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My name is Tom and I am a computer scientist and armature physicist. I hope you enjoy my website and share my interest in all science. A real scientist should have an interest in ALL sciences and at least basic knowledge of each school of science. Sciences relate to each other.

Professional Background

Computer System Architecture.
Processor Theory and Architecture.
Network Design and Exotic Routing.
Scientific Programming (Modeling of Natural Systems).
Assembly for the x86 Processor.
UNIX/Linux Administration.
Network Engineering.
Web Design (to include server/client side scripting and DOM)
3D Graphics (Specializing in Ray Tracing and Vector Geometry)

Interests

Physics (Particle, Quantum, String, Heuristics specifically).
Mesolithic and Neolithic Cultures.
Proto-Endo-Europeans (PIE).
Calculus.
Fantasy (Elves and Dark Elves in particular).
Pictish Culture of Ancient Scotland
Geology (Florescent Minerals and Silicates mostly)
Paleontology
Travel

Known Languages

English (Fluent)
Latin (limited)
Navajo (limited)
Russian (learning)

Computer Languages

Primary: ANSI C, C++, Java, Java2 Swing, VB, Assembly x86, XHTML, HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP.
Secondary: VBS, VRML, Perl, BASH, BASIC, Machine for most CPU’s (can do!).

Countries Visited

USA (nearly every state + Navajo Nation)
Canada (Quebec, Nova Scotia)
Mexico
Sweden
Finland
Baltic (sea)
England (Many times)
Scotland (Many times)
France (Too many times…)
Italy
Bahamas (Many times)

How I learned Science

But Tom, you don’t have a degree in physics… How can you know all of these science things? (I am actually working towards a master’s in physics) When I was a child my mother, while attending university for her doctorate, left me for hours in the university library. I spent lots of time with books of a non-fiction background. At about age seven I took up an interest in nuclear science, though I only understood the concepts. By about age eight or nine I was building nuclear reactors from Legos, complete with fuel rods, generators, safety systems, and occasional Godzilla attacks. For my second grade science project I built a working VTOL, twin engine, rotor craft. My mother wouldn’t pay for real props so I had to deal with paper. As a result it would never fly, but it had motors and circuitry.

Over the next twenty-four years I have spent nearly every day learning and thinking about all forms of science, from biology to astronomy. You might call it neurotic, but when I am in the shower I think about more efficient reactors, when I am driving to work I wonder about plasma, when I am on my white board (lunch break) I calculate the time it would take to reach the nearest star. You get the idea… I have no degree in physics, but I have studied it every single day for twenty-four years (365*24=8760 days!).

Why I like Science

I must understand how EVERYTHING works from the ground up. If I see anything, and I cannot explain how it works from top to bottom, I feel anxious and worried. Yes, that suggests mental troubles lol, but it is true. I can tell you how my tea is made, the chemicals in it, the structure of their atoms, the string filaments which create the forces holding them together. Science lends itself naturally to this obsession.

Astrophotography Photos

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The Moon

Moon, Canon Rebel T5, 80x400mm Arco Orion ST80, f/5, 1/320s ISO200, © 2016 Anti-Proton.com

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula, Canon Rebel T5, 80x400mm 2x Barlow Arco Orion ST80, f/10, 15s ISO6400, © 2016 Anti-Proton.com

M41 Open Cluster

M41 Open Cluster, Canon Rebel T5, 80x400mm Arco Orion ST80, f/5, 6s ISO1600, © 2016 Anti-Proton.com

Uranium Pictures!

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Boltwoodite - Uranium

Boltwoodite - Uranium

Metatorbernite - Uranium

Metatorbernite - Uranium

ISS Transit

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International Space Station Transit

International Space Station Transit

International Space Station Transit

International Space Station Transit

Yongnuo 35mm Prime f/2 les

Yongnuo 35mm Prime f/2 les

The Moon

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The Moon

The Moon

Uranium Pictures!

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Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku

Uranium!

Uranium!