I enjoy sport shooting. I am very profiient with the Glock 19 and Canik TP9 9mm handguns. In addition, I am a certified Expert marksman on AR platform rifles.
I try to get out to the range at least monthly.
I have an extensive history of writing music. I have taught music composition on electronic systems (MIDI) as well as have served as a band director (orchestra).
I am good at guitar, decent at piano, and proficient at trombone. I was first-chair trombone in high school. I also play a number of other instruments and have expertise in both the Protools and Reaper digital audio workstations (DAWs).
PAINTING / ART
I have become quite decent at painting. I am also quite good at drawing. I have extended these skills into the digital world to include website development (including THIS website) and digital photography.
Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, and other mediums allow me to explore my very active imagination.
The image at right is a painting I did a while back wherein I imagined the appearance of the planet Jupiter rising over the horizon of one of its icy moons. The texture on the surface of Jupiter is actually a direct copy of actual Voyager images, all painted by hand.
I can take a photo and replicate it in painted mediums quite accurately.
Another painting. This one is actual-size and a very accurate rendering of a Fender Stratocaster my wife owns. I did the green tones and textures in the back to specifically go with my living room (at the time). It no longer matches my furniture so it actually stands out more now. lol
I like to mess around with computers. I experiment with Linux and use Linux as my primary operating system. I am an expert in Microsoft Windows as well.
I can install, maintain, and operate both Unix-based and Windows computer systems. I have built computers from scratch, including my rather powerful studio computer (which I use to compose music). I can diagnose problems with computers and fix them.
I am even working on getting my A+ certification. I will likely follow this with Network+ and Security+.
The image at the left is a screen capture of my desktop, in Pear Linux, an Apple knock-off operating system that is quite elegant and very secure.