This is a portrait of the author as a young man. At least as young as he is now. I hope to use
will use this venue for communicating with my adoring public. Yeah right.
You want to send me mail?
is my address. Feel
free, I don't bite. I just nibble a bit.
Oh, iff you're a spammer, click the link, don't type it in manually. Thanks.
What's In this Home Page?
My interests tend to be ecclectic
Here are some stories you might like
I am not afraid to be opinionated, here are some of my rants
Here's a brief historical bio summarizing my background
The Refridgerator Door is where I keep my family's artwork
My resume may be of interest to you.
PC Clones mostly
Most of the time, I've got a machine in my basement in a partial state of disassembly.
Right now, I'm toying with the notion of putting together yet another machine with the sole
purpose of running Linux on it. Most of my machines are packed full of all the junk I can
cram into their empty slots. I put together a network just so I could attach more peripherals.
Commodore Amiga A1000
The 2nd Amiga purchased in Grand Rapids, MI now sits on an unused computer desk with backup
tapes piled in front of it. Alas.
Heath Zenith H89, a Z-80 CP/M
it now sits beneath my ping-pong table beneath a dust cover. Sigh.
The C & C++ Programming Languages
I'm a poet in C/C++. Few things please me as well as a piece of well
hacked code. I teach C/C++ whenever I can talk a local college into
The Perl Programming Language
This is a marvelous language that has only one flaw. If you're not careful,
you'll generate write-only code.
I've been threatening to write something in Java and I have built a few toys.
DateTest.htm. That was a nice proof-of-concept, but I spent a
program at dt3.htm. The first uses no frames, the second uses frames.
If you point your browser at this link and read whatever appears on a regular basis,
you'll be richly rewarded.
The Rexx Programming Language
I learned Rexx when it was the el primo way of making two Amiga
applications talk together in a cooperative client-server kinda way. The
ONLY reason I'd ever be tempted to run OS/2 is so that I could do Rexx
again. I figure Rexx is the language that Basic should have been.
The US Census folks have made maps of the entire United States. This
data kept in this thing called the Tiger database. You can get the CDs
from the government directly. But lots of companies slightly modify the data
and sell it to you with their expensive mapping program.
I've built and I like to build completely self-contained computer
systems that make some bigger gizmo work. The in-vehicle system that I
worked on for AVL
consisted of a single-board computer, some sensors (including a GPS
receiver), and an RS232 connection to a radio modem.
Software for this venue must be designed according to different
paradigm than your normal computer program. For one thing, there's no
screen for error messages. So, if your software isn't perfect, how
do you diagnose problems?
Speech Signals Processing
Suppose you're flying your F-16 at tree top level at several hundred
miles per hour. And you figure the bad guys own the ground beneath you.
And you figure those Miggies flying overhead aren't friendly. And you
want to arm a gun or missile or something? What are you going to do?
Take your hands off the controls, look down at a computer screen, and
start typing and mousing?
Nope, you want your hands on the controls, and your eyes out of the
cockpit. You want to tell the airplane to do something. And you want to
get an audio response.
Its a pity that the technology hasn't been robust enuf for more prosaic
applications like the family sedan.
Anyway, there's some awesomely cool things you can do with speech signals
processing which do not involve killing people or breaking things.
Ferinstance, you can digitize your voice, compress it to fit into a 14.4kbps
channel and then send it across the Internet. Like the folks at
Image Processing is really Signals Processing in two dimensions. You can do
all sorts of cool things to a picture with simple arithmetic. My favorite
image improvement gimmick is a thing called a median filter.
Other cool things to do in an image include photogrammetry. If you know the
geometry of the camera and scene, you can measure the size of things from the
number of pixels they consume. Spooks do this all the time to figure out how
the Ruskies are violating nuke treaties.
Disclaimer: the term "spook" does not refer to either melanin enhanced
persons or life deficient persons, but to government intelligence
I like all forms of music except for Opera. And even then, there are
exceptions. Rap is not music and is detested.
I'm of the opinion that if more people understood how money works,
there'd be a lot less whining in this world. And a lot of those whining
now would not be cheated as often as they are nowadays.
Freedom from Debt
In high school, you'll learn about all kinds of useless stuff. But they
don't teach you how compounded interest works. In fact, I got two
masters' degrees and I had to figure out compounded interest on my own.
The bottom line is debt is bad, savings are good.
If you ever have a chance to get the Tightwad Gazette. I'm too cheap to
subscribe, but I do own the books. I suppose you could borrow them at
If you aren't on a budget, I'll waggle my finger at you. Here's a
spreadsheet that might help. It is in Quattro format.
I am interested in joining/starting an investment club, in my copious
These folks at the
have some good stuff to help you learn investing.
The further to the right, the better.
Hey, isn't that Genghis Kahn on the extreme left?
Favorite authors include:
James P. Hogan
E.E. "Doc" Smith
A.E. Van Vogt
And many more...
Philosophy & Religion
So, Steve, what do you REALLY believe?
I believe the
or if that site is slow, I've mirrored it
(excepting sections 10:3 and section 26:4)
discovered while adding references to the confession above. This
Bible reading program
I also believe in having a little fun
Euthanasia for Fun and Profit
An Affair To Forget
Barlog's Greatest Battle
The Great Diverse
(with apologies to CS Lewis)
The Great Food Chain of Being
The Jamaica Trapezoid
The Smarmy Notre Dame Boy
Patriarch, but not Sexist
A contradiction in the Bible?
Many contradictions about Jesus?
Kent City High School 1973
Cedarville College BA Math 1978
Michigan State University MA Math 1980
Johns Hopkins University MS Computer Science 1983
Husband of Mary
Father of Jane & Dan
This is a picture of Mary, the Dessert Queen of Grand Rapids, MI. It is
a testament to her superior moral character that she puts up with me.
Mary is a graduate of Cornerstone
college. Mary works at WOOD
radio when somebody takes vacation or something. Otherwise, she's
managing rental properties or working full time in our home. Raising
Jane & Dan is a big deal. And keeping up with that big kid, Steve, is a
You can read about Mary in the Bible. Here, let me show you.
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
These kids will someday be running something important. Right now, they
are doing something more important than that, they're learning. They
are both good students in school. Both are manifesting good moral
character. They are even be a good example to me. The photo here is of
Jane, & Dan getting ready to get into a small plane last summer. The
kid with his back turned is their friend Cameron.
Jane, Cameron, Dan & an airplane