perl, PHP, ksh, csh, Scheme and a lot of Solaris knowledge. I also read a lot, Time, RS, and a lot of fiction.
I've been reading K5 for a long while now, a very infrequent poster and a diary has been on my to-do list for a long time.

Me? (none / 0) (#118)
by Angelic Upstart on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:35:59 AM EST

Hey all.. My name is Joseph I'm 22 year olds and I live in Las Vegas. Right now I am out of work and going back to school fulltime I was a network admin for a telemarketing company here in town but I took a lay off so I could have a reason to go back to school.. My major is Astronomy and my Minor is computer sci.. umm I listen to punk and like to drink massive amounts of beer and pick fights. I'm very sarcastic and like to make fun of people to their faces. If you ever find yourself in vegas email me skoidat@lvcm.com

At least you have a cool pseudonym (none / 0) (#192)
by broken77 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:49:22 PM EST

I'd wager most people have never even heard of the Angelic Upstarts :-)

I'm starting to doubt all this happy propaganda about Islam being a religion of peace. Heck, it's just as bad as Christianity. -- Dphitz
[ Parent ]

a kid from Michigan... (none / 0) (#120)
by Anon 20517 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:41:19 AM EST

I'm a high school senior residing in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. I've been accepted to the Engineering School at the University of Michigan, which is where I'll be next year.

Religion: Agnostic, see here for an eloquent statememnt which closely resembles my beliefs.

Music: punk/pop punk. Dillinger Four, Swingin' Utters, Rancid, the Living End.

Politics: Green, I guess. I don't agree with everything they say, but I think their hearts are in the right place. I don't see any better options, but I always try and keep an open mind.

Misc: I'm a general geek. Linux, math, science, Quake, etc. Here is my webiste.


i am... (none / 0) (#121)
by HenryR on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:41:46 AM EST

Henry Robinson. A 21 year old Computer Science student at the University of York. Next year I'll be at Cambridge University studying for an MPhil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology. Other geek stuff.. I'm sponsored by Microsoft as a 'student consultant', I ported Prolog to .NET, and I'm really struggling trying to get Samba and WinXP to play nice at the moment (if anyone wants to help me out, mail me at this address.

When I'm not geeking, I play guitar and piano in a funk / soul band, listen to a bunch of music, see my girlfriend, watch football / soccer, go to the gym, study mathematics and german and sleep a lot.


My Hovercraft is full of eels (none / 0) (#122)
by somebert on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:43:38 AM EST

19 years old, attempting to take A levels in Germany. Freelancing as PHP/SQL Programmer, Unix Admin, Security consultant. Enjoing Music, playing the drums and reading kuro for half a year now. I like the idea of this, although I think I won't read al the posts ;).


Wisconsin (none / 0) (#123)
by hardburn on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:44:14 AM EST

I am a 19-year-old student in Madison, WI. I go by the name Timm Murray in real life. I screwed around in middle school so much that I am now in a dimpy, two-year associates degree technical collage instead of MIT *g*. I got laid off from my job a year ago (where I was a sort of jack-of-all-trades for the computer systems; web design, sys administration, networking, etc.). Now that same small buissness (so I am told) is down to three regular employees (down from 15-20 at its peak). See what happens when you lay me off? :) Now I'm doing help desk work at the same college I attend. In my free time, I often work on the Everything Over Freenet project, and have been involved with Freenet in one form or another for about two years.

I am a regular participant in my local LUG. I know the president of the LUG is also a regular K5 reader, though I don't know what his username is. I know he knows mine (Hi, Steve!)

while($story = K5::Story->new()) { $story->vote(-1) if($story->section() == $POLITICS); }

I'm too sexy for this site (5.00 / 1) (#124)
by DJBongHit on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:45:57 AM EST

I'm a 21 year old male living in College Park, MD, and I enjoy candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and having sex in public.


GNU GPL: Free as in herpes.

I'm a dad (5.00 / 1) (#125)
by georgeha on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:51:34 AM EST

That's the toughest and most fulfilling part of my life.

Aside from that, I'm almost 36, work as a technical support engineer for high speed color laser printers, my skillset is close to a System Administrators, with PostScript, PCL and Fortran thrown in. I write the occasional computer book, and putter around with Linux and my home network when I get the rare free time. In other moments of my free time I like to play with Lego, brew beer, and get nostalgic about the Grateful Dead.

Sadly, I still have not seen Lord of the Rings, but I did get hooked up with a copy of Harry Potter. Scant consolation.

You can always go to my homepage or read my diaries to find out other semi-interesting parts of my life.

Beer Eh? (none / 0) (#132)
by Altus on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:30:37 AM EST

I also brew beer. I have been for a little over a year now.

always good to find another brewer...

I dont suppose you live anywhere near boston MA.

"In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women..." -H. Simpson
[ Parent ]
Nope, Rochester, New York (none / 0) (#142)
by georgeha on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:15:22 AM EST

I just finished my first keg of homebrew (Rocky Raccoon Crystal Honey Lager) and I may never, ever, bottle again.

Good brewin'

[ Parent ]

Keg Eh? (none / 0) (#189)
by Altus on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:29:25 PM EST

humm... I seem to have lost this post... so Ill try again

what kind of keg system do you use? how much did it cost?

Ive been very interested in the keg system... in the last 2 weeks I have cleaned, delabeled and filled over 10 cases worth of bottles... frankly its getting a little old

also... Ive noticed at least 3 other brewers responding to this story... perhaps we should start a place to trade recipies. we could even start a beer swap for people who live in the same geographic location...


"In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women..." -H. Simpson
[ Parent ]
beer brewing (none / 0) (#343)
by opensourcebeer on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 01:54:53 AM EST

Greetings fellow homebrewers.

A friend of mine gave me his kegging equipment when he moved. It amounts to the little gallon sized containers running on CO2 cartridges. I haven't tried it yet, because I just enjoy bottling that much :)

If you ever make it to Ames, Iowa a group of us brew up on a monthly basis.


[ Parent ]
What's to know? (none / 0) (#126)
by Karmakaze on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:56:37 AM EST

I am a 30 year old human female.

I have a web page because, everybody has a web page.

I play role playing games, I read, I hang out on web boards.


peace checking in (none / 0) (#127)
by peace on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:07:00 AM EST

I'm a 31 year old Software Dev dude. I grew up mostly in Boston, spent 2 years in NYC and have fond childhood memories of Maine and New Hampshire. I was married last March to a my lovely wife who I met in NYC.

I've recently moved back to Maine and am currently divesting myself of city stress, with much success.

While I'm mostly a city boy, I've lived in cabins in the remote country side with no utilities for years at a time ( no phones, electricity, running water, nothing ). When I was 4, we lived in a teepee for 9 months. I say this because it's probobly one of the few things I don't share with the rest of the techi community, and sometimes I reason with regard to a simpler kind of life that I take for granted. I definatly have some confliction between industrialized living and living with the raw beauty of nature.

I read K5 mostly to see what people have to say about the articles, not so much for the articles themselves. I use the forums to test my ideas and understandings against those who have other views. I like the access to opinions outside my personal circle of friends. For the most part I'm satisfied with the results. I tend to find quickly where my weaknesses in reasoning are.

I can be reached at peace@world.com

Kind Regards

I'm in omaha (none / 0) (#128)
by Rift on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:08:09 AM EST

I'm 28, currently living in Omaha. I have been developing / managing developers professionaly for 10 years. Currently consulting, and doing lots of .NET work. (only with MS stuff can businesses require experience in a beta product)

A pen is to a car what a meteor is to a _____
Not posted this before, so here goes... (none / 0) (#129)
by WWWWolf on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:13:09 AM EST

I've been breathing various gases since May 28, 1979, which obviously means that I'm precisely 22 years 7 months 20 days old =)

I live in Oulu, Finland. I study IT stuff (mostly digital media) in University of Oulu, Finland (now third year on its way).

At the moment I'm employed extremely part-timely by a company called Arieste that does web site usability analysis. My work involves some PHP coding. I have no idea how long I can keep up with the job, studies and hobbies eat most of my time =)

On my spare time, I hack various more or less useless programs, draw pictures (furry art, 3D stuff, and such), listen to music, read books, go to movies (and collect DVDs), play various computer games badly, and such. I'm also often in IRC and some furry-themed MUCKs. I also like to mess with video stuff. I dream of making a book and a movie one day. =)

I contribute to couple of websites: Trying desperately to discuss in the-other-site and K5, write about cool sightings in Finnish side of Web to Memepool, and I'm somewhat remarkable contributor to Everything2.

Yes, I know I could be a much more interesting person, but this is all I could think at the moment, and I doubt it will get any more interesting by telling more. =)

-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...

SysAdmin from Lincoln, NE (none / 0) (#131)
by utopiann on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:29:39 AM EST

Hey all. I, too, have lurked for quite awhile at K5, but have never really posted anything, so consider this my coming out.

I'm a 22yo geeky/alternative kind of crazy guy. I graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University last May, and they hired me immediately as the first UNIX Systems Administrator for our campus. I do a lot of freelance PHP/mySQL programming, but I love Systems Administration - I get to work with people and machines to make them all get along. I've been using Linux for 4 years, but have recently fallen in love with Mac OS X, which is now my main development environment.

Outside of work, I recently have begun playing the guitar (House of the Rising Sun is a great, easy song to learn and sing!), and I love books and music of all sorts. I share a home with my boyfriend of two years and our two cats. Other hobbies include cooking, baking ;), and I've recently become interested in using dry-erase markers as an art medium.

Politically, I'm pretty liberal, and I tend lean heavily to Green politics. Socially, I get along with anyone who can respect me even if they choose not to agree with me.

I have a wonderfully close family, younger siblings I am proud of, parents I cherish. Life is good :)

I have no website, as I spend my time developing useful tools instead of "about-me-pages." I do not cheer for the Huskers.

Dave is me (none / 0) (#133)
by Dphitz on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:34:03 AM EST

I live in CA, work in IT and hate it because it's boring and I don't have the patience for it (I hate people who tell me their computer isn't working only to find out that it was unplugged!). Luckily I'm about 2 classes away from getting my BA in graphic design. Hopefully I won't get stuck doing logos for tampons or jock-itch cream. I'd rather do illustration (and not of tampons or jock-itch cream).

Political: Moderate, just left of center. I hate right wing whackos and bleeding heart liberals.

Religion: Atheist, sometimes agnostic. I don't believe in God, but I could be wrong. If anyone's got his number I'd love to meet the guy. Everyone says great things about him. Well, except that old testament stuff. I don't want to meet that dude.

Heroes: Thomas Jefferson, Emmitt Smith, Mel Blanc, Gygax & Arneson.

God, please save me . . . from your followers

I am (none / 0) (#134)
by axxeman on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:47:14 AM EST



Desperately need Egyptologist. Can you help?

Well, this is me (5.00 / 1) (#135)
by ubu on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:51:44 AM EST

This is the fourth, so I guess I should do one of these already.

My name is Rob Malda, and I run "the other site". I graduated from Hope College and am currently filling my life with anime, Doritos, and my world-famous laptop, which is covered with stickers and permanently attached to the tops of my legs. No romantic interests right now, but there's a girl at the Starbucks down the street who always looks intently at my goatee, and I think she likes the crumbs she finds there.

Anyway, I came to Kuro5hin, basically, to scope out the competition. Later I became addicted and eventually ended up becoming the Spelling Nazi in #kuro5hin. Hahahahaha! There's an ironic twist for ya face!

Mad props to Roblimo, Jeff Bates, my man Nate Oostendorp, the blossoming journalist Michael Sims, and of course our technology consultant and lead writer, Jon Katz.


As good old software hats say - "You are in very safe hands, if you are using CVS !!!"
Hey Rob (none / 0) (#170)
by wiredog on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:52:28 PM EST

What do you think about badger buggery?

Peoples Front To Reunite Gondwanaland: "Stop the Laurasian Separatist Movement!"
[ Parent ]
Scattered (none / 0) (#137)
by TON on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:53:36 AM EST

Well, 35, grew up in New England, went to school on Boston (history), went to rural Japan to teach junior high, went back to school in Boston (ESL education), went to Nagoya, Japan (to teach in university), now I find myself in California looking for a job (or wasting time online) and in school again.

The end of the UC Santa Cruz Extension UNIX Admin program is in sight. Been messing around with Linux ever since I read the fine extended rant on computers and life that is In The Beginning Was the Command Line by N. Stephenson.

Left Japan for California to live with my (now) wife. Looks like her job will be taking her to Tokyo (oh yeah!) Much better job-hunting there. I'll miss the weather, food, and fine camping/hiking/beach possibilities here in the Bay Area, but Tokyo is wicked cool. So, life is all over the place and going in many directions at once, as usual

"First, I am born. Then, the trouble begins." -- Schizopolis


Potatoes & Cheese (none / 0) (#139)
by BlueOregon on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:02:17 AM EST

I'm Steve, 27 years old, and I grew up in Idaho. I would like to say that I'm putting the sin back in Wisconsin (cheesy, I know), but the truth is that I'm just an over-worked grad student writing a dissertation on aesthetics and analogical reasoning.

I'm your typical luggite. In addition, I cook, clean, and edit book reviews for a living. I got my degree in German and Math from Pomona College, and my MA from the UW. I don't speak "Scandinavian", though I've put some effort into learning German and a few other languages. In addition, I'm usually one sarcastic bastard.

I started reading K5 way-back-when, though I didn't bother getting an account for a while, and I only post every-so-often. The K5 diary is an on-again, off-again interest.

Hi, Timm.


v00t! (none / 0) (#140)
by Hakamadare on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:07:00 AM EST

i'm a friendly geek from Cincinnati, OH who moved up to the Boston area to go to school and never got around to moving away. i sysadmin Unixes of various flavors (including OS X) for the Porsche of professional services (or so management keeps telling us).

i have dilettante-level interest in SCA heavy fighting, as well as homebrewing. i'd be much better at all of my hobbies if i weren't so prone to starting projects and not finishing.

i dress in bright colors whenever possible, to the horror of those around me.

Schopenhauer is not featuring heavily on the "Review Hidden Comments" page at the moment. - Herring

bill (none / 0) (#141)
by bsmfh on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:11:10 AM EST

I can see two tiny pictures of myself, and there's one in each of your eyes. Everything I do, they do. I smoke my cigarette, and they smoke theirs. I take a drink, and damn! They're drinking too! It's driving me crazy, it's driving me nuts

I am now a Win32 developer, working at home in my underwear. I am a college dropout who has managed to maintain a career in R&D and computers for quite a while (I'm 42 this year), with no computer classes. I have along the way done serious darkroom work, perl, image processing, embedded c on Z80's (thanks to Leor Zolman), and just shitloads of c and c++ code. I have coded in Germany, Bordeaux, and in Java, although I found South Carolina more alien than any of those. Ich bin ein echter Schwab, zwei jahren unter K. Teck, unt ein gans schlim junge I didn't know any German until I lived there, and when I left I could pass for a 5 year old townie.

"My name is Yon Yohnson I live in Wisconsin I work in a lumber mill there. The people I meet when I walk down the street say: "what's your name?" And I say: "My name is Yon Yohnson.... I have made a lot of cool friends over the years, and they helped make me what I am today -- strange.

My favorite Star Trek episode of all time was Darmok, because of what it said about communications. Darmok was brilliant and I still keep hoping somebody will top it.

"I live in Billville on a street named Bill. Got three kids named them Bill, Bill, and Bill. Oh Afghanistan! Save me from Babylon..." I still enjoy Firesign Theater after 25 years, although most of the original brain cells have deteriorated.

While I did work many years as a system and network administrator of a small r&d center (with my chinese Phd's, who were my very best customers), I chose "bsmfh" because I consider myself the Bastard Scout Master from Hell. I have been a in scouts pretty much non-stop since I was 8 or 9, and have over the years adopted many young boys, who magically grow up to be older boys. Some get married and have kids, some move away and get great jobs in California, and some get buried in their Ozzie Osbourne shirts. It's mostly pretty cool, and I get to go camping too! It consumes a lot of my spare time, but what else would I do? I do sleep deprivation experiments all the time, drink way too much coffee and mt dew. I also became a member of the home elder-care corps, keeping my 70ish year old father in-law right side up. I'm on my second and bestest marriage, and have a very beautiful daughter who lives too far away and is growing up too fast.

anyway, hope that helps. I usually lurk, but occasionally stick my foot in my mouth. I started k5-ing after the last crash, and have really enjoyed the atmosphere here. Never posted an article, but sure voted plenty of them up or down. I never vote "don't care" because I feel that isn't really helpful. I just don't vote on an article if I don't care.

There are so many quotes, I just can't fucking stop myself now that I started...what has its got in its pocketsess? ... we likes cold, wet fishesss!My wife starts wheezing and turning purple every time I say that. "I carried it around with me for weeks and weeks. I kept playing silly games, like not looking at it for a few days, and then looking at it, to see if I still liked it. I did" King Crimson was a real band.

I got a .38 special up on the shelf and I'll sleep when I'm dead. If I start acting stupid I'll shoot myself and I'll sleep when I'm dead And Warren is such a great prophet and storyteller. OK, enough already.

About Me. (none / 0) (#143)
by ArGh on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:24:21 AM EST

I'm 30 years old and from Peoria, IL USA. I am a computer geek who loves to cook and I have two wonderful children and a lovely wife.

I don't have a lot to say about myself really; I just wanted to blip on your radar screens...

22 year old African-American (1.10 / 10) (#144)
by Reginald Johnson on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:31:29 AM EST

I am 22 years old. I am from Atlanta Georgia where I have lived all my life. I have no interest in computers but I want to fight against racial stereotypes and predjudice to beccome a leader in the NAACP. My purpose of coming to this web page is that I saw a link to the article about the statue in New York City on another web page for protesting racism on the world wide web. I went to that page and was enraged and sickened by what I saw. I have not come here to find friends or talk computers. I am here to argue with racists and clean this place up.
----Give me my forty acres and a mule.----
ontological terrorism (5.00 / 1) (#147)
by codejack on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:47:58 AM EST

there is no Kuro5hin!

Please read before posting.

[ Parent ]
Misguided? (none / 0) (#191)
by broken77 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:45:09 PM EST

Would you care to post a link to the story you're referring to? Or what the other web page was? I would say your goals fit in line with my goals (one of my many, many goals on this earth) to stop racism in its many forms. But I have to say... I've never personally encountered this on Kuro5hin.org. I'd say this crowd is one of the more open-minded crowds I've come across on the 'net. Care to expound?

I'm starting to doubt all this happy propaganda about Islam being a religion of peace. Heck, it's just as bad as Christianity. -- Dphitz
[ Parent ]

Decidedly not dead yet. (5.00 / 1) (#145)
by blixco on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:35:16 AM EST

Though I haven't posted or voted in ages.

Anyhow: I'm not my job, but I'm a software test technician for a living. Currently in Austin, TX. I work for a large computer company.

I'm somewhat more calm than I used to be, and I'm not nearly as cool as anyone here.

By the way, this post was the first actual task using a new Mac G4. I think that sets the tone for this machine.
The root of the problem has been isolated.

ontological terrorism (none / 0) (#146)
by codejack on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:45:58 AM EST

Good morning, i am a 24yo netadmin living in the middle of the !#@%!@#$% bible-belt (this belt, btw, goes north-south more than east-west), and i'm the notch at the end(cheese!). hobbies include having my wife leave me for playing everquest too much, playing everquest too much, losing jobs for showing up late 'cos i overslept after staying up 'til 4 am playing everquest too much,playing everquest too much, getting yelled at by my new girlfriend 'cos i don't wanna go out, i wanna play everquest, and billiards. I don't hate bill gates for making billions ruining the computer industry, i hate him for doing it before i could. i also have the world's largest collection of seashells; it's so big, i keep it scattered about the beaches and oceans of the world, perhaps you've seen it?

Please read before posting.

About camel bawlz, by camel bawlz =) (none / 0) (#148)
by camel bawlz on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:49:55 AM EST

I am a 22 year old programmer in Dallas, TX. I have a wife and a son who will be 3 years old next month. I generally read k5 more than I post, but I've been working on giving my input more. I'm not really very interesting as far as k5 people go, but I like to pretend. =)

[GO TO HJELL!] They may be little bitches to kill, but I could spend hours lusting after their dead bodies - mrgoat

Wow (none / 0) (#200)
by kwsNI on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:30:37 PM EST

I have a wife and a son who will be 3 years old next month.
Wow. I've never known anyone who is married to a two-year old. :P (Sorry, couldn't resist that.)

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy
[ Parent ]
My name's Noah (none / 0) (#149)
by noer on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:58:23 AM EST

I'm 25 yrs old and live just outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I've got a BS in Computer Science, and would like to go for a PhD (and perhaps teach) some day, but unfortunately I need to earn money now. I'm a Unix (Slowlaris) sysadmin at a large semiconductor company, but I much prefer playing with Mac OS X and Cocoa programming. I also homebrew beer.
-- I eat with my fingers. Don't use utensils if you email me.
Gauntlet is... (none / 0) (#151)
by gauntlet on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:01:14 PM EST

First generation Canadian of Irish decent in Edmonton, Alberta. Married to "guMMybare" (polish born) just over a year. Works as a "reporting" guy in the IS department of a major (public) healthcare organization. If you know what that means, write me and let me know.

Current interests include X-Box, an online proof of concept for a set of deliberative assembly rules that do not require physical colocation or synchronous communications, I just learned GO a couple of days ago, and the IGOWin game tells me I'm ranked 17kyu (pretty bad).

Canadian politics buff. Raised Catholic, now "Secular Humanist" according to a "find your religion" website test. Currently studying for a Comp degree from a distance education University. Politically, it's not clear.

Into Canadian Politics?

/me stands up (none / 0) (#152)
by dvena on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:01:50 PM EST

hi :)

i'm a little less than 23 (a month, specifically), and living in Philadelphia while i finish my BFA in Multimedia at the University of the Arts. after this, i plan to move to new york city, and either attend grad school for graphic design/computer art (parsons, pratt, or sva), or just go straight to work.

at the moment, i am, like many, unemployed. however, i'm hardly sitting on my ass. my current projects include a book publishing group, and a public bookmark manager that not only stores bookmarks, but can suggest new ones based on what you already like.

in my off-time, i paint, scare my landlord, and occassionally read kuro5hin :)

I'm a Red Robot (none / 0) (#153)
by dadams on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:02:12 PM EST

I'm a 21 year old male senior at Johns Hopkins University, studying Computer Science. I'm a member of the Systems Research Lab where I hack Linux drivers for Dr. Jonathan Shapiro, of EROS infamy. I'm chair and co-sysadmin for the JHU chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.

My favorite flavor of Unix is NetBSD, followed by OpenBSD. My favorite OS is Mac OS X. My favorite programming languages are Objective-C, Perl, O'Caml, and Dylan. I'm not a big fan of C++.

I'm a Vi guy, and typically use Vim, although I'm moving toward more extensible editors, such as Efuns. I use Zsh as my shell and Gwml or WindowMaker for my window-management needs.

Like most people, I love music. Among my favorite bands/artists are Le Tigre, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lou Reed, and Johnny Cash. I've been trying to move away from my guitar-centric aural diet and listen to more electronica and hip-hop. I'm a relatively proficient gee-tar player, though I haven't been in a band since high school.

I try to read as much diverse material as possible. The book I most recently finished is Snowcrash. I'm currently engrossed in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Barrel Fever, and The Unknowable.

My favorite poet is Wallace Stevens. I'm a big fan of short fiction, such as that written by Raymond Carver, Shirley Jackson, and Franz Kafka.

I'm registered as a Libertarian, although I recently came to the realization that I mostly care about social freedom. I'm an atheist.

I'm currently planning to enter the real world, hopefully working as a software engineer using WebObjects or writing code for Mac OS X. Failing that, I'll try for a job as a systems administrator.

... I hate subjects (none / 0) (#154)
by br284 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:12:08 PM EST

I'm a 22 year old soon-to-be graduate with a Computer Science degree from Princeton University.

I'm currently working on developing some of the next-generation geo-data standards for my thesis so that we have cool things like cars that drive themselves and apps that help people find shrooms in the next five to ten years. At the immediate present I am working on building intelligent homing beacons (Batman, eat your heart out) and trying to figure out how I can use my thesis as an excuse to start learning how to develop on MacOS X and the Palm platforms.

At the moment, I develop for the WinCE, Unix, and Java platforms using a combination of C, C++, Java, Embedded Visual Basic, PHP, Java, and SQL. I love tinkering with new hardware and poking things to see how they work.

At the moment, I'm finishing up final exams (Operating Systems tomorrow, Artificial Intelligence next week). I'm spend lots of time with my wonderful female EE who puts me to shame when it comes to some of the more fundamental stuff like physics and math.

I'm a big fan of Knob Creek bourbon, and I have acquired a taste for authentic Russian vodka after a couple of months living in St. Petersburg. I also love rum and cokes as a result of a couple of months living in Belize. (Sorry, but Belikin does nothing for me.)

I like to do outdoorsy stuff that has different physical components than just walking or running. I love spelunking and snorkeling, though I've not gotten around to combining the two quite yet. I also like to jump out of planes and intend to get licensed and buy my own rig once I get out into the "real world".

I'm currently looking for work. I'm focusing on larger University IT departments located in or around major metro areas (Chicago and westward, with Boston being the exception).

Umm, that's about it at the moment. I'm currently listening to a pirated Moby disk that I bought for 65 rubles at a stand near the Metro station that is closest to Dom Knigi on Nevsky Prospect some months ago.


yet another clone (none / 0) (#155)
by sja8rd on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:13:20 PM EST

i am surprisingly similar to the rest of you, which is pretty interesting since we all come from different parts of the world.

I'll joint the ranks... (none / 0) (#157)
by glip on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:17:28 PM EST

I can't seem to find my old K5 account, so I made a new one. I started reading almost a year ago (!) and posted occasionally on my old account.

Seems to be a lot of alcoholics here, so I'll add to the heap.

By day, I'm a 21 year old courseware developer working for the university of waterloo.

By night, I enjoy cooking, reading, the occasional cigar, and a plethora of computer related things. Travel is also something I like to take up, whenver time permits.

InsIgnIfIcAnt (none / 0) (#158)
by nsgnfcnt1 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:17:28 PM EST

Wow, it's just like when everyone takes turns standing up at the "get to know you" portion of a conference.

Male, 27
Single (oh, wait, that's from my on-line personal...)
Consultant (technology/business strategy)
Masters in Environmental Engineering
Live in San Francisco, USA (am I the only one left?)
Originally from Cleveland/Pittsburgh, USA (take your pick)
Didn't vote for GWB
Left leaning with acute right tendencies
Music: Everything except for rockabilly and country
Like to ski, mountain bike, camp, hike, chill and drink.

Hi, my name is... (none / 0) (#159)
by ocelotbob on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:21:38 PM EST

Hrmm...Who am I? Well, that's a tough one. If They were to print my obit tomorrow, they'd say that I was a 22 year old male computer admin living in Hawthorne, California, USA. I've got green eyes, black hair, and am a bit overweight. But that's just the surface of who/what I am.

I'm a furry, can't explain why, I just am. I define my sexuality as postsexual - when push comes to shove, does it really matter what set of genitals the other person has? I love driving down narrow mountain roads at speeds higher than what the law allows, watching wildlife, and generally enjoying this thing called existence. Politically, I am a proud independent; I have serious problems with most of the political parties around here, therefore, I refuse to identify myself as being a member of any of them.

I love life, and want to experience as much of it as I can. I want to see the world, meet new people. I want to have kids, raise a family, write The Great American Novel. Though I probably stand a snowball's chance in hell, I want to run for political office. Most importantly, I don't want to be trapped into a life I don't want.

Can I be your pet? I promise not to bite (much).

ehintz (none / 0) (#160)
by ehintz on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:28:35 PM EST

31, unix sysadmin, married with kid. Living in the SF Bay Area. High school and college dropout. Studied operatic voice in college. Long time mac user, developed a taste for BSD a few years before OS X. Big fan of the VW camperbus. Motorcyclist. Angler. Homebrewer. Love California, hate the politics of the US. Didn't vote for GWB, think he's an abomination. Thinking seriously of leaving the US as I've pretty much given up on changing it.

Ed Hintz
Now it's my turn (none / 0) (#161)
by PhillipW on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:35:07 PM EST

I'm a 20 year old college student living in San Bernardino, CA. I provision DSL circuits and do a lot of DSL crap at an ISP. I'm a CS major, but I plan on changing that because I'm bored with it.

Eugene anarchist hippie Green (none / 0) (#162)
by epcraig on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:36:28 PM EST

51. Taxicab driver. Debian GNU/Linux. Long hair and a clean shave.
There is no EugeneFreeNet.org, there is an efn.org
I am lost, I am found... (none / 0) (#163)
by Cornelius on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:36:56 PM EST

I've enjoyed reading K5 since it's a place where interesting topics are debated (more or less eloquently ;-)), so I joined recently. I haven't written much yet but I will...

I have a Masters degree (isn't it strange that everybody mentions their academic background?). I taught Literature and composition writing at college (Gymnasium) for nearly four years. But the last couple of years I've traded my chalk for a computer and I am working in the software development industry.

I am an avid reader and I read sf, political philosophy, psychology, poetry... or anything dealing with man, society and space. I am also a sucker for the classics; and I will defend the Western Canon with my life if I have to. ;-)

On a more private note, and to return to my heading, I am one of the guys who feel lost as soon as I see the news on TV (I mean 911, I will never understand that, I think), or when people ask me what my plans for the future are. The world is a mystery; I read in order to understand it and myself. Thus, I find the world (and myself) over and over again, and I lose and find hope every day.

Well, I could write a novel, so I'd better stop here.


"Your suffering will be legendary, even in Hell", Hellraiser
Indeed! (none / 0) (#167)
by kostya on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:46:58 PM EST

and I will defend the Western Canon with my life if I have to. ;-)

Here, here! If you ever need a second for a duel, please consider me.

Veritas otium parit. --Terence
[ Parent ]
Ok, I might as well ... (none / 0) (#164)
by kostya on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:39:41 PM EST

I've held off posting on these stories because I wasn't too sure I wanted to post that much personal stuff about myself for everyone to look up via C4Life's little engine. But then it became obvious to me that it doesn't really matter since I post quite a bit in my diaries :-) So here goes ...

The quickest way to know a little bit about me is to famailarize yourself with Frank Sinatra's My Way. Despite really hating this song and the arrogance it seems to suggest, it is really the story of my life. I have done everything backwards, always the hard way, against better judgement and wiser thinking. I don't intend to do it that way, but that's the end result.

Despite always choosing the hard way, things have turned out wonderfully for me in life. I have been married to my wife for 8 years--and we still are deeply in love with each other. I currently enjoy the rare privilege of being paid to do what I love and enjoy. I also have prospered in the computer and software field despite not having a degree. Life is constantly a surprise, and so far, it has been a lot of fun. I consider myself very fortunate and blessed.

I'm a contractor, so who I work for and what I work on changes rather frequently. You can visit my contracting firm's website for more information on what I know and what I've done.

At the time of this post, I am two weeks from closing on my house in the Boston Metro area and moving to Port Angeles, WA. There I will suffer from bandwidth withdrawl as I am demoted back from 1.5Mbs DSL to to a 28.8Kbs modem. I hope to get a nice yellow or black lab and raise him by my mountain lake. Eventually, after I get reimbursed for my stolen truck, I hope to drive around wearing my hat with my dog in my truck and enjoy the rustic life--all the while writing software for a living.

I have a range of interests, so the following list is by no means complete: coding, theology, philosophy, Biblical study, literature (especially Russian), movies, math, fishing, and hiking.

Interesting little tid bits:

  • I was an Assistant Pastor of a church after I graduated from High School.
  • I have an Apple IIe and an IBM 5150. I started writing software on the Apple II back in 3rd grade when I was 8. I wrote software in Pascal in High School on IBM 5150s and PS/2s. Both are a part of my own personal museum. The 5150 has Turbo Pascal loaded along with all my homework assignments from High School.
  • I turned 21 one month before I got married--just in time so I could drink champaigne legally on my wedding night.

Veritas otium parit. --Terence
outlier (3.66 / 3) (#166)
by iGrrrl on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:46:12 PM EST

I'm 39, female, recently became a mother for the first time, and just finished a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Tufts University in Boston's Chinatown. I use Apple computers, and haven't written a line of code in over fifteen years. I do not play computer games. I have been snubbed by Inoshiro.

outlier? (none / 0) (#242)
by wiredog on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:34:08 PM EST

Well, OK, 39 is probably on the right hand of the curve. But I'm 36. Female? Can't have an outlier on the m/f curve. That distribution isn't normal. Parent? Quite a few of those. I bet 1 kid is well within one standard deviation.

And everyone's been snubbed by Inoshiro at one time or another.

Peoples Front To Reunite Gondwanaland: "Stop the Laurasian Separatist Movement!"
[ Parent ]

just in aggregate (none / 0) (#294)
by iGrrrl on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 10:42:48 AM EST

Yes, there are examples of all those things, but I'm not sure there are many that have them in aggregate. joeyo is another neuroscientist, for example, but he's a young, male computer hackerish type.

I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek.

[ Parent ]

The elders (none / 0) (#302)
by ucblockhead on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 02:08:35 PM EST

I'm 36 as well. I think there are more of us old farts then many think.
This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
[ Parent ]
Bartlett Aubrey (none / 0) (#246)
by johnny on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:11:23 PM EST

Hello iGrrrl;

I believe we've corresponded a little in the past. Anyway I thought you might be amused to know that Bartlett Aubrey, one of the main characters in my famous novel, is a thirty-something neuroscientist who works at Tufts in Chinatown.

Congratulations on your new one. May she or he bring you great joy.

yr frn,
Get your free download of prizewinning novels Acts of the Apostles and Cheap Complex Devices.
[ Parent ]

I recall. I was amused. (none / 0) (#295)
by iGrrrl on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 10:58:38 AM EST

I bought your novel, and read it. It's a fun read. I envisioned Bartlett working at 75 Kneeland from the description, though our department doesn't have any labs there, but she could have been in the Tupper building. (Yes, Tupper as in Tupperware -- the research institute brought to you by burpable plastics.)

Lunch in Chinatown some day? Or will you blow me off like Inoshiro and company?

You cannot have a reasonable conversation with someone who regards other people as toys to be played with. localroger
remove apostrophe for email.
[ Parent ]

Absitively posolutely (none / 0) (#312)
by johnny on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 05:33:48 PM EST

I'll send you an email to arrange details. Just don't stand me up like Rusty and Hemos did.

yr frn,
Get your free download of prizewinning novels Acts of the Apostles and Cheap Complex Devices.
[ Parent ]
My 1st post (none / 0) (#168)
by cdyer on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:47:16 PM EST

I am 23yr old my home is in Allston, MA. I have been unemployed since I left my job at O'Reilly to travel around SE Asia. I have been lurking on kuro5hin for quite some time now but this is my 1st post. I like this adjectival site v. much if you recognize my writing style you know what book I'm reading right now.

I'm a perl hacker, but I don't like it much anymore. It's just too big and ugly for me, so I'm trying to transition into other things, particularly C. So far, I hate the syntax for *pointers, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it eventually. I'm also trying to teach myself some fundamentals via The Art of Computer Programming, and loving it. Unfortunately, it's just too much too keep up with in addition to my grad school apps and trying to find a job, so I usually just slack off and lurk on k5.

But I'm leaving now. Hopefully I'll actually be productive.


Regime change begins at home. *VOTE*

Since there are so many from Michigan... (none / 0) (#169)
by razzmataz on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:51:59 PM EST

I'll admit to being born and raised there. Graduated from Michigan State with a fun degree in Electrical Engineering. I do linux/BSD stuff at home, perl stuff at work. I goto MOSLUG or Missouri Open Source Linux Users Group. A fun bunch of fellows. Moved to Texas to work for a large company. Moved to Missouri because my wife got a job that payed twice her salary in Texas.

My wife and I sort of hoard books. We go to these used book sales that St. Louis seems to have so many of, and fill about 3-5 boxes full of books (trashy paperbacks, semi-out-of-date engineering texts, science books, and anything interesting in German or Russian). It is really strange, because I've never seen so many used book sales in one place. Then again, I've never really looked before. I have yet to build enough books shelves to hold them all.

Also, I've determined what trhurler's real name really is. But I'm keeping it sekret.
-- I love the smell of fdisk in the morning...

Present (none / 0) (#171)
by vega19r on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 12:59:27 PM EST

I'm 23, male, living in Connecticut, working in Massachusettes. I got out of school last December with a BS in Computer Science. I got around to getting a job a few months later for a little startup in northern Mass. Currently I'm trying to work out some serious issues in my head. I'm growing more and more cynical of corporate society by the day. I didn't vote for monkeyboy GWB. I disagree with everything he stands for. I'm an independent but I voted Green. I teach an intro course to GNU/Linux at a local techinical institutre. I read, smoke (weed, not cigs), chill with friends, enjoy the outdoors, try and get Debian working on my Powerbook, write (at least I want to), and investigate other things to do beside the corporate grind. I have a guitar. I can't play it yet though. I'm in a negativity rut lately. Don't think my sarcasm is the norm. I'm growing my hair out. Gotta keep moving forward. Peace.

I won't tell (5.00 / 1) (#173)
by theantix on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:02:59 PM EST

Well, I suppose I already did in the past episodes of this story, but I'm sure everyone knows quite enough about me at this point. Plus there's my website for the uniquely curious. Pictures and everything. =)

You sir, are worse than Hitler!
/whois danceswithcrows (none / 0) (#174)
by danceswithcrows on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:10:48 PM EST

25, male, living in quiet desperation in Lansing, MI, USA. Working at a small company near MSU doing software testing/debugging/QA and being the utility infielder for all the operational hassles that crop up. I used to write fiction, and completed a novel in 1994, but haven't written anything for a very long time. I used to draw and do raytracing stuff with POVRay, but I haven't drawn anything for over a year now. The time required to do my job keeps getting in the way of the art I'd like to create, sigh.
  • Book(classic): Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  • Book(SF): The Rise of Endymion, Dan Simmons
  • Book(fantasy): The Return of the King, JRR Tolkien
  • Food: Thai, Szechuan, Indian, Mexican
  • OS: Linux
  • Editor: vim
  • Religion: Discordian
I posted to k5 much more frequently before the big hiatus in December. Since k5 was gone, I posted to Usenet more frequently and spent more time on IRC. Now that k5 is back, it's probably time to reshuffle the priorities.

Matt G (aka Dances With Crows) There is no Darkness in Eternity/But only Light too dim for us to see
Whatever. (none / 0) (#175)
by kwsNI on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:11:29 PM EST

Well, I think anyone interested in me should already know more than enough about me.

Anyways, I'm a 20-year old male from Las Cruces, NM. I'm a college Senior, I graduate in May. I'm single (as of August, 2001). I love scuba diving and reading.

Although I spend a lot of time in the Diary section and the moderation queue, I rarely participate much in the discussions once they're posted.

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy

Is it just me... (none / 0) (#185)
by br284 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:05:07 PM EST

... or is there quite a large NMSU contigent on k5? You and fluffy grue (I think)... anyone else?

-Chris, who almost became an Aggie.

[ Parent ]
Just the two of us... (none / 0) (#198)
by kwsNI on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:19:23 PM EST

Well, there's me and Fluffy Grue and Y Esman and Enani... But that's about it.

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy
[ Parent ]
seems as good a time as any (none / 0) (#176)
by ACmtd on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:17:25 PM EST

About me:

Almost 28. BSc and PhD in physics from Nottingham University, England. Spent two years writing C++/VB/database code for a GIS software company in Nottingham, then moved with my wife to New York in March of last year.

Spent two months learning the lesson that job recruiters don't want to find a job that fits you, they want to make you fit a job. Cut out the recruiters, soon afterwards found a job doing VB/Java/database stuff for a nice small telecoms software company working out of the Verizon building next to the WTC.

Had an interesting day on September 11th. Now work for the same company, but needless to say in a different location..

This is me in a nutshell... (none / 0) (#177)
by johncoswell on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:18:06 PM EST

Help! I'm in a nutshell! What kind of nut has a shell like this!!

But enough "Austin Powers" quotes.

My name is John, I'm 22, a recent college graduate, and I live outside of Baltimore, MD. I am a Web developer and programmer, specializing in Perl, Flash, user interface design, database design & administration, and dabbling in all sorts of other cool things, like streaming media, video editing, and content management system, uh, management.

In my spare time, I am working to get the necessary skills and experience to get into the animation industry in some way, shape, or form. I've taken drawing and painting classes in college, and these gave me the boost my skills needed to get my foot in the door of an animation studio in the area. While unpaid and only on some Saturdays, it's been a great experience. The work there is too much fun to be work, and I've met lots of fabulous people there, too.

I do maintain a Web site, coswellproductions.org. On there is my old comic strip, Coswell On Campus, a lot of my artwork, and even a few animations. I also have the music of me and my old roommate's former band, "My Uncle Dick", music very much in the styles of "Weird Al" and the Barenaked Ladies.

When I'm not drawing or coding, I play guitar with my friends. My acoustic 6 string is my beast right now, though I've had my eye on a Yamaha 12 string with pickup for a while now. I also like to play Urban Terror, though I need a new video card badly so I can play it well. My name there is [Meow] *johncoswell*, so if you see me on, feel free to say hi.

johncoswell - http://www.coswellproductions.org
Ich bin ein... (none / 0) (#178)
by Vogue State on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:23:59 PM EST

Hi. I am an 18 (almost 19) year old übergeek. I live in the greatest city in the world. I happen to be a high-school dropout, but due to some really good luck and extreme stubborness^Wperseverence, I have managed to do pretty well so far. I work as a systems programmer for a major securities brokerage/investment bank. I have my own little place on the Upper East Side (contrary to popular belief, actually one of the cheapest places in Manhattan for studios).

Currently, the only education in my life takes place when I spend the occasional lazy Sunday afternoon wandering the vast archives spread across the five floors of the Mid-Manhattan Library. I am at a loss as to how to bring school into my life with a full-time job that I don't want to give up...

Currently, I am considering ritual suicide because of the recent closing of the Lunatarium. As for the megaclubs, I don't particularly enjoy them, although I occasionally go out of boredom. Vinyl is great; they don't have a liquor license but what better reason to bring your own, alternative, inebriants.

Welp, I don't wanna go on and on...I'll save my extreme political views for an appropriate discussion. The above e-mail address is valid, BTW, if anyone has any questions, comments, or general concerns. It'd be especially cool to hear from anyone on this board who's also in NYC!

Now is the time...
Get on the right side...
You'll be Godlike!

Who, me? (none / 0) (#181)
by rizzo242 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:48:56 PM EST

I'm one of those lurkers...this is my first K5 post ever.

I'm 22, I live in Portland, Maine and can see the island Rusty lives on (Peaks Is.) from my living room window. I've got a pet rat and my wife has two cats (note the clever wording!). According to a test I took (sorry, can't find the link now), I'm a moderate libertarian. I'm also best-described theologically as a neo-pagan (not wicca, druid or any such thing). I'm also an ordained minister (let me know if you decide to go get the free ordination from reading this -- if I get 8 other people to sign up for ordination, they declare me a saint, apparently on hearsay).

I'm a web programmer by day (PHP & Perl, mostly...but Java coming soon because, as a previous poster said, it pays for the scotch). I'm a web programmer and linux system administrator half the time otherwise, too...my freelancing site is badly in need of updating. I also have some of my own pet projects, as well as a home business my better half started for which I'm the webmaster. Nothing lets us stay home and work for ourselves full time yet, but I think it's an eventuality.

When not coding for any of these things (or gloating over my linux web server's 220-day uptime (so far) to the NT admin here at work), a friend and I are working on our first film (having produced something like fifty-three public access TV shows together, including mostly live-on-air viewer call-in type programs, except for this one (click to go watch the video), which drew some local attention.). Well, we're actually going to shoot this first one on DV, so I use the term "film" rather loosely. Anyway, that's in the writing stages currently. Perhaps I'll post a link to our production web site in my K5 diary once I actually put such a site together for it.

If the film thing ever works out for us in one of those hundred-thousand-to-one sorts of ways (e.g., a cable distribution deal, or a theatrical distribution deal for our next production after this one which we plan to shoot on actual film), then I'll gladly quit programming as a profession (it's fun coding my own stuff, but I've leared I really don't enjoy programming at a desk as a day job) in favor of film work. It's just more rewarding. I don't lust after functions and classes like I do celluloid or the sound of a shutter opening and closing twenty-four times a second. Music to my ears.

Oh yeah, that reminds me -- I like jazz, and listen to it any chance I get. Classic jazz, not this Kenny G shit. ;-)

That's me. I can't tell you anything else because they won't let me. Oh no, they're coming! Nooo! Aaaaaaa--

-- Hi, I'm a .sig!
A Brief History of StephenFuqua (none / 0) (#182)
by StephenFuqua on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:51:46 PM EST

Hello there everyone. In the spirit of things...

24 YRO, WM, almost married. AmeriCorps*VISTA at BiGAUSTIN, where I am DBA, web admin, and assistant loan officer (they provide loans and training to small businesses in central Texas).

Been in Austin last five years, a born & bred Texan. Who is not at all fond of Dubya. (FYI: Nader got 10% of the Travis County (Austin) vote!). But I'm not political. Just had to say that b/c people I meet from outside Texas often ask how I feel about having "my" man in office. BS & MA in physics, The University of Texas at Austin.

Also do web development, Unix sys admin. Enjoy playing guitar, reading literature (currently "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Goethe), being in nature. Member of the Baha'i Faith.

Oh, and finally, graduated high school at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. Go TAMS!

j0 (none / 0) (#183)
by velex on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 01:57:47 PM EST

Nothing too special about me -- I mostly sit behind my computer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, USA and sleep through my computer science classes in the hope that I can one day get a high paying job using my m4d 5k1lLz. Mozilla is extremely cool, what with tabbed browsing and everything. Let's see -- what else? Floyd r00lz, and pirate (yarr!) music at every opportunity I get. After all, if it weren't for Napster, I probably wouldn't have ever known that you could buy the Chrono Trigger OSV. So now I'm learning Japanese so that I can read Mitsuda's comments and the Ranma 1/2 manga, which is realated to the fact that I absolutely hated puberty the first time through and I 'm giving it another shot. (related to Ranma 1/2, not Japanese, although sensei sure likes Ranma 1/2.) I'm also semi-fluent in German, which as an even more inane reason behind it, which I'm not going to get into here.

I hail from the birthpace of What Would Jesus Do?, Holland, Michigan, which is also a center of good Dutch thriftiness, driving, and usage of the words yet and still. (Well, that depends on the definition of good.) Over the years of being told that I would eventually go the hell because I'm queer, I developed an irrational hatred of Christianity. Although really only Calvanism and its descendents turn me rabid, I nonetheless have plenty of venom to go around. (Kind of makes you wonder where I got the venom from -- couldn't have been the Church, now could it?). Religion is a pretty important aspect of my life, even though I consider myself agnostic. I would probably be Wiccan if it weren't such of a feminazi-inspired religion.

Yeah, I think that about covers it. Would you like to know more?

(And, of course, all these comments are imho. I don't use imho because my English teachers would find me and moderate the comment down. o.O)

About Me (none / 0) (#184)
by StrangeQuark on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:01:25 PM EST

Uh, 26 year old programmer. Working at a place I can't stand, stuck due to the economy.

Price of paradise or something -- live in Hawaii -- remain pale because of work hours keep me indoors from before dawn to after sunset.

Do mostly C work. Tends to lean toward CGI development (which is cool, I don't mind the work).

That's all I can think of right now.

i am chopper (none / 0) (#186)
by chopper on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:23:48 PM EST

25, work in DC, live in maryland.

i like to drink. and i'm learning how to play the bagpipes.

give a man a fish,he'll eat for a day

give a man religion and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish

The Mysterious Maloi (none / 0) (#187)
by aluminumaloi on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:24:43 PM EST

Well, not that mysterious. Anyway.

I currently work as a perl/sql/html grunt for a web design firm in Los Angeles. The average length of a script I write for this company is about 10 lines. 10 simple, stupid, annoying lines. I hate it. I want out. But I'm too lazy to make a resume. My own problem.

I graduated in December of 1999 from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Telecommunications. I actually started my career there as a computer science major, but changed mid-junior year. In retrospect, I should have stuck with it. I've also considered going back to school to actually finish my CS degree, though I have neither the desire to return to UK nor the money to attend any of the nicer schools here. But this is something I already wrote about in my diary, so I'll move along now.

My latest hobby is home beer brewing. I would still consider myself a beginner, but it is sucking me in very, very quickly. I would almost say that I have become a bit obsessed about it. One of my methods for wasting time at work now is to browse the catalogs of various online home brew shops, and wishing I had the money to purchase just about every little gadget and gizmo they sell. It's a truly fullfilling hobby, and I strongly recommend anyone who enjoys a good pint to get into it. In fact, if any of you want to get into it and have any questions, feel free to email me and I'll help if I can. On the other hand, if any of you have been doing it for a while and wouldn't mind giving some advice to a relative newbie (5 batches so far), let me know, too :).

Way back in high school, I was on a couple of swim teams. I really and truly loved it, and it kept me in shape. Now-a-days, though, I haven't got the motivation to go do it. I need to. I've kind of looked around for adult league teams, or something of that nature. I figure, if I'm part of a team, I will actually get off my arse and do it. Anyhoo.

I think that's about it. Not much to me, really.

I almost forgot... (none / 0) (#196)
by aluminumaloi on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:06:52 PM EST

I also enjoy reading through academic and conference papers and reproducing other peoples' work. Like this. I have no expectations of money making through this practice, but it's a fun challenge on occassion. One of these days I've gotta come up with my own project. Heh.

[ Parent ]
Oh my god, it's a... (none / 0) (#188)
by skunk on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:26:42 PM EST


Hello. I am 1.26 meters tall, have thick black-and-white fur and a bushy tail, and look adorably ky00t. Have you hugged a skunk today? ^_^

While this skunk doesn't post very often, I follow K5 daily, and hand out 3s, 4s, 5s to posts I find interesting / insightful / ky00t. Seeing greenrd and trhurler flame each other---actually, make that trhurler and everybody else---has to be the highest form of "edutainment" there is. And where else could you possibly find a gem like this?

I'm 23 years young, and a recent escapee of MIT's undergrad program (made it out with a VI-3 degree, a.k.a. CS). I'm currently living in Cambridge, MA with two other MIT geeks, who like music from Ninjatune and Warp Records. (There is a matched pair of Technics SL-1200MK2s across the room from me, with Vestax mixer in between. I dare you to try convincing these guys that CDs have more dynamic range than vinyl)

As my other posts on this forum might indicate, I'm a furry fan, and a former FurryMUCKer. I'm currently reading The Architect of Sleep, and it rocks. (Go read Light on Shattered Water if you want a similar trip. AoS is damned hard to find nowadays). I'm working on a furry story of my own, which will be finished sometime before 2030 if I'm lucky. Oh, and my monitor has three skunk plushies on top of it, plus a ky00t baby snow leopard that my flatmate Nik gave me for Christmas (thanks Nik!).

What else? I run Debian Linux (workstation) and OpenBSD (firewall/gateway), I've written cool software, I listen to film score music (Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer et al. are my GODS) and have GBs of MP3s accordingly. My politics tend toward the Left, but with firm awareness of the criticisms of the Right (thank you, trhurler!).

Oh yeah, I go by the alias "Daniel Richard G." in most places. I'd link to my home page somewhere around here, if I actually had one at the moment :-P

About me (none / 0) (#190)
by fires10 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:44:37 PM EST

I am currently an electronics technician. I was a reactor operator in the US Navy. I am in the middle of a transition to what I don't know yet. Any suggestions? I am 25 y/o in Washington DC. I am a Gentoo Linux user. Aside from the current occupation of job hunting I work with Boy Scouts. I am currnetly building a number of LART boards to use in automating my hydroponics unit on my farm.

Abooey, Bob Abooey (none / 0) (#193)
by Bob Abooey on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:49:59 PM EST

Hello, my name is Bob Abooey.

I'm 25 years old and I live in Cupertino California where I work for Apple[tm]. I graduated from MIT when I was 19 then I traveled for a bit before Mr. Jobs hired me to work in the 2BMD (2 button mouse division). We are currently working on porting our one button mouse to two buttons and as I'm under strict non-disclosure that's about all I can say about that. Except that when we finally get this puppy working we are going to change the world !!!!!

In my spare time I enjoy knitting and quilting. I also like to powerwalk at the mall. My favorite color is blue and I think Brittney Spears is just dreamy.

America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about ki

Scoop RFE: increase "user info | bio" s (none / 0) (#194)
by I am Jack's username on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:53:20 PM EST

User info (bio in public key space).
Inoshiro for president!
"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - Bertrand Russell
one of the 'old men' (none / 0) (#195)
by pnoeric on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 02:58:08 PM EST

so is the median age like 25, or what?! I'm thirty, one of the gays, magazine columnist, serial entrepreneur, and fan of thoughtful discussion (whether it be on or offline). mostly lurky these days, due to time constraints and lack of anything to contribute (I get the digest and by the time I read the thread, everyone has said everything already). loads more-- including a couple o' hot photos-- at http://ericmueller.org
-- ericmueller.org
I am not my khakis. (5.00 / 2) (#197)
by Bear Cub on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:14:00 PM EST

I am not my job. I am not my age. I am not my race, creed, color, gender, or sexual orientation.

I have had my heart broken, and come out stronger, and will be happier.

I have realised that I have nothing to loose.

I have scars from being bullied and beaten as a boy.

I have a nasty temper when I'm not careful.

I take cooking classes.

I play hockey.

I do laundry at my parents' house every Sunday, and stay for dinner.

I need lots of sleep.

I believe that I was a dog in my last life.

I am equal parts self improvement and self destruction.

I'm way too dramatic when talking about who I am.

I have pizza and beer and go to "jerk factor 5".

I curl up with a blanket, a book, strong coffee, and a single Godiva chocolate.

I do not confuse your with you're, their with there or they're, its with it's, or to with two or too. This is because my mother loves language, and wouldn't let me get away with anything less.

I am reading 5 books at once. This is because I'm turning into my father.

4 out of the 5 are non-fiction. This is because I'm sick of not knowing anything, and because true stories are better.

I am hungry, so I'm going to submit this and go have lunch.

------------------------------------- Bear Cub now posts as Christopher.

wow, it looks like I am not in (none / 0) (#199)
by perdida on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:22:24 PM EST

Carnage4Life's cool search engine, so I had better post here.

I am a 22 year old writer, singer and songwriter, about to move to Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I love collaborative journalism and weblogs and music and humor.

I indulge in some creative posting on slashdot and I am an editor at adequacy.

I think I would like to be the Internet version of Studs Terkel when I grow up.

Yes, I am a girl.

The most adequate archive on the Internet.
I can't shit a hydrogen fuel cell car. -eeee
hello (none / 0) (#201)
by brmbrm on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:41:41 PM EST

i have been lurking on kuroshin for quite awhile. i am almost 23 years old. i have dropped out of college twice, majoring in microelectronic engineering, compsci and mathematics.

i have been using computers for about 20 years. i have come to the conclusion that the world would probably be a better place if computers did not exist.

perl is nice, i have been using C/C++ for about 8 years, and for a time was in an assembly-only phase. i now use lisp and scheme for everything. well, almost everything. i find aesthetic computing interesting. i like wikis. i use netbsd on my 133mhz laptop.

ps: i have a livejournal

long story short: used to be into libertarianism, atheism and tanshumanism. currently: have given up driving, eat organic foods, am fascinated by primitivism and astrology, use natural healing and enjoy taoism. i spend my days cooking, walking and relaxing. i live in erie pa but will be heading out sometime this summer.

i have never worked with computers profesionally. working on a farm seems like a nice alternative to me right now.

i *really* enjoy music in all forms. i am always up for chatting. aim=brmerie.

Who, me? (none / 0) (#202)
by infraoctarine on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:46:22 PM EST

I guess I'm still the same guy as last time around, only a few months older.

Oh, one more thing. I don't use this account any more; I use that one.

Glad to meet ya... (none / 0) (#203)
by keymonkey on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 03:56:57 PM EST

Hello all, I'm a 27 year old quality assurance engineer for a small software company in Portland Oregon. Originally from Connecticut, I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a BSEE (thanks for the great keggers MIT folks), and moved to OR about 4 years ago. I haven't been a member of K5 long, but since joining I have been thoroughly impressed by the intellectual level of posts on this site. Quite a step up from the petty bickering at some OSDN hot spots. Keep up the good work.

Oook! (none / 0) (#204)
by Apuleius on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:03:44 PM EST

I'm a 26 year old code monkey working for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and preparing to return to the Boston geek scene. That's all I have time to type up today.

There is a time and a place for everything, and it's called college. (The South Park chef)
A bit of background info (none / 0) (#206)
by duncan bayne on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:16:30 PM EST

My name (as you can probably tell from my Kuro5hin username) is Duncan Bayne.
I'm a software developer for a major software company, writing internet server software, mostly in C. I've also developed in C++, Perl, Java, and in my shameful past, Visual BASIC and VBA :-)

I am working towards a BSc (Computing) part-time, having left Massey University where I was studying full-time for a a job developing in C.

My hobbies include programming, web design (http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~dhbayne/), listening to music (anything except boy/girl bands), reading (mostly science fiction and fantasy), riding motorcycles, and juggling.


rusty update (4.50 / 2) (#207)
by rusty on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:19:46 PM EST

Considering that my entry in the search engine still says I live in DC, I guess I better update.

I'm 25 now, and married to a wonderful girl who keeps me sane and makes it possible for any of this to happen. I'm barely a programmer anymore, really. I spend a lot more time dealing with general K5 issues. In my still-copious free time I sometimes talk to various other members of the small-time media, or say obnoxious things in front of audiences more qualified to be talking than I am.

I live on Peaks Island, Maine. I'm not the only ex-SF net-media type here, surprisingly enough. My friend Eric helped develop HotWired back in the day. We get together and talk about how much San Fran sucks once in a while.

I have the best job in the world. I'm worried about money at the moment. It snowed this morning.

Carnage4Life: Is there any chance you'll have time to alter the search engine so it will show all of a user's "Who Are You?" posts, chronologically?

Not the real rusty

Modifying the Search Engine (5.00 / 1) (#222)
by Carnage4Life on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:58:00 PM EST

Carnage4Life: Is there any chance you'll have time to alter the search engine so it will show all of a user's "Who Are You?" posts, chronologically?

Yeah, I can do that. I'm hesitant to make any changes right now since I seem to be getting a hit every few minutes since there is a link to it on the front page.

I'll probably wait until the weekend to tweak the code and grab the new crop of posts.

[ Parent ]
I'm from Maine, too. (none / 0) (#238)
by blkros on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:14:27 PM EST

A 'native'. I'm 41 (no, really), and I feel pretty old, considering the average age seems to be in the early 20's. I live in Bucksport, a small mill town. I'm an anarchist, artist, house painter/carpenter. College is years back. I'm getting married in 2 weeks (2nd and last one), got 3 stepkids. I'm a geek from way back, and love all things technical. Hard SF, and cyberpunk, and some mystery for fiction. Anarchist/libertarian, or anything else that strikes my fancy at the time for non fiction. Music mostly alternative or punk, but I never know what'll strike my fancy (I volunteer program [music] at a community radio station--WERU). I have a blog where I spout on about issues that interest me. I love Kuro5hin, it seems to be a much calmer place than Slashdot, where I'm active also (and, I have so much fun).Whoo, ain't I long winded. So, that's me. See ya 'round.

[ Parent ]
The me that is I (none / 0) (#209)
by MUD on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:32:36 PM EST

I'm 22 and living in Edinburgh, Scotland. I did a Computer Science BSc because I thought that it would make me filthy rich. It hasn't. Instead I find myself in a curious job that involves playing with databases and performing customer services for a pensions company.

Bookwise I'll take Fantasy over SF and filmwise I'll take just about anything that's going (although I have a particular soft spot for kung-fu).

I only have a K5 account so that I don't have to re-enter my display preferences every time I come here.

Moi (none / 0) (#210)
by JWhiton on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 04:44:11 PM EST

Yo! I'm pretty new to K5, I've only started reading about 2 or 3 months ago. I like reading the interesting discussions that crop up. There's a high signal-to-noise ratio, which is always good.

I'm a 17-year-old geek from Burlington, Washington. I'm big on PC gaming, and it's my little dream to some day work making games like Half-Life or System Shock 2. I also like music, my favorite band is Megadeth. I like listening to really good guitar players like Joe Satriani and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Although mainly I listen to metal.

Right now I'm wrappin' up my senior year of high school. I'm hopin' to go to college next fall, and I just finished off sending a bunch of applications. So far I've been accepted into the University of Washington but hopefully I'll get accepted elsewhere, too. Right now my top choice is Colgate Unversity.

Other stuff I do: running, fiddling with Linux (Mandrake 8.1), playing guitar, world domination.

lurking working (none / 0) (#211)
by stego on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:00:10 PM EST

Computers have been good to me. I have a very nice yellow Italian motorcycle. When I was a dishwasher I had a lumpy blue motorcycle called a 'water buffalo'. Everything else is pretty much the same, except that I miss having waitresses around.

well, then, allow me to post some crap: (5.00 / 1) (#212)
by MFS on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:00:41 PM EST

I am a 28 yr. old lunatic working in the pharmaceutical industry. I live in the "greater" Cincinnati area.

I graduated from the slendiferous University of Dayton almost 7 years ago.

I am married, with 1.5 kids.

I write stuff. Crazy stuff. No, really!

I am a musician. I play sax, bass, keys, guitar, sing, and flute, plus I write and arrange various styles of music.

I am even known to mow my lawn from time to time.

I cook food, too.

I also frequently do laundry, as that happens a lot when one has a toddler-age child.

Take that! HA!

Nope, not me. I must be someone else.

Call me Pascale (5.00 / 1) (#214)
by maveness on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:15:13 PM EST

I am a self-employed web consultant. I do equal parts geek and art, and can translate reasonably fluently between the two cultures.

I'm so much older than all of you it's unbelievable. But you'd never know it by my immature behavior <grin>.

I've had about 4 different careers (roughly: writer, photographer, artist... and whatever you want to call what I do now). I value enthusiasm, smarts, and kindness.

I believe that everything worth doing is a form of conversation.

Latest fortune cookie: "The current year will bring you much happiness." As if.

Oh, and I live in DC (N/T) (none / 0) (#217)
by maveness on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:23:09 PM EST

Latest fortune cookie: "The current year will bring you much happiness." As if.
[ Parent ]

Where in DC (none / 0) (#239)
by wiredog on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:17:58 PM EST

I live in Reston, DJBongHit in College Park, there's some others too. We should have a k5 party someday.

Peoples Front To Reunite Gondwanaland: "Stop the Laurasian Separatist Movement!"
[ Parent ]
I live in DC proper... (none / 0) (#352)
by maveness on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 05:46:36 PM EST

...we should pick a place to meet with a huge crowd in it and see if we can figure out who the K5ers are.

Latest fortune cookie: "The current year will bring you much happiness." As if.
[ Parent ]

M Street, on a Friday night. (nt) (none / 0) (#353)
by wiredog on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 08:17:31 PM EST

Peoples Front To Reunite Gondwanaland: "Stop the Laurasian Separatist Movement!"
[ Parent ]
Matthew (none / 0) (#216)
by Hechz on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:17:45 PM EST

I live in NYC, I'm 23 and generally a Unix/Linux/Cisco geek. Personally a single GWM, on a pool (billiards) league, love to Mountain Bike and rollerblade. Went snow boarding for the first time the other day!!! I speak a couple of languages, and really want to go back to school to be a linguist some day.

most of my friends call me mars. (it's my initials!) -mars

Update on the unstable one (none / 0) (#218)
by unstable on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:26:58 PM EST

see previous posts bye me for the history.

As for and update... well i left but have cooled off a bit and have started to get back into things.
I have been wasting my time in the usual ways including reading this awsome web manga(1) and hanging out on thereIRC channel (#megatokyo on irc.aniverse.com)
I have also been stopping in the K5 channel more often
other than that everything is still stable :P

1: is not active at time of writing due to hosting fubar

Reverend Unstable
all praise the almighty Bob
and be filled with slack

peep from the silent masses (4.00 / 1) (#219)
by niralth on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:27:50 PM EST

boring: 25, Cambridge, C++ programmer for a biotech startup. Got my BS in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, then decided after a few years to jump ship and try the software waters. So far, so good.

more interesting: rock climbing, disc golf, role playing, motorcycles, lousy cooking, brewing. I've been threatening to move to San Francisco, Seattle, or Ireland for years. Maybe someday it will happen.

back to boring: I mostly lurk, but perhaps someday I'll have something interesting to say.

You wouldn't see mold if your fridge was clean. (3.00 / 1) (#220)
by mold on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:38:17 PM EST

I'm not kidding, either. I got my nick because I have a mini-fridge that I never clean out...But my real name is Derek.

I'm actually rather surprised that there are so many people my age. Interesting to note though. :-)

I will be 18 on the 28th, I go to Saint Francis Borgia Regional High School in Missouri, United States. It's Catholic, I'm not. I have already been accepted to the University of Missouri - Rolla, where I will double major in CS and EE, and minor in Sociology.

I have a 15 month old daughter named Zolita. I'm getting married in June, to a lovely lady named Kayla. Now that will be interesting, I think. ;-)

I worked at Cisco Systems for about a year, but once my contract ended in May, my parents wouldn't allow me to renew it, or get any other job, under the ambigous statement, "You're an asshole when you work, so no jobs until you move out." Apparently chronic workaholism is genetic in my family.

My hobbies are building things like robots (had to build one to get the soda out of my little fridge a foot away ;-), programming, and reading books, sci-fi, fantasy, religion (all sorts), and philosophy. Favorite programming languages are C++, Java, PHP, and XML (with XSL).

Beware of peanuts! There's a 0.00001% peanut fatality rate in the USA alone! You could be next!
uname -a (none / 0) (#221)
by josh on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 05:46:52 PM EST

I'm a 22 year old male in Adams, MA, US. I work as a Systems Administrator for a small-ish (30 ppl) media company. Went to the Rochester Institute of Technology for one year of SE and then went back home to work at an ISP. I'm familiar with quite a few computer languages. From C to Prolog. I enjoy photography and a cool wind in my face. Home page at www.zerosanity.com. Nothing there at all but that might change soon.

about me (5.00 / 2) (#223)
by elotiumq32 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:05:31 PM EST

I'm currently in the planning stages of a covert operation that will result in the suppression of the vocal cords of the next door neighbor's dog.

"Operation Fidoshock" will commence once I have acquired enough discarded car batteries to construct a massive capacitive discharge device. Logistical details of the mission are released on a Need-To-Know basis.

I had been advised by mentors and teachers that I "do not meet my potential". This weighed heavily on me so I arranged to finally meet my potential at a bus stop in front of the convention center. We hit it off immediately and had sex in the bathroom of a bar later that night. My potential then took a cab home after last call and gave me a wrong phone number.

I have a recurring dream where I find myself alone on a desolate moor wearing a clown suit and a red, squeeze nose. I realize I have to go to work in a few hours, except that I don't work in Scotland. Boy, is this going to be difficult to explain to the boss, I think to myself.

For party fun, I like to invite friends over to my basement pad where they get chained up in the pit and screamed at to put the lotion on its skin!

I've never played well with others.
______________ yeah whatever

Things that make me go AAAARRRGGHHH! (none / 0) (#224)
by MantorpCity on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:10:04 PM EST

Homonyms that have different spellings are not interchangeable in writing. Their and there are two different words. The same goes for you're and your. It's not that complicated. For someone who isn't even a native English speaker things like these bother me way too much. I mean it's not my language.
Further down on this page there's a fine example of someone who doesn't know the difference between i.e. and e.g.
It can't be healthy to obsess like this.
Kregah Tarzan Bundolo, HookaHey, Bomber och Granater.

well shoot (none / 0) (#225)
by clark9000 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:12:08 PM EST

well shoot it's past my bedtime but I had such a nice time reading everyone's else's posts I figured I'd add mine to the mix.

I'm from Boston, USA, live in Paris, France. For geek stuff, I work for Bizz Technologies developing web- and wap-based applications in php and java. I maintain an php open source project called Enzyme. I run Red Hat 6.2 (and occasionally Win98) at home and Mandrake 8 at work. I have a BS degree in Computer Science and Math (combined, a single major).

For fun stuff, I'm a vegan, I enjoy road races, I play the trumpet, and some piano and some drums.

I listen to jazz and rap, and some pop. Leon Parker is one of my favorite musicians. I recently discovered Ryan Adams, mostly the Heartbreaker stuff, which I enjoy. One thing I like to do is play freecell and listen to mp3s. On the face of it, spending that much time playing freecell is pretty lame. But I find it enhances the music listening experience for me. I can't quite sit and do nothing while I listen to music, but I can't quite read k5 either. Somehow freecell is the happy medium.

I discovered k5 a couple years ago when my roommate got into it (he actually contributed to scoop at the time and everything), then I rediscovered it again this summer when I was looking for some kind of online diary. I'm mostly a lurker, but I comment once in a while, and I submitted an MLP once, but it didn't get posted.
Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.

-- E. Dickinson
Pay No Attention... (none / 0) (#226)
by pnambic on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:19:47 PM EST

...to the Man BehInd the Curtain.

I'm a native German, still living in the vicinity of Cologne, where the better part of my family spent the last 600 years. In five weeks from now, I'll be thirty years old. What a weird concept. I still feel more like seventeen.

I spent far too many of the last 18 years sitting in front of a CRT and typing frantically, both at work (Java/Linux/Financial services) and at home (C++, Lisp/Linux/Graphics, UI, AI, Games). Still, in between the typing I managed to hold prestigious job titles like 'the guy who plays keyboards in that goth band', 'promotional game music co-composer', and even 'web designer'. In a former life, I was a CS/Psychology double major, and I still have both halves of a degree to prove it.

I cannot exist without plenty caffeine, and more nicotine than reasonable. My taste in music has been called weird, and rightly so. I drive an utterly decadent car. Occasionally, I write paragraphs full of only mildly connected sentences.

Oh, and there's a picture of me hidden somewhere around here. I guess that says it all, really.

Me (none / 0) (#227)
by bdm99 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:21:28 PM EST

I've been lurking here for a while, and this is my first post. I'm a 21 year old slacker in Iowa. Love computers, video games, the internet, drugs, girls, and government cheese. I troubleshoot internet for a living right now, and I have most of the day to just play on the internet. I'd like to think of myself as an internet scholar. I'm an athiest and an anarchist in theory, but I love TRUE democracy. Thats about it

Just another Leftist, Atheist, Vegan, Programmer (none / 0) (#229)
by NihilismUberAlles on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 06:42:39 PM EST

I'm 23 years of age, just moved to St. Louis six weeks ago, I worked for 2 years as head programmer for a small software & consulting company, got burned out, now I take it easy and work from home. I just started college again, after a couple years away, just taking a few classes at Washington University. I enjoy going to Punk & hardcore shows, reading philosophy & physics books, and cooking highly experimental vegan dishes. I am a rather curious guy, I feel a compelling need to visit abandon buildings, dig up obscure information, and sample odd chemicals(though I have pretty much tried every common drug and been bored by them all, so I don't do any chemicals on a regular basis). I rarely post to K5 or similiar sites unless I see a ton of posts all missing some obvious point, though I do lurk them on a daily basis.

me (none / 0) (#230)
by sesquiped on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:00:50 PM EST

It's rather boring, actually:

College sophomore at a wonderful school in the northeast US. I'll probably get a degree in Math/CS.

I enjoy reading books of all kinds, eating raw pasta, folding origami, and drinking good tea.

Obligatory favorite software list: distribution: Slackware; text editor: vim; mailer: mutt; newsreader: slrn; window manager: ion.

About Canar... (none / 0) (#232)
by Canar on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:37:14 PM EST

17.9/m/Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

Closest stereotype approximation: Cyberpunk. I enjoy computers, social lives, dance to electronic music, information, and many other aspects of that stereotype.

I'm caucasian, and presently unsure as to my religious orientation. At present, I don't care to go too much deeper, because my position changes every day. I'm strongly heterosexual, but not preachily so. I have several acquaintances who are not as straight as I, and I find that their look on life is refreshing.

I'm omnivorous, mostly because steak tastes great, but I'm seriously reconsidering my food choices. My main problem with the veg(etarian|an) life is that it seems to be less tasty at the cost level on which I live, but I may be radically off base here.

I program in Windows RAD languages (Delphi, and formerly VB) out of both habit and efficacy. Unlike many people here, I'm not a Linux zealot, nor even very warm towards it. I find it awkward and obscure. I enjoy Windows' ease of use and universality more than Linux's configurability. Lately, I've even considered messing with a Mac, due to both Steve Jobs' masterful management and OS X's code base.

I enjoy emulation, various web comics, and electronic music.

My political stance fluctuates like my religious one, subject to major fluctuation between hard leftism, and hard rightism. A close friend at school's a rather strong Communist, while my father is a rather strong Conservative. Go figure.


finger knightstalker@kuro5hin.org (none / 0) (#233)
by KnightStalker on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 07:50:11 PM EST

25, perl programmer, Portland, posting here when I should be working. Wishing I was writing real software in C++ or at least something like Python, but hey, CGI scripts in perl allow some tricky shit and I can get away with lurking (mostly) on K5. I posted more when I didn't have a job.

Been using this lame nick since high school when I saw an ad for a chess program of the same name in Run! Magazine. Right next to the ad for a 1 meg ram drive backed up by several D cells... $1000+. But I expect 'load "*",x,1' ran really fast. All I had was a cassette drive :-)

Who I am? (none / 0) (#234)
by jobi on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:01:22 PM EST

Funny you should ask, I ponder that very same question from time to time myself...

I am what I am. Sometimes I am good, sometimes bad. Sometimes I am whatever you want me to be. Here is a small portion of the things I am:

I am a Swede. I am a sysadmin. I am a teacher. I am the vice president of a corporation.

I am fascinated by the concept of free software and open source.

I am a magazine article writer. I am a wannabe fiction writer.

I am a good friend. I am a father. I am also a son.

I am about 10 kg overweight.

I am the proud owner of a Sparcstation 5.

I am told I am kind. I am hopeful that is true.

I used to be a university student. I am the holder of approximately $50.000 in student loan debt. I am versed in philosphy, psychology and logic, amongst other things.

I am a fair shot with a pistol. I think I am still able to aim and fire a mortar.

I am Cornelius' friend. I am the one responsible for showing him this place. I am glad I did.

There are a host of other things I also am, but this might give you at least the inkling of an idea of who I am. To really find out, though, we have to meet.

Finally, I am at your service.


"[Y]ou can lecture me on bad language when you learn to use a fucking apostrophe."
Just me. (none / 0) (#235)
by NexusVoid on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:06:59 PM EST

I'm a 20-year-old caucasian male originally from Philladelphia, PA, now living just outside of Reading, PA.

Currently, I'm doing temp work at the wire and cable company my dad has been at for a quite a long time, while trying to find a regular job closer to home. In my spare time, I'm an aspiring freelance web designer, and while I just secured my first contract (client still needs to send me art), I can see that the road ahead is going to be a tough one.

My hobbies can almost be summed up in three words, really: anime and games. Rarely is it that my net connection isn't being occupied by either my Counter-Strike addiction, or a fansub download. In what time I'm not watching said anime or playing a game, I'm trying to further hone my skills as a web designer/programmer.

And that's me in a nutshell.

hi (none / 0) (#236)
by Fuzzwah on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:09:06 PM EST

22/m/Brisbane Austrlia

I work at a university doing nt4/w2k server admin, dabbling in SMS, web development (php/asp) and the creation of our SOE (standard operating evironment). I'm a windows kind of guy, but use linux web servers where possible.

I'm addicted to the internet, computer games, music, drugs and girls.

I enjoy reading everything and anything. My love of the internet is simply because it's easy to find two extreme views on any subject.

I was brought up with the saying "take the time to see things from both sides". I attempt to use this view on everything I'm faced with. Because of this I've got a massively broad taste in books, movies, music, polotics and religion.

I have a web site called: Fuzzy's Logic

The best a human can do is to pick a delusion that helps him get through the day. - God's Debris

It's not like you should care, (none / 0) (#237)
by imadork on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:12:46 PM EST

but I'll join in the big post-fest. Perhaps someone is just stress-testing the new servers?

I'm getting older and older every day. I'm older than most of you, but younger than some of you. I grew up in NYC, and while you can take the dork out of the city, you can't take the city out of the dork. Right now I'm living near Rochester, NY, wondering where all the damn snow is. Rochester is a pretty decent town, but I miss Public Transportation. My house is in the middle of freakin' nowhere, though.

I work for a big company with five letters in its name in Rochester, and harness the awesome power of 0's and 1's. I'm not really a computer programmer, but I play one on the Internet sometimes.

I came to K5 in a fit of rage after reading my 54,365,192nd "Frost Pist" message on Slashdot, and I've stuck around ever since.

And everything I ever needed to know about working in the Real World, I learned from my dog: Sit when you're told, Poop where you're told, and sleep a lot.

Approximately 50% of us are below average..

Me Me ME! (none / 0) (#240)
by tinfoil on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:27:10 PM EST

Hey, I'm not a lumberjack, or a fur trader.... I don't live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled.... and I don't know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada, although I'm certain they're really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president. I speak English and French, not American. And I pronounce it 'about', not 'a boot'.

I can proudly sew my country's flag on my backpack. I believe in peace keeping, not policing, diversity, not assimilation, and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal. A toque is a hat, a chesterfied is a couch, and it is pronounced 'zed' not 'zee', 'zed' !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass! The first nation of hockey! and the best part of North America

My name is Joe!! And I am Canadian!!!

No really, my name IS Joe and I AM Canadian. I am a Netware / AIX / Linux admin who likes to think he is an eZine writer. I play an Ibanez SR6 bass through a Laney RBG 400 amp. I no longer play live nor do I want to. I drive a Grand Prix GTP.

Oh ya.. I am married too.

digital media, consumer rights and music news
Semicolon and your zine (none / 0) (#244)
by johnny on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:46:39 PM EST

Semi colon suggeted after "zee"; I signed up, thanks.

yr frn,
Get your free download of prizewinning novels Acts of the Apostles and Cheap Complex Devices.
[ Parent ]
Re: Me Me ME (none / 0) (#288)
by tinfoil on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 07:12:59 AM EST

heh.. If you keep reading the page, you will figure out my spelling / grammer is terrible. Welcome to the site :D, Joe
digital media, consumer rights and music news
[ Parent ]
Second time around... (none / 0) (#241)
by K5er 16877 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:28:02 PM EST

Here I am again. I'm 24 C++ programmer from San Luis Obispo. I feel most at home (work-wise) in front of vim, a command line compiler, and a good UML editor. I work on a GUI framework wrapped around MFC (ewww...).

I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we take care of our teenage sister.

I'm lucky enough to live in the paradise of San Luis Obispo, CA, USA. That means, of course, that I'll never be able to buy a house unless I move or the nuclear plant has a meltdown.

Hello (none / 0) (#243)
by mech9t8 on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 08:35:21 PM EST

26/swm/Toronto, but trying to get a job in New York City.

Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Toronto (1999), which I'll probably never use, but the whole university experience certainly made it worthwhile. Contract web developer, mostly with ASP, but I've done some stuff with Java and PHP. (I'm experimenting with .NET, which is, like, so nice.) Clients have varied from small, very budget businesses to the university to some corporate intranet work (ick). Right now, working on an extended web app for an accounting-type company.

Currently trying to make decent spring rolls. Generally, failing miserably. Must have something to do with the limited cooking ability...

{Qarl, new} [is-a-subset-of] Me (none / 0) (#245)
by Qarl on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:10:29 PM EST

Hi. I'm new here.
pseudo-geek wench (none / 0) (#247)
by webwench on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:14:18 PM EST

I go by webwench everywhere. You may see me often at www.intellectualoutcastscafe.com. I read slashdot, too, but I'm not very gifted at karma-whoring (the net's second-oldest profession, porn-surfing being the oldest), which would be why I came here.

I am a hair's breadth away from being 30. I live in Atlanta, am divorced, and have a young son. I am also a web/database programmer at a large telecommunications company, and have been for three years after surviving the layoff waves. I'm a bit bored with it, and am toying with going back to school for a MS in something more appropriate for my career (I have a BS in Aviation Management/Flight Technology and started out as a flight instructor).

Nice to meet all you people.

Livelink (none / 0) (#253)
by theboz on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:51:08 PM EST

I noticed you said that you use livelink. It was used at my previous job, but it was one of the worst pieces of software I have had the misfortune of dealing with. I would like to ask you though, does it naturally suck, or was it the administrator at my previous employer that made it such a horrible piece of trash?

[ Parent ]

Depends... (none / 0) (#316)
by webwench on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 07:16:16 PM EST

"Does it naturally suck, or was it the administrator... that made it such a hirruble piece of trash?"

Well, that would depend on what sucked, in what way did it suck, and for how long it sucked :) Where did you encounter this POS?

I maintain a big fat Livelink-based system (unfortunately designed by a bunch of consultants on a deadline) which I think sucks, and I've written some smaller ones myself that do not. There are many reasons for the suckitude of the big project, and the lack of suckitude of the smaller ones, and it's not that I think I'm a godlike coder.

[ Parent ]
My encounter with livelink (none / 0) (#318)
by theboz on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 07:55:21 PM EST

I was given a livelink account (I only used it one day) while at my previous job with an ISP that was part of a major telco in Atlanta. I think part of the reasons the livelink system there was so horrible was due to excessive downtime due to a really horrible sysadmin that thought reinstalling Solaris was the only way to fix problems. Needless to say, tell your company to avoid all elderly men with a Russian accent and a mostly-shaved head.

The other possible reason is that the actual livelink administrator was someone who performed about 20 different jobs, none of which had anything to do with each other. She was not really a programmer or DBA type of person from what I could tell, so I don't know why it was dumped on her.

[ Parent ]

Russians can be bad... (none / 0) (#321)
by webwench on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 09:57:24 PM EST

Russians can be bad... we have one where I work, and let's just say his communication skills leave much to be desired (example email: "I have problem."). The installations I work with are pretty reliable; they almost never go down unless the database does. My largest installation has 2,000 named users; the smallest has only a couple of users (a system account, and a generic user account). The big enterprise-wide one, which has ~30,000 named users give or take 5,000 and a terabyte+ of data, used to go down a lot, but they seem to have gotten it stabilized. Last I heard, this is the largest installation of Livelink in existence.

[ Parent ]
Sounds the same to me. (none / 0) (#322)
by theboz on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 10:22:53 PM EST

Your description of the Russian you work with sounds like the guy I used to work with. I wonder if they are the same person, or relatives? If his first name is Jake, you have my sympathy.

I'm not sure how many active users there were on Livelink where I worked, but I think around 5,000 accounts or maybe a little less. It was supposed to be used as the place everyone stored their documentation, but there was way too many subdirectories for everyone to go to just to get to a file that nobody liked it. Is it useful for anything other than acting like a web interface to ftp for word documents? That is all we used it for and I always had a feeling like it was made for some other purpose.

By the way, I worked with a product called Remedy that you may or may not have heard of. I think it is a good product, but most places I have seen it used, there is always someone that causes problems with it, so it has a bad reputation with some people too.

[ Parent ]

Do you still fly? (none / 0) (#265)
by richieb on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:02:40 PM EST

Noticed you said you were a flight instructor.

It is a good day to code.
[ Parent ]

I keep currency on paper... (none / 0) (#314)
by webwench on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 07:05:49 PM EST

I keep my instructor privileges up-to-date and my biennial flight review current, but I'm only flying very occasionally now. I've found that, when not instructing for a living, it can be hard to find the time and the money to stay sharp when I have a full-time job and a child. And flight instructors make lousy incomes :)

I have enough hours (over 1600) that I don't lose a lot of basic flying skills over several months of not flying -- it all comes back to me on a basic biennial flight review -- but I'm not where I was a few years ago.

[ Parent ]
"Check me out" (none / 0) (#248)
by Robert Hutchinson on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:17:47 PM EST

20, male, living in south Georgia, currently in school/job/school limbo. I gather obsessions like dust; my current focus is on the glory of They Might Be Giants. Oh, and I have an annoyingly clear grasp on right and wrong, and occasionally like to write about it (see .sig).

Robert Hutchinson
No bomb-throwing required.

18/M/USA:TN (none / 0) (#249)
by timmyd on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:25:27 PM EST

i'm a high school student and I play games and make programs in my free time. C, C++, common lisp, scheme, python, and haskell are some of the languages that i've used to varying extents.

I'm Josh (none / 0) (#250)
by elefantstn on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:28:16 PM EST

I'm a 22-year-old one-man IT department at a small business. I network Windows and Linux machines, and write Java code when I'm not fixing something that's broken. I majored in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at school, and I'm currently packing all my crap into boxes so I can move it out of my parents' house and into my new apartment. The most important stuff I need to move first are my computer, my cds, and my guitar. And, if my parents aren't looking, their futon.

trhurler (none / 0) (#251)
by trhurler on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 09:28:27 PM EST

I've done this before. Twice, I think. My bio page is still accurate. Not much has changed. I've got a girlfriend I'm very much in love with; those of you who think I'm going soft might want to blame her, but that wouldn't be very nice of you, especially since she's much, much cooler than you.

I'm still saving money and waiting for the winter to pass so I can buy a new car without getting salt all over it the day it rolls off the lot. I'm torn now on what to buy. Impreza WRX, VW GTI, Toyota's unfortunately named but still very cool Matrix(don't try to tell me about the Pontiac version; I'll kick you in the nuts,) and now supposedly there are more... Honda's bringing back the Civic Si, Ford has an SVT Focus that looks to be better than the Civic in many ways, there's a really hopped up Neon coming down the pipe, and the Lancer EVO is on its way to the US too... a good time to be a car man, but a lousy time to have to pick just one car.

I may also buy a couple of computers. I'm in need of an OpenBSD dev machine for home, and I might buy a cheap Mac so I can have my BSD and a decent office suite on the same machine. I don't care about Gnome or KDE; by comparison to IE, Mozilla, the Mac GUI, and Microsoft Office, they suck balls. If this offends you, then you are a loser, and should not talk to me. Software is a tool, not a religion. Unless, of course, we're talking about vi. It is God's chosen editor.

My pool game has improved to the point that I no longer feel bad about buying a $200 cue. I still suck, but I suck much, much less.

I still am a minarchist/libertarian. If you aren't, you are still wrong.

My employer changed names, but I'm still not going to tell you the old name, much less the new one. We're moving to a big office building vacated by a dot bomb. We bought all their expensive toys at a firesale price:)

OpenBSD is still God's chosen operating system. Cope.

I am not a geek. Geeks are not cool. I am a programmer, and I'm better than any "geek" I ever met, but I also have a social life that doesn't consist of hanging around with people who spend the night bragging about what version of Gnome they're running. I like free software, but I despise GNU, and Linux really isn't as good as all you people believe. If you want to know why I despise GNU, try reading the source to one of their programs sometime. I would have flunked out of college for writing crap like that, and my employer would fire me for it too.

I'm not an artist. I'm only pretentious if I don't like you. I'm not a beer snob; I just happen to know a good beer when I taste one. Wine should be dry and red.

The St. Louis Rams and Blues are cool. Baseball is not, no matter what team you like. Baseball sucks rocks. So does pro basketball, but college ball can be ok. Boxing was cool when there were real boxers, but there aren't anymore.

If you haven't lived by yourself and earned your living, shut up about anything involving money. You don't know.

If you think "modifications" to a car should involve fart cans, stickers, cheap lowering kits that aren't properly set up for the suspension, and absolutely no modifications to the car's actual performance, you are a loser. If you're too poor to do it right, wait til you aren't, or else find a cheaper hobby. A Type R sticker, window tint, a huge spoiler, and a big exhaust tip do not make your car either fast or cool; they just point out another lamer with a copycat ricemobile.

I'm still looking into building a big block Chevy, street legal but set up to drag also. That which lacks 500 ft-lbs of torque is not "fast," even if you put a fart can on it!

I like good coffee, but it is hard to find, since the coffee shop fad is dying out. Most shops sold crap anyway, and most people who claimed to like coffee couldn't tell the difference. Lamers.

A meal should have bread, potatoes, meat, cheese, carrots, and maybe some peas. Stew is an excellent meal, though it usually lacks cheese. Chili is an exception to the rule, and another fine meal. Other exceptions include Chinese dishes involving beef and certain kinds of pasta. Seafood is evil.

I'm a fair chess player. I'm getting better at Scrabble. I kick ass at spades.

I like lots of music, but I dislike a lot of it too. This does not follow genre lines. I like what doesn't suck. Get over it.

I am absolutely convinced that I'm better and cooler than you. Your annoyance at this fact is merely further evidence that I'm right.

My leather couches and other nice things do not make me a "yuppie." Yuppies are attached to their stuff. Yuppies think stuff defines them. I define my stuff. It is merely a sign that I have good taste. Similarly, your beat up 60s looking living room does not make you a hippie - it just makes you an anachronistic biter with no originality whatsoever.

Do not quote philosophers at me. I actually read them.

Oh, and I'm at 25 year old from northwest St. Louis County.

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

blargh the matrix (none / 0) (#262)
by rebelcool on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:55:24 PM EST

If they'd get rid of stupid rice racer front end it'd be better. Take the air dam off a mazda protege 5 and put it on there..then it would be much better looking.

If its performance numbers are similar the vibe's though (which they should be), it's not too impressive really. The vvti engine makes little torque and so its 0-60 isnt very good at all.

COG. Build your own community. Free, easy, powerful. Demo site
[ Parent ]

Ah (none / 0) (#268)
by trhurler on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:34:56 PM EST

Well, I don't particularly like or dislike the front end. As for the performance, you're getting what you pay for, which is more than I can say for anything else in the "hot hatch" segment except the SVT Focus and the GTI. The new Civic Si costs more and delivers less, and everything else sucks balls. The Focus and GTI(and the Vibe, since Pontiac insists on using their own parts,) are all going to have reliability problems as per usual with their manufacturers, so my only real choices are the Matrix or else go with the WRX and pay more money. The WRX would be a lot more fun, but it is also a lot more money - like I said, you get what you pay for.

I suppose you could recommend the Focus on its lesser siblings' so-far reliability and somewhat better(but still not great) torque figure, but there are few Focuses out of warranty yet, and besides, Ford has a history of unreliable performance models. SVTs in particular have been nightmares once they got out of warranty.

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
OpenBSD (none / 0) (#264)
by mmcc on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:56:21 PM EST

    OpenBSD is still God's chosen operating system. Cope.
That would explain many things :-)

Is Theo your man?

[ Parent ]

about your car choices. (none / 0) (#266)
by demi on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:12:30 PM EST

I'm torn now on what to buy. Impreza WRX, VW GTI, Toyota's unfortunately named but still very cool Matrix(don't try to tell me about the Pontiac version; I'll kick you in the nuts,) and now supposedly there are more... Honda's bringing back the Civic Si, Ford has an SVT Focus that looks to be better than the Civic in many ways, there's a really hopped up Neon coming down the pipe, and the Lancer EVO is on its way to the US too... a good time to be a car man, but a lousy time to have to pick just one car.

IMO the Matrix, Focus SVT, Civic, and the GTI don't belong in the same category as the WRX or the Lancer. Really, a lightweight hatchback sportscar can be fun but there is no comparison with a slightly heavier AWD sedan with more power. Subaru has a better reputation for reliability than Mitsubishi, so...

The WRX STi is due to come to the US soon. That may take some pressure off of the demand for the WRX sedan, and make it easier to negotiate at the Subaru dealer. I don't think the extra STi gear is worthwhile but if you have the money to burn then remember that Imprezas have a much better aftermarket for performance mods than even Civics do (since you don't seem to be into underbody lighting, 20" rims, and carbon fiber shift knobs). IMO the STi is overpowered and over-equipped like the M3, and won't be of much use off the track unless status symbols are your stock and trade. Get a WRX, drive the hell out of it, and make it your bitch.

If you like sports cars and want to mess around, there is only one choice. Buy a used Miata, join the SCCA, and try out showroom stock. You will soon see that power, suspension and brakes really mean very little compared to knowing how to drive. 99% of the rice rodders don't know how to turn a corner. They show up with a Civic Si whose rear wheels are cambered like a rally car, and leave very frustrated.

[ Parent ]

Obviously (none / 0) (#298)
by trhurler on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:25:48 PM EST

IMO the Matrix, Focus SVT, Civic, and the GTI don't belong in the same category as the WRX or the Lancer. Really, a lightweight hatchback sportscar can be fun but there is no comparison with a slightly heavier AWD sedan with more power. Subaru has a better reputation for reliability than Mitsubishi, so...
All obviously true, but the thing is, both categories contain cars that'd be a lot of fun, and one is a whole lot cheaper. I can afford either, but spending more on this car means less for other things, as it always does, and so I'm trying to decide what's most important. In any case, a somewhat modified(and still cheaper) GTI can easily compete on a good track surface with WRXes and EVOs, even though it'll never be an off-road menace. However, as I said, I'm leery of VW's reliability, as I am of Mitsubishi and Ford. The Civic Si, upon closer inspection, has similar power and torque to weight to the Toyota, lame suspension(no more of the fancy stuff from days of old, sadly,) and costs more. It looks as though the real answers are either the Toyota or else spend more money for the WRX. Either one is fine in the reliability and practicality department, though the Toyota would probably last longer and is probably MORE practical, the WRX would be a lot more fun, but of course, the WRX costs a whole lot more.
The WRX STi is due to come to the US soon. That may take some pressure off of the demand for the WRX sedan, and make it easier to negotiate at the Subaru dealer.
I doubt it. They're going to price it too high, and nobody but rich morons will buy them. Rich morons are not a significant percentage of current buyers of the WRX, at least here in the midwest, so I don't see much help here:(
IMO the STi is overpowered and over-equipped like the M3, and won't be of much use off the track unless status symbols are your stock and trade.
I don't really care about status symbols, but I know a guy who had an M3 for awhile, and I don't think he'd have given it up for anything, except maybe an M5.
If you like sports cars and want to mess around, there is only one choice. Buy a used Miata, join the SCCA, and try out showroom stock. You will soon see that power, suspension and brakes really mean very little compared to knowing how to drive.
I know this, but the truth is, I don't want a used Miata, nor do I really care to compete on road courses just yet. In fact, even if I changed my mind on the latter, I still wouldn't want a tiny little roadster of any kind unless I had money lying around to just go and buy an extra car. They're fun to drive, but two people can't even take a trip for a weekend in one without some serious compromises, and that's not useful to me. (Actually, I don't want ANY used Mazda, though I might be convinced to buy a used Honda or Toyota.)

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
Not pretentious? (none / 0) (#283)
by Cornelius on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 04:47:56 AM EST

"I know: Coffee, beer, wine, OS:s, don't quote philosophers for me. I've read them" (or words to that effect). It seems you're quite the snob really. ;-)

I am looking forward to learning what makes you better than the next guy at deciding which cup of coffee tastes the best. ;-) Jokingly... Cornelius


"Your suffering will be legendary, even in Hell", Hellraiser
[ Parent ]
You malign me! (5.00 / 1) (#299)
by trhurler on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:29:48 PM EST

Good taste and snobbery are two entirely different things. I didn't say I'd refuse a Bud Light if you were buying, or that ordinary black coffee isn't good enough for me. I occasionally consume some of the worst wine you can imagine, and I still use Windows to play my games. The only thing is, when I do so, I KNOW it just isn't as good as it could be:)

As for coffee, most people think Starbucks is good, or else only claim not to because they heard someone like me making fun of Starbucks(hence making THEM, not me, the snobs.) That's all that has to be said on that topic.

Finally, as for philosophers, I am only a "snob" if by that you mean that I mock people who don't even read someone and feel qualified to preach about what he had to say. They're surprisingly common.

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
On Coffee (5.00 / 1) (#303)
by Captain_Tenille on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 03:39:55 PM EST

Your problem, good trhurler, is that you live in the wrong part of the country for good coffee. Trust me, in Washington (the state), there are plenty of good coffee shops. There are plenty of bad ones too, but we have enough good coffee to know the difference. And yes, Starbucks blows. I say that honestly. I'd rather drink Texaco coffee if I had the chance. If you are fortunate to live somewhere where Batdorf and Bronson coffee is distributed, I would highly recommend that you try it.

BTW, seafood is evil. ;-)
/* You are not expected to understand this. */

Man Vs. Nature: The Road to Victory!
[ Parent ]

YAP YAP YAP... Yet Another Post that is :P (none / 0) (#255)
by Talez on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:05:45 PM EST

I am 19 years of age.

I am single.

I come from Perth, Western Australia which is probably the most isolated city in the world.

I own a Sega Dreamcast which I play PSOV2 on religiously

I play Dance Dance Revolution 1-2 times a week and I am fairly skilled at it

I have an encyclopedic like knowledge of women in movies and have an opinion of them all

I have been known to disappear for days after going to imdb to "look something up"

I have an intrest in both the Japanese culture and the Japanese language

I am about half way through a Comsci degree that I hate

I have interrmediate self-taught networking skills

I have been using a PC since the tender age of 4

It was a 13MHz with 640K of RAM and a CGA display

I learnt to use a mouse before I could write :P

I have lost the ability to spell words correctly since I started chatting on the net

Si in Googlis non est, ergo non est
probably? (none / 0) (#269)
by Zeroboy on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:49:16 PM EST

I heard somewhere it really is the most isolated city in the world. So there you go. I'm gonna drive there some day from the east coast (I'm in Canberra)

[ Parent ]
krait is... (none / 0) (#256)
by krait on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:10:02 PM EST

... an expat Australian originally from beautiful Manly in Sydney. He moved to the USA to work approximately four years ago, and spent the first couple of years in Los Angeles, until his company relocated the computers he manages and krait himself to Sacramento.

krait is the lead OpenVMS systems manager at a large nationwide company where he does most of the hardware work to support too many systems with too much storage. He also hacks code together in the language of your choice.

krait is 37 years old, into riding road bikes, keeping fit, music, beer, chat, books, and everything else you can imagine.

Oh, and he has a personal web page where you can learn more then you ever wanted to know about him.

Dan Speaks (none / 0) (#258)
by HongPong on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:14:37 PM EST

All right, to throw my 2 cents in. My name is Dan, I hail from Wisconsin and go to Macalester College in St. Paul. I just got a K5 account a few days ago, and I'm starting a scoop-based server because it would be BadAss. I think this site is quite interesting. I just got my first story posted, about the Media, which was quite interesting. K5 nifty!
hongpong.com-- Sublime agitation
yet another boring kid (none / 0) (#259)
by aelscha on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:24:14 PM EST

I'm 17, not in school (I left highschool aftr freshman year and decided last week that I didn't feel like being in college next year, so I'm just floating for a while), I live in New Hampshire, I don't program at all (whee!), so I guess I don't belong here *grin* but I do pay a lot of attn to techie issues. I hang out with and/or date them, I can't help it :)

Star Wars: Episode 18: Your Mom's a Sith

late again (none / 0) (#260)
by sfischer on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:33:17 PM EST

257 comments so far, chances are not to many will be seeing this, but here goes.

34, married, father of 3, Enterprise Systems Management consultant, herbalist, photographer, creator.

There is life after computers and I'm hurrying my way there.


Ooh! This is fun! (none / 0) (#261)
by richieb on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:50:22 PM EST

It seems that most of the posters in this thread were not born yet, when I started coding. I'm 46. I worked in PL/I, COBOL (ouch!), 360 Assembler (back when having 4 Meg of memory was exiting), Pascal, PDP-11 Assembler, Modula-2, Eiffel and lately Java. I still use Emacs and I use Linux for most other computing things.

I live in New Jersey and work in New York - not too far from Wall Street (I was downtown Manhattan on the morning of 9/11 :-( ).

I've been married for nearly 22 years. Have two kids: boy (14) and girl (10). The boy likes computers and the girl likes horses.

In the 2000/2001 I did the "join a startup, work hard to build a cool system, watch startup run out of money". Stressful, but educational.

Yesterday I configured Samba on my basement music server, so that the Windows machine on my home network can see my MP3 server volumes. I'm listening to Billie Holiday right now.

What else, I like to fly airplanes (have a private pilots license) and I like to play guitar. I also read a lot. Currently I'm reading "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire".

It is a good day to code.

Sounds great! (none / 0) (#282)
by Cornelius on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 04:35:19 AM EST

I got an image of a very nice atmosphere with the music in the background over there (at your house). It sounds great. I might be forced to get some Billie Holiday... :-)

The Roman Empire... it's a fat one. Gibbon, right? Tell me if you like it.


"Your suffering will be legendary, even in Hell", Hellraiser
[ Parent ]
Billie Holiday...etc (none / 0) (#319)
by richieb on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 09:25:04 PM EST

Actually I was using headphones, as my kids and wife were asleep. :-)

I've been Billie Holiday fan since I was a teenager. In fact the summer I was 16 (back in the Jurasic :-) ) I was a volunteer at the NY Jazz Museum and that summer the theme was Billie Holiday...

Re: Gibbon. Yes, it's the big fat one. The introduction was quite fascinating - it just sketched the historical context for the time when Gibbon wrote the book. It's hard to believe that the first volume appeared in 1776(!!!).

I'm only about 50 pages or so into the main text. It reads really well, doesn't feel dated at all (especially when he mentions the present trouble in Bosnia and Hercegovina)....

It is a good day to code.
[ Parent ]

Anciént history (none / 0) (#358)
by Cornelius on Wed Jan 23, 2002 at 09:33:33 AM EST

I read Herodotus' Histories. And it's hard to believe that the book is two thousand years old. I've been thinking about Gibbon and Tacitus for a while but I have trouble having the time getting around to them. :-)


"Your suffering will be legendary, even in Hell", Hellraiser
[ Parent ]
I bet I'm the last to post (none / 0) (#263)
by Zeroboy on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 10:56:08 PM EST

I signed up about a week and a half ago in order to flame someone. This is my third post since then. I just turned 19, and I'm writing this from where I work - at the Mental Health Crisis Team at my local hospital. I'm doing some temporary admin while someone else is on leave. When I'm not working here or at the unhappiest place on earth, I go to uni. I just finished my first year of a Psychology degree. I live in Canberra, Australia. I use words like "g'day" and say "no worries" a lot.

I was raised a catholic and in my first year of high school rejected religion: I now hate the church as an institution. I don't really have anything against religion itself, I just trust science and my own thoughts a bit more. Yesterday I invited two mormons in for a drink when they knocked on my door. They were nice guys, even if they did push their agenda after I told them not to. Tomorrow I'm going to sign up to be a phone counsellor because I like helping people out; hence the psych degree. I like to spend time with my girlfriend. I'm switching to Linux sometime real soon because I find XP too patronising. I think k5 is a pretty cool site, but prefer the other one more. It was interesting to read the comments of others, I hope I was at least as interesting as theirs.


Troll Call (none / 0) (#267)
by Mr Thinly Sliced on Thu Jan 17, 2002 at 11:23:25 PM EST

I signed up to help remove that affliction in my life called pissdot. I should spend more time coding, less time reading anti-micro$hit bull. O, and it'd be nice to read the jokes too for a change. I'm a 29 yr old contractor living in Belgium with the misses. No kids yet, no until the court order is lifted. We have plants, and their active enough for us.
Mr Thinly Sliced
~not(!unme) (none / 0) (#270)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:13:25 AM EST

I am:
  • named Horselover
  • in the midst of graduate philosophy education, headed in the cognitive science direction
  • a tool using primate
I spend my time:
  • writing papers about things that are not what I would like to write papers about
  • jumping through hoops
  • thinking about thinking, nonsense, and sometimes talking
  • drinking from the information well that we're in
  • listening to fast, poppy eurotechno
  • eating too much chinese take out
  • planning and aquiring parts for my wearable
  • planning the collective
  • considering the tasks of a citizen of the cosmos
  • wishing that there were a potientially infinite amount of time that could be used between each moment
  • wasting my years on this tiny planet
  • missing people that are far away

Horselover and PKD's Valis. (none / 0) (#329)
by demi on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 02:07:28 PM EST

I am: named Horselover

So, I take it that you are named Philip or Phillip? There was a character in Philip K. Dick's Valis that was named Horselover Fat. Have you ever read Valis?

[ Parent ]

another comment on cars (none / 0) (#272)
by strlen on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:33:08 AM EST

go with either the VW GTI or the WRX, if you're interested in improving performance, GTI 1.8t seems to be very tuneable and response to chip tuning and/or a split second boost controller. There's people running low 14's/high 13's with 1.1+ bar chips, turbo-back exhaust setup, stickier tires (not slicks though), and stronger diverter valves. do not absolutely get the matrix, the 1.8-liter VVti engine from the celica is completely un-upgradeable (it's already tuned to the max), and not respond to basically any mod. the civic si is also going to be using a de-tuned version of the 2-liter RSX engine, and is going to be much heavier than the previous generation si, while making the same 160 bhp. my advice is go WRX, if you cant afford a WRX (or insurance on that), go gti 1.8t -- you can get it for 18k. but it sounds you can afford the WRX, so get one. AWD is a big plus. though the mitsubishi turbo charger in the scoobie produces much more turbo lag than vw's kkk k03/k04 hybrid system. but in any case you probably know this anyway, though, so why am i telling it to you.

Sure the WRX may not offer a leather interior and other features, but it's a boy racer style car (not that it's a bad thing), I'd probably put a set of sparcos and a scrotch harness into any of the cars you mentioned above and auto-x em (not before a serious suspension setup, and a boost controller / chip tune / 3" down-pipe / exhaust etc..) The Neon SRT sounds impressive, but the fact it's FWD concerns me (mmm torque steer!), but the price is definately a plus.

By the way, are you Theo De Raadt in disguise? And I agree on OpenBSD being your god. Still have to upgrade to 3.0 on my sparcs, and gotta nuke NetBSD of my laptop sometime and put OpenBSD in its place (couldnt find the iso installation image, _YES_ i know there's no openbsd iso, but i was talking about the iso version of the boot floppy, my craptop has no working floppy drive).

[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
Arg (none / 0) (#273)
by strlen on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:34:32 AM EST

Meant to be a reply to trhurler's post, but for some reason scoop posted it as a separate post. Please dont down rate me too much.

[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
[ Parent ]
Actually, (none / 0) (#310)
by trhurler on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 04:55:30 PM EST

go with either the VW GTI or the WRX, if you're interested in improving performance, GTI 1.8t seems to be very tuneable and response to chip tuning and/or a split second boost controller.
I know.
do not absolutely get the matrix, the 1.8-liter VVti engine from the celica is completely un-upgradeable (it's already tuned to the max), and not respond to basically any mod.
With the right intake and exhaust, it would be a fun car to supercharge, I think, although you'd have to do that in moderation. Probably cut down some of the peakiness and add torque, although you'd still have the characteristic momentary cutout in the middle of the rpm band.
the civic si is also going to be using a de-tuned version of the 2-liter RSX engine, and is going to be much heavier than the previous generation si, while making the same 160 bhp.
The suspension is my main problem with the Si. All it is this time around is a base Civic hatchback like they sell in Japan as an economy car, but with a slightly better engine and a much higher price. Geh.
my advice is go WRX, if you cant afford a WRX (or insurance on that), go gti 1.8t -- you can get it for 18k. but it sounds you can afford the WRX, so get one. AWD is a big plus. though the mitsubishi turbo charger in the scoobie produces much more turbo lag than vw's kkk k03/k04 hybrid system. but in any case you probably know this anyway, though, so why am i telling it to you.
Yeah, I know. The thing is, I can afford whatever, but I can't buy everything, so if I get the more expensive car, other things have to wait.
Sure the WRX may not offer a leather interior and other features, but it's a boy racer style car (not that it's a bad thing)
No boy racer would be caught dead in it. It isn't pretty enough and doesn't have a huge wing on the back.
I'd probably put a set of sparcos and a scrotch harness into any of the cars you mentioned above and auto-x em (not before a serious suspension setup, and a boost controller / chip tune / 3" down-pipe / exhaust etc..)
I can't say I have any desire to do this. I want a road car.
The Neon SRT sounds impressive, but the fact it's FWD concerns me (mmm torque steer!), but the price is definately a plus.
FWD torque steer isn't a big issue; you just learn to compensate. There are lots of FWD racers out there with far more torque than that thing has.
By the way, are you Theo De Raadt in disguise?
No. He lives in Canada, rides his bike, and climbs mountains. I live in the US, drive, and look at mountains.

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
re: (none / 0) (#313)
by strlen on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 06:17:21 PM EST

With the right intake and exhaust, it would be a fun car to supercharge, I think, although you'd have to do that in moderation. Probably cut down some of the peakiness and add torque, although you'd still have the characteristic momentary cutout in the middle of the rpm band.

True, but 11.5:1 or 12:1 compression ratio (may be a bit lower, but I do know it's rather high) doesn't give you that much room for an S/C, though I am aware of TRD working on one, but I'm afraid it'd be too much money for too little performance gain (like Neuspeed/Eaton setup for VW 2-liter). Dropping the compression is too much, money and work, and not something I'd be interested in doing in a day-to-day car. The stock engine is pretty quick though, a friend of mine saw a stock Celica GT-S run a mid-14 at the track. Though if I really cared for 1/4 my car would have a bow-tie somewhere on it.

No boy racer would be caught dead in it. It isn't pretty enough and doesn't have a huge wing on the back.

By boy-racer vehicle I meant no luxury features, great combination of both handling and velocity, excellent price. E.x.: the upcoming 350Z, WRX, GTi (not just VW, Nissan Almera GTi-R, Peugeut 206 GTi, not very popular) and latest generation Camaro. Boy race is of course opposed to high-performance luxo cruisers like 330ci or S4. In california we call the {ehxaust tip and decklid wing}-fetish crowd "riceboys". By the way the WRX spoiler is too large for my taste already.

FWD torque steer isn't a big issue; you just learn to compensate. There are lots of FWD racers out there with far more torque than that thing has.

Again, you're right. But that also requires a rather stiff chassis and a proper suspension setup (I believe that's one plus of a Celica GT-S). I'm not really sure how Neon does in that departement. I did drive a Maxima a few times, and even though it has the same (or better, in case of the newest ones) performance as an RWD 3-series and lesser price than the 3-er, I'd take the 3-er anytime.

No. He lives in Canada, rides his bike, and climbs mountains. I live in the US, drive, and look at mountains

Note: I wasn't really serious, I hope you knew that :) Actually you're not as arrogant as him too. You have still need to learn.

[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
[ Parent ]
Compression, WRX spoiler (none / 0) (#351)
by trhurler on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 02:54:07 PM EST

First of all, the spoiler. I already talked to a dealer who will order me a WRX without the spoiler, as I regard spoilers as seriously useless on anything that isn't intended for oval or road course use of some kind, and if you need one of those, you aren't going to use the manufacturer's look-good-no-performance crap in most cases.

Second, assuming parts are available, lowering the compression of an engine like that isn't as hard as you seem to think. All you really need are different pistons or a different head; in this case, you'd most likely use different pistons due to the variable valve timing stuff making the head a rather interesting piece. The result would likely be inspiring, and if you did the work yourself, it shouldn't add more than $1000 to the cost of the forced induction mods, and it shouldn't cost more than half that. Of course, this would be much more fun to do to an engine intended for an MR2, but then you're talking about spending $30,000 on an MR2 and mods, and then probably having to rebuild or more likely replace the gearbox, which makes me wonder why you wouldn't just go buy a faster roadster to start with.

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
I will never understand. (none / 0) (#332)
by demi on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 02:26:18 PM EST

go with either the VW GTI or the WRX, if you're interested in improving performance, GTI 1.8t seems to be very tuneable and response to chip tuning and/or a split second boost controller. There's people running low 14's/high 13's with 1.1+ bar chips, turbo-back exhaust setup, stickier tires (not slicks though), and stronger diverter valves.

Why are import drag races such a big deal? You can bolt on mods to a Mustang or Camaro for a few thousand dollars and it will run in the 14's without slicks. The GTI was never meant for the dragstrip. It was meant for the city, or the twisty track. Of course, there is no boy racer appeal to driving a Rustang, but if you want to go fast in the 1/4 mile you can do more with your money by going that way. If you want a fun, lightweight car that is great for autocrossing, it's hard to beat little modded hatchbacks.

[ Parent ]

re: (none / 0) (#333)
by strlen on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 02:59:03 PM EST

Why are import drag races such a big deal? You can bolt on mods to a Mustang or Camaro for a few thousand dollars and it will run in the 14's without slicks. The GTI was never meant for the dragstrip. It was meant for the city, or the twisty track. Of course, there is no boy racer appeal to driving a Rustang, but if you want to go fast in the 1/4 mile you can do more with your money by going that way. If you want a fun, lightweight car that is great for autocrossing, it's hard to beat little modded hatchbacks.

I was just giving 1/4 mile times as an example of acceleration, and fun consists of both cornering and straight line. You can also road race an import, and you can auto-x a domestic as well (camaros and vettes handle pretty well). Personally if I truely cared about my 1/4 mile time my car would have had a bow-tie and the letters "SS" somewhere on it. And as for a good 1/4 mile time, below 13 is what I would run with that car :-) (Camaro does 13.8 stock, no slicks) I do care about acceleration, and mid 14's low 15's is a good amount of acceleration for me. It's also a lousy measure of acceleration, I find 50-100 times a better guide for me. I personally prefer RWD or AWD, 6-cylinder or turbo-4 (or rotary) imports, such as Mazda RX-7's, Nissan Z cars, Imprezas (botht the 2.5l and the WRX), any BMW, quattro Audi's etc.. Though an FWD import (what I drive now, Jetta, same chassis as a Golf GTi) can be fun as well, and makes a good auto-x car.

[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
[ Parent ]
seeS by seeS (none / 0) (#275)
by seeS on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:49:27 AM EST

I'm an engineering manager for an ASP/MSP in Sydney Australia though I live just outside of it (Sydney that is).

At work we use Linux and Solaris, I prefer Linux and use that at home. I'm part of the Debian project and have been for a few years now. I program in C and PHP mostly and help a few free software projects out.

I don't give a damn about cars or sports teams, I own my Ford Crapola Festiva so it gets me to the train station and is too boring to get stolen.
Where's a policeman when you need one to blame the World Wide Web?
About me (none / 0) (#276)
by strlen on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 12:56:20 AM EST

Since, I've just about took my chance of getting my trusted user status, due to the comment placement accident, it's time to try to make it up, by posting to roll coll again. Heh.

I'm 18, senior in HS, part-time working as a sysadmin, paying for most things myself, except of course for residence. Planning to attend a community college for the shortest period possible and transfer to either UC Davis or UC San Diego as soon as I graduate from high school.

I like computers (I'm especially into UNIX oses, such as various BSD's, Solaris, Irix, Linux). I don't code much for leisure, besides Perl, and C (i'm not as much into C as I was when I came up with that nickname). I'm also into networking, infosec and various other hobbies which involve playing a system administrator at home. I've got 7 computers in my room, and yes I do have a UPS (uninteruptable power supply).

I also like music (anything roughly electronic, anything roughly rock, and quite a bit of music outside these pigeon holes, with exception of commercial (c)rap (puff daddy, will smith), country and watered down sugary pop music). I am also getting better at spinning progressive trance, right now with virtuan turntables, but at the moment in search of a real deck.

I also enjoy cars, mainly classic American cars, American muscle (F-Bodies, Y-bodies, B-bodies) and German performance cars (AWD Audis, water cooled VW's, inline 6 BMWs (except latest 3-series, 1988.5-1996 e34 5-series are my favorite)) (except Mercedes), and sport compacts (regardless of national origin). I'm also car modification scene, but am disgusted with stickers, underbody neon kits, fart gun exhausts, "wings", and other tacky crap which makes people hate car modification in general and consider any car enthusiast as a riceboy.

I also like misc electronics: home stereo equipment, car stereo equipment. I also greatly enjoy history, regardless of the time period or national region, but I do happen to know more about the 1914-1945 period than other periods in history.

Politically I'm a moderate liberal on some issues, and far out flung liberal on others. I don't like to pigeon hole myself. I'm not a US citizen, and probably will never be one, because I'm too lazy, so I won't be voting anyway. I do like Russ Feingold, he's a good fellow (the only one who voted against the patriot act in senate.. power to him). Lot of other democrats, not to mention piss me off. Greens and libertarians aren't attractive to me as well. ACLU seems like a nice bunch though, I agree with almost all of their positions. Actually all of their positions.

I love individual freedom, I believe in absolute freedom of speech (not just for the politically correct), as well as absolute separation of church and state. I'm pro-choice, anti-death penalty, for prison reform. I believe in limited gun control, and a right to bear personal firearms. I believe in free health care only for the extremely destitute (to those who can't outright afford, but not those who'll just find it inconvenient) and also in cases of infectious deceases. I want to legalize pot, hashish, MDMA, LSD, and de-criminalize crack and heroin. I want to legalize prostitution. I want to abolish all provisions for draft. I do think that miliatary action against El Qaida is justified to some extent and support most of current efforts. Though I don't want Aschroft to wipe his ass with the bill of rights. I also think US needs to review foreign policy. Army is for self-defense, and not the defense of Saudi Arabia. A lot of interevention in Africa, Asiam Middle East and especially Latin American during the cold war was simply wrong and it must be our permanent policy t avoid that. And yes I've changed my views as I've been a K5 member of the time, so if I changed a position that I've had a flamewar over with you, deal with it. And don't respond to me now, I'll discuss the issues with you if I want to.

Oh and I still can't believe Electric Angst _ISN'T_ a hot late 20's early 30's chick that wears a beret and has long hair.

[T]he strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone. - Henrik Ibsen.
Me (none / 0) (#278)
by jesterzog on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 02:06:05 AM EST

I'm a 23 year old juggling, ultimate-playing ,amateur astronomer and university graduate living in Wellington, New Zealand. My present daytime coding job is considerably less interesting.

Enough said.

jesterzog Fight the light

I am God. (none / 0) (#279)
by labradore on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 03:10:20 AM EST

I program in perl. I do play dice. I know what you did last summer.

Have a nice day.

Couldn't resist. (none / 0) (#280)
by labradore on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 03:27:52 AM EST

Oh well, funny or not, it's there now. I like perl. I listen to NPR on WUSF in Tampa, FL. I am 23, failing college and running a business (not in I.T.). I am a Free Software fanatic. I am very disorganized and a decidedly lousy boyfriend. I think it's going to rain tomorrow, but it will be a good day.

[ Parent ]
Odd man out? (none / 0) (#284)
by Curieus on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 05:24:29 AM EST

Well i seem to be the odd man out, since i don't work in the computer business.

I am 29 years old, hoping to finish my Ph.D. in High Voltage engineering this year.
Born in Bangalore, lived in/near Lima, Nieuwkoop, Ouagadougou, Leiden, Delft (you figure it out :-), three should be easy, the others, well).

Oh yeah, the compulsory computers...
Using Linux at work and home. Both PC's have windows installed too, but it doesn't even get 10% of the electricity time..

<delurk> (none / 0) (#285)
by bwillcox on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 05:30:48 AM EST


I suppose I should finally break down and post here since I come here so often now.

As you can guess by my nom-de-net my name is Brent. Just can't shake off the old UNIX username.

I'm a 24 year old college student at the University of North Texas in Denton trying to wrap up my degree in Business Computer Information Systems (and not particularly succeeding either)

I heard of k5 only when I read that it had gone down due to the crapflooding of the story queue.
I have been spending more and more time here as my disatisfaction with the other site grows.

I am a hardcore computer geek and everyone seems to think I am a wizard, though I do not. I learn every day that there is way more that I do not know than what I do know about computers.

In my little apartment on the west end of town I have 4 PC's connected via DSL. I use both Windows and Linux. I spend a lot of time on-line since that's what I like to do in my spare time.

I don't make much money 'cause I work at Kroger in Flower Mound. Being a customer care person leads to good rants sometimes.

I also tinker with audio equipment from time to time though I usually can't afford anything beyond what I have.

Oh, and I like sirens. Not small ones either, the big outdoor sirens that cities here in Texas have to warn the public about tornadoes.

I am not a coder by any means and I am not a great web designer either but you can see my pages on my little linux server at http://ares.homeip.net/~bwillcox/

Please be gentle, my DSL is slow.

Oh, and if you want to see some of those sirens I was talking about tack /sirens/ on the end.

-- Now I know this is supposed to be funny, but.....
Me (none / 0) (#286)
by Genjuro Kibagami on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 05:54:56 AM EST

22 years old, IxTX (depending on my mood but about an even split between INTP and INTJ, rarely ISTP) 8 years commercial technology experience, 18 years technology hobbyist, 19 years martial arts hobbyist.

Love to read, like to play computer games, tend to get over emotive about people who feel the need to enforce their belief system on others yet without a clearly defined logical reason with extensive scientific backup for doing so.

Perhaps a tautology but it seems so many people are in the habit of doing as such it bears repeating a few times in different words.

Despise organised religion and government as a whole.

Find out the rest from my other posts.

Scoot (none / 0) (#287)
by scoot g on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 06:56:13 AM EST

Hey, im a 16 year old programmer/gamer/ccna guy who spends most of his free time with friends, coding, gaming, or whatever else comes to mind. i like most music, cept for all that stuff they play on commerical radio and i live in perth, western australia possibly the most out of the way place in the world

I'm coming out of the booth! (none / 0) (#289)
by Cybrid on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 07:33:35 AM EST

OK, just kidding, but I suppose one has to stop lurking eventually.

I'm SWM, 28, divorced (almost 4 years now, thanks for asking), former CTO of my own small local company which I closed last year due to fallouts with partners, now working for a large office supply company you all are probably familiar with.

Geek-wise, I've been doing tech work for about 6 years, haven't used my programming degree in 3, and I run a kicka$$ dualboot AthlonXP1400 with RH7.2 and WinXP (yeah, I know, it's windows, but it came in my breakf... erm, I mean, with my computer).

I love movies. I know more about Monty Python than can be considered healthy. I'm a 20 year RPG veteran. I still don't know HTML as well as I'd like, but I can now do it in vi/notepad/pico so as not to embarrass myself.

Oh, and did I mention I ramble sometimes? ;-)

Í listen to a lot of different music. Of course, what I listen to changes on the odd occasion, right now I'm listening to a lot of classical and jazz. And video game soundtracks. And some ska. Although for the life of me I can't figure out how the hell THAT one happened.

And if anyone needs me, I'll be over here *points* in this dark corner.

Re:I'm coming out of the booth! (none / 0) (#346)
by myyth on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 04:40:27 AM EST

What is your favourite colour ?

[ Parent ]
Yeah... (none / 0) (#290)
by phuqwit on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 07:54:27 AM EST

I'm a Systems Engineer with Qwest Communications. In addition to being a HP-UX admin and the only software tester on my team, I program in Perl, ASP.NET, and VB.NET. I also have a small web design company. I'm 23. I live in columbus. I play guitar and I have a B.A. in English Non-Fiction Writing.
=== You may or may not need to reboot in order to use this feature of Windows.
XJ.479! (none / 0) (#291)
by xj.479 on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 09:31:36 AM EST

I claim residence in Southern California, but due to certain 6 year obligations, have made Augusta, Georgia my home for the past 1.1 years.

I am becoming increasingly dissatisfied with my job, and the IT field altogether. I've passed the zenith of my tech career years ago working as an assistant instructor in a state funded cisco academy at my local highschool. Such is the case, I am trying to make the best of my situation by switching to a more fulfulling job that will allow me to get my feet wet and experience the real world. If that doesn't work out there's always that other option I'm constantly training for.

Though I've heard there is an end to all this trivial pursuit, I'm still trying to figure out what it is and how to get there. Perhaps I just need to study a little more; the works of Douglas R. Hofstadter may be quite helpful, but any good book will do.

There is more to life than just seeking a solution, it must have substance to hold it together, i/e, like good cinema it must have a) a soundtrack: free-form & avante garde jazz, and b) tasteful direction: Aronofsky, Kurosawa, Tarantino, Jarmusch, etc. Character development and plot are secondary; they are only the pillars, not the foundation. Take David Lynch for example, he gets along just fine and rarely uses either one.

WAIT... WAIT... Don't go! There's so much more. (none / 0) (#320)
by xj.479 on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 09:55:02 PM EST

I'm 20 years old, male, single, and ummm...


Damnit! No one ever reads the nested replies in these long threads.

Now I'll never meet that perfect somebody, get married, have 2.5 children, and live in the burbs... which is what I really want. I'll wind up like my celibate aunt, living in a teeny little studio apartment with umpteen million cats and commuting 3 hours to and from my dead-end job six days a week.

Sigh. Time to drown my sorrows in dry oatmeal and unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Goodnight.

[ Parent ]
do over (none / 0) (#326)
by xj.479 on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 01:38:53 AM EST

I've just gone through a major catharsis. I am retracting my last 2 comments.

Alakazaam! <last 2 comments slowly retract>

About me:


In a transitionary period.
All aspects of my life.

Music is good.

Sea vegetables are good.

A fanatical devotion to physical perfection is draining, painful... and good.

A self diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome helps me rationalize my contrived social skills; and I quite often feel more than a little schizophrenic.

Paranoid about my liberal and incorrect usage of usage, commas, colons, semi-colons, and all other punctuation. In fact, the constant mental pressure of language in general is really taking it's toll on my delicate psyche. Either that, or my system just isn't used to coming down from 4 shots of espresso (Ha! If only that were it.).

Starting to think it might be a good idea to retract this third post, it's a bit much. Wouldn't wanna come across as a screwball, haHA! HA! Harumph... *straightens tie and sports coat* Moving right along then.

Deciding against retracting this third post since: a) only a handful of people will read this; b) the handful of people that do make it this far will, by this point, have developed a deep rapport with me; c) if they haven't developed that deep rapport I've hoped for, they are almost as rueful as I, having read every single post; and finally d) I've gone to too much trouble putting all this in to words not to publish; plus... e) wasting all that energy would just be increasing entropy, AND WE CAN'T HAVE THAT NOW, CAN WE?!

This post might be a bit more appropriate here.

[ Parent ]
Rapport (5.00 / 1) (#331)
by rusty on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 02:22:07 PM EST

I feel we've come to that deep rapport, you and I.

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
porkchop_d_clown (5.00 / 2) (#292)
by porkchop_d_clown on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 10:15:57 AM EST

Basically, I've been a computer geek since I read "I, Robot" when I was five. (I didn't get to actually use a computer till I was 13, but that's a different story.)

I've done just about every kind of programming and development you can imagine, from DNA analyzers to web sites to device drivers. I've enjoyed all of it and I enjoy (as you might guess) new challenges.

So, WTF is this clown thing, anyway?

Well, through the years I've noticed that the men and women I admire the most are the ones who give back to their community. I began looking around for a way to do the same thing. After a year of dorking around and not really finding anything I liked, my mechanic offered my kid some tickets to a charity. I pointed out I already had some - my grandfather was a mason and a shriner and had given us some. The guy asked why I wasn't a mason, and we got to talking about masons, shriners and clowns. After a while I was hooked.

So, now I spend quite a bit of time in make up, entertaining sick kids, or raising money for their care. I'm not nearly as active as some of the other men in my different clown teams but I organized a fundraiser for a new motorized wheel chair for a little boy, and I spend a lot of saturdays in the hospital, trying to cheer the kids up.

So, keep in mind what a swell guy I really am, next time I tell you you're an ignorant, pig-headed Canadian. (grin)

People who think "clown" is an insult have never met any.
Since noone's reading this anymore... (5.00 / 1) (#293)
by rootz on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 10:22:05 AM EST

I am a dark-skinned man, whose ancestors hunted on the plains of Munhumutapa - I now dwell in a land "made for many men not my tone". I have years of a score and seven, yet feel each day that I have but begun to live.

My life began in the mists of Albion, to which I have returned. Meantime, I sojourned in the land of the houses of stone, madzimbabwe, where I grew to be a man, and was taught the arts of a Bachelor. My quest for knowledge has not yet ended - I hope to become a Master, and this master shall delve deep into the secrets of Neuromancy, if the keepers of the portals of study shall permit.

As with others, my life is sustained by toil - yet often it is not toil, to me. My work brings delight to many thousands - by bringing the delights and power of the world spanning 'net to families, in their homes, all across this dark land. The technology is primitive, yet the results are delightful, for any science appears as magic in minds of the uninitiated. I now attempt to become an adept of the darks arts, and relinquish the curse that has bound me to the beast - yea, even as it is the beast of burden that has eased the pain of many a serf, so it is also a parasite, sapping the will of many. A wise man places his trust not entirely in such.

Yet, I would also sing . I would sing when my heart is empty, I would sing to fill the hearts of others. I would sing till I became song, if it would sustain this poor body of mine. This is my personal quest, for my Philosopher's Stone, and with it's touch I shall transform into gold (or mayhap, platinum). This is the dream that sustains me as I labour, as a drone bee in the hive, waiting for the one flight that will makes my life complete.

How came I here, to the depths of Corrosion? The thunderous events of 11/09/01 filled my heart with horror - yet the words, and anger, and uncouthness uttered after those events made the darkness ever colder. I searched for those who would not simply respond with emotion to make an a tragedy more tragic - those who would seek wise counsel with their heads, even as they struggled against the rage in their heart. And I found some of those, here.

And here, I shall stay, for a while.

R.O.O.T.Z: Robotic Organism Optimized for Troubleshooting and Zoology

A bit late, but... (none / 0) (#296)
by ProudestMonkey on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 11:07:15 AM EST

"I am the Proudest Monkey you've ever seen!" (But I'm not really a Dave Matthews fan.)

Goofy references to pop songs aside, I am a Computer Engineering student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I currently work as a technical co-op for the MITRE Corporation at their Atlantic City, New Jersey site.

I'm into music - writing, listening, playing. Fav bands: The Marvelous 3 (come BACK darnit), Live, Buckcherry (come BACK darnit), lots of classic rock.

And on kuro5hin, I mostly just lurk around in the shadows ;)

we spend all of our lives going out of our minds...
Me... (none / 0) (#297)
by Ranieri on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 11:38:55 AM EST

I was out of the country this week, and i almost missed the roll call! Thank $DEITY that the discussions here don't get "archived" like on other sites, and i'm still in time to toss in my two cent.

I was born in Italy but for the last 15 years i have lived in the Netherlands. I go to Italy on a regular basis to visit family and friends. This accounts for my absence from k5 this week. This was my first trip since the introduction of the euro, and not having to juggle multiple wallets around was a massive improvement.

I only got involved actively in k5 after "operation enduring downtime" and so far i like it. I'm a lurker at heart, but for some odd reason i feel quite at ease posting here. It surely beats hell out of my first posting experience on the other site. I got modded down as off-topic and that pushed all my posts since then below the observability threshold.

For honesty's sake i must also point out that I'm a physicist by trade, not a philosopher, computer scientist or free lance journalist. Please apply appropriate salt dosage when i'm posting on these subjects.
Taste cold steel, feeble cannon restraint rope!

This is postino (none / 0) (#300)
by postino on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 01:53:36 PM EST

21 year old welsh guy, working for a small company just outside Cardiff implementing an E-Learning system and doing general web/db stuff. I graduated from the University of Wales Cardiff with a B.Sc in computer science. I am currently working towards gaining an MPhil with the University of Glamorgan.

I play my guitar (lovely Fender Lonestar Strat) for fun and think about riding my mountain bike. I didn't drink until recently but am in the process of building up a tolerance to it. I have a real hatred of being sick so I am attempting to get drunk without puking. My limit/score so far is 4 shots of vodka or 3 pints of lager. I see that there are a few k5 members that enjoy a drink so any tips would be greatly appreciated...

Musical tastes include Muse, Radiohead, REM, etc. I would like to get into more musical styles such as jazz and blues but have yet to act on that urge (due to pure laziness really).

I don't read a great deal but I have recently finished "The Consolations of Philosophy" by Alain De Botton which opened my eyes to the world of philosophy.

There you go, that's me

Save The Goldfish
Me. (none / 0) (#301)
by HereticMessiah on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 02:05:56 PM EST

Well, I'm from Sligo, but currently living/working/studying in Cork. That's in Ireland, if you don't already know.

I should have been in my final year of my Computer Applications degree in CIT but I'm not because I made a mess of my Statistics exam and need to repeat it this summer. Remember kids - college ain't all fun and games.

Right now, I'm working as a waiter in Tribes Coffeehouse in Cork. Before that I was writing Web Applications for Digital Crew in ColdFusion, ASP and Java. Unfortunately, I had to leave for various personal reasons but I just found out today that they want me to work for them again as a kind of contractor. I can't really think of the the proper way to describe it.

The past two years have been pretty bad for me and I'm hoping that this one turns out better.

I can't really think of anything else to say so I'll leave it at that.

Disagree with me? Post a reply.
Think my post's poor or trolling? Rate me down.

plug is now conforming (none / 0) (#304)
by plug on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 03:45:21 PM EST

Ok I'm feeling left out now. I'm 27, I lived in London for the last 5 years and am now living in Milton Keynes (which sucks) with the plan of sorting my life out with a fairly good job. Allegedly I'm a Network Security Specialist. I like Citroens and good music, Techno (in the real sense) Jazz, fusion, punk and Black Sabbath, folk, blues, and pre-fascist 20th century German opera. I am currantly reading Cosmonaut Keep by Ken Macleod - it's looking like a good'un. I read lots of books, anything from Greg Egan to Satre, Althusser and Jeff Noon. I never remember the names of the books I've read and I refuse to read the blurb. My favorite film is Naked (mike Leigh). I like to taunt other peoples cats and eat lots of chillies. I am apparantly an Essex boy although I am technically Scotish. Oh and Chris Morris is is the only living comedian.

I don't like my username but it's like family to me now and I don't like using a 28.8 modem but BT are shit.

"If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him."Mikhail Bakunin

Question (5.00 / 1) (#309)
by trhurler on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 04:39:27 PM EST

Granted, I only really know about the ones that occasionally make it here to the US, but what is there to like about Citroens? The ones we see here are ugly, slow, and anything but nimble, not to mention only moderately comfortable and rather unreliable. I always assumed this was just the way they were, being French and all :-)

'God dammit, your posts make me hard.' --LilDebbie

[ Parent ]
Answer (none / 0) (#315)
by plug on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 07:15:35 PM EST

It's an understandble perspective. I don't think they exported them to the States. I have a BX 16v and it's fast :) 7.4 0-60 160bhp 140mph flat out. It's hydropneumatic so you can lower it dynamically to increase downforce at speed and it gives several tons of hydraulic pressure to the brakes. It handles like a go kart (unlike your US boats;). The great thing is that their suspension scares the Brits as much so much that my 10 yr car cost me £350. Read this if you're really interested.

"If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him."Mikhail Bakunin
[ Parent ]

The other great thing. (none / 0) (#362)
by ambrosen on Sat Jan 26, 2002 at 06:58:02 PM EST

Citroën BXes also are the most incredibly light cars for their size. The BX 16v weighs less than a Nissan Micra, despite having something like twice the space inside, and all that speed.

Procrastination does not make you cool. Being cool makes you procrastinate. DesiredUsername.
[ Parent ]
almost great thing.. (none / 0) (#371)
by plug on Thu Jan 31, 2002 at 06:09:33 AM EST

Well a Nissan Micras weighs something like 7-800 KG. BX 16Vs weigh 1065 KG. My flatmate just pointed out that his Pegueot 205 1.9Gti weighs 800KGs. Shame it just a fast shopping trolly ;)

"If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him."Mikhail Bakunin
[ Parent ]

just leave it alone. (none / 0) (#372)
by jackherer on Tue Feb 05, 2002 at 08:30:28 PM EST

Normally I'd let you attack my car in public without jumping to its defense, but its sick, the brakes dont work, its leaking most fluids and it hasn't got an MOT. How can you attack something so defenseless and ultimately innocent? People like you make sick!

[ Parent ]
Late (none / 0) (#305)
by Kabn on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 03:49:37 PM EST

Posting this a little late; I'm pretty much just doing this to aid anyone who disagrees with me enough to look me up and make fun of me in a more personal way.

I live in Nixa, Missouri, close to Springfield, and go to Southwest Missouri State University, where they pay me to go to school. I'm a Computer Information Systems undergrad (start mocking, CS majors), and work in the small systems part of computer services maintaining the e-mail system.

I'm an FPS addict; I probably played UT for longer than I went to school my senior year of hs. Currently playing Red Faction for the second time, Rune for the fourth, Max Payne for the first, and a hell of a lot of Counter-Strike (only at LAN parties, live 10 minutes from campus and broadband still isn't available).

I play a lot of sports: basketball will always be my love, but I also play soccer, volleyball, football, and my tennis team won districts senior year (I played 2 behind a guy who got a scholarship). Kick-ass pool and ping-pong player, clean up at the bars (I get in, don't ask).

I will probably go off about this in a post, so here's a preview: at this point in my life, I see women and dating as a drain on my time and money that is not worth the cost. I choose not to get involved in a cheap, mutually destructive relationship just for the chance at a little play. I pity the men who change themselves or get controlled by a woman just for sex, and I see it happening all around me. Just my two cents.

School. Sleep. Life. Pick any two.

not all relationships are the way you describe (5.00 / 1) (#324)
by SwingGeek on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 12:35:31 AM EST

It sounds to me like you don't like you aren't interested in a shallow, meaningless relationship. That's probably a good thing.

Keep in mind though, that not all relationships are shallow or meaningless.

Serious relationships do take some time, but they are built on trust, shared interests, and mutual-caring. They take work, but they're usually worth it.

[ Parent ]
Thank you (none / 0) (#356)
by Kabn on Tue Jan 22, 2002 at 02:35:11 PM EST

Thank you very much, SwingGeek.

Thank you for understanding and respecting another person's mindset, while at the same time presenting your views without unsulting the original author. Yours is a small and dwindling group, one of which I cannot always claim membership.

True, some relationships are pleasant, loving, and very satisfying. My own parents are celebrating their twenty-somethingth anniversary, and are the model of a great marriage. I could only hope to have the same. But (as a note to everyone following the other thread) at this point in my life, I don't think I can find a person willing to enter into one without expending more time, money, etc. than would be beneficial to either me or that young woman.

Once again, to you goes my respect and gratitude.

School. Sleep. Life. Pick any two.
[ Parent ]

Quam (none / 0) (#306)
by quam on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 03:57:45 PM EST

I am a 31 year old male residing in Austin, Texas with my girl friend and our two cats. I am often unemployed and perhaps this year I will find a job :). I enjoy hiking, cooking, and reading of pre-colombian civilizations.

-- U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
Austin (none / 0) (#330)
by rusty on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 02:10:51 PM EST

Hey! I'm gonna be in Austin in March for SXSW. We should have a beer.

Any other Austin K5ers?

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

Yes, Must Have a Beer :) (none / 0) (#336)
by quam on Sun Jan 20, 2002 at 01:14:08 AM EST

I would look forward to having beer with you and other k5ers.

Other Austinites I know of or have a message associated with living in Austin somehow and show up in a search include: Electric Angst, rebelcool, Driph?, blixco, kubalaa, duxup, mattw, StephenFuqua, atreides, delver.... I probably missed someone?

Looking over that list, a meeting sounds interesting.

Let's keep in touch and work out the details once we see who else is willing to meet in RL.

-- U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
[ Parent ]
Sorry (none / 0) (#344)
by duxup on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 02:31:52 AM EST

I wouldn't mind meeting K5ers in RL. Unfortunately, I'm not a Texan, but I do mess with that state on a regular basis.

[ Parent ]
I hate attention (none / 0) (#307)
by Wing Envy on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 04:28:06 PM EST

I'm a soon-to-be 26 yr. old (in Febuary) who resides in StL, MO. I am an observer, an explorer, and discoverer of many things. Unfortunately, since the larger things in life, at least in mass, have been found, I focus more on the miniscule. I make money to pay bills in my spare time and last night was told by a couple of guys I met from the west coast that I was the coolest person they met while in town. I must be more intersting in person ;)

You don't get to steal all the deficiency. I want some to.
I hate attention (none / 0) (#308)
by Wing Envy on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 04:36:22 PM EST

I'm a soon-to-be 26 yr. old (in Febuary) who resides in StL, MO. I am an observer, an explorer, and discoverer of many things. Unfortunately, since the larger things in life, at least in mass, have been found, I focus more on the miniscule. I make money to pay bills in my spare time and last night was told by a couple of guys I met from the west coast that I was the coolest person they met while in town. I must be more interesting in person ;)

Hobbies in life include: finding peoples' weaknesses, telling them their strengths, challenging their beliefs, reminding them they are human, patronizing their short-comings, caring when no one else does, helping society to understand- one person at a time, and making myself ill when I talk about myself :)

You don't get to steal all the deficiency. I want some to.

jugglhed - for real this time (none / 0) (#311)
by jugglhed on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 05:04:42 PM EST

OK, last time around I posted some sarcastic not-at-all true stuff. Here's some info:

Age: 31 11/12

Education: BS Physics, MS Mathematics

Current Employment: Server-side Java development at 'major' e-commerce web site, for about 2 more weeks, at which point I'll be laid off.

Marital Status: Married (happily!) for 3.5 years

Religious Affiliation: Raised Catholic, currently 'unaffiliated'

Activities: running (training for half marathon in May), yoga, a monthly radio show (hip-hop, drum-n-bass, some ragga and or reggae), Tuvan throat singing, reading (obsessively, to the point it 'interferes with normal functioning' at times), messing about with Linux, learning new computer languages (working on REBOL now. May 'give in' and learn VB during my upcoming sabbatical).

Other achievements: cured cancer, proved Fermat's last theorem in 1989 but lost my proof, recent winner of competition on an episode of 'The Iron Chef', appeared in Mountain Dew commercial 'sky unicycling', that famous picture of 'Bigfoot' is really me in a gorilla suit, ok we've all stopped reading by now.

Myself (none / 0) (#317)
by isobars on Fri Jan 18, 2002 at 07:32:08 PM EST


Its a rarity like this where i step from the shadows and actually _post_ a comment! I am normally one of those boring types who, unless i feel very strongly about something, almost never posts. How sad eh.

Well i'm 16 (dont hold it against me) and i have an unhealthy obsession with computers, ever since my father introducing me too, and then me teaching myself Q Basic at an early age... natural progression to VB and now onto perl and other things has led to me becoming something of a nerd. I am currently in a hiatus from excess computing to concentrate on my studies.

Yes my studies. I'm lower sixth taking AS Maths, physics, chemistry and history, hopefully with a view of going into computer science, depending on my grades of course.

Oh, another point, im english. which is great. Even if we have moderately bad weather. I do quite a lot of windsurfing and sailing, so a move over to somewhere hot and sunny is in order once im older i think... :)

I dont frequent K5 as much as i used to, but still hold it in high esteem and like to be informed of the better moderated and often more interesting stories than on The Other Site.

Well enough about me, im going to read about you....

He who laughs last... Hasnt Seen the Cattle Prod
Swing as in music (none / 0) (#323)
by SwingGeek on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 12:04:05 AM EST

I'm an 18-year-old freshman computer-science major at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo.

I'm into music and social dancing. I like almost every kind of music: jazz, rock and roll, "alternative", hip-hop, blues, rag time, classical, funk, etc. I dance almost exclusively lindy hop and other swing dances.

I'm from Berkeley, CA and for a while I was taken in my the Leftist-rhetoric that surrounded me there. However, my politial philosophy has wandered a bit north of the center since then :-) I'm currently registered as a Libertarian although I haven't actually had the chance to vote yet (because I recently turned 18, not out of apathy!).

I have been interested in computers for a long time, and I taught myself how to program over the last few years. Now I'm studying it at school.

I'm also interested in electronics, politics, philosophy, and almost anything else that gives me something interesting to argue about ;-)

A few years ago I managed to aquire a virtually exclusive T1 connection for a year, so I figured I needed to do something with it. I wanted to run some kind of server, and I knew that windows 98 was not going to cut it.
I ended up installing Redhat (I think it was 5.2 at the time) and I learned some Linux.

I later switched to Debian and haven't looked back.

Various languages I've learned: C, C++, (BA)SH, PERL, Java.

I had a job doing Java and Perl programming at a software company in San Francisco last summer.
My CS classes last quarter were also in java.

After working with java for 6 months, I'm really not looking forward to going back to C++, which seems like a merger between the fairly simple and elegant C and the horrible distortions of goatse.cx. C has been streched in a way that it wasn't meant to be, in order to accomodate larger projects. In the same way, the goatse guy's ass has been streched to accomodate, um, "projects" of a size that it really shouldn't have been. In both cases the results are quite aesthetically displeasing.

I am currently not affiliated with any religion.
I identify myself as agnostic, because I don't think that I'm qualified to tell how the world was created, what happens when you die, etc.

For the same reason, I don't believe anyone who is sure of how the world works and wants to tell me about it, because I dont think they're qualified either.

I'm white, a little over 6'1", 185 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes.

I'm currently involved in a relationship, but unlike Kabn (see his post) I don't see involement with women as detrimental.
Of course it helps that my girlfriend is awesome :-)

Sorry if this post is rather disorderly. Another thing about me is that while my file system is well-organized, my physical possesions and writings tend to be less so.


hey hey, more poly geeks (none / 0) (#328)
by persimmon on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 11:08:05 AM EST

I'm in SLO, and so is robotic, and AFAIK so is dlaceykusters, though he's not our age. We should have a party ;)

It's funny because it's a blancmange!
[ Parent ]
Hi. (none / 0) (#325)
by h3lldr0p on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 01:11:02 AM EST

Things being what they are, I live in Kansas City, Missouri. I am 25, and was born on Halloween. To make a long story short, I only grow horns now. I got out of the cloven hoves thing a long time ago, and I am very glad to have done so.

I graduated from Hell with a BS in CS. Currently unemployed, through no choice of my own. Company got bought and well, a lot of layoffs went through catching me in them.

Can't really say much more as some of it is caught in my diary here. Oh. If I am for some reason you want a real email addry, find my account on the other site or ask really nicely sometime. =)

Even in victory, there is no beauty
And who calls it beautiful
Is one who delights in slaughter

subject goes here (none / 0) (#327)
by Aldous on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 05:21:44 AM EST

./comment -verbose-no -ignore
alright, Well, i'm a 21 year old student at a tech college learning all about Computer Network Technology. doing this cause I like paying out a ton of money for 18 straight months of studing with no vacation... i'm from winnipeg manitoba canada, originally from an hour and a half drive southwest of winnipeg... I'm a geek, with an affection for my linux box. bed time is 6 in the morning wakeup time is noon monday to friday...

me (none / 0) (#334)
by Banjonardo on Sat Jan 19, 2002 at 05:11:01 PM EST

Brazilian, HS sophomore. Living in Danville, CA
I like Muffins. MOLDY muffins.
I am NicholasRP (none / 0) (#337)
by NicholasRP on Sun Jan 20, 2002 at 05:09:14 PM EST

I am originally from Dallas,TX. I current attend Denver Univ. I am merely another code monkey that does c++,perl,ASP(the Apache::ASP kind :), and SQL stuff. I am currently rewriting the local Linux Users Group to be fully dynamic with a db backend. And to allow for 'blogs, and news and meetings submission. Thats all :)

Friend: "Hey, Nick. What's this NIMDA thing on my computer?"
i'm me! (none / 0) (#338)
by gbojath on Sun Jan 20, 2002 at 07:35:15 PM EST

I'm 27, and i live in milton keynes in England. I graduated from De Montfort University (UK), with a 1st class BSc(hons) in Business Information Technology. I work in IT, currently (IBM S/390), with their sales order processing system, SAP, and just starting with XML.

At home, I tinker around with Linux (suse 7.2), and I am currently building my own homepage (asp, php etc), and failing miserably! lol When I am not doing things like this, I enjoy reading (almost obsessively), and Paintballing. :-)

I am a bad marketing campaign (4.00 / 1) (#339)
by The Dot in Dot Com on Sun Jan 20, 2002 at 09:25:31 PM EST

I had been percolating in some ad wizard's head at Sun Microsystems before I was actually released in to the wild. Now, I am a washed up has-been; a convenient discarding, for I have lost Sun Microsystem some face when the . root name server was changed. I live my life now on crumpled glossies advertising Netras and in huge stacks in Marketing's closet spouting Sun sale propaganda.
I do not live in France.
I skipped the other rounds... (none / 0) (#340)
by blair on Sun Jan 20, 2002 at 09:31:52 PM EST

so I'll give this one a whirl.

Twentysomething male in chicago.il.us. I have attended The University of Chicago three times. And I am now on my third leave of absence. This time, however, I think I may actually be able to finally graduate and get my BA, years overdue -- all that remains is my BA paper. I also work for The University of Chicago as a Unix sysadmin, C/Perl/PHP code monkey, and LDAP monkey. I should work fewer hours.

In addition, I'm a Foodie. I read, smoke, and drink excessively (compulsively?) and have much debt (student loans and past credit card experiences).

Me, Myself and I! (none / 0) (#341)
by Lincoln on Sun Jan 20, 2002 at 10:23:09 PM EST

I'm a 23 Year old guy. Live in Sydney Australia. Work as a network engineer. Trying to work out what facet of computers I want to get into i.e Programming ( web or software ), engineering, management etc etc. All a bit confusing at the moment. Found out about Kuro from a magazine about 6 months ago! Swing by at least once a day! Love the thought provoking stuff!
-= Only dead fish go with the flow =-
6' 2" 200lbs of balding greatness (none / 0) (#342)
by opensourcebeer on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 01:32:07 AM EST

I am 28 years old, happily married, with 4 daughters.

I've programmed in COBOL, SAS, VB, Perl and Java, while working at both a Fortune 500 company and a dot com. I even got named employee of week while working at the Fortune 500 company.

I'm a collector of indie and jazz music (as well as anything thats good).

I brew my own beer, and damn if it ain't good.

I've been known to play some Diplomacy, Settlers of Catan, and I will kick your ass all over the board at Risk.

I'm currently playing Baldur's Gate II:TOB on the LAN with my wife.

I used to love baseball, but salaries and lockouts ruined it for me.

I drive an old, rusted-out Dept of Transportation orange pickup. It rules.

I'm teaching my oldest daughter what great fun Tony Hawk for the Playstation can be. The triplets (a gloriously long story) have a good time climbing everything in sight while I yell at them.

I'm currently not affliated with any particular religion, but on the lookout for one, while considering to start my own.

I'd like to think I'm open minded about a great many things. My political views are irrelevant since I am not mega corporation. I live firmly by the adage: "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst". I advise you do the same or at least begin drinking heavily.


The one and ONLY Rhinobird (none / 0) (#345)
by Rhinobird on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 04:24:01 AM EST

I am a 26 year old living in the Denver Metro area. Was laid off at my previous job 6 months ago and just started workiing again (WOOHOO!). I graduated from ITT tech back in 96. I'm not proud of it, I just did it.
"If Mr. Edison had thought more about what he was doing, he wouldn't sweat as much." --Nikola Tesla
Me (none / 0) (#347)
by tombuck on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 07:41:24 AM EST

I am tombuck.

I live in London, England, and work in IT.

I complain a lot.

I also complain a lot.

You can find my diaries normally submitted in the morning of each workday.


Give me yer cash!

Well, can't hurt to say hi. (none / 0) (#348)
by fross on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 08:12:57 AM EST

I'm a programmer, 27, live in London, UK. Do the usual web stuff. Reasonably well.

I don't kuroshin as much as I should, I'm usually spending time playing Counterstrike or with Litestep.

Woo. That's about it I suppose.


Yip (none / 0) (#349)
by billt on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 10:55:32 AM EST

I'm 30, dammit (today is my birthday).

I live and work in Tampa, Florida as the computer geek-guy for a prepress service bureau. We are mostly all Mac; we use Linux and FreeBSD for our internet connectivity and servers. I know perl, php, SQL (mysql and postgres) pretty well. I know C, but am not very proficient as I'm still learning that.

Before doing this I was a Teamster (Wonder Bread route), before that I drove a local-delivery semi truck. I'm also a junior in college pursuing a degree in Mathematics.

Tom Waits is my favorite musician. I also like drum-n-bass alot.

I like to hike and backpack (both in the woods and urban).


Read about my boring life (none / 0) (#350)
by Anonymous 23477 on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 12:05:34 PM EST

Well I am 17 (almost 18) and will graduate from high school this year in May. Planning on going to Michigan Tech for college next year. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Self taught computer geek run my own website which I have basically left to die now. I have run Linux for since July 2001 and it is awesome. The only problem is that all my cool games don't run under it. Of course some of them won't run under the latest versions of Windows either. DOS games rule!!!

Hello all (none / 0) (#354)
by spi on Mon Jan 21, 2002 at 10:26:11 PM EST

I am 19 and a freshman going to Michigan Tech for computer science. I also run a website off of my webserver. I have been running Linux for the past 2 years and use it 24/7.

I hail from Minnesota where I have lived all my life until I moved to go to college.

I like reading Fantasy/Sci-Fi books in my spare time. I know a minimal amount of OpenGL and Perl but would like to learn more. I also am really into the Synthpop music scene(Echo Image, Anything Box, Iris rule!).


Geek Squared (none / 0) (#355)
by wishy on Tue Jan 22, 2002 at 07:32:36 AM EST

I'm 25 and live outside of Philadelphia, Pa. I'm a "Internet Developer" (that's what they call me) and do all kinds of stuff, though mostly server-side Java. I'm married (sorry ladies). I have a dog and a roommate. I play the guitar(badly), drums(even worse), and mallet percussion(tell me how many people you know that can rock out on a marimba). I also like to trail off my sentences...

But painting's creating/And I'm just erasing/A crystal-clear canvas is my masterpiece -Barenaked Ladies

finally (none / 0) (#357)
by hurstdog on Tue Jan 22, 2002 at 10:42:34 PM EST

I decide to comment on this after Carnage4Life told me that I hadn't yet on any of these. So here I go

I am currently 21 and a 4th year CSE student at UC Davis. I just got accepted to graduate school there and will probably focus in Computer Security. I code Scoop. I wrote a bunch of stuff for it, and sent rusty enough patches that he got tired of putting them in, so finally he gave me cvs access and made me project manager :-) So I manage Scoop, as well as code for it. (Its worth noting that I get HUGE amounts of help from rusty, panner, hillct, Captain_Tenille and everyone else in #scoop).

hmm.. what else. Well, I have a girlfriend of 2.3 years, and that will probably be made more permanant in the coming year. Though don't tell her that yet ;-) Other than that, there isn't much else to me. I code scoop, go to school, and hang out with my girlfriend. Not much time for anything else...

Damn, Late Again (none / 0) (#359)
by Phage on Wed Jan 23, 2002 at 10:12:18 PM EST

I feel a bit like Zarquon from the Restaurant at the end of the Universe.

Age: 37
Locale: Canberra, Australia (for now)
Quals: CPA, M.Commerce
Mental State: Confused
Worked: Aust. Stock Exchange, IBM, EMC, a consulting company, and now contracting in Canberra.

All very dull, but then I always really wanted to be a lumberjack !

I don't find Heathens to be sexy, as a general rule.

Hi (none / 0) (#360)
by Obsequious Rat on Thu Jan 24, 2002 at 12:56:14 AM EST

Hello, I am Obsequious Rat. I'm not sure where "Obsequious" comes from, it means "fawning attention" or something like that, I just think it sounds cool.

I live in Los Angeles. On weekends I like to drive up the coast to some really beautiful beaches and sometimes go up one of the canyons. Leo Carillo State Beach and Malibu Canyon State Park are both really spectacular.

I am 24 years old. I found Kuro5hin.org through my friend who visits it and SlashDot.org and Plastic.com all the time. It looks like a great place to be with lots of different people with different cultural backgrounds. There are lots of great discussions but it isn't so big and intimidating like SlashDot.org.

My friends all say I am smart, like I should be on Jeopardy or Millionaire. I think I have stage fright or something because everytime I have to speak in public (not often!) I kind of stutter and people are always saying things like "speak up!"

I really enjoy talking to people in smaller groups though. I also like helping people. I'm a good listener and I can usually come up with solutions to even really difficult problems. So if you need help, just ask!

Obsequious Rat

"No doubt about it... the chimps gave 110%."

hengist is... (none / 0) (#363)
by hengist on Sun Jan 27, 2002 at 08:14:21 PM EST

a 28 year old first generation Kiwi bloke of Anglo-Saxon-German-Jewish-Irish descent

I have a First Class Honours degree in Information Science from the University of Otago and live in Dunedin, New Zealand. I am currently completing my PhD in artificial intelligence while working as a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Information Science at Otago.

All of the software I write is done in C++.

The name hengist comes from my interest in old Anglo-Saxon / Norse history and culture.

There can be no Pax Americana

p0ppe (none / 0) (#364)
by p0ppe on Mon Jan 28, 2002 at 07:40:27 PM EST

Well, I am p0ppe, not the pope or poop as some people has suggested... I'm from Finland, live in Denmark, and speak all kinds of obscure scandinavian languages. I'm 18 years old and still in highschool (Copenhagen International School).

"Democracy is three wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."
who am I? damned if I know (none / 0) (#365)
by odin on Mon Jan 28, 2002 at 08:03:17 PM EST

Okay, for the past few weeks I've been bouncing between two jobs and school, so I haven't been k5ing as much as usual, and thus missed this thread before now so... I'm 27 years old. Thought I'd get my whole mid-life crisis out of the way early, so after my wife and I split, I moved cross country from upstate NY to Arizona, and enrolled in college. Going for a B.A. in history (with all the extra toppings I can heap on) with the goal of ultimately becoming a prof. To keep this lofty goal afloat, I find myself work in the glamorous food service industry. And yes, it does piss people off when the guy who makes their bagel knows more about politics than they do.

sobre yo (none / 0) (#366)
by rhyax on Mon Jan 28, 2002 at 08:10:36 PM EST

hey, i an not a computer person! but a biology person, i don't belong... i am 23 got a bs at UT-Austin in microbiology, and am now studying cytogenetics in houston. also i'm an evil lib'ral homo. i like irc (dork) and sometimes go to #kuro5hin... because i'm addicted...

I'm a human being! (none / 0) (#367)
by Woundweavr on Tue Jan 29, 2002 at 01:22:11 PM EST

I'm a 20 year old male student from Massachusetts, USA. My father is a bartender, my mother is a bueacrat. I'm majoring in comp sci but also write extensively and am in the process of being published for 1 novel and several piece of short fiction.

Uhhh.... thats bout it

Better late then never.. (none / 0) (#368)
by yanisa on Tue Jan 29, 2002 at 03:28:32 PM EST

.. is not really my motto, but it applies here.

I'm a 27-year-old Slovenian, majoring in CS and majored in BS (hah, Business science actually but the other meaning of "BS" covers it pretty well, too) before the insanity passed.

I don't post much here - I'd like to and maybe someday I will, but after reading a lot of other comments all original ideas tend to fade away.

I've been on the net since 92 and on the BBS scene before that and I loved the holy wars, but it's been long since the obsession with seeing my own words on computer screen passed. Boredom or maturity? I can't tell.

I earn my keep as a freelance journalist/IS designer.

I'm an avid Buffy/Farscape fan, can be often seen at DALNet's #farscape-central and #buffy-episodes (Yan_) and hold 99% of other TV programming in contempt. Yes, ST:E, that includes you, too.

I'll sign off with an anecdote: when I first met IRC (only EFNet in those days), I used the nick from the BBS days - "Yan". Of course, being Eastern-European and thoroughly unfamiliar with more obscure US TV shows, I was amazed at the choruses of "Yan can cook!" that greeted me every time I used IRC. First I thought it was a kind of channel ritual, but when my feeble "Hi %nick! %nick can cook!" attempts were met with questioning looks, I finally inquired the next person to credit my cooking skills and learned of the (bleep)ing tv show. A lot of time has since been spent wishing for a time machine to find The Yan before the show began and make him change the name.. :)

I think this line's mostly filler

Better late than never (none / 0) (#369)
by King Salamander on Tue Jan 29, 2002 at 04:03:07 PM EST

I am 20.
at UT Austin, studying CS and linguistics.
I run one of the LUGs at UT: SigLinux. I am going to get things back together there very soon.
I am also the ACM chapter's sysadmin.

The name King Salamander is from the Siouxsie and the Banshees song "Burn up".

I used to swim for my high school, but I stopped for 2 years. Now, I just started swimming for myself, and I feel like jello(memories).

In a very real sense, *anyone* who makes a public issue out of the fact that they are involved with Linux in any way is seen as an advocate. (Derek Glidden)
Fashionably Late? :-) (none / 0) (#370)
by lovelace on Tue Jan 29, 2002 at 09:20:31 PM EST

If anyone is still reading this, I'm 31 years old (32 next month), married, and have a wonderful 6 month old baby boy. I'm also a 3D graphics software engineer (unemployed at the moment, unfortunately). My favorite tv programs would have to be Junkyard Wars and Farscape. I live in the RTP area of North Carolina. I post here more than I post at the other site, but even that isn't that much. I prefer to read and think about what I've read.

New member (none / 0) (#373)
by Teukels on Wed Feb 06, 2002 at 05:47:06 AM EST

I am a bit late but I've seen more late entries so I gues I am not that much off-beat.

Where to start, I am a psychology student in the Netherlands. I've studied information technology for two years but came to the conclusion I had too big a mouth for such an occupation. :)

Anyway, I like music(festivals), cycling, psychology, life-philosophies. My alltime heroes-list would feature names like: Descartes, Sartre, William James and perhaps even Chomsky.

I think I will grow to appreciate Kuro5hin but I am very new here still.


a little about me (none / 0) (#374)
by johann public on Tue May 28, 2002 at 12:39:59 AM EST


I'm from Mid-New Jersey, USA.
Specifically, (near) Princeton.
I'm 18 (at the time I'm writing this).
I am a Public High School senior.
I study Latin.
I will be attending Rowan University in the fall of 2002 as a Physics major.

I like Swedish Fish, Reeses Peanut Butter Candy, Rita's Water Ice (It's an East Coast thing...), and food in general.

I like death/black/viking metal, hardcore, techno, classical, and other assorted musical styles.

I like Volvos (I like the old, boxy ones better) and Volkswagons, but I'm not a car nut.

I like Microsoft (XP sucks. It's far too gooey) Products.

I've also run out of (and/or can't think of) things to say for now. Obviously, there is a lot more to me than I've put here, and I also probably have put too much for such a simple roll call, but who cares?

Oh, and I wasn't *LATE*, but Fashionably Late... (none / 0) (#375)
by johann public on Tue May 28, 2002 at 12:41:57 AM EST

[ Parent ]
OK, let's grow this DB (none / 0) (#376)
by KiTaSuMbA on Tue May 28, 2002 at 02:53:58 PM EST

Hoping that C4L gets his search engine up2date here comes some schematic description of myself:
SEX: Male
AGE: 26
LOCATION: Naples, Italy
Current Occupation: Finishing Medical School desertation (on endocannabinoids and attention) temprorarily assigned as assistant researcher in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Behavior & Neural Networks.
Art Activities: Poetry (mainly greek), tribal painting, music (2 current projects: The Viruz Industry centered more on industrial drum 'n' bass and Labform on a more melodic electronica basis)
Computers: GNU/Linux aficionado on a basis of both work (statistics on R with mySQL backend) and passion (the possibility to tamper with just about everything on my OS). Graphics (Gimp is my favorite tool!). Security almost-maniac. Personal rant: sound & music on linux (when will they support - the makers that is - *real* soundcards and not just suckblaster on linux along with some music software you don't have to kill yourself before making a song?), only reason to still keep a dual boot system...
Other Interests: scuba diving, trekking, mountain bike.
Political views: anarchist (having similar feelings with hackers vs. script kiddies when mindless window-smashers are called such by the mainstream media :-)
Religion: grown as a christian (orthodox) I find myself better described as a scepticist.
That's just about everything here....
Keep it fun people!
There is no Dopaminergic Pepperoni Kabal!
I am... (none / 0) (#377)
by Swashbuckler on Tue May 28, 2002 at 04:28:02 PM EST



attending University of Ottawa


i don't whatch TV, but when I do my favorite show is "Talking to Americans!"

*Note* - this comment contains no inside K5 humour because inside K5 humour is only for/by K5-wankers. Media does not = "community."
Praise Bob. (none / 0) (#378)
by subgenius on Wed May 29, 2002 at 01:37:55 AM EST

I live in SouthAustin, Texas and do Open Source computer consulting.

I am looking for a redhead that does php.

let me know.

drive on
Drive On!

Hi. (none / 0) (#379)
by bigbtommy on Sun Sep 01, 2002 at 07:12:18 PM EST

I'm Tom.
And I'm a person.
I'm 17 years old.
And I'm a professional bum (cleverly masquerading as a student...)
I sorta run a website of sorts - bbCity.co.uk
And write for a few other people's sites.

I'm writing a book. Badly.
And I live in the United Kingdom.

Problem? Ask a camel.
-- bbCity.co.uk - When I see kids, I speed up

Me (none / 0) (#380)
by paraphenyl on Wed Sep 11, 2002 at 03:12:44 AM EST

I'm male. USian. Twenty-something. Vegan. I consider myself a Zen Buddhist (although I don't get to go to the sangha very often). Prototypical dirty GNU hippie. I know how to program (C, mainly) but most of what I write is quick-and-dirty utilities for my own use. I may get around to releasing something someday.

Large interest in radical social theory, vis a vi Anarchopacifism: advocating absolute liberty and access to resources for all and the complete decentralization of social control using Ghandian techniques of passive resistance and peaceful organizing.

Are we elite yet?
(Global capitalism causes poverty)

/me (none / 0) (#381)
by TurboThy on Mon Nov 18, 2002 at 04:23:04 PM EST

Resident of Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. B.Sc. in Geomatics, pursuing a M.Sc. in Software Engineering. 24.
'Someone will sig this comment. They will. I know it.' [Egil Skallagrimson]
I am (none / 0) (#382)
by VoxLobster on Wed Nov 20, 2002 at 08:08:26 PM EST

from Hamilton Ontario, I'm a Network Administrator. I graduated from Mohawk College in Network Systems and Advanced Network Security. I also like cheese.

I was raised by a cup of coffee! -- Homsar

Tony (none / 0) (#383)
by tonyenkiducx on Mon Dec 09, 2002 at 06:48:48 AM EST

Im 24(02/09/1978), male, and from Preston, Lancs, England originally, allthough Ive moved a round a lot since I left home, and I now live in London. I wasted the first 17 years of my life, but became senior network engineer for a large ISP at 21(Windows mainly), and now Im technical director for a programming company, having been a lead programmer(ASP/PHP/VC++/VB/SQL Etc web stuff.) for two years. And heres a link to a piccie as well :)


I see a planet where love is foremost, where war is none existant. A planet of peace, and a planet of understanding. I see a planet called
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