Welcome to my website! I'm into a lot of things (too many, really). Here are some of them:
I was born in Edina, Missouri at the old Gibson Hospital (which they closed not long afterward... coincidence?) and raised north of Hurdland, Missouri on a farm. I graduated from Knox County High School in 1983, and went to Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) but after almost three years I entered the Air Force. My plan was to finish my degree after I got out, but I never went back, and I have no regrets.
On my discharge from the Air Force after four years, I spent two and a half years working for a now-closed business in Hannibal, Missouri. Dissatisfaction with my boss led me to leave and start my own business, New Century Computers, which I have owned and operated since 1993.
More importantly, after my discharge I got married and eventually had a kid. My wife Tracy is an avid photographer, a hobby I sometimes participate in, and our daughter Taylor shares my love for Doctor Who. She's a true nerd, and proud of it, and so am I. Parse that however you like, it's still true.
Of course, you can find me on Facebook and Google+. My participation level on those sites isn't great, particularly on Facebook (I'm hardly ever logged in there). If you want to reach me, my email is the obvious choice: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm known as Solomoriah in many, many places on the Internet. Solomoriah is the name of a character I played many years ago in a role-playing game, and also the name of a character in a series of stories I wrote a few years ago, The Adventures of Solo Jones. It is also true that Solomoriah was the name of the shadow-cat in Dave Trampier's Wormy comic series; I had long forgotten the names of the characters in the series (except, of course, for Wormy the dragon) when I started using the name myself.
I created the Eye insignia myself; it has a certain Egyptian look to it, I think. It's something I doodled a few times on paper. I took the best doodle and scanned it, then retouched it with Inkscape and Gimp to get the current version, which I've been using as my personal mark ever since.
I'm the principal author and rightsholder for the Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game. I'm not going to waste a lot of space on this page explaining it... just click the link to read more.
I also have a website devoted to other game projects not related to BFRPG, called Alderon's Tower.
I consider myself an ADVer, and participate a bit on the advrider.com forums as Solomoriah. I ride a 2008 Yamaha TW200, the only vehicle I ever bought new. As of this moment, I do not believe I've ever met another actual ADVer in person, though I'm hoping this year that might change. I sometimes take pictures on my rides; I have posted some of them here.
Last year, my cousin gave me a 1966 Honda Dream 305, which has apparently not run since 1978. I have undertaken the monumental job (or so it seems) of restoring it, a sure sign that I'm out of my mind. I set up a blog to record my progress (or lack thereof).
I'm a model rocketeer, a hobby I got into when I was a kid, "outgrew," then restarted after I was, well, older. We're called "Born Again Rocketeers", or BARs. On The Rocketry Forum and Ye Olde Rocketry Forum, I'm known as Solomoriah; I'm a moderator on YORF but I'm only intermittently active these days as the kids I was launching with have all "outgrown" the hobby. I also have my own website for my rocketry projects.
I also do some writing, mostly fiction. I used to have a Writing.com account, but I didn't fit in well over there so I dropped out. My first more or less successful work (as in, I can read it without cringing) is the Adventures of Solo Jones stories, mentioned previously. I have an ongoing (somewhat intermittent) serial about an uncommon sort of superhero titled Secrets of the Guardians which I work on in fits and spurts. I've also written a few bits of short fiction which I plan to post (or repost, in the case of the stories I pulled from Writing.com) when I get time.
I have a handful of blogs I work on from time to time. For my extracurricular programming, I post commentary at my Offensive Programming blog. I created a blog that hasn't seen much use yet for personal stories by myself and my family called Our Stories.
I am a believer in Open Source software. I have some older packages available on my projects page, including the current "official" version of the Python GD module. I created a Github account recently, mainly for modules that are part of some current business software projects. I'm particularly proud of PollyReports, a compact but fully functional report writing module written in Python.