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Hobbies and Interests

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Computer technology:  I spend lots of time using my Mainframe (dual Athlon) and Sony Vaio laptop to do email, web publishing and surfing, image manipulation, and playing computer games.  I also manage my portfolio using the web - a real time saver!

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Nature photography:  you can see from the images available in the Photography section of this website that I really love capturing images of God's creation.  I have lots more - keep coming back every so often to check on the latest postings!

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Reading:  I especially like "hard" science fiction, but also action/adventure and medical fiction.  However, if I was told I could only have ONE book, that book would have to be The Holy Bible.  I read from it every day.

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Music and High fidelity sound systems:  I have always been an audio freak!  I remember the days when I helped my dad build Heathkit AR2 speakers and audio amplifier - with tubes!  I loved to watch the glow flicker with the bass!  More recently, I own Spica speakers with an M&K subwoofer, and Denon amplifier.  Believe it or not, I use a Kodak PhotoCD player to play my CD's - I got a special deal from the Kodak Company Store when I was visiting them on FlashPoint business.  I still have a turntable and about 300 "records" (boy, does that date me!).  I plan to convert them to MP3 in the days ahead, with filters to remove the LP noise.

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Ham radio:  My call is WA1PMF - even though I no longer live in Boston (I left there in 1979).  Before that, I was WB2USQ, which I lost when I moved to Boston.  Now, you get to keep your call sign no matter where you move!  I currently have an Atlas Radio Model 350-XL transceiver - one of the early all solid-state units made in the USA.  It has better S/N than any modern unit I have tried.  I also have a Kenwood TH-77A dual band handheld transceiver.

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Hobbies & Interests, continued...

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Investing:  I spend a lot of time managing my investments.  I had good success during the bull market mania of the 1990's - you could invest in almost anything and get great gains!  Since the start of the secular bear market, things have been very different.  I have had to learn a whole new world of investment approaches.

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Television:  Believe it or not, I spend very very little time watching TV - even though we get a few hundred channels via DirectTV.  What I do watch are movies I missed, and if possible some of the current sci-fi stuff, such as Stargate SG1.  I prefer reading books or playing with the computer.

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Lego Mindstorms:  OK, so I am just a big kid.  I got the mindstorms set for Father's Day 1999.  So far, I have only built one little robot, shown in the image below...

My first robot, capable of following a dark line.
Uses one light sensor and two motors

 

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