17:I am now 17 years old, and I am going to the local community college
to study many diverse subjects. I finally bought a new computer, and it
is STILL in the shop for repairs (my Sound-Card refuses to record audio
reliably). Most of the information below is inaccurate, so be warned.
All paragraphs written when I am 17 will be prefixed by 17:.
I was 14 years old when I wrote most of this, and I still live in
Maryland, relatively near Washington,
D. C. I have become a member of a Boy Scout Troop (perhaps mistakenly,
as I now have even less time to keep this page up-to-date) number 1002
of the National Capital Area Council(NCAC). Becoming the Scribe, I have
apparently commited myself for life membership (or at least until I'm 18).
Unfortunately, getting there has become more and more impossible, as my
schedule is being filled to the breaking point. I have recently become
a volunteer for an Alliance for the Mentally Ill Thrift shop nearby.
I have several good friends, and am (usually) greatly enjoying myself here.
I taught myself to touchtype with the QWERTY layout, and am currently working
on the DVORAK SIMPLIFIED KEYBOARD arrangement.
I have finally returned from a harrowing episode of volunteer nightmare!
However, one of the volunteers which I met, an Evan
Metcalfe, also has a website, and therefore I add the link above to him.
17:I am taking 18 credits next semester at Montgomery College. I am
getting online much more often now that my computer is in the shop. I hope
to purchase a Virtual Boy, but I think that the deal will fall through.
I am now studing for the P/SATs, having left the GED behind (although
I haven't actually taken it yet). My main interests are writing computer
programs in non-standard languages. I enjoy Multi User Dungeons, although
I usually don't get much online time (unlike my Friend, who was reputedly
playing for as long as 14 hours at a stretch). Does anyone ever read paragraphs
like this. If you are reading this, email me right now for a free joke.
I am an avid fan of the so-called Text-Adventure, because of the ease of
use on virtually any computer system. Below, I have a link to my favorite
"Interactive Fiction" FTP site, and several more to various MUDS
my Friend recommends, although he keeps changing what he likes, so these
will NOT be up-to-date in any way. I collected US cents once, but
having completed (finally!), my collection, I no longer do so. I also like
foreign coins with interesting designs, although I do not often get chances
to do so.
17:Now I play the Harpsichord, not the Piano. But I still am a player of
Viola da Gamba. There are some new audio recordings in /quickbeam/music/
and /quickbeam/music2 demonstraiting my incredible ability to play badly
when I record.
I have played the Piano for four years, and the viola da gamba for one.
I am just starting to take up the harpsichord. I usually program my old
computer with FORTH (because of its speed) or Scheme (a dialect of LISP).
I can usually write programs in (besides the two mentioned above) C, BASIC,
and various Adventure-builders. I also wrote a few programs in AWK, but
nothing complex. I can use HyperCard, Excel, etc; if you have copies of
any strange or unusual language, please send me a copy - or at least information
on how to get it. I am trying to learn PROLOG, but as I don't have quite
enough spare time, I probably won't get to really understand the language
any time soon. Currently I am going on a quest collecting weird languages
for my collection. A good site I found (for DOS PCs) is at http://www.sponsor.net/~gchance/index.html.
If you know of any other good ones, I'd appreciate knowing the address.
I was at one point also messing around with CGI scripting, as you can see
above. The last time I updated this page Netscape decided to put in some
plugs for itself, I would like to apologise for this and other problems.
Pepsi has just introduced Josta in my
area; I greatly relish it. I am trying (unsuccessfully, I might add) to
write some sort of useful program in Java, but so far I have utterly failed
in all of my attempts. I am planning to attempt to upload some of my many
custom-built applications, but as their quality is very low I have refrained
from doing so so far.
17:The local Pepsi bottler has stopped producing Josta (CURSES!). However,
I discovered a substitute generic drink which is about 3x stronger (quiver!).
Sleep need never take me again!
I also have one of the (humorous) short (story) dialogs that I composed
The Wishing Rings: The Adventures of
Framk and Breet
Link to index file.