A Technical FAQ About Me
June 28th, 2005 | View Post

1. Are you a computer programmer?
I guess so.

2. What languages are you familiar with?
I am an avid PHP programmer but am more than capable with C/C++, Python, Perl and a few others.

3. How about graphics, do you do that too?
I'm pretty fluent with PhotoShop and the like but my drawing ability is less than crap.

4. Video, sound, etc. Any of that?
I've done plenty of work with Adobe Premiere for the movies I've made, and use a variety of sound programs to help get my musical compositions onto the computer.

5. How many websites do you own?
About 10 I think. This one is currently my biggest project, though www.austinsmoke.com WAS my largest. It doesn't look so hot right now, but it used to be a bustling marketplace of GNU/GPL software.

6. How many websites do you manage?
All of the ones that I own plus 2 or 3 more.

7. Do you have any software floating around the web with your name on it?
Yes in fact. I wrote a nice little Currency Converter for PHP-Nuke around January of 2004. It's floating all over the place and can be downloaded from www.austinsmoke.com. At least, you used to be able to get it there. Freshmeat certainly still has a copy of it.

8. What kind of computer(s) do you have?
Right now I'm running a homemade AMD 64 bit machine, 1gb RAM, 80gb SATA 10k disk, on Fedora 3 Linux. My other boxes include a Dell Laptop running WinME, a homemade AMD 32 bit machine running WinXP, and an AMD 64 bit machine running WinXP.

9. Can you help me with my ______ software project?
Maybe. Send me an email via my contact page.

10. Did you design this website?
Yes - though I technically stole the look of it from Mambo. I'm pretty sure they've changed their look since, but that's who deserves the original credit.

11. So this site is run by Mambo CMS?
No. The LOOK of the site was 'borrowed' from the main Mambo site, but none of the coding is from Mambo or any other CMS for that matter.

12. Did you hand code all of this website?
...from blank VIM screens.

13. Can I have the source code to your website scripts?
As of right now, no. I am working on putting it together as a CMS package of some variety. Once that is all said and done, it will be posted on my website somewhere.

14. Does your site use databases?
Actually, though there is SOME database connectivity, it is in no way required to run the little CMS that I have created. The idea of the CMS is actually based entirely upon static HTML files. The software ultimately allows me to create things on the fly from the backend. Hence, if you alter the URL text in an effort to change an ID number, the most likely result will be an Apache error rather than a PHP or SQL error. The idea behind doing this is an effort to promote better security habbits of the site and also allow for faster loading times (as scripts don't need to compile, and queries do not need to be processed).

15. Is your gallery program finished?
No. Kallery is somewhat of a work in progress. I have made quite a bit of progress on it in the past while but do not feel it is dynamic enough to release. Should I ever get to release my CMS program to the world, the Kallery program would be a standard module that came along with it.

A Personal FAQ About Me
June 25th, 2005 | View Post

1. What is your name?
For the purposes of this FAQ, Kevin will do just fine, but I'll give you a hint: go to this URL.

2. Where are you from?
Originally I'm from the little town of Manalpan, New Jersey. My family moved to Texas when I was eight or so and I spent the next 10 years living in Houston, Texas. After I graduated from high school, I moved to Austin, Texas.

3. Where do you live now?
In an apartment in Austin, Texas.

4. How tall are you?
Ummm, I'd like to say 5'10", but I'm told that might be generous by an inch or so.

5. What color eyes do you have?

6. What is your favorite color?

7. Are you married?

8. Are you single?
Would a non-single guy have a website with multiple FAQ's about himself on it?

9. Are you rich?
Most certainly.

10. Can I call you sometime?
Hmmm, why don't you email me your picture first.

11. Are you the type of guy that enjoys dates?
Actually I prefer plums, though dates and more importantly, the act of dating, has appealed to me a time or two.

12. Do you have any favorite authors or books?
I have to be honest, I'm not much for reading. Not that I don't like books, I just prefer having them read to me via audiobooks or CDs. I generally prefer mystery books, random fact books, history books, and generally anything scientific in nature.

13. What about your favorite TV shows?
I don't watch that much TV. I like the FOX block of The Simpsons, Seinfeld, King of the Hill, and sometimes That 70's Show. Other than that I tend to stick to the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and movie channels such as HBO (namely b/c I hate commercials).

14. And for the trifecta, how about movies?
I think my favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption. As for clever movies, I like Guy Ritchie's Snatch. I've enjoyed all 30 or so Hitchcock movies that I've seen and also like a number of old silent pictures with Charlie Chaplin and/or Buster Keaton. A local Austin band, Guy Forsyth, has put on a fabulous show a few times by playing an original score to Buster Keatons, 'The General'.

15. What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to most everything except for rap and country. Tho, even some rap has grown on me thanks to the Tony Hawk and Grand Theft Auto video game series. I've recently really gotten into listening to more worldly music and of course, being the narcacist that I am, I enjoy listening to some of my own homemade music.

16. What kind of a car do you drive?
A black 2004 Saturn Ion2 Quad Coupe.

17. What other cars have you owned in the past?
My first car was a white 1993 Mitsibushi Mighty Max small pickup truck. This was followed by a cherry-red/mocca Ford F150 Eddie Bauer pickup truck. After that came a cherry-red/mocca 2000 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer. This is about when I moved to New Zealand. First, I purchased a 1989 Honda Beat 50cc Scooter, then a 1981 Subaru Leone. After returning stateside, I purchased my 2004 Saturn Ion2 Quad Coupe.

18. Do you like to travel?

19. Have you visited much of the United States?
Most all of it. I still have yet to visit Alaska, Hawaii, and a few states of the central north such as the Dakotas and Montana.

20. Have you traveled outside of the United States?
Yup. I've traveled to some of the Virgin Islands, Mexico dozens of times, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Puerto Rico (technically not part of the US)

21. Where would you like to go next?
I would really like to visit Canada, Cuba, Japan, Thailand, Russia, and then Europe. ...more or less in that order.

22. Do you have any pets?
No - sadly I've seemed to develop certain allergies to some pets.

23. What pets have you had in the past?
My family has had (and I grew up with) cats of the following names: Henry, Fluffy, Tabitha, and Sam. Dog names were: Barney (a sheltie), Freckles a.k.a. Senor Taco (a long haired chihuahua), and Sampson (a mutt). We also had a horse for many years named Tara. Personally, I have had dozens of fish including a few large mouth bass. I had a pet crawfish named Bob, and my personal favorite was my pet mouse named Mario Van Peebles Mouseman III a.k.a. Mousie.

24. Was it really necessary to type all of these questions?
You're the one that read them.

25. Is there anything that really annoys you?
Yes, people that would have typed the former answer as: 'Your the one that read them'.

A New Pinball Record!
June 10th, 2005 | View Post

KLO with a promising 3rd place victory and 2,375,665,920 points!
I have been hoping that I would be fortunate enough to get my name into Dave's Frank Thomas pinball game. It has taken me about 4 months to get good at the damn thing, but I have finally managed to secure my place with two different records.


Dave and I were experimenting with the machine a bit and thus decided to take the glass table top off of it. It's actually amazing how much louder the pinball gets when the glass top is off, not to mention how much fright it adds to the game (as there are heavy ball bearings shooting all over the place). I told Dave that I would play the game after putting the glass back on, but he wanted me to leave it off. Should have guessed it would be my best game of all time breaking into the top 5 high scores (placing 3rd), and also beating the home runs score. Dave questions the integrity of the score, even though he did come into the room when I was at about 500 million. The final high score was 2,375,665,920 and my high home runs were something like 78.

To anyone that can afford it, I would highly suggest purchasing an arcade pinball machine. They run anywhere from $1000 - $5000.

06/11/05 - 07:19:39 PM
The glass was off, providing an unfair advantage enabling him to see the field better. While he certainly played a good game, I've cleared his score off the board. Sorry.

06/11/05 - 07:21:34 PM
Dave left the glass off. It was his own fault. I naturally played the game of my life during this. The record stands!

06/11/05 - 09:23:45 PM
I'd also like to add that dave is not happy with this simply because he WAS 3rd place, but now sits beneath my pinball wizardry at 4th. Surely had I only shot to 4th, this record would have no problem being in the books.

07/24/05 - 06:59:14 PM
I'm with Dave on this one.

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