Bernd Helfert - Director at Large
Bernd Helfert is a German designer who got hooked by the Kheper website, following to Orion's Arm. "I have always been excited watching sci fi movies from the 70s. I experienced THX1138 and Dark Star, New York 1999 and the Omega Man being broadcast on my teenage tiny b/w portable TV set, sitting stunned on my bed. And don't forget about books: back issues of 50s + 60s pulp magazines best, Cordwainer Smith, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert and Stanislaw Lem. Even Orwell + Huxley gave me kicks." And today? of course he is still paying attention to the Gibsons and Stephensons, the Sterlings, Egans and Jeff Noons of the new millennium as he can't write stories by himself - but at least create images.
Dr. Bill Ernoehazy - Director at Large, Moderator, List Owner, Editor of "Voices: Future Tense"
Bill Ernoehazy, editor of the OA webzine Voices/Future Tense, is an emergency medicine specialist in Jacksonville Florida and environs. His fannish pursuits also include presenting at SF conventions on medicine in and of space (he was once a NASA/Univ of Florida Physician Affiliate), martial arts as they're portrayed in genre fiction (he is a researcher in medieval German combat styles), and punditry on futuristic developments. A neophile, he keeps a delighted eye on transhumanist, nanotechnological, and extropian groups and authors.
Chris Shaeffer - Secretary, Editor, Moderator, List Owner
Chris started his SF addiction as a young child watching television with his grandfather. In those early days the fiction was far more fascinating than the science. Cool ships, blaster pistols, and weird aliens were the call of the day. As the years passed Chris read more than a few books and comics, watched a vast array of movies, a bit of anime, and of course a lot more television. Over the decades following Chris grew to appreciate the science of the SF experience, exploring the wonderous world of the truly possible. Make no mistake though, he is still a fan of the fast paced space opera fleet battle and blaster fights. It's just that now the very real possibilities of the near and distant future are every bit as miraculous and entertaining as anything yet imagined. With that Chris found a home here at Orion's Arm.
Graham Hopgood - Executive Moderator, Site Editor, List Owner
Graham Hopgood is twenty-four, lives in the UK and currently works in London for a charity helping young people find employment in financial services. Graham's been getting involved with OA for a few years now, and is one of the contributing authors for the recent Orion's Arm novella collection.
Mark Ryherd - Director at Large, Site Editor
Mark Ryherd is a biont who graduated from The University of Iowa with a B.S. in Microbiology and is currently employed as a flow cytometrist. He became a fan of SF in middle school after watching old Doctor Who and Red Dwarf episodes. While still enjoying the softer side of SF he eventually worked his was up the`Mohs Scale of SF Hardness' to stumble across Orion's Arm. He became a contributor to the OAUP to improve his creative writing skills and to discuss tropes used is SF. His interest include history (especially the Hellenistic Period), paleontology, linguistics, gaming (board, card, and video), and cooking.
Stephen Inniss - President, Moderator, List Owner, Site Editor
Stephen Inniss relishes this peculiar opportunity to speak of himself in the third person. He started reading science fiction and fantasy shortly after he learned to read. He has been a researcher, prospector, and agricultural worker, and at one point he even wrote some material for one of the larger RPG companies. Though he did remain with a mining company long enough to find a small copper deposit, he did not stay long term and full time in any of these fields. Stephen's first degree was in the life sciences. Later, when he wanted a steadier work and better pay, he acquired various other certificates and qualifications, and later took a Masters degree in a completely unrelated field. This allows him to make a good living using early 21st century memetic engineering techniques. (No, not sales or advertising, and not politics either).
Steve Bowers - Executive Editor, Moderator, List Owner
...a spacemad, madman who lives in York, England with his wife and two daughters, and has read too much science fiction but wants to read even more. Maps to the futures that will never happen but should. He works in a Control Office but prefers to lose control when he can.
Todd Drashner - Treasurer, Moderator, List Owner, Site Editor
Todd A. Drashner was born and raised in the semi-wilds of Alaska, first got into science fiction at age 9 when he picked up a copy of Clarke's Childhood's End in a bored moment. Has been hooked on SF ever since. Generally prefers 'hard' science fiction that is still not afraid to think big. Went to college at University of Arizona, Tucson intending to become engineer and discovered that higher mathematics just doesn't compute for him. Switched to English and graduated in 1993, but always remained avid science and science fiction fan. Encountered Drexler's Engines of Creation in college along with trans and post-humanism and Vinge's Singularity concept. When he grows up he wants to be a Power.
Trond Nilsen - Vice President, Technical Adviser, List Owner, Moderator, CMS Developer
Trond is a freelance researcher, software engineer, and game designer, and a PhD candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is working on generative and intelligent educational games for teaching human anatomy using Semantic Web technologies.
Adam Getchell - Moderator
Adam Getchell is a Programmer/Post Graduate student; read his homepage and blog here.
AI Vin - Editor
the AI Vin is yet another alias of a mysterious entity who has given so many pseudonyms in his WEB life even he can't tell fact from fiction anymore. It has been rumored he is a Free Citizen of The Republic of Cascadia.
David Jackson - Editor, Moderator, List Owner
David Jackson lives in Reno, Nevada, with his wife and his baby daughter. He is a programmer for International Game Technology. He has been passionate about reading and writing science fiction for most of his life, and has been a happy acolyte of the Orion's Arm project since he discovered it several years ago.
John M. Dollan - Moderator
John M. Dollan was born on April 17, 1970 at some point in the early hours (which likely explains his almost pathological fear of waking up before 8am). From a very early age he gained a love of the unknown, spawning an interest in the sciences that was heavily encouraged by his Father and his work in the National Forest and Park Services. From there, the leap to science fiction was easy, although the further side step into a fanatic for bad monster and science fiction movies remains unexplained. Having achieved a degree in English at Montana State University-Northern, he is currently working on his ArcBuilder Universe, an attempted hard science fiction setting. The Planetary Classification List, designed for that setting, has gained some renown in the appropriate online communities, and it is his honor to have it modified and used in Orion's Arm as well. All of his projects can be found at his website, Explorations. John himself is married to his high school girlfriend Margo, and together they have three children (Liam Martin, Jackson Rhys, and Moira Sophie-Faith. John himself aspires to become immortal through various genetic tweaks and mind uploading technologies, but it remains on his "To Do List", right after "learn Portuguese".
Michael Walton has been fascinated by the sciences since childhood — so it was only natural that he wound up working in film and theater. Fortunately, being surrounded by media types who wouldn't know good science fiction if it walked up and bit them hasn't dulled his appreciation for hard SF (but he still loves Farscape). Mike is also an avid consumer of role-playing games — the people-and-paper kind, not computer games — but is usually stuck being the GM. His OmniQuestTM universal role-playing system has been demonstrated at two GenCons and is a regular feature at gaming conventions in south Texas.
Tony Jones is British, a software/systems engineer working for MBDA and living near Cambridge in the UK. He is married with two children. He has a Ph.D. in high temperature superconductivity at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity at the University of Cambridge (where he was a member of Christ's College). Before that he completed a degree in physics at the University of Portsmouth (Portsmouth Polytechnic as it wasthen). And he was born in November 1966. Outside of work, he used to spend a lot of time on roleplaying games, which he both ran and played in but these days parenting takes up much of his time. He still has an extensive roleplaying website at www.wolfram.demon.co.uk/roleplaying_top.html. As for his religion (if anyone cares), he is an atheist.
A. C. Maté
Aaron Hamilton created material for the OA project based on this website.
Arik is a Design student in Providence RI (USA). He enjoys evolutionary biology, all art made in the classical tradition, and transcending the human condition through various visual mediums.
Basu is the biological shell of an pre-singularity mind. This 'shell' is somewhere in the middle of what humans call the "teens". When the mind gathers some currency it wants to trade in this shell for something more lasting (say a few thousand years at least) and more efficient. In the meanwhile, the mind is interested in stuff such as physics, computers, medieval fantasy literature and of course the strange yet interesting concepts called "science fiction" and "philosophy". The mind is also considering studying something mundane and attending a thing that humans call "college" in the hope of getting something called a "job" (preferably one that brings him lots of currency). The shell is so useless that the mind prefers not to comment much on it. The mind also hopes to become a Godling and eventually participate in the Omega Point (if it gets a better shell that is). Discovered OA by accident while looking for information on destructive futuristic weaponry. His blog may be found here. Geek Code
Ben Higginbottom - Electronics engineer and archetypical nerd, has watched and read far, far too much science fiction, regional director of the Illuminati in the north west of England (we don't need orbital mind control lasers when Manchester United can be used to keep the proles in line), the scream of "Arrrgh when did I get old" can still be heard echoing around the hills of Lancashire when learning that the last series of Doctor Who was screened twelve years ago.
Bill makes his living explaining simple concepts to complex people who tend to work for large companies. Bill believes that anything you do three times should be scripted, and that if a piece of code is 100 lines long it can probably be done better in10. Bill is a Pisces who enjoys long walks in the hills, full personal state vector uploads, and chatting about completely harmless things over strong, public key encryption. His website is here.
A graphic designer and aspiring comic book artist, Brian is working on his own epic length sci-fi comic 'Mancer'. You'll find almost regular updates at www.mancer.com.
Charles Mosteller is a baseline human (Homo sapiens sapiens) who, one day, inadvertently wandered off of the baseline habitat reserve where he lives, and stumbled across M.Alan Kazlev's futuristic space opera project, Orion's Arm.
Chinedum Ofoegbu is a product of arcane genetic experiments, designed to produce a 75% emotionless, but otherwise "normal" lifeform. Instead, a being with diamond for brain, nitrogen for blood and the coldest hardest steel for a heart was injected into the population.
D. David Barbeau
D. David Barbeau grew up on science fiction, beginning with Star Trek and then was a Star Wars geek for a few years before graduating to novels like the Dune and Foundation series. The creation of the Sci Fi Channel helped him to begin his interest in scifi. He had been looking quite awhile for a space opera site before he found Orion's Arm. He is currently (besides writing for Orion's Arm) attending classes in hopes of someday getting a job and making enough money to buy his own personal island chain in the Seychelles Islands
D A G O N (Version February 2006) - this "dagon" individual is a highly distracted 41-year old bipolar from the Netherlands. Used to be hip and trendy but has grown intense, morose and cynical. Has been worldbuilding (escaping from mundane reality) since age 10, and early creations were undeniably Transhuman ... but these earliest stories had, as can be expected, many soft-SF qualities. Would love to use slow but steady artistic output as illustrator for real movie concept art one day. Considers self to be an ultrahard right winger Extropian (as long as the welfare system keeps flowing). Would love to be uploaded and get a thorough, "reconstructive" reformatting.
Daniel Eliot Boese
Daniel lives in the Niagara region of southern Ontario, Canada as an urban hermit, a libertarian monarchist, a licensed ham, the official Star Lord, a Potentate of the Rose, and an ordained minister in the First Church of Atheism. He plans to live forever or die trying, and finds the idea of being permanently stuck as a hairless primate an unsatisfying lifestyle choice.
Daniel Harle (aka Daniel Snarl, Harle, Harlequins, Snarlequins, Snarl, Quins and Maniacal Fishman) can be found in random places around the world, but most commonly in a small village in the North East of England, or on the internet on his (thus-far incomplete) website www.maniacalfishman.tk. Young Daniel is an avid fan of metal music, with such bands as System of a Down, Mudvayne, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Rammstein appearing in his record collection. Daniel is a fan on Final Fantasy games, and is currently writing a science-fiction novel, which as of yet lacks a title. If you want to learn more about him, and have first checked yourself into a mental asylum for having such thoughts, consult the Me, Myself and Maniacal Fishman on Daniel's website. Enjoy.
Darren Ryding was born and raised in Western Australia. He graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelors degree in English, majoring in Creative Writing. In the years since, he has had a handful of short works published, mostly in Australian fanzines. After writing, Darren's second favourite hobby is digital artwork, particularly 3D animation and photomanipulation (although he swears that the tiger photo is real).
Dieter Ludmann's website is here.
Eric Lo, a.k.a, "Quakfusion", is the list's resident objectivist.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
""Well, if we destroy Kansas, the world might not hear about it for a few years""
Johnny Nanonic, a.k.a Espen Antonsen, was a Star Wars/Trek fan for years before he stumbled upon Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, and since then he's never been quite the same. He is currently studying computer science and has delusions of becoming a professional writer. While waiting for the miracle that will allow this to happen he do things like worldbuilding.
Felipe Brando Cadavid
Felipe Brando is a half Italian and half of Spanish (sepharic Jewish) descent, born in Colombia, currently living in the UK. He has have travelled to a few European countries but oddly enough never to his familie's town in southern Italy. A pragmatic agnostic, and agreeS with objectivistic philosophy and Friedrich Nietzsche's existentialism but deep down knows like is truly nihilistic (as you guess he likes philosophy and history). Currently a molecular biology and genetics student at university but also likes to study graphic design and CGI on the side.
Fendy Sutandio is an Indonesian student of mathematics and computer programming. He can communicate in computer code better than he can communicate in human language, a reason why he likes contributing programs better than contributing stories. In fact it took him hours to write this very short biography. His interest is in the use of mathematics for generating artistic (or not so artistic) images, and learning foreign culture, history and languages.
This is the work of Ralph Manis, also listed as a contributor. The infinitee designs website is here.
James Joseph Michael Ramsey a.k.a. LordRavenHawk a.k.a. JamieMage is a 21 year old from the rural parts of the eastern Tennessee and Kentucky mountains. Philosopher, dreamer, thinker, and sometimes artist. Interests include just about anything intellectually stimulating. Also Recent addition to the Fur net communities. Preferred interests, world building, writing, drawing, internet, fur art (especially felinoids) and anything with cinnamon in it. Psychic gifts remote viewing, empathy, memory reading, past reading, body reading, astral projectionist, as well as minor precog abilities. Dreams of having cybernetic implants so he never has to be disconnected from the internet and so he can remember where he put his shoes.
James Ward has been into SF for as long as he can remember, and into creating it for several years now. Currently enrolled in Appalachian State University in NC, he claims he's getting close to publishing a story. If he could just keep focused, that is.
Jay Dugger a.k.a. Til Eulenspiegel
Geek. Graphic Designer.
After getting degrees in Math, History, and Anthropology, John Snead became one of a number of disillusioned grad students who learned that he could have better job security and more fun writing about aliens and magicians than about cultural anthropology. As such he is now a professional freelance writer of role-playing games.
Jonathan Burns (informally Jonno) was born in the year of the Hydrogen Bomb. Watched Sputnik from the front lawn. Brought up in Canberra, Australia with two-year stays in London and Princeton NJ.
Jorge Ditchkenberg is an alien mind residing in a spaceship orbiting Earth, which is periodically telepathically overtaking a geek on the surface. The poor puppet thinks that he will gain something out of it.
Keith Wigdor: HUMAN Born: August 10, 1965
Kevin is one of the contributing authors for the recent Orion's Arm novella collection.
KLS is a fairly average late-teenager living in rural Wales, hopefully not for much longer. However, he secretly spends much of his time thinking and writing about the evolution of political systems, the development of non- and post-human sophonts, genetic engineering and assorted other non-mainstream topics. Currently attending last few months of school, studying Biology, Physics and Maths with feigned reluctance.
"The Cat's Whiskers" or Liam Jones, has been interested in Science Fiction, and science since a very young age. He spends most of his time using a computer, and plans to become an upload sometime in the next century. He lives in a relatively obscure town in the United Kingdom.
Loopquanta137 has contributed several stories to the OA universe.
Dr. Luke Campbell
Luke Campbell is a practising computational and theoretical physicist specializing in electronic excitations in condensed matter.
Marcus Rauchfuß describes himself as follows:
Martin Andreas Cieslik
Martin Andreas Cieslik says about himself
Matthew C. Johnson
Matthew C. Johnson, known online as Ares Johnson
Michael Beck has graduated from New York University, and am now studying graduate math at SUNY Stony Brook. His interests are math, writing, and well, that's it. He has recently completed his own science fiction-setting, Lungfish Alpha, also available on egroups. A mixture of ribofunk, space opera, occultism and some truly original ideas, it's an excellent setting. Currently he is working on his next big Worldbuilding project, Planet Exists
Whether it is singing with the Appleton Boy choir's men's chorus, the Mastersingers, studying art at UW Oshkosh, teaching himself the art of website and graphic design or writing short stories and RPG supplements, Michael Boncher has been involved in the arts for most of his life.
M.K. Capriola, Jr is the pen name for writers Michelle Maus and Penelope Arcade, and artist April Phool. They are currently working on getting funding from the Radical Lesbian Front for a pilgrimage to Lesbos, which is their way of spending the winter in Greece while getting someone else to pay for it.
My name is Michael Jones, and I was actually directed to the OA worldbuilding list list from a very soft SciFi story-debate forum after asking a question on Wormholes. I like to think of myself as an amateur SciFi author, and your setting has inspired me. I hate commercial TV SciFi for the drivel it produces, and have long searched for a more realistic SciFi setting. I'm a registered nurse with an interest in anatomy and physiology - and I guess you could say my "specialty" is xenobiology, because I love fleshing out (heh - pun) alien races and biology in a scientifically plausible, utterly non-bipedal way. I'm 25 years old, and I work at the Childrens Hospital at Westmead, in Sydney, NSW, Australia. My lifestyle with work is very busy, so much to my dismay I haven't had much time for SciFi reading for a couple of years now. Before that, my favourite authors were relatively soft SciFi - Anne McCaffrey, among others. My tastes have certainly matured since them - the exposure of the internet has helped...*grin*.
Having grown up with an older brother who was a Star Trek fanatic (complete with 3-D chess board), going where no one has gone before seems quite natural to Michele. She has a Bachelors of Science from Indiana University with minors in Sociology, Art, and Religious Studies (make college the best decade of your life). She lives in a carriage house in the South (well, Southern Indiana) with a very lady-like English Spaniel, and two very evil cats.
Mikael Johansson is studying Latin and mathematics at the university of Stockholm.
Mike Parisi - Moderator
Michael Henry Parisi was born: 6-17-1972, and graduated Rhode Island College with a B. S. in Management. Everyone he knows says he bears a striking resemblance to Clark Kent. He has been interested in sci-fi from an early age (at least since he was 5 or 6). Not really serious about it until 1995 or 1996 when began writing short SF stories with a decidedly Hard SF bent for own amusement. Once got part of one of his stories published in my college newspaper, The Anchor. Other interests include Professional Wrestling (favorite wrestler: "The Game" Triple-H) and Karaoke (favorite song to do: "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, which I put my own unique spin on). All his stories contain a generous amount of knock-down-drag-out action and steamy sex scenes (where appropriate).
Morgan's Deviantart Gallery can be found here
Octachoron is a student of philosophy and science with a transhumanist bent.
Peter Peter D Kisner Majored in biology and sculpture in college. Worked in maintenance, warehouse, retail book sales, and hellish clerical work before following my girlfriend to Boston to get lab assistant work at the Whitehead Institute center for genomic studies (sounds exciting maybe, but really just entails mixing stock solutions). If anyone asks I prefer they believe I run the genetic engineering division in charge of two headed cat design.
Radtech497 first attained consciousness along the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean in those far-off days just before the first human left the Earth's atmosphere, though he tends to state his age as "older than dirt" (to use the correct geological terminology). Long a fan of science fiction (in both visual and print forms), this has led to an incurable interest in science and technology which later spread to various other fields of knowledge. He became a Radiological Survey Technologist (hence the name) and worked at the Nevada Test Site for a while, then joined the military for another while, before deciding to give college another try. Went to the University of Texas at El Paso with the intention of becoming a computer engineer, but a change of heart led to a degree in special education (BSEd, 1990). Since then, he has been trying to adapt young humans to life in the environments they find themselves in. He spends what little free time is available cobbling together planets for relaxation (and occasionally a few lifeforms that might inhabit them), as well as trying to keep up with such things as might interest him at the moment. Radtech497 discovered Orion's Arm during an internet fishing expedition related to world-building, took up residence, and, like a persistent infection, refuses to leave. Radtech497's human avatar still teaches children with severe disabilities in the Star City (El Paso, Texas) and even manages to sneak in the odd bit of science fiction from time to time.
See Richard Baker's home page here.
Somes Jung Hallinan
I'm a forty-something sf/comics geekboy who doesn't want to grow up. I'm also apparently one of the few Star Trek fans who found enjoyment in Voyager in spite of it all (all us trekkies now what I'm talking about :-)). My reading preferences run towards superheroes and space opera, whether hard or soft, though I also enjoy some out and out fantasy as well. Non-fiction favorites range from nano-speculation to history, especially that dealing with everyday life and culture rather than the Big Important Events. What I mainly want from the hopefully inevitable nanotech revolution are an expert mathematics brain implant, my entire library and comic book collection compiled into one slim high-resolution interactive volume with associated VR system, and a heroic physique complete with the oft dreamed of but never achieved washboard abs. ^_^
Graphics artist based in London, Earth
Thorbørn Steen (alias Rubberduck), originates from the land of vikings, bridges and dairy products; Denmark. While he has generally decided that reality is too boring to divert much attention to, he does believe that he would make a nice world dictator. Or million dollar lottery winner. He ain't picky.
Jim Wisniewski a.k.a. Xaonon, can quote extensively from the works of both Monty Python and Larry Niven. He studies Esperanto and Klingon, is learning to work with C++, perl, and Linux, and contributes to the Orion's Arm project on the rare occasions when he has a good idea. He spends the rest of his time in his studently duties, learning everything he can in the hopes that it might someday get him a job.
Anders Sandberg is an obsessive worldbuilder, ever since starting out with making roleplaying worlds in the 80s he has written a large number of science fiction scenarios, as well as future studies scenario building. He considers the creation of worlds, be they literary scenarios or simulated universes, to be one of the greatest pleasures in existence. His other interests include physics, astronomy, biomedicine, psychology, complexity theory, art, science fiction, roleplaying, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, information visualization, intelligence amplification technologies, and the philosophy and politics of human enhancement.
Donna Malcolm Hirsekorn
Donna Malcolm Hirsekorn is with Alan the co-founder of OA.
Fernando Peña D'Andrea
Fernando Peña D'Andrea was born and still lives in Porto Alegre, Brasil, and has 25 years. He works as artist in a Brasil settled computer game company. Has recently (2002) concluded his graduation in Computer Science by the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, but is interested in and likes to study a wide variety of topics and themes, like Physics, Linguistics, History, Astronomy, Cabbalah, etc. Likes reading several kinds of books, science fiction included, and consider himself to be giving his first baby-steps in this area. He thinks that any story or setting has to be very believable and detailed to be immersive, and hates seeing movies and shows where things he knows that doesn't makes any sense happening. One day, wandering in the internet after information to create a setting for a computer game he was planning to do, he stumbled in Orion's Arm website. Since that day, he understood what he has never liked in Star-trek but never realized, and also what science-fiction should really be.
Grant Thomas has Been Interested Science-fiction, probably since age 10 or earlier. He remembers watching the Old Star trek Series, but was great fan of the Old British Scifi tv shows Like UFO,Thunderbirds, and Dr Who and the Much later Blake 7 and Tripods. He has played Role-playing games for about 15 years , Mostly traveller and table-top Space games. Other interests Include Reading (a lot), Web design (current getting an advanced certificate in Web designing and Graphics). Stock car racing and Writing short stories, which None have been published Yet! He is currently married, with 3 Kids and a Grand daughter.
John B (a.k.a. discarnate, discarn8, and various alternatives thereof) is himself, no more, no less. Some of the things this involves (but by no means all of them - we do need to worry about the proton death of this branch of surreality, after all) include dogs, way-out science, battering computers until they behave, battering users just because, battering coworkers for even less motive, battering sensibilities for no reason whatsoever, random acts of creativity/sanity/kindness/oddity, the commission of poesy, etcetera. He can be found in front of various computers which are usually located in the Upstate NY region (NO! not New York City!), behind the wheel on roads in the same general region, asleep, eating, and/or surrounded by Labrador Retrievers.
Juan is really a potted fern on the space station Freedom, telepathically controlling a human 29 year old in Colombia, South America. He hopes to instill a sense of uneasiness on his mammal host and have him move elsewhere on Terra. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and see his channelled scribbles at pwp.007mundo.com/botch
M. Alan Kazlev - Founder
M.Alan Kazlev originated the Orion's Arm project, together with Donna Malcolm Hirsekorn, because he felt the time for a new and original, high quality and realistic "space opera" was well overdue.
Pran Mukherjee: born, raised, and trapped in Michigan. I write because my muse (Melpomene) wakes me up at ridiculous hours of the night if I don't. I'm working on a Ph.D. in space instrumentation, primarily MEMS-based. I've left a programming career behind since I don't want to move to India in the next decade. And I can say what other people only think, the things that need to be said.