User:LeMonkey

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Is it le-monkey or lemon-key? It's really up to you, but whenever I read it I think le-monkey. I respond to either in public.

I'm a game developer / Flash, iPhone, .Net and Web 2.0 engineer who has recently relocated to San Francisco from Chicago a little under a year ago. I hold a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa but I'm also 1 semester short of a BS degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (aka Engineering Mechanics) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I was fortunate to have worked on a variety of cool projects including the X-391 Human Powered Helicopter contest (we built our own kiln to cure carbon fiber spars) and the Beckman Hexapod project (where I helped run stress tests as part of my senior design project) among other things.

My interests are all over the place, but I tend to be most absorbed in all things computing at the moment. I have familiarity with C/ObjC/C++/ActionScript (2.0/3.0)/Java/C#/OpenGL/ML/Prolog and am currently doing C# web development as my day job in addition to iPhone development and Flash game development on the side.

My passions in the past and ongoing have included:

* architecture
* physics
* robotics
* aerodynamics/astrophysics
* computer history
* online communities/social networking/IRC
* experimental music/MIDI/software synthesizers
* art nouveau
* underground comix
* game development

I've also been involved with computers/electronics/BBSes/hacking ever since I can remember (Radio Shack, Edmund Scientific, American Science and Surplus, Forrest M. Mims III, Ripco (http://www.textfiles.com/bbs/DELAM/ripusers), Phrack, TAP, Cdc, 2600, etc.) and have been recently working with microcontrollers (Arduino, XBee, stepper motors, etc.) while reading "Making Things Talk" (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596510510).

I've been on Usenet since around 1989 (here's me from 1990 http://tinyurl.com/y9r9up2) and EFNet since around 1991. The majority of my BBS exploration was limited to the 708 and 312 area codes during the 1980s. I feel fortunate to have been at UIUC in the early 90s where I was able to witness the birth of the WWW/Mosaic/etc. with the help of NCSA and the university.

Oh, and one of my letters (not article) to 2600 got published a long long time ago, but it is embarrassing looking back on it now. Ask me and I can dredge up the issue it was printed in.

You can find out more about me via my website/portfolio:

http://aribraginsky.com

http://twitter.com/lemonkey

If you want to know what sort of music I'm into, see http://last.fm/user/psicom.

In the end I hope to become a member of Noisebridge as soon as my finances get under control, hopefully soon.

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