Born in Seattle, parents got divorced, moved to California, went to school for a year in VA, moved to Maryland (still my homebase), went to high school in New Mexico (Roswell, even), college at RPI in NY, and now graduate school at UMass Amherst.
I have a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and I'm working on my MS in the same field, but in a program for wind power (w00t).
I got hooked to the 'street right about when I was building my first computer (which went poorly) and I switched to a DFI-motherboard (and recommended PSU ). Lots of tweaking later, I am thoroughly satisfied with the nforce4 lanparty's and the support from this forum. Since then, I've switched motherboards (SLI-D to an Expert), and built another system for the GF based on a SLI-D.
I'm kinda quirky, but really nice if you know me. I'll answer just about any serious non-personal question, no matter how stupid it may be. I don't find it infuriating, but usually amusing. If it's a difficult question, sometimes I will go out of my way to teach myself what I need to know, to explain it (my mentality is that somebody learns more if they do it themselves, instead of having someone else do it for them). I definitely learn by experience. Always have, always will. So, if I have to use "trial and error" to figure out what's what, I'll get it eventually .
I love music (metal, hard rock, classic rock, etc), DIY anything (designing and building stuff with my own two hands ftw), computers, renewable energy, and sustainability. I'm also one of those people who can rationalize spending large amounts of money on tools (machine tools too).
I'm the kind of person who could have as many hobbies as I could dream up, but no time for any of them (except that the time usually appears when I can't do them).
One last thing
Lazy people irk me almost as much as greedy people. :eek: