Ramblings from the Darkroom

Still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel

Font of Useless Knowledge
5 June 1967
What can I say about myself? I'm forty-three years of age, I have a Master's Degree in History (focus on Ancient Rome), and I work for a small town newspaper.

My interests are varied, and include (surprise) history, reading (all sorts of things... I mainly enjoy sci-fi, but I have a very eclectic set of bookshelves), anime, digital photography, roleplaying games, comic books (I am continually surprised at how big my comic book collection is getting to be anymore), piano, and playing around in various art programs... right now I do a lot of stuff at work in Adobe Photoshop CS 4, but I've been dabbling a lot with Poser 7, DAZStudio & Bryce 6. I also have a cat named Luna who pretty much runs my life.

My job deals with the production end of putting out newspapers. I scan photos, design ads, deal with ad clients, and put newspaper pages together prior to having them sent to the pressroom. Once upon a time, I wrote for the paper's entertainment section, but those days are over; as time has gone on, I seem to have accumulated more and more duties on the production end of things, so my workdays are pretty much filled to brimming with special projects & managing my crew.

My favorite authors? The list keeps on growing. Right now, the writers who jump out at me include Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Roger Zelazny, C.J. Cherryh, Emma Bull, George R.R. Martin, Fred Saberhagen, H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien (of course!) and Stephen R. Donaldson. I've read a whole lot of things over the years... and although I generally focus on sci-fi stuff, I read pretty much anything I get my hands on.

My taste in music is equally eclectic. I'm a fan of classical music, especially Beethoven and Tchaikowsky... a carryover from the many years of piano lessons. I'm also a fan of Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Delerium, the Crystal Method, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Cure, Johnny Cash, and the Kinks. I enjoy jazz, folk, and bluegrass. Like I say, eclectic, no?

Politically speaking, I'm an independent with generally "liberal" leanings. I believe that government exists primarily to safeguard its people militarily, socially and economically. Both parties tend to do stupid things, and as one party disgusts me I vote for the other. Above all, I believe that government officials should hold themselves accountable for the things they do in office in my name. Because when you come right down to it, my tax dollars are funding their actions (both what I would consider "good" and "bad"), and I want to know what they're doing with my money, and why.