about myself - Another
those "about myself" pages isn't it? Indeed, its my turn.
This is me.
After starting and restarting this paragraph many times I've
decided its hard to write about yourself. Who am I, and what
am I doing? Well what I'm doing is going to school, who am I
is the question that bothers me.
I am passionate about technology. I like computers because
I'm good at making them do things. I love photoshop for allowing
me to do cool things with images. I love fraunhofer for inventing
the mp3 codec, I love DV revolution and the
open platform pc hardware and software standards.
I am a perfectionist when it comes to doing things technology
related. This is the area where I can hold my own. My position
has also lead me to some observations.
I crave communication. Computers are a weak substitute for human
interaction. It is my firm belief that our society is converging
towards a fear and avoidance of face to face contact. I am a front
runner in this convergence. Being here, realizing the problem,
and having the potential to do something is my daily realization,
not having done anything yet is my daily disappointment. People
will not stop using technology, they will only do it more and
more. Online communities must be aimed at promoting real physical
interaction, not at replacing it. This is what I should be doing.
I didn't expect to be writing this at all. But the train of thought
leads to that particular conclusion. College is a particularly
interesting microcosm that happens to be well suited for an online
community. People of similar age and interests are living together,
and yet many are unfulfilled. If it will work anywhere, it should
It's harder in the real world. Community is generally used as
a lose term. Just because people live in the same town doesn't
mean they even see each other. In the modern world their paths
cross infrequently. We are closed up and self conscious, we drive
alone in cars, our favorite form of entertainment is sitting silently
in a dark room surrounded by other silent people.
This shows that while we enjoy the company of others we fear
uninvited communication. Thus we use technology to create an even
playing field. Looks don't matter, we have plenty of time to think
out typed responses and can easily escape a situation we'd rather
not face. These factors drive the boom of email and instant messaging.
They also make the web a perfect medium for initiating the face
to face communication we truly desire. Package this idea with
a cute user-interface and you've got a winning product. Now who
wants to teach me PHP?
Now that that's over..: (the easy-read section)
Some quickies about me.
Favorite way to travel: Train, gotta love it... commuter
rail is sweet
Favorite creative activity: Video production
Favorite films: Amelie
from Montmartre, Memento,
Simple Plan, Run
Genres: rock, alternative, techno, jazz, pleasant :)
American Bands: 3 Doors Down, Guns N' Roses, Doors, Pink
Floyd, Daft Punk, Beatles
Foreign Bands: Busta Flex, Joe Dassin, Patricia Kaas,
Rammstein, Agatha Kritie, Bi-2, DDT, Gorky Park, Irina Bogushevich,
Kino, Lube, Russkiy Razmer, Splin, Yury Antonov (see ftp://rsm:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pet peeves: bandwidth, video quality, organization,
TV Shows: Seinfeld, Simpsons, Blind Date :)
Sports: Ping-Pong, Volleyball, Tennis
Computer Specs (in no particular order):
- Intel celeron II processor 633@800 mhz (ppga with tekram
- Tekram P6B40A4X motherboard (4 pci, 3 isa, 4 dimms, software
bus speed settings)
- 384mb sdram
- 60gb western digital hard drive
- 80gb maxtor hard drive
- 15gb quantum fireball hard drive
- 19 inch compaq MV920 monitor
- 17 inch view sonic G773 monitor (dual monitor setup, wohoo!)
- Philips 12x8x32 cd-rw drive
- Toshiba 6x dvd-rom drive
- Yamaha GX 64 bit soundcard
- Epson Stylus 740 printer
- T3/Internet2 college connection
- Two 10mbit network cards, one for local network, one for
- A pair of 25" stereo system speakers and an amplifier.
(currently using yamaha ms30 system)
- Headset and Sony Stereo Headphones
- Logitech ITouch cordless mouse, logitech laser mouse, and
keyboard with multimedia keys
- Logitech/AST infrared remote
- ATX mid tower case
- ATI All in Wonder Pro 8mb PCI video card (2d and 3d acceleration,
svideo/rca video in, tv tuner, TV-out capabilities, hardware
assisted dvd decoding)
- 3dfx voodoo3 1000 8mb sgram (for 3d)
- Intel pc camera usb pack
- Sony Hi8 camcorder for video capture and production
- Diamond Rio pmp300 32mb portable mp3 player with 32mb smart
media add-on card
- HP 545 Pocket PC
- Umax Astra 1220P scanner
- Netpliance IOpener - modified with a 2gig laptop drive,
win98se, usb to ethernet converter, usb hub, and microsoft
intellimouse explorer optical.
This page has served to be my online representation since the
mid 90's. It has morphed from a geocities site to virtualave,
to mediaone, to wpi and now to an independent hosting provider.
I use photoshop for the image editing
and dreamweaver for the HTML. borism.net (pronounced bor-ism)
should remain with me for the entirety of my life. Get to know