Zenophiles for James

James (by Flint)

If you are reading this, you have taken an interest in this James person.  Hard to believe but commendable.  You have come to the correct place for discovery.

Candidate’s Statement (A Polyhistorical Analysis)

I’m not like other boys.  I’m guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship.

I cycle.  I play soccer.  I walk incessantly.  I write.  I paint.  I photograph.  I build things out of wood.  I play guitar.  I have a piano and a bunch of random percussion instruments.

I have a small recording studio.

I worked in a sheet metal plant.  I worked as a bicycle messenger.  I have been in and out of college far too long.  I did manage to take two Bachelor’s degrees—one in The History and Philosophy of Science (with a minor in Architecture) and a second degree in Philosophy.

I have not traveled anywhere near as much as I’d like, but I’ve been to New York, Boston, New Orleans, and all over this coast.  I visited Las Vegas finally as an adult and was mostly unimpressed.  The furthest I have traveled is Europe.  I have been to Valencia, Spain and there did eat paella.  More recently I spent a month in the South of France.  I want to go everywhere all the time.

I love to eat and to cook, but I’m not ever going to be a fat man.

I stole a car when I was in high school and—for the most part—got away with it.  Took it for a joy ride (without yet having a driver’s license), mangled it a bit, and returned it still running (though a little rougher for the wear with some broken windows, scratched paint, dents, &c).

I have never really hurt anyone (except the mis-hap with a broken heart here or there).  Excluding of course my brother who I tormented mercilessly in my youth.  Sorry, dear brother.  It won’t happen again.

I have more cameras than I care to count.  I own two SLR’s and a (finally) a dSLR.  I also own a Kodak Eastman 120mm billows camera from circa 1910; it still works and I can still get film for it.  I am not bothered by the movement from film to digital, hordes of bad photography not withstanding.  I also own at least three point and shoot digitals and a couple of phones with cameras.  I have been shooting photography since my dad taught me how to use his 35mm SLR when I was maybe five years old.

I love to watch movies.  I even show movies in my back yard.  I watch all sorts of movies: good movies, bad movies, art films, you name it.  If a film maker puts everything into a film it’s good no matter how bad it is, but I get really pissed when I’m watching a film where more money was spent than time and the experience becomes akin to fondling a turd: you’re not sure at first what you have but when you recognize it the fury is untetherable.

I have never caught a fish.  Not that this has been a lifelong dream, but I have made a fair showing in a vaguely interested sort of way.

I find procrastination a horrible infectious disease and yearn daily for the cure.

I can program in Perl and Javascript and HTML (who can’t?).  I can even script in BASh (yawn).  I worked for Amazon.com when it was still cool  (get in line) where I met some really great people.

I worked in a pizza place, ate pizza every day, and never got tired of pizza.  That is to say, I love pizza and love does not fade.

I have a wine cellar—a couple racks and shelves in an unfinished basement—with some great wines.  It shares the space with my servers.  They enjoy similar environments.

My favorite liqueur is Eau de Vie de Poir.  So good it’s not worth going into here.  My next favorite liqueur is Booker’s (single batch bourbon). It goes really well with Tillamook’s Mudslide.

I used to have a cat, then another cat, then some fish, but now all I have is a bunch of neglected plants and a borrowed dog.  And finally another cat.  I raise a great cat.

On principle, I avoid Microsoft and AOL whenever possible (AOwho?).

I study and speak—in descending order of useful ability—English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

I have hundreds of CD’s but have managed to relegate them to crates in storage through the glorious magic of FLAC.

I have a gaggle of computers and all the crap that goes with them.  I own two domains and I run this site.  So, yes; it’s all my fault.

I run a program I call Linux for Anybody where I take donated computers, build them with Ubuntu, and give them to folks who may not otherwise be able to afford a computer.

I have done audio/video installations (home theaters and such).  As a result, I have seen some wicked-cool home theaters.

I have broken four bones in my life—right hand twice, left foot, and one of my collar bones (fell backwards down a flight of stairs while playing my new tambourine)—and more recently I cut the tip off my finger while julienning bell peppers.  (It required a trip to the hospital but you can hardly tell now.) Once while running in the dark I ran over a reel of barbed wire and gashed the soft part of my foot open on rusty metal.

I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables when they are available.  I used to go walking with my mum in Eastern Washington picking and eating wild asparagus.

I keep my fingernails trimmed and cleaned in case of who-knows-what, but I don’t clean my bath often enough.

I have no inhibitions, and you’d better not come between me and my chocolate.

Wind me up and watch me wiggle.

The Many Paths to Information


Ok, so there is now some number of social bullshit sites out there which roughly corresponds to the number of atoms in my ass, and though I do not have a very large ass atoms are veryvery small. I also belong to some decent forums.

Here is a set of links to guide anyone who might feel so inclined to locate yours truly among the cloud.

Updated at the whim of Nature.


MovieKnight – The events page for my back yard.


JamesIsIn – Because I can.

SoundUnReason – All those things I do and some other stuff too.


Bebo – Seems silly but here it is anyway.  Turns out it was silly.

Facebook – The book where faces live.

flickr – Everyone uses this one for photographs.

Friendster – I take friendship seriously, fiendship even more seriously.

LinkedIn – A network for Net work.

LiveJournal – An empty blog with a link back to The Ink Wells.

ModelMayhem – A photography site for human-like photography.

MotivationProject – An IT social site.

MySpace – I’m a MySpaceCadet.  Apparently.

PicasaWeb – Google’s photo hosting site.

Patreon – Send me money site.

Plaxo – Some sort of professional connection site.

ReverbNation – Not exactly sure but that it’s for sharing recordings.  And they send me lots of useless e-mail.

TED – Like YouTube for intellectuals.

Ubuntu Forums – My current Linux distribution. Great community.

Ubuntu Brainstorm – A kind of white-board for Ubuntu development.

UseFilm – My preferred photo posting site.

YouTube – A little mini movie madness.

Zoints – Not sure, really. Has something to do with a BMW forum I use.

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