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Chris O’Rourke 26 January 2008

Chris O’Rourke

Father, husband, geek and general nuisance to computer problems

I’m a 33 year old Network Engineer residing in Portland, Oregon. I enjoy all things “northwesty” including the obvious rain and clouds in addition to the typical coffee addictive personality so abundant up here. Aside from being a CSS and xhtml design fanatic I also am currently an MCSE as well as MCSA and divide my computing attentions between Windows & Mac OS X based systems. Equally at home with Photoshop or rooting about in the schema of an Exchange server I tend to find my attentions drawn more to the artistic endeavors lately. In addition to a focus on art, I’m also bettering myself while figuring out to resolve mistakes from the past in a fair and balanced matter (really fair and balanced though, nothing like Fox News lol).

I’m also a huge fan of Drum & Bugle corps and spend as much time as possible helping out the Seattle Cascades youth organization in any way I can (I even drove for them in 2004 and 2005). For those who don’t know Drum & Bugle Corps is an activity quite a bit like marching band but independant of high schools and colleges. The kids (ages 15-22) that do this pay a premium and rehearse hundreds of hours to participate in the summer tour throughout the US. Very cool and very fun activity.

I’m currently married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who shares my love for art and nature and enjoying that all too often insane thing called life.

Most days I can be found with some type of caffeine in my hand and a fairly happy expression. I’m still trying to beat the evil damned nicotine bug as well as exercising more regularly to regain a decent level of physical fitness (apparently it’s easy to gain sympathy weight during a pregnancy. Sadly it doesn’t go away as easily as it comes). Things aren’t always perfect but for the most part they are as best as they can be.

What are you up to?

Working on a few side projects (my long neglected WPMU based blogging site dreamflicks.com, redesigning my personal blog and getting ready to launch a new techie tutorial site) in addition to working my fulltime job for Netropole. On top of that I find time to be a husband and my favorite job of all time, being the best damn dad I can be.

What are you into?

Well my interests run the gamut from computer gaming to photography but if I wanted to present in list form with no particular order it’d be something like this:

  • drum corps
  • my son alexandr
  • Watching great movies
  • Drumming
  • wordpress
  • Apple
  • Living for the moment
  • A good scare
  • Guinness
  • Good Single Malt Scotch
  • Twitter
  • The wife
  • Late night dinners at the Republic Cafe in Chinatown.
  • Sushi

What do you like most about Portland?

Everything. I moved here when I was 3 and lived all over the area until I turned 23. Then I spent 7 unholy years away from Portland (nothing like a move from sunny, green, liberal Portland to the nice dusty, dry, too hot desert , conservative place like Richland, Washington (actually it wasn’t all that bad just wasn’t Portland).

I love the huge number of parks, brewpubs and coffee bars. I’m a firm believer that the best coffeeshops are those in ancient crumbling buildings with people who don’t quite get the “rules” of sociality. Weird is good. I especially miss the Chakra cafe that closed back in 98 but that’s beyond the scope of what I currently like.

What do you see as the greatest thing happening in the computer world?

The current web 2.0 idealogy of letting the users decide what information is used, and how it is used. Couple that with the fact that many of the tools many of us take for granted now are all for communication of ideas or thoughts (twitter, facebook, Nearly anything with an API)  and seeing how that is slowly but surely trickling down into the analog world as companies try to adapt to the faster world.

What’s your worst problem in life?

It’s a three way tie between my biggest irrational fear (which I’ll cover in a second) willful ignorance, and hypocrisy.

First off I have no problem with honest ignorance, it’s not your fault. However when you add in choosing to be blind to the truth then you’re an abomination. True hypocrites (also abominations) are seemingly ever more common nowadays and I’m curious to know who got them on the internet and showed them how to blog…heh.

My real honest (and wholly irrational fear) is of zombies. Some of you reading this probably laughed a little or rolled your eyes. While I don’t see zombies all around (or at all other than in movies) I do tend to check buildings and areas that I’m in for defensibility and escape paths. It’s a silly little quirk of my personality that I picked up at the age of 13 or so and is probably symptomatic of something or other but it’s mostly been a boon overall since I’m a far more observant person because of it. Anyway on the off chance there ever is a zombie outbreak join me at the Costco and relax (no windows, steel shutters for the doors and plenty of food and water).

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