Apparently I joined DonationCoder on 18 Dec 05, so maybe it's about time I dropped something here, eh... (I just finished reading the whole thread - some very interesting people have been kind enough to share a bit of themselves - thanks!)
If you were to click on the "pink document icon" over to the left, you would see something like this:
Have not done any programming since (very) long ago. My first programs (some flavor of Fortran) were in 1967 for a chemistry course. By 1969 I had written a number of games in APL (yes, APL!; and, yes, at times I suffered from the "one-liner syndrome", for those of you to whom that has meaning) - even had a working APL chess program back then (it had very little AI, if you could even call it that, but at least it followed the rules...
). Had a very short stint with Assembler when I was - briefly - a qualifying computer science grad student. Have been a chemical technologist (food chemistry) for coming on 35 years on 1 Dec 07 - could have taken early retirement in 2002 with a so-called "full" pension but, for some reason, I'm still workin' on... Was a very active chess player (never higher than "expert") and organizer for about 25 yrs, but gave up that activity about 15 years ago. Reading? - if it's a book, it's SF. Most of my spare time is spent - overspent? - sitting here in front of the PC (something like 50-60 hours a week, I'd say). Oh, yeh, I was born in and still live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and am called "Len" (in polite company).