General Stuff

Hello, and welcome to my web site. For those of you who may not know much about me, let me offer the following thumbnail bio. If you want a bit more personal background, follow the link at the bottom of the page to a document that weaves more of a tale. For starters, I'm married with an 11 year old step-son. My wife, Mary, is a CPA working in for one of the cities more prestigious firms. My son, Robert, is your basic boy of unbridled energy, my best buddy, his mother's pride and joy and my mother's crown jewel. In spite of this, he's not too spoiled, just well loved. We live in the Stone Oak section of North San Antonio, Texas in a comfortable 4 bedroom house with permission of the true rulers of the household, our cats Missy and Shadow and a tortoise named Mike. Our first cat, The Maxx, died just after Thanksgiving 2001 due to an illness he was carrying since birth.

I compose and record music using a Kawai K11 synthesizer and the trusty Emu 8000 Soundfont module in the Soundblaster AWE32 sound card. I do most of my production on a Pentium Celeron 566 system I'm over-clocking to 850 MHz running Windows 2000. The sucker screams! I'm using various software like Cakewalk Sonar, Cool Edit Pro, Sound Forge and a large batch of DirectX plug-in effects from the likes of Cakewalk, Waves, Sonic Foundry and Hyperprism. I also have a Pentium 533 Windows 98 system running GigaStudio, B4, and some other softsynth programs. Other computers include my workhorse system, another P533, where I do my day to day work, and Mary has another identical system. Along with those systems I'm running Linux Red Hat 7.2, SCO UNIX 7.1.1, Windows XP and Windows 2000 Advanced Server as well as another W98 print server. Those systems are connected over a household Ethernet LAN. Robert has a of his own for learning and playing. I use a small router to allow sharing of the cable modem to all systems.

I have a complete taped collection (up to the current episodes) of Star Trek Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise as well as Babylon 5, Crusade, Earth: Final Conflict, Farscape and Lexx (yes, I like my space shows!) as well as South Park. My reading includes Douglas Adams, Jeffrey Archer, Tom Clancy, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein and others of those styles. My favorite music includes classic rock, especially underground rock, jazz (that is, GOOD and REAL jazz, not that thinly disguised R&B stuff some try to pass as jazz), symphonic, indeed just about anything except rap or country.

The Job

I have a position that I've always wanted to have. I'm a teacher of adults students enrolled in the electronics technician program at the San Antonio branch of the National Institute of Technology, a chain of trade schools. I teach A+ certification prep and introduction  to networking to a day class and Digital Logic to a night class. For a time I was teaching a class on Linux in the Network Administration department. This keeps me there from 7 AM to 11 PM with a few hours off in the afternoon. Around 2 PM I go home so I can be there when Robert gets off the school bus. Around 6 PM, Mary gets home and I head back to the school. To be honest, I hope I will be able to drop the extra night class soon and re-claim my life! 

Interests And Such

As you can see from the other links on the home page, I have a wide range of interests. I have been an exhibiting fine art photographer since about 1980. I have shown my work at art fairs, galleries and other exhibition spaces from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the coast of Texas. I have won several awards for my work, and interested persons may view some of it at the CMR gallery in Corpus Christi, Texas. Located on the photo gallery page is a collection of some of my black and white as well as color work. I have always done all of my color and archival black and white processing and printing myself and am one of those few photographers who enjoys the darkroom as much as being behind the camera.

Other areas of interest for me are music and writing. I like to compose songs in a range of styles spanning jazz, pop, rock and even symphonic. My instrument is the keyboard. Unfortunately, I don’t play as well as I would like, so I like using sequencer programs that allow me to edit my performance before committing it to a finished product. If you would like to know more about my music, follow the link to my music page. There you will find news about my recently finished CD "Pieces of Eight" which I composed, recorded, produced and cut here in my home studio. Likewise, If you would like to read some of my poetry, stories or sample some excerpts from my novels under construction, visit the writing pages.

Other Projects

Recently, I sold an article to Keyboard Magazine, the preeminent journal for keyboard musicians, on the topic of programming custom MIDI sequence editing functions in the application language of the industry’s leading sequencing software, Cakewalk Pro Audio. This project combined three of my favorite pastimes, music, writing and programming. It was a gas, but even after paying me for the article, they  never publish it at all. I've been thinking of updating it and putting a different slant on it and trying to sell it to Electronic Musician or one of the other musician's magazines. I have also written a tutorial on using this language for Cakewalk and it can be found through other links on my web site. This tutorial is over 30 web pages long and over 40,000 words, so I think it gets the job done. In the process of research for this project, I made several contacts with the folks at Cakewalk which I keep active to this day.

Thanks For Logging On

I've been having a blast creating this web site, and hopefully sharpening some potentially marketable skills in the process. Check out the other links and see what you think. If you have any comments or suggestions, send me email and let me know your thoughts. Happy surfing!

So, you want some of the story behind the story do you? Take this link and I'll try not to look!


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