This site is a curated tour of my creative projects, dating back to the mid-1980s, when I was a teenager. My goal is to select the works that have held up the best over time. With any luck, nothing that winds up posted here is painfully bad. With a collection like this, there is always that chance!
As a teenager, I was pretty certain I wanted to be a writer of some sort, but got mixed up in the software business. Certainly the more lucrative career choice. But I continued to write, with varying levels of ambition.
I have a large box in my basement that contains nearly everything I've written over the last 25 years. Most of the stories, plays, and poems (especially the poems!) won't make the cut for this site. Some will with heavy revisions. I feel like an old master now, so easily spotting and fixing some pretty adolescent mistakes in form, content, and meaning.
Many of the works are also in digital format. I have tried to keep up with migrating technological standard, moving from 5.25" CPM floppies in WordStar format to Mac 3.5" disks in WriteNow 2 to burned CDs in Word 4 format. That is an adventure all its own, trying to keep them accessible.
I read many, many books when I was younger, mostly high-quality literature. Sadly, I haven't been able to keep up the pace. Early influences include Dino Buzzati, Nikolai Gogol, Voltaire, and Jean Cocteau. My favorites these days are Raymond Chandler, Martin Amis, and Douglas Coupland. And Hergé, of course, had a huge impact on my imagination.
We all have the music that we like and helps to define us. For me, it was the New Wave, Synth Pop, and New Romantic from the early 80s. Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Duran Duran, that sort of thing. None of the cheesy stuff, though.
While I don't consider myself a musician, I have managed to be in two bands. The first, Things Fall Apart, was in high school. My role was to write lyrics and to corral a musicial prodigy (Mike Richards) and a charismatic vocalist (David Lee) into Mike's home studio and poke and prod them. The more recent and still active project, The VX-323, is completely my baby. This CD of robo-pop may not be to everyone's liking, but I doubt you have heard anything quite like it.
In 2003, I had a nice run as a CD reviewer for West Coast Performer magazine – until the pressure of writing under deadline for free caught up with me. Fired from a non-paying job! Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I took it very seriously. Listened to each CD over and over again, taking copious notes. Tried to be constructive. Discovered some great indie music. Got published in a quality magazine. And several years later, WCP reviewed my CD!
I grew up in San Francisco, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. As an adult, I have lived in San Francisco and Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA. Moved up the coast to Portland, OR, in 2004, where I still live. Completely alone. Not even a pet!
I write software for a living. Back when I started, in 1990 or so, I was extremely fortunate to be friends with the brilliant Young Harvill. He gave me a shot and entrusted me with a lot of responsibility at a very young age. I have worked with many talented people and some cutting edge technologies, including virtual reality, 3D graphics, and digital video. It's a different biz these days – it's all about the money now. Back in my day, we were all about the art, man.
I drink lots of espresso. Long-time Francophile. Hockey fan and amateur player.
Hopefully I still have some tricks up my sleeve!