I'm a game developer / Flash, iPhone, .Net and Web 2.0 engineer who has recently relocated to San Francisco from Chicago in June 2009. 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/Tcl and am currently doing C# web development as my day job at TownHog in addition to iPhone development and Flash game development on the side (play a few of my Flash games that I made for Orbitz: BingBing, Stacker, Soccer).
Since I'm new to the bay area I'm always up for learning about cool things to go see.
My passions in the past and ongoing have included:
* dwarf fortress (puts hair on your chest!) * architecture * physics * robotics * aerodynamics/astrophysics * computer history * online communities/social networking/IRC * experimental music/MIDI/software synthesizers * art nouveau * underground comix * game development * cycling
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.