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What makes me tick? Nobody else wanted to interview me, so I interviewed myself.

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  1. What does a guy like you do for a living?
    I currently work for a financial firm in NYC. I develop and support a number of in-house and vendor products for trading a multitude of asset classes.

  2. What does a guy like you do in your spare time?
    I'm a bonafied geek. I play around with my computers, play video games, read sci-fi, and drink microbrew, craft, and import beer. I love my electronic gadgets and gizmos, and frequently void warranties. Whenever I go somewhere, I end up fixing the computer. Oh... and I dig chill'in with my kids and Slappin' da Bass.

  3. Where do you do your shopping? I want to be JUST LIKE you...
    A majority of my shopping is done at amazon.com, NewEgg, and ThinkGeek. (Warning: shameless plug approaching) Of course, any time I'm in the market for handmade jewelry or art, I buy from my wife, Elisa.

  4. Star Trek or Star Wars? Which series or episode?
    You promised no hard questions. This is unfair making me choose - so I won't. My favorite Star Wars episodes are V and III. Of course, I would never turn down I-VI marathon (thank you CineMax!). Unless it weren't in HD. Then I wouldn't watch at all. My favorite Star Trek is TNG.

  5. What songs do you keep on your iPod?
    I do not, and never will (again) own an iPod. I had my first mp3 player (Rio Volt) before Steve Jobs ever heard the term 'mp3'. I hate that smug asshole. And doesn't the Apple advertising group realize that the iMac IS A PC? 'PC' stands for 'Personal Computer' - not 'Microsoft Windows® Computer'. And...

    I'm sorry about that - what do you have on your mp3 player?
    I currently have Beethoven's 5th, 6th, and 9th Symphony conducted by Arturo Toscanini, Beethoven's 9th Symphony conducted by Karl Bohm, Dvorak's 9th Symphony by the Columbia University Orchestra, Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Violin Concertos conducted by Itzhak Perlman, a number of Jethro Tull albums (This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, and A Passion Play), a number of Pink Floyd albums (Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Meddle, Animals, Ummagumma, etc), as well as a handful of my miscellaneous tracks (everywhere from Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer to System of a Down to Journey to Christopher Tin)

  6. What is your thought on car bumper stickers?
    I do not have any bumper stickers on my cars. I don't mind bumper stickers. But I think that if you feel the need to tell me your personal beliefs and favorite political candidates as I pass you, then I think that you should have to defend those beliefs if questioned. I get the strangest looks from people when I follow someone into a parking lot and point out why I disagree with their bumper sticker. Nobody ever wants to defend their position - they just want to tell the world their position. They see the bumper sticker as a cheater way of stating their position without defending it. Why don't they just shout their political and/or religious views to people as they drive by? Or call a random phone number, scream a catch-phrase, and hang up?

  7. What is/are your favorite...
    Oh boy...

    • Time of day?
      Morning. I am a morning person. I get up around 04:00 on weekdays, and I'm at work around 07:00. I do my best thinking in the morning.

    • Car company?
      I love my Toyota and my Subaru.

    • Video Game?
      It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I'm in the mood for Morrowind, sometimes Oblivion, and sometimes Skyrim. Sometimes I want to play Lego StarWars. If I have a ton of free time, I love a good (solo) game of Total War: Medieval II. And sometimes, I have a hankering to go retro. Then I bust out the NES for Metroid and Zelda or the TG16 for Bonk's Adventure. Of course, every now and then I fire up the old virtual machine (thank you VirtualBox) for some Warcraft II Battle.Net or Doom II. I could go all day with this... What's the next question?

    • Cartoon?
      The Simpsons, of course.

    • Sci-fi author?
      Isaac Asimov. I particularly like reading the Robot series, Empire series, and Foundation series (in that order). If read in that order, the story flows beautifully (though the writing style changes frequently). If you DO read through all of that, make sure to finish up with the epic Foundation and Earth.

    • Comicbook Publisher?
  8. Why do you take the ferry instead of the PATH train to cross the river?
    That's a silly question. I haven't had to go downtown in nearly 5 years! Now my commute looks like this; drive to train, sleep on train, walk from GCT to work.

  9. Any thoughts on Chuck Norris?
    There is no reason to think - there are many facts available.

  10. Any thoughts on Cablevision?
    The worst cable company I have dealt with. I checked the Verizon FIOS page every day for six months until it was available in my area. And as soon as the TV service (no, you do NOT need a satellite dish...) was available, I signed up for that too. Cablevision wouldn't even sell me a static IP! Verizon offered me a /28 subnet! The cable companies don't understand that compressing the crap out of a HD signal is not acceptable. And Cablevision's customer support is as useful as a one-legged man at an ass kicking contest.

  11. What is it like being a 'F' list celebrity?
    It's great! I'm only three degrees of separation away from that girl who killed her husband on a cruise ship during their honeymoon - I mean "allegedly killed her husband". My wife went to the same high school (and had the same teachers) as that girl. See, I'm really close to people who make national news!. And now that I'm a celebrity, every few weeks someone comes over to me and says "Hey! Aren't you that guy..."

  12. What is it like being 'that guy'?
    I enjoy being 'that guy'. In college, I was 'that guy who never left the IEEE lounge'. Now I am 'that guy with the hair'. Recently at work, I have become known as 'that guy who always has a screwdriver'. I love it!

  13. Why do you even bother running and maintaining your page, rcamera.org?
    I use it primarily as an outlet for my creative side. Or something like that... And I truly enjoy maintaining servers. It really is a great outlet for my geekiness - er, um - I mean creativity.

  14. How did you end up hosting the Cromwell High School All-School-Reunion page?
    My wife (only two degrees of separation from that girl!) went to Cromwell High School. My wife's mother was on the All-School-Reunion committee. She asked if I would host (and design, and implement, and maintain...) the site, and I agreed. That's the story...

 
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