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Last Updated 97-06-29, Rev. 22

>> A personal glimpse, and still under construction, of course!

After two years of operating our own manufacturing company, Lumen Controls, Inc., my partner and I have closed the business. I'm now engaged in a full-time job search, while completing the sale of the business components and the accounting wrap-up. You may still be able to see the old Lumen Controls web site, though you can't order anything. (Eventually, the site will be removed.)

I look forward to becoming re-employed, and also returning to many of the interests and pursuits below!

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In California, I was able to start up again the sailing I had done as a teen, through the WONDERFUL people and boats at Orange Coast College.  I loved their larger boats like Alaska Eagle (a 65 foot, 39 ton sloop, winner of the 1977 Whitbread round-the-world race -- a particularly sturdy boat for 14 people [it had to be, for the Southern Ocean!]). I look forward to when I can take one of their extended sails in the Pacific. It's probably about as close as I'm liable to get to where the Whitbread and BOC are sailed. But who knows!

Before there was a world wide web, I got the nickname "Surfer" at work because of a cruise I did off California and the stories I told about steering with a following sea. Surfing that 39 ton boat was fun -- it would be interesting to try it with the seas of the Southern Ocean.

<This will become> A whole page of Sailing Links



I love to read, whether its the morning paper, an old book, or browsing.

*updated* (2/25/97)  Current books include:

Most Recently Read Currently Being Read Upcoming Books
  • 8 - "Learn Java Now", S. Randy Davis, Programmers' text for Java Apps & Applets; focused on MS Visual J++. Very well written, hitting all the highlights, though needs frequent minor debugging. 2/15/97
  • 8 "Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time", Dava Sobel, A tribute to John Harrison, and his 40 year battle to develop a chronometer rugged enough to survive at sea and accurate enough to navigate through long voyages. A good summary of the technical inventions, interacting with the political machinations surrounding the prize for solving the deadly problem of not knowing one's longitude. 2/21/97
  • 7 "David Brinkley: A Memoir", by you-know-who, Subtitled "11 Presidents, 4 Wars, 22 Political Conventions, 1 Moon Landing, 3 Assassinations, 2,000 Weeks of News and Other Stuff on Television and 18 Years of Growing Up in North Carolina." That pretty much covers it, besides mentioning his usual dry wit and poetry-dense delivery. 2/6/97
  • 8 - "Airframe", Michael Crichton, A riviting investigation into an aircraft's crippling accident. A fabulous look into the Aerospace Biz -- with chase scenes as if it were going to become a blockbuster movie. Do you think? One thing -- What kind of Aerospace VP has no staff? 1/21/97
  • 8 - "The Last Best Thing", Pat Dillion, A fast read ... A fun semi-fiction of strife & struggle among the big players in Silicon Valley. 1/19/97
  • 7 - "Executive Orders", Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan had a tough time serving Presidents - now he is one. Everyone wants to exploit his honest naiveté. A good read. 12/96
  • 9 -"microserfs", Douglas Coupland, a depiction of the lives of young Microsoft programmers. Fabulous! 11/96
  • 5 - "The Road Ahead", Bill Gates, a detailed vision (1ed) of upcoming communications & technology, with a CD-ROM that struggles mightely. 11/96
  • "The Log of Christopher Columbus", Robert H. Fuson (translator), Columbus' day-to-day log: sailing, navigation, and new world encounters: 1492-08-03 through 1493-03-15.
  • "The Best of Only in L.A.", Steve Harvey, the best of the L. A. Times column -- and these items really are found Only in L.A.!
  • "Moby-Dick or The Whale", Herman Melville [my continuing bedtime saga for Will for the last 2 years] The most complex sentences ever put together make a majestic and intricatly-detailed portrait of driven men at sea.
  • "Design Basics", Lauer & Pentzk, Art Design - unity, balance, motion, space, texture, color
  • "Perspective Drawing", Auvil
  • "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade)", Mark Twain, Huck and Jim take off down the Mississippi
  • "Atlantic High", William F. Buckley, Jr., Buckley and pals gather again for a trans-Atlantic boat delivery
  • "Poland", James Michener
  • "The Microsoft Way", Randall E. Stross, Subtitled "The Real Story of How the Company Outsmarts Its Competition"
  • "Between Brothers & Sisters", Faber & Mazlish, "A Celebration of Life's Most Enduring Relationship", from my sister, Jennifer!
  • "The Road Ahead", Bill Gates, The new second edition. Hope the CD works better, this time!
  • "Rise & Resurrection of the American Programmer", Ed Yourdon, He now thinks there's *hope*
  • "Iberia", James Michener

Some of my favorite books of all time include:



I find that one tool and three parts of science fascinate me most. The science areas are ones which I find wonderfully complex, but comprehendable. I don't think I'll ever lose my fascination with them!



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I''m excited by marine tropical "fish" -- actually the more interesting critters aren't fish at all. Though I've found sometimes that I need to keep only the more hardy critters, fish are pretty easy, as are crustaceans and mollusks. I've had less luck with anemones, though moving can be a hard experience on everybody. (An eight hour delay on Continental Airlines because they forgot that the FAA required a pilot that had had eight hours of sleep before reporting killed off my entire tank during my last move.)



I've also had a fine time flying (as a private pilot), diving (I learned SCUBA in Hawaii, and have done it several times there and in California), and enjoy playing music. Though I grew up playing piano & organ, and many years of trumpet, I'm now mostly into conducting CDs. I'm especially fond of conducting Beethoven, though I like Brahms' First and just die whenever I get to conduct 1812 (it's got to be a recording with good cannon!).

I also make wine. From my years in California, I picked grapes and made wine. I've got a '91 Napa Cab bottled, and '92 Napa Cab and '93 Sonoma Cab finishing up & near time to bottle.