So you want to know about me do you? Well, let's start with the "vital statistics". I'm a white anglo-saxon male. I'm 30 years old, 5'10" tall, I weigh 85 kilograms, have blue eyes, and short brown hair. Until a few years ago I wore glasses, and had done since I was 14. Now I usually wear contact lenses. There are a few pictures strewn about my site, some with me in them, so look around a bit if you want to see those. The recent ones are mostly my vacation pictures. For instance, in New Zealand bungy jumping, or Sydney, or Mount Washington. I also recently got a tattoo.
Here's some semi-formal/standardized ways of describing me.
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Here are my positions on the contentious issues of our day.
So what else belongs here... How about a little history? Well, I was born in Richmond Township, Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 15, 1974, around 8:30am EDT. Since then, a lot of things have happened. I grew up on a (very) small beef farm about 4 miles outside of Tamworth, Ontario, (Tamworth is about 20 miles north of Napanee (Napanee is about 30 kilometres west of Kingston on the 401 (Kingston is about 2 fifths of the way from Ottawa to Toronto, on the 401 (Toronto is the centre of the universe (at least that's what they claim))))) and had a blissful childhood frolicking about the countryside (no seriously, I did!). I went to Tamworth Public School for 9 years. About grade 4, I began to realize that I was significantly more intelligent than most or all of my classmates. By grade 6, I had no doubt I was the smartest person in my school. Of course, this was a school of 150 students, but that didn't matter much to me. In grade 7 and 8, I also asserted myself as the best fighter (pro style wrestler - ie. me and my classmates beating each other into submission on the playground) in the school. As you may have gathered by now, I had a substantial ego.
After primary school, I went to Napanee District Secondary School. Grade 9 was fun, because I still had that ego going strong. By this time I had convinced myself I was quite possibly the smartest person in the country, and I saw no evidence to the contrary. This continued in grade 10, but to a slightly lesser degree. Not that I changed my opinion of myself and the rest of the world, but it was simply old news, so I didn't feel it necessary to demonstrate at every opportunity. Then there was grade 11. I don't remember much about grade 11. I know I had a good time and all, but somewhere in there, I must have had an epiphany or something. When grade 12 came along, I was a new person. Basically, I had discarded the notion that I was always right, and started working harder at making it possible that that would be true at some time in the future.
After secondary school, I went to the University of Waterloo. I was there rather longer than I should have been. I started in September 1993, and finished in April 2000 with an Honours Co-op Computer Science Bachelor of Mathematics Degree. Now, it was a four year program, but I was in co-op, which means it would normally take 4 2/3 years (8 school terms, 6 work terms), so I should have graduated in April 1998. Perhaps at some point I'll document the saga in detail, but suffice it to say I slacked off, and had to catch up. In the end I had taken many courses, covering a bunch of topics (Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Concurrency, Data Structures, Databases, Digital Hardware, Numerical Computation, Operating Systems, System Performance Evaluation), Mathematics (Algebra, Calculus, Combinatorics & Optimization, Statistics), Astronomy, History, Music, Philosophy, Physics, and Religion). I had also worked at many places, for a bunch of organisations (Lennox & Addington County Board of Education, Industry Canada, CIBC, Zurich Insurance, EMR Canada, and Nortel).
My last four co-op terms were with Nortel (Networks), and I am now working for them full time in Ottawa as a Hardware Characterisation Engineer (I'm not a real "Engineer", that's just my job title) in the Optical division.
More to follow when I get around to it.
Ultra-preliminary timeline of my life:
University days F93:School:1A: Gehl's place W94:School:1B: Gehl's place S94:Work :L&A Board of Ed: Parent's house F94:School:2A: Gehl's place W95:Work :Industry Canada: Ottawa, Barb&Larry's house S95:School:2B: Gehl's place F95:Work :CIBC: Toronto, Keele W96:School:3A: Beechlawn? S96:Work :Zurich: Toronto, Belgravia F96:School:3B: Beechlawn? W97:Work :EMR Canada: Sudbury, College Residence S97:School:4A: 1?? Lester F97:Work :Nortel (DMS ASU/NIU): Ottawa, Beechwood? W98:School:3A: 204 Lester S98:Work :Nortel (DMS Messaging): Ottawa, Mike's place F98:School:3B: 204 Lester W99:Work :Nortel (Avici): Ottawa, Crestlea S99:School:4A: Phillip F99:Work :Nortel (Equinox System Architecture): Ottawa, W00:School:4B: MSA Funerals I've attended (in temporal order): ? Hutcheon (Great Grandmother) ? Johnson (Great Grandfather) Henry? Warden (Great Grandfather) Bernice Johnson (Grandmother) Murray Johnson (Grandfather) Chuck Thrasher (Second cousin once removed?) Jamie Hutcheon (Cousin) Marilyn Carrigan (Aunt) Nigel Gunn (Friend's Grandfather) Malcolm Hutcheon (Grandfather) Edith Hutcheon (Grandmother) Weddings I've attended (in approximate temporal order): Tammy (F) + Rob (M) Kim (F) + Rick (M) Linda (F) + Joe (M) Rob (M) + Lisa (F) Ian (M) + Christine (F) Tim (M) + April (F) Dani (F) + John (M) Lisa (F) + Steph (M) Trista (F) + Joel (M) Robin (F) + Jon (M) Elizabeth (F) + Joel (M)
If you know me personally, (heck, even if you don't) you could mail me your views on me, or what I've said here. I'll likely put it up here, and don't worry, I take criticism very well.
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