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Welcome to the landscape of my mind. If you want to link to this site, I suggest either this page, or the 'Entrance Path'. If you intend to return to this site often I suggest bookmarking the News page. These are the only pages guarantied a fairly consistent address -- all other pages may change over time without notice. This is your only warning.
Who am I?
My name is Jack William Bell. I am a computer programmer and single parent with very little spare time for things like personal websites. Although I have done web work since 1994 and can remember when the tag was new, this is the first time I have actually put a personal site up! I am also a wannabe Science Fiction writer, musician and artist. Uh huh. Like I have time for those pursuits. Nonetheless I intend to update this site often. So y'all come back now, ya hear?
So, who am I really?
Like most men I tend to define myself mainly by what I do. In that respect I am a lot of things: Father, Computer Programmer, Writer, Musician, Artist, Science Fiction Fan, History Buff, Outdoorsman, Amateur Astronomer and on and on... The full list may not be endless, but I am sure you don't want me to bore you with it. You will also note that I didn't include 'Great Lover' in my top ten!
Besides that, I can tell you that I once took an on-line personality test which rated me as an INTP. That I am a true-blue Geek who would rather play with a computer or solve an interesting puzzle than talk to people. That I like coffee, fine scotch and classic rock. That I play guitar. That I once climbed Mount Adams alone. And that I think of myself as more of a frustrated artist than anything else. Sometimes I think this last fact colors everything I think and do.
I am somewhat of a 'Jack of All Trades, Master of None'. I can fix just about anything from a toilet to a car to a computer. I have at least a nodding acquaintance with just about every tool imaginable. At one time or another I have worked as everything from a shoe salesman to an aircraft mechanic to a delivery driver to what I do now. I can balance books and adjust doors. Start a fire without matches and throw a clay pot on a wheel. Once again, I can go on and on...
Don't get mad. I fully realize that core-dumping out a list of crap like the above is pretty much useless for the purpose of describing the real me. Thing is, although I am certainly my own favorite subject, I really don't think I want to be too open about myself with someone I have never met (no offence). And, chances are, you really don't care anyway and are reading this because you are waiting for something more interesting to download. On the bright side, in case you do care, I am filling up this site with my writings and musings in lieu of actual content. So browse around, or else go to the programming pages for the only really useful stuff here.
Another source of insight into the real me are my postings on Usenet, I mostly hang out on alt.cyberpunk (where I make smart-ass comments instead of posting anything of value), some writing groups and several programming groups (where I try to actually contribute). I also have a private discussion group here on sff.net, you are welcome to read and post there so long as you keep the flamage to a minimum (Spammers will be shot on sight). Other than that there are no taboo subjects, just ones that make me squirm.
Finally, if you want to get to know me from the perspective of a third party, my friend Anita keeps an on-line web journal that mentions me occasionally. Of course she doesn't write about everything...
How to contact me
The best way to contact me is to send email. I like email! It lets me deal with people asynchronously. I like the word asynchronous too!