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BONUS: Now you can read all the rich, creamery goodness contained herein as translated into the Ukraine language courtesy of Vlad Brown.

Herein you'll find information about and links to topics in which I have some sort of interest, be that professionally or personally (with "professionally" hinting at oceanography, numerical methods, and science in general and "personally" best left to being at least implicitly defined in the appropriately titled personal (dis)information section). It's been said that there are two types of people (well, besides those who divide people into two types and those who don't), i.e. those who like to browse and those who want it now. This site is designed (if indeed that word can be used at all given the lack of deliberation in the structure of what lies herein) more for the former than the latter.

This site was originally developed, for practical reasons (i.e. all I had was a character-based terminal at the time), using the Lynx browser on a VT-200 terminal emulator, but now that I've moved into the 20th century via a Linux box with the X Window System and the Netscape browser it's chock-full of all sorts of graphics, colors and other annoying gee-gaws. A veritable plethora of hints and even painfully tedious instructions on how to accomplish similar feats on your own can be found elsewhere. Indeed, compared to most sites this one is technically in the dark ages (i.e. around 1995) in the sense that every last bit of technical gimcrackery created in the interim hasn't been immediately used in the sense that a dog that hasn't eaten in a week uses a plate full of raw meat.

Even though it is supposedly ``rilly rilly weigh q00l'' to have a page featuring the latest and greatest full multimedia experience, you aren't going to find that here. For several reasons, not the least of which is that not everyone has a T3 line running directly to their house yet, these pages are constructed such that you can read them with almost equal appreciation with browsers ranging from the character-based Lynx to Netscape 2000.3 with smell-o-rama, a version of Java that even makes coffee, and a psychic Perl module that knows what you want before you do. I say ``almost'' since I do include some images (mostly those of animals, sailing ships and the like). This old dog has also managed to figure out how to use tables to some useful effect, although such pages are still readable with Lynx.

I've separated my interests into several broad areas below, although some are broader than others. If you can't find something you think should be here, then poke around a bit more until you do find it. If for some strange reason it really isn't here, then send a complaint to the email address at the bottom of this (and, indeed, every) page with a request or, if you prefer, random praise, abuse, or anything else that you have a pressing need to communicate. All incoming messages will be treated equally, i.e. capriciously, although rest assured that I'm sufficiently garrulous (at least electronically) to ensure some sort of reply above and beyond a barrage of verbal abuse or a megabyte or so of Rod McKuen poetry, i.e. a different sort of verbal abuse. I'm capricious; not heartless.

Most of what you'll find here is pretty much techno-nerdish, the sort of stuff you'd expect someone wearing a helicopter beanie and a Dilbert t-shirt to be adding to the flotsam and jetsam of the infobahn. And, as a pack of boisterous English lads was wont to say (at least back when they were lads), "it's a fair cop." If you're looking for stuff that doesn't earn one the nickname of Poindexter then you would be well advised to search elsewhere, perhaps using keywords like "artsy-fartsy", "bidness" and "surreal estate". If you're looking for the usual visual fodder for making your palms hairier and eyes weaker then you're out of luck in these environs.

Having offered the necessary and sufficient warnings, threats, bribes, cajolery, blackmail, shameless self-promotion, merchandise, and high-grade municipal bonds to the gentle reader, let's get on with the show. Keep in mind P. T. Barnum's apothegm regarding certain regularities in the birthrate should you ever get lost or confused in the following. Enjoy.


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