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Name:
Christopher Cashell
Birthdate:
25 October 1977
Website:
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  • topher@livejournal.com
  • StarThorn AIM status
  • 350363 ICQ status
  • topher@zyp.org
  • christopher.cashell@gmail.com
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So it was promised, so it shall be. Here is part of my 'biography', and more shall come as time permits.

Who am I?

My name is Christopher Cashell.

I am an arrogant, opinionated, stubborn, overbearing, pretentious, incorrigible, shameless, sarcastic, smart assed bastard. I also have my bad points, but since this is my journal, I'm not going to discuss those. ;-)

Physically, I stand about 6 foot, 2 inches tall, and I weight about 240 pounds. I have what is usually is described as a 'linebacker' or wrestler build. In fact, conveniently enough, I played football and wrestling in High School. I'm not quite as solid as I was then, but I've recently started working out again (after a much too long hiatus), so I expect that to change back shortly.

I have fairly long dark brown hair, which is slightly curly, though becuase of the length, it appears more wavy. I usually keep my hair pulled back or braided with scrunchies. (On occasion, I'll tie it back with a black silk scarf, just because I can). I've recently started thinking about cutting my hair, however, so it's status may change soon. I have very short hair.

I have dark brown eyes, and currently, a short and neatly trimmed mustache and goatee.

I currently live in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to that, I spent about a year in Poughkeepsie, New York. I also lived in Vancouver, Washington, for three years. And, I've spent enough time in Seattle, where my best friend lived, that it's almost as good as having lived there.

What do I do for fun?

I'm something of a computer geek, even though I have it on good authority that I don't look like one.

I spend a good bit of time on IRC, usually on sorcerynet. My primary nick is 'StarThorn'. I also spend a little bit of time on DALnet, but not nearly as much as I used to. SorceryNet is a much nicer network. I sometimes do a little bit to help run SorceryNet.

I love to read. I mean, truly love it. It's one of my greatest passions. I particularly like Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gothic Horror, etc.), though I also enjoy Historical Fiction, general Fiction, and whatever else catches my attention. When I'm not reading fiction, I'm often reading non-fiction. I have many dozens of technical books, mostly related to computers, networking, programming, etc., along with some history texts and a number of exercise and nutrition books.

My personal 'library' is now well over 1000 books (One of these days I'll sit down and actually count them). And growing. I'm playing with a couple of solutions right now to catalog and organize them. Like any good and naive prolific reader, I also have ambitions of eventually writing a novel.

We'll see.

I'll probably make regular suggestions and comments on some of the books that I am reading or have read. If anyone has any suggestions or anything, please feel free to let me know. I always prefer buying books based on a recommendation.

I'm also a movie buff, and enjoy a wide variety of movies. I'll frequently post my opinions on those, as well.

Of course, as is likely obvious by my bveing here, I'm also greatly enjoying LiveJournal. There are even a few communities I run, including debian, lisp, wiki, t_nation, and sorcerynet. These are all really cool, and I encourage you to check them out. ;-)

What do I do at work?

I currently work as a Network Engineer at West Corporation. Before that, I was a System Administrator for a company called Solutionary. Prior to Solutionary (and for some overlapping time), I tended bar, first at Applebee's, and later at a bar called The Hanger at the Airport. Before that, I was working as a Software Engineer for IBM, in Poughkeepsie, New York. Before working at IBM, I was working as a network technician.

I'm always interested in new opportunities, so if you're hiring, feel free to drop me a line. ;-)

Friends?

Please note that I have reached a point where I have trouble keeping up with everyone on my friends list. For this reason, I'm being very picky, and very slow, to add new people. If you add me expecting or hoping for immediate reciprocation, you will be disappointed.

Do not think, however, that if you add me to your friends list, I will never look at your journal. On occasion, I will look into your journal, as I have time. If you keep me wanting to read more, then I will add you to my friends list.

Also, I should explain my view on my friends list. It doesn't necessarily mean I trust you over someone else, or that I don't trust someone that I don't add. It's completely, totally, and entirely, a matter of convenience for me. Essentially every post I make is public. In the nearly a year I've been on LiveJournal, I've posted 1 'friends only' post, and that was only to test out the friends only posting feature. Also, anyone can post comments on my entries.

In short, you don't get anything at all extra out of being on my friends list. I use my friends list simply so that I can quickly and easily skim through entries of people I've found in the past to hold sufficient interest for me.

I hope that doesn't discourage people, but I felt it was best to be honest.

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