On this page I get to indulge myself and talk about some of the things in life (other than computers) that I enjoy. As you'll see I have a lot of interests and my tastes tend to be all over the map. I list them here in no particular order. Clicking on some of the pictures will bring up a larger version.



Fast Trucks

I grew up in the era of muscle cars and my love for them has never wavered. I've owned many fast vehicles but my favorite is the one pictured at the left. This is a 1991 GMC Syclone truck, one of only 3000 built during it's single year of production. It had about 300 turbo-charged horsepower, all-wheel-drive, a Corvette transmission, and could accelerate from 0-60 in under 5 seconds, making it one of the fastest production vehicles ever sold. Click here to read the infamous 1991 Car and Driver road test that pitted the Syclone against a Ferrari 348ts.

I was the proud owner of this truck until 1997 when it was stolen while I was playing golf in Alameda with my friend Jeff Blair. My insurance paid off and I posted the VIN on this web site. Not long ago I received an email from a chap in Canada saying he had bought a Syclone with the same VIN. It seems my truck was recovered by the police (severely battered) and re-sold by the insurance company. Recently he sent me some video of the old Syclone which is now apparently doing very well for itself on the racing circuit.



Horses

I was very active with horses when I was young and lived in the mountains.  But when I got older and started chasing career goals in the cities of California I was forced to limit my love for horses to cherished memories.  The Silicon Valley has few pastures.

My return to Utah a few years ago allowed me to once again explore my fascination with all things equestrian.  Since returning I've owned as many as four horses.  I have just two now, both geldings: Royal is 12 and Max is 11.  Royal and Max are brothers and they share truly royal blood extending back through the mighty War Admiral and Man O' War.  This picture shows me with Ace, a trusted friend and patient tutor in my quest to become a skilled rider. He also raised Royal and Max.  He died not long ago, and we all miss him like crazy.



Photography

Even though I've had a number of creative outlets through the years including music and writing, photography has been my most consistent and satisfying form of expression. I never seem to tire of it.

In the last few years the advent of digital photography as allowed me to combine my loves of the camera and the computer. I spend a lot of my spare time traveling with a camera over my shoulder. I do not consider myself a great photographer, but I find the process satisfying even if no one ever views the results but me. You can see some examples of my work on my photo gallery page.



Golf

It's a good thing I didn't discover golf until after I turned 40 or I might never have done anything else. I play the game every chance I get, and I find even practicing has a therapeutic effect on me. My friends and I play nearly every week, and in the summer we sometimes go out in the evening after work. My lifetime quest is to break par. Best score so far: 75.

My favorite golf is in Hawaii where I've traveled to play a number of times in the last few years. My favorite courses are Koolau on Oahu (slope 163), Mauna Lani on the big island, and the Prince Course on Kauai. The picture to the right was taken a few years ago at Pebble Beach and shows me on the right with my friends (l-to-r) Hank Chau, Fel Bautista and Eddie Lee.



Physics

Several years ago I was struggling with some of the weightier issues of life like the purpose of existence and the nature of reality. Unsatisfied with the lack of answers elsewhere I decided to turn to science, specifically physics. Surely, I reasoned, if anyone can define reality it has to be the physicist. After all, it is physics that has given us the capability of flying to the moon as well as seeing into the very heart of matter itself. Right?

What a strange and fascinating journey it has been. Reading the words of Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman (above), Isaac Newton, Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, Stephen Hawking, John Wheeler and Paul Davies has proven two things to me: First, if you want to know what's real don't ask a physicist. And second, the universe in which we live is a much more intriguing, and puzzling, place than I had ever imagined. I find myself drawn particularly to Quantum Physics which seems to be trying to tell us something profound about reality and our place in the cosmos.

"Anyone who is not shocked by Quantum Theory has not understood it".
Niels Bohr



Sports

I've been involved in sports all my life. When I was younger I played everything imaginable, and for a few years even attempted to play racquetball on a professional level. These days my participant status is pretty much limited to golf.

I'm a big fan of professional sports, and even though I no longer live there I still follow the Bay Area teams I idolized for so long. My real passion over the last 30 years has been San Francisco 49ers football. During the years of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young my schedule literally revolved around the weekly 49ers game. These days the niners are struggling to rebuild, but I still find them enormously entertaining. Of course I also watch a lot of golf on TV when it's in season.



Music

Since I was born, it seems, a part of me has been consumed with music. I consider it one of life's great pleasures, as well as one of its most puzzling mysteries.

My musical tastes range from rock-and-roll to classical, but I find myself listening mostly to what is called Contemporary Jazz - though I don't think anyone knows quite what that means. Some of my favorite artists are Pat Metheny (left), Dave Grusin, Acoustic Alchemy, Ennio Morricone, Paul Hardcastle and the Rippingtons. The best concert I've seen was the Pat Metheny Group at the Paramount Theater in Oakland in 2002.

I love satellite radio, internet radio stations, Spotify and Apple Music/iTunes.  I am always on a quest to find new music that I love, and few things make me happier than discovering a song that resonates with whatever it is inside me that is forever searching.



Travel

I was born with an urge to wander. I make my living sitting in a chair so it's little wonder that I take every chance I get to hit the open road. My favorite mode of travel is my truck, and my destination of choice is usually the mountains.

The photograph at right was taken along the Alaska Highway in the Yukon Territory on a driving trip I took in 2002 from California to Alaska and back - just over 9,000 miles in all. Riding in my truck through new terrain is, for me, like sitting in a theatre and watching a beautiful movie in 360-degree surround-vision. I could ride like that forever.



Reading

Next to working at the computer I probably spend more time reading than anything else. Much of what I read is technical in nature, but when I do get to choose I most enjoy reading non-fiction, scientific, and philosophical books. Lately books on Physics, Quantum Theory and philosophy have dominated my reading list. Some of my favorites are Six Easy Peices by Richard Feynman, The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan, Schrodinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality by John Gribbin, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig.

I don't read much fiction but one my favorite books falls in that category: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Recently I've found a few gems that combine adventure and mystery with true stories: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, The Predictors by Thomas Bass, and The Hunt for Zero Point by Nick Cook.



TV and Movies

I built a quality home theater in my house so I find watching TV both relaxing and exciting.  Homeland is probably my favorite program. Game of Thrones is amazing, as are The Newsroom and Weeds. Star Trek: The Next Generation is one of my favorite television programs of all time, even though it's been in re-runs for several years now.

I love movies though I seldom go to the theater anymore.  Here are some of my favorites: Young Frankenstein, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Silence of the Lambs, The Lion in Winter, The Mosquito Coast, Titanic, Ordinary People, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Total Recall, Blade Runner, Moulin Rouge, Jurrassic Park, Alien, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Once Upon a Time in the West. In general I go to any movie whose credits contain one of these names: Stephen Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks,Baz Luhrman or Harrison Ford.