About Me (The Egotistical Page)
4 May 2012, 9:49pm EDT (GMT -0400)
Places Of Residence
Township, Ohio (~4 years, June 2008-present)
Township, Ohio (2 months of corporate housing, April-May 2008)
Lafayette, Indiana (7 years, 2001-2008)
- San Bruno, California (5 month internship, 2001)
- Sunnyvale, California (3 month internship, 2000)
- San Luis Obispo, California (4 years, 1996-2000)
- Salt Lake City, Utah (4 years, 1992-1996)
Maine (5 years, 1986-1992)
Colorado (9 years, 1977-1986)
- Purdue University,
West Lafayette, Indiana (2001-2003), Masters of Science,
- Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo,
California (1996-2000), Bachelors of Science,
Skyline High School, Salt Lake City, Utah (1994-1996)
In the spring of 2008 I joined
Northrop Grumman Xetron, located in
Cincinnati, Ohio. My job consists of performing all phases of the software
lifecyle as a member of a small engineering team to create network
communication software. I'm happier in my job than I've ever been. Every
day I go to work I get to work with fascinating, cutting-edge technology for
a clueful, well-funded customer, aware the entire time that the work I'm
doing is important and has direct, tangible impact. I couldn't ask for
Prior to NG, I worked at
Arxan Technologies in West Lafayette,
Indiana helping develop their immensely powerful software-based
anti-tamper/anti-reverse engineering technology. I had interned with Arxan
during my last year of graduate school and they were good enough to hire me
on full time a few months after I graduated, in March 2004. As it was a
small company (I was employee 21) my duties included a little of everything,
including software design/development/testing, information technology, and
quality assurance. By the time I left in March 2008 they'd grown to almost
100 employees, sustaining a growth rate of almost twenty employees a year. It
was a fun ride.
During my educational career, I had internships with:
I'm in a relationship with a young woman who brought eight dogs (yes, you
read that right: eight) into the relationship. She has been heavily involved
with fostering/rescuing so she developed quite the diverse pack, ranging
from 11-pound Pekingese
to an 175-pound
With that many
creatures running about we needed a sizeable yard, so the five acres (one
of them fenced) that came with the house we purchased in Ohio come in
We've done a fair bit of fostering for Newfoundlands since the spring of
2008. We've worked exclusively with the
South Central Newfoundland Club. They've been incredibly helpful and
supportive. I'm proud of the fact that we've been able to help them out
through some very tough years. During 2007 the group rescued and placed 14 dogs.
As of this writing (May 2012) the group has already placed 14 dogs in 2012
and has 15 in foster homes; we're on track to rescuing nearly 90 dogs in 2012 --
an increase of over 400% from 2007.
In these tough economic times, many families are not only losing their homes but
their lifelong family pets at the same time since many apartment complexes
are unwilling/unable to allow renters with giant-breed dogs.
- Prince (male Pekingese)
- Lucy (female Pekingese)
(male Border Collie)
(male Pug mix)
- Freddie (male Pug mix)
- Jimmy (male Newfoundland)
- Bella (female Newfoundland),
owner surrender in April 2012. Bella has been with the same family since she was six months old
until now (she's about seven years old). The father in her family recently took a new job in
Saudi Arabia. Her family thankfully realized the difficulties just getting her moved to the Middle
East, not to mention how poorly a cold-weather dog would fare in 120°F weather. For her own
welfare, her family reluctantly surrendered her to SCNC.
She's a beautiful, well-mannered, and very sweet lady. It is often more challenging to find
a good Forever Family match for a dog her age. Amy and I are in total agreement that Bella is
welcome to stay with us for as long as it takes to find her the perfect home.
- Zeus (male Newfoundland),
owner surrender in October 2011. His owners were experiencing extreme financial
hardships, so they (thoughtfully) surrendered him for his own
well-being. He's four years old and has severe orthopedic issues
in both his hips and knees. After having him seen by an orthopedic surgeon,
his knee has been identified as the only joint that is in real need of
surgery. Unfortunately the surgery he needs is VERY expensive and the
rescue group's funds are very limited, so we are going to treat him as
we treated our previous hospice dog, Richter; the rescue group will pay
limited medical to keep him happy and reasonably healthy as long as we
- Darth Vader (male Lhasa
Apso), RIP, 28 Nov 2008. He was part of Amy's pack when I first
started dating her. I met him after he'd already lost an eye, so
he contributed to the popular quote that Amy had 8 dogs which would
imply 16 eyes, but unfortunately there were only 13. He had really
bad hips due to a botched surgery and his tongue was always hanging
- Kogy (male Poodle mix),
RIP, 28 Nov 2008. Amy got him from the Humane Society in Indy after
serious abuse and as a result he spent the first several months hiding
behind Amy's toilet in her condo. After a whole lot of intensive love,
by the time I met him he was absolutely obsessed with being in
someone's lap 24-7.
- Richter (male Newfoundland),
hospice from February 2010-November 2011. He was about seven years old
and morbidly obese when we got him (target weight: 150 pounds; weight
at first vet appt: 215). His name was a reference to his initial
weight (think "scale"). As he literally could not stand under his own weight
when we first got him, we immediately put him on a strict diet and he was able
to get down to 170-180 within a very short time span, greatly increasing his
energy and mobility. Amy
and I discussed his case with the rescue group and we all agreed that he was
not going to be adopted out, so Amy and I took him as a hospice where the
group paid limited medical for him while we kept him happy and comfortable.
He had a very unique personality, but he was incredibly sweet with both Amy
and I. His favorite thing in the world was to lay outside on the deck outside
our living room and survey the world for hours on end. "Mr. Grumpypants" will
- Marvin (male Newfoundland),
hospice from November 2011-March 2012. He was seriously undernourished when we
got him (target weight: 140; initial weigh-in: 98). We were able to get some
meat on his bones and it was looking very good to get home adopted out.
As he got ready to be listed for adoption, we had a cyst removed from his
foot in January 2012. During this procedure they detected a lump and biopsied
it. Unfortunately it showed that he was a very advanced cancer case. At that
time we agreed to be a hospice home for him and keep him comfortable as long
as we could. Marvin was always a very sweet dog, getting along great with all
the other dogs in the house. He would have made an absolutely amazing dog
for someone had the cancer not cut his time on this planet short. We'll always
have fond memories of him as the dog that mooed instead of barked.
- Big Dog (male Newfoundland),
fostered, placed with a Forever Family in spring 2008.
- Dora (female Newfoundland),
fostered, placed with a Forever Family in spring 2008.
- Pink (female Newfoundland),
sister of Jimmy, fostered, placed with a Forever Family in summer
- Purple (female Newfoundland), sister of Jimmy, fostered, placed with a Forever Family in summer 2008.
- Annie (female Newfoundland),
transported from owner to foster home when the owner turned her over to the group,
- Dozer (male Newfoundland),
fostered April-June 2009, placed with a Forever Family near Bloomington,
IN, 26 June 2009. Without a doubt, my favorite foster dog. From the
first time he saw me, he was totally crushing on me. He came up and
leaned on me every single minute I was every in the kitchen or back
yard with him. It was very, very tough to not just adopt him, but after
seeing him interact with his Forever Family at the annual SCNC Christmas Tree Pulls in
both 2009 and 2010 I have to admit I've never seen a better dog/Forever Family match in
my entire time rescuing dogs.
- Annabelle (female
fostered June-September 2009, placed with a Forever Family in
Indianapolis, IN, 9 September 2009
- Bud E. Dog (male Newfoundland),
fostered September-October 2009, relocated to a new foster family closer
to the family who will be adopting him
- Fudge (female Newfoundland),
transported from owner surrender to foster home, 18 November 2009
- Paula Deen (female Newfoundland),
fostered June-October 2010. She had been abandoned by her previous owners
and was set loose outside in the thickets of southern Indiana, where
she had to fend for herself for at least a month. When she came to us
she was horribly malnourished (initial weigh-in at ~90 pounds, target of
about 120) and terribly afraid of people -- a likely indicator of severe
physical abuse. Over the span of the time we had her, we got her weight
and confidence back up, so by the time she left us she was one of the
absolutely sweetest dogs we've ever had the honor of fostering. She's
been placed at her Forever Home with a wonderful lady in northern
Illinois who has decades of experience with special needs
Newfoundlands, so Paula quite literally is in the best hands possible.
most special thing about Paula was watching her transformation, from
a near-death, completely-terrified dog who cowered in the corner of our yard shivering
for the first several days to one of the most lovable and loving dogs
I've ever met.
- River (male Newfoundland),
fostered Dec 2010-Jan 2011. He was a really sweet but
malnourished 11 month old brown Newf. We had some initial
concerns about a heart murmur but it turned out to be very
minor and won't affect his lifespan or energy level. In a
neat twist of fate, a coworker of mine expressed interest in
adopting a rescued Newf while we still had River. The group
agreed that my coworker and his wife would be a great
forever family for River, so I am able to get regular
updates on his progress.
- Sampson (male Newfoundland),
fostered Jan-Feb 2011. Sampson (a.k.a. "Lil' Sammy") was
an owner surrender at the tender age of eight months old.
After we took him in,
SCNC paid for him to visit a canine
opthamologist at Met Vet due to concerns
about one of his eyes. The specialist confirmed there was a genetic condition
in his right eye, likely to have resulted from
his parents having been either too young to breed, too
closely related to breed, or both. While he doesn't
have any sight out of the "bad" eye the doctor assured us it wasn't causing him
any discomfort and would not affect his life span or quality.
He was very quickly placed
with a wonderful Forever Family in Akron, Ohio.
- Rufus (male Newfoundland),
fostered March-September 2011. Rufus' owner had to be placed into a retirement
home and could no longer take care of him. This was one of those particularly
sad fosters, because Rufus had been with the gentleman for all five years he's
been alive. There was no abuse or neglect, but due to a change in his owner's
health they had to find Rufus a new home. You can visit the photo album to
see pictures of
Rufus. The previous owner's daughter works at Med Vet
in Columbus, Ohio. (Side note: Med Vet has saved the life of two of our dogs,
Andrew and Jimmy, identifying and fixing major issues that nobody else around
could have. I couldn't be more grateful). The daughter surrendered Rufus to
SCNC and Amy and I fostered him for
six months until the group was able to find the perfect home for him in
Westfield, Indiana. Rufus was the most easy-going, low-stress,
low-maintenance foster we've ever had and will do wonderfully in his new home.
- Cindy Lou (female Newfoundland),
boarded for a small part of November 2011. She was surrendered to the rescue group
from the same owner who surrendered Marvin (see above). A very nice, gentle girl who
stayed with us just long enough to get spayed, at which time she was moved to
another foster home.
- Kota (female Newfoundland),
boarded for a small part of February 2012. She was surrendered to the rescue group
due to her owners losing their house and having to move into a trailer which did
not suit her. She was friendly, nice and gentle and even in a week I bonded with
her quite strongly. She was moved to a foster home in Illinois who, if the match
works out, is planning on adopting her permanently.
- Koda (male Newfoundland),
boarded for a week in March 2012. It's a strange coincidence that his name is
so similar to our last boarder, but there is absolutely no relation. Koda
was surrendered to us by a lady who lost her home and her entire family within
a few short months. He was older, about seven, and fairly overweight. Still,
he had a great personality and got along great with our other dogs. He was
moved to a more-permanent foster home in Martinsville, Indiana where he'll
get to hang out with four other Newfies while he awaits placement.
- Boo Kitty (male domestic short-hair cat), RIP winter 2009-2010. This
cat actually came with the house, the previous owners asked us if we'd
take over his care. He was a cool cat and an impressive mouser. He'll
- Margaret Thatcher (female grey tabby), MIA June 2010. She was a
feral cat who was dropped off at Amy's clinic when very pregnant. They
were able to adopt her kittens out, and we took her to replace Boo
Kitty. She didn't like this plan as much as we did and was MIA within
a couple of days after we brought her home and put her in the barn with
a covered bed, food and water.
- Mama Cat (domestic shorthair cat), RIP September 2010. This
was the mother of the six-kitten litter we're trying to place. For
a stray she was very sweet and good with people, but unfortunately
like many strays had feline leukemia and passed away shortly after
birthing her kittens. The "good" part of this story is that all of
her six kittens tested negative for the virus and are entirely
- Peeps LaRue (domestic shorthair cat), fostered September-December
2010. One of the litter of six
kittens that we took from Amy's brother and sister-in-law. Placed
with Amy's sister and neice.
- Frances Marie (domestic shorthair cat), fostered
September-December 2010. Sister of Peeps LaRue,
also placed with Amy's sister and neice.
- Detective Carla Whiskerson (domestic shorthair cat), fostered
September-December 2010. Sister of
Peeps and Frances Marie, adopted out to a client of Amy's vet
- Jorge Faiez, Kiki LeCat, Special Agent Ramirez (domestic
shorthair cats), fostered September 2010-February 2011. The last three
of the six-kitten litter. Adopted out to clients of Amy's vet clinic.
- Stanley (male short-hair domestic cat), rescued March 2011, adopted in
May 2011. Stanley and his sister Sara were found inside a dog house after
having been born
less than twenty-four hours earlier. The mother cat had left them there,
likely when the homeowner let his dog out that morning. Stanley and Sara
were brought to Amy's vet clinic (the homeowner is a client). The kittens
had to be warmed up in a warm water bath and then we brought them home.
Amy's had to bottle-feed them every 2-4 hours. They were so little you
could easily hold both in the palm of one hand. They were adopted out
to one of the best clients at Amy's vet clinic.
- Sara (female short-hair domestic cat), fostered March-May 2011. Sara
is Stanley's sister.
- Tony (male short-hair domestic cat), fostered September-November 2011.
Tony and his sister Carmella were from a litter of feral cats where the
mom had a Bad Experience™ with a car when the kittens were too
young to survive on their own. Tony and Carmella were the only two of
the litter of five to survive and the family that adopted the two of them
in November 2011 is very lucky indeed; they're great cats.
- Carmella (female short-hair domestic cat), fostered September-November
2011. Carmella is Tony's sibling.
- Jacob (male short-hair domestic cat), fostered April 2012-present.
Jacob's mom abandoned the entire litter that Jacob was a part of. Jacob
sadly was the only one of three kittens to survive but he's doing really
well and will be an amazing addition to someone's family.
- Cooking. Fairly early into my stint in graduate school I
realized that I honestly enjoyed cooking for myself. It was a nice
chance to focus on something other than the intimidating pile of work
that was usually crushing down on me. Once I graduated and had quite
a bit more free time and disposable income I was able to explore more
of the culinary world. As of 2009 I feel comfortable calling myself an
accomplished beginner-to-intermediate cook. There's no question that
I've got a huge amount to learn, but that's one of the things I like
about cooking: there's always a huge amount to learn about
cooking no matter how much of an expert you are.
Feel free to peruse my Recipe List.
I purchased a Fuji FinePix A330 3.2 megapixel camera at Radio Shack
for $150 the day before I left for my trip to Cancun in January 2005.
I've found that I've enjoyed having it, but more surprisingly, I
seem to have some actual aesthetic sense for what makes a good
picture. Just in time for my trip to Maui in January '06 I added a 6.2
megapixel Fuji FinePix E550. In December '06 my dad very generously
purchased a 6-megapixel Nikon D50 DSLR camera for me for Christmas.
You can peruse the pictures I've taken in my
- Housework. Upon moving to Ohio in the spring of 2009 I
purchased my first house. It came with five acres of land, though only
two of them could be considered the "yard." Learning how to take
proper care of a house and yard has been quite a challenge, but I think
I'm taking to it well. I do sometimes miss having weekends where I
could be lazy from 5pm on Friday until Monday morning.
- Socializing. In the spring of 2002 I was introduced to the
Rusty Bucket, a West Lafayette piano bar inside the
Neon Cactus. I was instantly
hooked and became a regular from 2004 until the spring of 2008. I
still manage to get back every month or two. The piano is well-manned
by the one and only
Bruce does fantastic covers of well over 400 songs, focusing
fairly heavily on the 80s. It's definitely the best
entertainment I've found in the midwest. A good Cactus night is four
hours full of loud, raucus fun, good music, low-brow comedy
mixed with cheap drinks. If you're in the area, don't pass up the
chance to see what it's all about.
- Motorsports. Through my appreciation for Subarus, I was
pointed towards the World Rally
Championship, more commonly known as "rally racing." I've been
watching rallies regularly since early 2004. It's great in all the
ways most motorsports are terrible: the track is more complicated than
an oval, there are extreme restrictions on repairs that are allowable,
tire selections, and expenditures by the manufacturers. It's a real
test of human skill, engineering talent, and then throw some luck in
there. It's a blast to watch and encourage everyone to check out the
races now that they're being carried on HD
Theater (carried by most cable and satellite providers)
- Hockey. I first got into hockey while living in Maine. I
played for a few years, but trying to play with kids who learned how
to skate around the time they were potty trained was difficult when I
first put on skates at age 9. I found it far more enjoyable to
watch hockey, becoming a fan of the
Unversity of Maine
Black Bears, coached by the legendary Shawn Walsh. I got to watch some
truly excellent hockey by some incredible players, several of whom are
now in the NHL (Scott Pellerin, Keith Carney, Eric Weinrich and Mike
Dunham, just to name a few).
In Utah, I became a casual fan of the Golden Eagles, the local minor
league team. They left town but were replaced by the
Utah Grizzlies in 1994. My
friend Matt Fankhauser and I became devout fans and got to watch their
incredible 1995-1996 season which was capped with a 4-0 sweep of the
Orlando Solar Bears in the final round of the playoffs to win the
In 1995 the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver and became the
and I decided that the Aves were going to be "our team" as they were
the closest NHL franchise to Salt Lake. I've been a loyal fan ever
since, watching them win the Northwest Division every from 1996
to 2004 and winning Lord Stanley's cup in 1996 and 2001. As with any
Colorado fan, I've developed a potent hatred for the Detroit Red
Wings. After Todd Bertuzzi sucker-punched Steve Moore and broke his
neck as a result of riding him to the ice in 2004, I've also added
him to my hate list.
I've lived in the midwest since 2001 so I've developed more interest
in some of the area teams, such as the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis
Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburg Penguins and the Nashville
Predators. See the paragraph above regarding my feelings for the
boys from Detroit.
In 2004 I was able to finally afford DirecTV service and got the NHL
Center Ice package. In the fall of 2007 I was able to upgrade my
system to HD and now bathe in the true glory of having high def hockey
available. It's really helped my ability to stay interested in the
To the NHL: I'm not going to be happy with the new rules until you
finally get automatic icing. This touch-up stuff is stupid. It doesn't
add any drama to the game, and more importantly, people get seriously
injured when they lose an edge and plow into the boards. Fix this.
- Skiing. Though I first learned to ski in Colorado, I didn't
get serious until I lived in Maine. I would consider myself to be
an advanced skier, skiing a combination of blue and black runs. My
best season was our first year in Utah (1992-1993) when I went skiing
21 times, often skiing three times in a weekend (Friday night, Saturday
and Sunday). Due to a knee injury in the spring of 1995, I don't do
any of the following: off-trail skiing, moguls, or jumps. Check out my
Digital Tribute to
Resorts I've skied:
Resorts I'm planning on skiing:
- Cars. I am a loyal Subaru
- Current car: 2008 Subaru Impreza
WRX sedan, 7 Aug 2007 - present
- Summer: 17x7" stock wheels with BFGoodrich g-Force Sport (205/50-17) tires
- Winter: 16x6.5" wheels with Dunlop Winter Sport M3
- Brake Rotors: Centric Premium
- Brake Pads: Akebono Pro ACT Ceramic
- Brake Lines: G-Stop Stainless Steel
- Brake Fluid: ATE Super Blue
- Planned Upgrades
- Replace stock 17x7" wheels with Rota SDR
17x7.5" wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagle
F1 GS-D3 summer tires in 225/45-17
- Cobb Tuning AccessPort
(Stage 1, +9% horsepower, +10% torque)
- Previous car: 2001 Subaru
Legacy sedan, summer 2001 - Aug 2007
- All-season tires: Bridgestone Potenza RE950 (225/45-17) on
Rota SDR rims (17x7.5")
purchased from SubyDude
- Front & rear strut tower bars from Cobb Tuning
- Sport-tuned springs from iON Performance
- KYB GR-2 sport-tuned
struts purchased on
adjustable rear swaybar from PDM Racing
- Stainless steel brake lines from Cobb Tuning
- Sport brake rotors
- Sport brake pads
- Cars I will own some day (oh yes, they will be mine):
I try to donate a reasonable percentage of my time and money to
organizations that further social causes I support.
- The American Civil Liberties Union.
They strive to protect the rights granted to all American citizens by
the Bill of Rights as well as the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments to
the United States Constitution. In summary:
- Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association
and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
- Your right to equal protection under the law - equal treatment
regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
- Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government
whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
- Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government
intrusion into your personal and private affairs.
- Americans United for Separation of
Church and State. AU is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving
the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way
to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.
- The Democratic Party.
I strongly support social welfare programs, universal health care,
drastically improving all levels of our educational system, defending
voter rights, improving our country's security through diplomacy instead
of military force whenever possible, womens' reproductive rights
including abortion, gay
marriage, separation of church and state, increasing the minimum wage,
and gun control.
oppose the death penalty, invasions of privacy, privatization of
sevices for the public good, and censorship. With the hope of
furthering those goals, I feel I am best represented by the Democratic
- Project Vote Smart. PVS is
a non-profit, non-partisan organization that tracks voting records,
issue positions, public statements and campaign finances of all
candidates and elected officials.
- The Innocence Project.
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy
organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people
through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice to prevent
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The EFF protects our rights in the digital age, focusing on areas such
as privacy, intellectual property, free speech, and electronic
- The Electronic Privacy Information
Center. EPIC works to protect privacy, freedom of expression, democratic
values, and to promote public participation in decisions concerning the
future of the Internet.
- Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility. CPSR fosters public discussion of and public
responsibility for use of technology in systems that are critical to
society, challenges the assumption that technology alone can solve
political and social problems, and encourages the use of information
technology to improve quality of life.
- Project Gutenberg. This
project scans in public domain literary works and makes
them available for free download. As of April 2007 their collection
consists of over 21,000 items and 50 new items are being added every
- Child's Play. This
charity was started by Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade fame. Gamers giving
toys and money to childrens hospitals around the world. I organized
Arxan's donation to Child's Play two years in a row which raised nearly
$6,000 for sick children and their families.