Life

Forgive the 1997-era style of this site (It's no accident)

Venturing

Cancun with Denise and the folks, April 2010

Kona with Denise, November 2009


Seeing Elton John at the Anaheim Pond, 2009

Classical guitar courses with Paul Ellis, 2008

Lenny Kravitz at the Santa Monica Civic, 2008

Diving in La Paz with Darryl, and Peter, 2007

Ocktoberfest with Ann Hadley, 2008

Motorcycling in Ojai with Denise, Nov 2007

Ventured through southern Thailand before, during and after the Phuket IDC, 2007

Diving in Fiji, October 2006
 

Rafting in Oregon with Dave Cole Sep 2006.

Juneau Alaska with the family, August 2006

Rocky Point, Mexico with Tiffany April 2006

Diving and trapeze in Providenciales, Jan 2006

La Paz, Mexico, for diving, October 2005

Cozumel, Mexico, for diving, August 2005

Big Sur, for the mind and body, June 2005

New Zealand (2 weeks on the North island, and 2 weeks on South), Nov/Dec 2004

Australia for diving with Dave Cole, including 8 days at Great Barrier Reef Nov. 2004

Diving southern Florida (Key Largo) with Lucianna Molinari and Lori Tanaka May 2004

Diving southern Thailand (Koh Tao and the Similan Islands off of Khao Luk) Feb. 2003

10-day sight-seeing trip to Buzios and Rio Dec-2002 with Julie and Melina and Te'o Fleming

Cross-country motorcycling across the Southwest U.S. on a BMW K1200

Captured low-fi video at Burning Man 2002, including some gifted fire spinners

Continuing a dive education through at Dive-n-Surf in Redondo Beach, California:
  • Divemaster with Linda Sue Dingel, October 2005
  • Enriched Air Nitrox with Linda Sue Dingel, March 2004
  • Rescue Diver with John Conroy and Linda Sue Dingel, March 2003
  • Emergency First Responder / DAN Oxygen, January 2003
  • Advanced (Naturalist, Navigator, Night, Deep, Bouyancy), December 2002
  • Open Water with Kathy Kempton and Bob Clarke and Linda Sue Dingel, April 2002
Competed in the Kona Classic Underwater Photo Festival, winning an underwater camera for this photo

Camping, hiking, biking and motorcycling in the San Gabriel Mountains above Los Angeles

Vignettes

Joining a crew of 75 others, I joined Vignette in April 1998 as a Senior Systems Engineer in the West. Flying to Austin for a sales meeting, BBQ and beer, the rest became big history. Trades under VIGN

Netscaping

Before the Vignette rocket sled, I had an exciting time at Netscape Communications as a Systems Engineer. For a glimpse, read this piece from FastCompany or browse the alumni pages on ex-Mozilla.org . Traded on the NASDAQ under NSCP before a faceless corporation dismantled it for parts

LASIK experience

My refractive surgeies started in 1998.

Autobiography in 10 seconds

  • Born in Los Angeles
  • Trudy Latas Pre-school
  • Don Benito Elementary
  • Marshall Fundamental
  • High Point Academy
  • La Salle High School (photo)
  • UC San Diego, Biology
  • Cal Poly Pomona, for CS and Physics
  • Joined MWD
  • Joined Netscape
  • Moved to Hermosa Beach
  • Moved to Manhattan Beach
  • Moved to Irvine
  • Joined Vignette
  • Moved back to Manhattan Beach
  • Joined SOA Software
  • Moved back to Hermosa Beach
  • Moved to southern Thailand
  • Moved back to Manhattan Beach
  • Moved to Playa del Rey
  • Joined salesforce.com
  • Moved to Pacific Palisades

Hobbies


Books

I'm still planning to read:
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are
  • The Japanese Art of War
  • The Road Less Traveled
  • Ender's Game
  • Hug the Monster 

Quotes

"Future illiterates won't be those who can't read and write, but those who can't unlearn, and relearn" -Toffler

"Anyone driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone faster is a maniac?" -- George Carlin(?)

"Survivors are not necessarily smarter or bigger, but those who adapt most easily to change" -- Charles Darwin

"If you have the time, you won't have the money. If you have the money, you won't have the time." -- Unknown

"Everyone wants to win, but only winners have the will to prepare to win" -- Mohammed Ali

"It's always the right time to do the right thing" -- Martin Luther King

"Many people believe they are thinking when they're merely rearranging their prejudices" -- William James

"Those who predict have no knowledge, and those who have knowledge do not predict" -- Lao Tsu

"A hero dies once, wheras a coward dies a thousand times" -- Unknown

Music

Air
Baka Beyond
Beck
Beatles (1965 and later)
Black Sabbath
Boards of Canada
Cardigans
Coldplay
Cranberries
CSN&Y
Cream
Crystal Method
The Cult
David Bowie
The Doors
Frank Zappa
Garbage
The Grateful Dead
Iron Maiden (pre-1985)
Jane's Addiction
Love and Rockets
Mary's Danish
Massive Attack
Neil Young
The Orb
Rainbow
Rolling Stones (pre-1973)
Rush (pre-1982)
Sheryl Crow
Thievery Corporation
The Steve Miller Band
Violent Femmes
U2
Yardbirds
Yes (pre-1974)

  I miss

  • Hacking
  • Buiding kernels and security tools on my old home-brewed Linux box