Hi, I'm Steve! — April 2009
As strange as it may seem, I do have a few interests outside
of computers and technology, and this page lists some of them.
Volunteer Adult Literacy
For years I've been active in volunteer literacy in Orange County
teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Our clientele has
typically been adult immigrants who needed to learn English to speak
with their kid's teacher, make a doctor's appointment, or get a
better job to support their families. This has been remarkably
rewarding work, and I taught two evenings a week from 1992 until 2000.
I no longer teach students myself, but I'm still involved in
- Vice President,
Orange County Literacy Council
- We meet quarterly to guide the direction of the Council, which
covers literacy in roughly the northern half of Orange County. I've been
involved in OCLC management in various capacities since 1992, and am
now Vice President (and current past President) of the Council.
- Member of Program Committee,
This committee meets to provide California Literacy - the coordinator
for volunteer literacy in the state - with guidance on how they can best
serve local programs. I was on this committee from 2001-2003.
- Tutor Trainer
- I've not been formally certified as a trainer,
but I've trained many dozens of volunteers, both for the literacy
council and for
Catholic Charities of Orange County.
Literacy links for Orange County California can be found at the
OC Literacy Web Site.
California Political Analysis
I've been described as a "flaming libertarian", and before each election I write
up an analysis of the California ballot propositions describing my vote and the
rationale behind. I used to do this via email to friends but found that the web
was a perfect vehicle for this kind of thing.
Steve's California Election Analysis
- Amateur Radio/Shortwave Listening
I've been a licensed radio amateur since 1979 with General class license
KA8CMY. I've not been on the air in years, but I still listen to
shortwave radio regularly. Long-time favorites are
and Radio Havana Cuba.
I've also done a fair amount of medium-wave (regular AM radio) DXing and
have more than 200 stations from my home location in Southern California.
I hope to create a web-based system for maintaining all the medium-wave
stations I can find and allow others to input this data too:
The "Internet Radio DataBase". Time will tell if I ever get to it.
- Amateur Ornithology
Ever since I grew up in rural Ohio, I've been working with wild birds
and hand taming them. With patience, many backyard birds can be trained
to take food from your hand, and it's breathtaking to see a beautiful scrub
jay swoop down from a telephone pole and land on your hand. Such a
Western Scrub Jay
is sitting on my hand in the picture to the right (click for larger image).
It's very peaceful to sit on the back porch for a few hours with a
glass of wine, a good book, and a tub of waxworms with birds coming
Just a few personal tidbits:
My license plate (yes, it really is!)
This web server hosts a number of other web sites that are
related to me in one way or the other:
About this web site
My web server is a quad-CPU Compaq Proliant ProLiant DL360 G3 running CentOS 5.
It's racked by the nice folks at Bandcon in
Level(3)'s Tustin facility. Thanks Todd!