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"The Rising"
"The Rising"



If you're wondering what I spend my time doing when I'm not working or doing something related to my music, here it is! I have been married for 5 and half years, and our son Evan was born on March 1, 2009! Everyone told me that I wouldn't have any time once he was born, and now I can see that it is true! It's going to be a challenge to find time to write and record new music, but I'm not giving it up!



I love building, upgrading, and overclocking computers! My dad was always building his own computers and giving me his hand-me-downs, but I eventually learned to do it myself. It's very satisfying to research and select all the components, and then build a machine from scratch. For mid-range and high-end machines, it's also a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a manufactured computer from Dell, HP, Gateway, etc.

Overclocking is essentially making the computer run faster than its rated speed. It has a reputation of being dangerous to the hardware itself and stability of operation, and if you don't know what you're doing that's somewhat true. However, if you're careful and methodical about testing the limits of your hardware, it provides "free" performance with almost no downside. Half the fun of building or upgrading a computer for me is the overclocking process. It's quite satisfying to make a $250 CPU run like a $1000+ part!

Right now my PC has the following specs:

  • CPU: Intel Q6600 overclocked to 3.4 GHz (stock speed is 2.6 GHz).
  • Memory: 4 GB (2x2 GB) PC2-6400
  • Motherboard: Abit IP-35E
  • Video card: eVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
  • Hard drives: Western Digital Raptor 74 GB, 320 GB SATA2, 640 GB SATA2
  • Sound card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum ZS
  • Power supply: Fortron AX-500A Blue Storm
  • Case: Rocketfish-badged Lian Li full tower

I'm falling a bit behind the times with some of these components, but since I'm not gaming much anymore I'm in no rush to upgrade. The overclocked quad-core Q6600 CPU handles all of my audio recording and processing tasks with ease. However, I recently acquired a high-definition camcorder and discovered that high-definition video processing/rendering is extremely CPU-intensive! If anything is going to push me to upgrade, it will be this!



PC Gaming

I have been playing PC games since I was about 6 years old (I remember having to switch between 5.25" floppy disks while traveling from one end of the map to the other in Pirates!). My true addiction to PC gaming started in 1999 with Starcraft and ended (hopefully) with Call of Duty 4 in 2008. These were some of my favorite games over the years:

  • Doom
  • Warcraft II
  • Starcraft
  • Unreal Tournament (the original)
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (IMO the best multi-player FPS game EVER made. And it was FREE!)
  • Call of Duty
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
  • Half-Life 2
  • The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
  • Crysis
  • Call of Duty 4

I haven't played a single game since October of 2008, and it must stay that way if I hope to make any significant progress in writing and recording music!


Watching Sports

I love watching sports (mostly football and hockey), and I am very lucky to have a wife who enjoys it just as much! During football season, our weekends are pretty much spent watching the games together.


Ohio State Buckeyes

As you might have figured out, I am a HUGE Ohio State Buckeyes football fan (and to some extent basketball)! I spent 6 years at OSU and received my BS and MS degrees, so I am extremely loyal. There have been good times and bad times to be a Buckeye fan, and these past few years have been a bit tough (although truthfully there are 110 other NCAA programs that would LOVE to have the success that OSU has enjoyed over the past 3 years, despite being embarrassed on national TV a few times). I was lucky enough to have season tickets during the 2002 National Championship season. That was awesome! My wife is also an Ohio State grad, so we are both passionate about the Buckeyes.


New York Giants football

You might wonder why I follow the New York Giants. The answer is that I was born on Long Island, NY, and lived there until I was 5. Much of my extended family still lives or spent a significant amount of time in the New York City area, and I was raised to root for the Giants!


Detroit Red Wings hockey

I'll admit: I didn't really follow hockey until we moved to Detroit in 2003. However, the Red Wings are huge up here, so it was hard not to get sucked in. It quickly became my second favorite sport (behind football). The Wings are an amazingly talented team, which made it all the more easy to become a fan. The Wings made early exits from the playoffs in the '03-'04 and '05-'06 seasons and lost in the conference finals in '06-'07 (the '04-'05 season was cancelled due to a labor dispute), but put it all together to win the Stanley Cup in '07-'08. It was fantastic! I'm hoping they can repeat this year, but they don't seem to be playing quite as well as last year.


Detroit Tigers baseball

I have also become a fan of the hometown baseball team. It was awesome watching them reach the World Series a few years ago. There's just something relaxing about watching a baseball game on a Summer evening. Hopefully the Tigers realize there potential this year, which will only happen if some of their players return to the form they exhibited during their AL pennant year.



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