Shannon's Home Page

Caution! This page suffers from "Under Construction" disease. However, with some thanks to the HomePage Builder HTML editor, I'm finally settling it down some... The new plan is to radically slash this front page and prioritize things, but first I'll be working to more or less finish GOFJ4...

Welcome, Visitor #<dead counter>!
(Can't give any good base figures--about the 4th server now. Some of them had several thousand hits.)

Please feel free to contact me at: Sorry, but for the inconvenience of the spamnuts, this is not a primary email address--can't reveal those in public anymore. *sigh*
Or you can click in this table to send a fancy form in English or Japanese:

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I had a thematic picture of Magic Mushrooms here, but it's pretty big and takes too long for people on slow links, so I've moved it to an autostereogram page with some other information about how computer-generated autostereograms work (and how to see them). It took me some years to get the knack.

There was a historical section here that has been spawned off to its own history of my home page page. Not exactly a version control system, since this thing is pretty obviously out of control... And that was BEFORE the site map got added. Originally this meta-comment included a warning about the 'so-so'ness of my home page, but now I think it has gotten a good deal worse than that. Writing for everyone is the same as writing for no one?

Hi. This is Shannon

So what? Who is he and what does he do? Dang good questions, and I wish I had better answers. I'm a bit work-centered, getting a lot of satisfaction and even pleasure out of my work as a technical editor. Recently I've been a staff member at a couple of ISPs, and that link has kind of mutated into a work history kind of page. On the side I was doing various kinds of teaching--mostly computer stuff and even a bit of English.

So when is he? Maybe I can do better with this... These days I'm just a working stiff in Yamato City (near Tokyo) from M-F. Saturdays I usually socialize in Tokyo, and Sundays are for crucial stuff like laundry.

Favorite saying time: To err is human, but to really foul things up, it takes a computer. So how many millions of mistakes per second can YOUR computer make?

My weird philosophical links are divided into two pages, one based around my mathematical philosophy with special acknowledgments to Rudy Rucker, and the other based around various quotations that I've heard and thought about over the years. In addition, Glimpses of Familiar Japan is an attempt to consolidate some of my thoughts and observations of Japan over the years.
I think that the kernel of my philosophy, such as it is, centers around the distinction between mindscape and landscape and the egalitarian implications of the uniquely human ability to perceive that distinction. But I've done a bit of philosophizing in my days on such weird topics as the evolution of copyright, intellectual anarchy in the unmoderated newsgroups, and uses and abuses of computers for learning.
The quotes that I consider interesting are very eclectic, so I guess I'll just list them here as links to the more complete discussions.

"There's no such thing as a self-made failure."

"Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art."

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good you'll have to ram them down people's throats."

"Don't teach Granny to suck eggs."

"The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions."

"Don't argue with a fool. People won't be able to tell the difference."

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo."

"Figures don't lie, but liars figure."

"Beggars can't be choosers."

Also, I'll try to add a Japanese version [someday...]. For now, all I have to offer is a little speech about cigarettes I prepared in August 1996. I used it as an example in the class I was teaching at that time.

Professional/Employment Related Links
Resumes List of Publications Professional Affiliations
American-style IEEE Computer Society (since 1983) ACM (since 2000) JALT (1992-1997)

The Obligatory Short Autobiography and Link Madness

I've been here in Japan for since 1989, mostly teaching computer classes at the Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (KIFL). Less memorable were a year at Yamanashi University (as a research student [Did you know there was a life form lower than graduate student?] in the Electronic Information Engineering Department) in Koufu after leaving KIFL and 'doing time' teaching English conversation for a few months when I first moved to Tokyo.

Back in the States, I was a contract programmer and consultant for some years after graduating from the computer science department of an enormous but supposedly well regarded state university. Actually, I learned much more while getting my first degree at Rice University, though my completed major subjects there were "nothing useful": philosophy, history, and sociology.

In my other wanderings, I even found my Golden Senior High School is on the net, though my earlier schools are lagging behind some of the other junior high schools and elementary schools in the county. I feel like I should also put a plug in for the Frontiers of Science Institute where I spent one of my most memorable high school summers acquiring various permanent scars. Jumping from the oldest to the newest, some of my most recent schooling was in a TESOL program at Temple University Japan, which was very thought provoking and even useful, though I didn't follow it that far at that time. I confess that I'm just not that interested in teaching English, even though I'm pretty good at it in my copious spare time. As a computer teacher, I'm usually much better than pretty good.

These days it seems like everyone has to be on the Web, so here are some friends, acquaintances, and fellow travelers from my various life stages, along with some typically peculiar and egocentric commentary. The Web equivalent of high school yearbooks? Not sure, but I wonder how many levels of connected links until everyone is included? My students also deserve an honorable place (with a few exceptions ;-) ).

I've had quite a number of strange hobbies over the years, but the ongoing ones these days are running, studying Japanese, and of course fiddling with computers. I've also done quite a bit of reading from many authors over the years. There's even a searchable version of my book database using a little Perl script.

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