After graduating I went to work for a couple years and saved money to go back to school to get my masters degree. During that time I designed communications controllers and power supplies and things like that (Okay, I'll fess up; I designed Gas Pump control systems, too). Right before leaving Washington, I biked from Seattle to Portland in the 1992 STP. That's over 200 miles and frankly, I was pretty beat afterward. (Note: I biked the STP on Saturday and Sunday and then on Monday I took the bus back. I was way too beat to do much at work, anyway, so I always have wondered whether I should have taken that day off as a vacation day or as sick leave.) I also started my own company, Video Innovations, but I never really got past playing with all the nifty video and office equipment I bought to ever get any work done.
I came to California in the Fall of 1992 and entered Stanford. I didn't
do much but study for the ensuing year. My Masters of Science in Electrical
Engineering was conferred in Fall of 1993, and I went through the graduation
ceremonies in June of 1994. Since the Fall of 1993, I have been working
at a local carnival painting faces and twisting balloons into small animals.
No, just kidding, I would never do something as cruel as stuffing a balloon
into a small animal. Actually, I worked at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto
on RAM circuits and generators, up until August of 1995 (Chances are if
you have a recent HP Laser or Inkjet printer, you are using one of the
RAMs I've worked on).
After that, I went to work for Sony Microelectonics designing analog video circuitry. You know the Sony Playstation? Well, I worked on the replacement to the CXA1645 (CXA2075) which provides the video output for that machine as well as the Sega Genesis. After working there for about a year, I decided I wanted my life to take a different direction so I went back to HP to work on Analog Circuit generation.
I've had and have lots of hobbies. I rollerblade, run, bike, swim, play
table and regular tennis, and study martial arts. (I currently study Shotokan
Karate, but I used to study Taekwondo). I play other things, too. I like
to hike and camp, and I spent many years doing just that in Washington
as I was earning my Eagle Scout rank as a Boy Scout.
I studied Mandarin Chinese for about a year but long hours at Sony put an end to that. I had studied Spanish for three years back in high school, too.
I like watching movies (who doesn't?) and of course have lots of audio, video and computer equipment which goes without saying, doesn't it? I rather enjoy Kung Fu movies and Japanese animation, but I like all types, really. I dabble with origami, astronomy, music (I played the clarinet for 5 years and the alto saxophone for three, plus I've DJ'd over a dozen dances for clubs and wedding receptions), photography, from time to time, and you name it. I still haven't finished my SR-71 Blackbird model rocket (which is in the background of the photo above, all it needs is a coat of black paint) and I was thinking of making Minnie a nice cat climber (Okay, so I didn't make one from scratch, but I did rebuild it). She adopted me in February of 1994 (by meowing a lot and affixing herself to my leg with her claws as I was trying to walk to my apartment) and well, I suppose I like having her around, although my official position is she's still a pain in the leg. I have also worked on cars for many years and do my own auto work and can fix all kinds of things. I'm a decent artist, at least with pencil sketches and I prefer to work in black and white, due to the fact that I'm farily color-blind.