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MR Forgive the vintage-1996 style of this site.  Over the years, I've updated content but not the style.


Vignette 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

Netscape Odyssey
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 April 28, 1966 in Los Angeles
  • Trudy Latas Pre-school, 1969-71
  • Don Benito Elementary, 1971-73
  • Marshall Fundamental, 1973-77
  • High Point Academy, 1977-80
  • La Salle High School 1980-84 (photo)
  • UC San Diego, Biology, 1984-85
  • Cal Poly Pomona, B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Physics, 1985-91
  • Joined Netscape, 1996
  • Moved to Hermosa Beach, 1997
  • Joined Vignette, 1998
  • Moved to Manhattan Beach, 1998
  • Moved back to Hermosa Beach, 2005
  • Moved back to Manhattan Beach, 2007

Some stuff I've read: 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
    First Things First (well... I guess not  ;-)
    "The survivors are not necessarily smarter or bigger, but are the ones who adapt most easily to change" -- Charles Darwin
    "If you have the time, you won't have the money, and 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
    "Future illiterates won't be those who can't read and write, but those who can't learn, unlearn, and relearn" -Toffler
    "Have you noticed that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone faster is a maniac?" -- George Carlin(?)
    "It's always the right time to do the right thing" -- Martin Luther King
    "A hero dies once, wheras a coward dies a thousand times" -- Unknown
    "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices" -- William James
    "Those who predict have no knowledge, and those who have knowledge do not predict" -- Lao Tsu

    Some stuff I like:
      Baka Beyond
      Beatles (1965 and later)

      Black Sabbath
      Boards of Canada

      Crystal Method
      The Cult
      David Bowie
      The Doors
      Frank Zappa
      The Grateful Dead
      Iron Maiden (pre-1985)
      Jane's Addiction
      Jefferson Airplane
      Jimi Hendrix
      Love and Rockets
      Led Zeppelin

      Mary's Danish
      Massive Attack
      Neil Young
      The Orb

      The Screaming Abdabs


      Rolling Stones (pre-1973)
      Rush (pre-1982)
      Sheryl Crow
      Smashing Pumpkins
      Thievery Corporation
      The Steve Miller Band

      Stone Temple Pilots
      Violent Femmes

      Yes (pre-1974)

    Things I miss