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20 Questions - The Cover Story
October 2013
Tue, Sep. 21st, 2004 07:04 pm
20 Questions


Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor

1. of all comic and cartoon villians, which do you identify with most?

Lex Luthor. Without a flair for the dramatic, what good are you?

2. what got you into beekeeping?

That's easy, I...
Huh. I don't remember.

That's odd.

3. Would you ever campaign for a decpticon for governor or are you more an autobot party member?

For Connecticut? Decepticons are right up this state's alley.

4. at what age did you get into cartography and military history?

Sometime between 5th and 7th grade. I started off with the Battle of Midway, then the Pacific Campaign, and things snowballed from there.

5. Would you really hose me when I execute my plans for world domination?

It depends on how much I get. Capitalism works in global domination scenarios.


1) You've often been referred to as having a military mindset. How do you establish your overall campaign objectives?

There is no overarching campaign objective; The purpose of a military is to defend its charge, in this case, me and my life. Campaigns are only initiated when an objective presents itself.

2) In that vein, what type of legacy, if any, do you feel a need to leave behind?

I feel no particular need to leave a legacy of any kind, although I've always kind of assumed I'd have a family with a child or two, and possible write a book at some point.

3) Admit it, back in the day you were a bit of a, uh, hax0r. How many accounts did you compromise? How many other people's mailboxes did you read? No specifics required.

17. But the vast majority were people who had the password a1b2c3, and were really asking for it.

Cats as, well, himself

4) How do you deal with personal questions you don't want to answer?

Take off every zig, for Great Justice!

5) How's your love life?

Fantastic. Yours?


1. Do you have any regrets about taking a job in Connecticut so far away from the rest of us?

Besides the range and not getting to see my friends as often, not particuarly. New Haven is not unlike Worcester in many ways. (Don't let jjlc catch me using sentences like that)

2. Where did you acquire your like for puns? More specifically, was there something in particular that inspired you?

I have no idea. I think I just started laughing at them and never stopped.

3. Do you do any non-work programming anymore?

Yes, actually, a great deal. Systems, databases, and video games, mainly. I really love CS, so working on it doesn't make me feel like I don't want to when I get home.

4. What's a summary of your life plan for the next 5 to 10 years?

Complete my current tour of duty at Westbrook within 36-48 months, move back to Massachusetts either self-employed as a small apps programmer, or get a job in Worcester.

5. What's your perspective on the new WPI CS curriculum and why?

I was initially very skeptical of the new WPI CS curriculum, but now I fully support it. Every class from 2008 onwards will be theory-oriented CS's as opposed to systems-oriented CS's, which means I don't have to worry about competing against younger WPI grads in my fields of choice. Unless, of course, they realize that the total number of ivory-tower CS jobs in the US is less than the size of a graduating WPI CS class.


1. Do you have any plans to move back to Massachusetts? (If so, elaborate.)

When I first moved to Branford, I decided that if I didn't have a meteoric rise at Westbrook, I'd try to move back to Worcester in April or May of 2005, however, recent events at the company may motivate me to remain with Westbrook until at least mid-2006 and probably into 2007. However, the moment my position here is compromised, my first target is returning to Worcester.

2. If you received a large gift certificate to the gaming store of your choice, what specific things would you spend it on?

Hard to say, really, but I suspect I'd probably spend most of it on all those games I feel bad about not owning. Diablo 2, Battlefield: Vietnam, System Shock 2, the classics.

3. What do you do with your free time when you are unable to spend it with other people?

Write code. Play video games. Watch movies. Read books. Write all sorts of things. Think about game theory. Think about CS theory. Build models. Lots of stuff.

I love bees.

4. You've gotten involved with beekeeping. Do you expect to participate in more of this type of game? How often?

I don't know. Its a lot of fun, but an awful lot of effort for somebody to organize. We'll see what happens.

5. Answer any other question you want, so long as it involves a horrendous pun.

Me? Pun? No siree, I learned my lesson a long time ago. At Otakon I made a pun in the artists' show room, and was promptly drawn and quoted.

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Tue, Sep. 21st, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC)

Me? Pun? No siree, I learned my lesson a long time ago. At Otakon I made a pun in the artists' show room, and was promptly drawn and quoted.
/* reeling on the ground with pain */ The. worst. yet.

Tue, Sep. 21st, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)

I must say I rather liked this one.

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Adam Augusta
Wed, Sep. 22nd, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)

Yes! :)

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