The Who wrote:Whoooo are you? Who, who... who who?
In the spirit of new beginnings (and that classic song), I thought it would be nice to have a thread where everyone introduced (or re-introduced) themselves. Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? What about that crazy username, where did you come up with that at? What are your interests? Think of this like the first day of school. While you may recognize a few people from last year, there are new faces as well (and some of those old faces have terrible memories ) Feel free to post as much or as little about yourself as you feel comfortable (remember, this is the internet and anyone can read it).
I'll start. As you may have gathered from my username, my name is Jude. My username started as a line from the movie "The Big Lebowski" in which Jeff Bridge's character "The Dude" (who refers to himself in the third person) says "The dude abides." I've always like that simple line for a couple of reasons. First, it has a nice cadence. Secondly, I like the simple idea behind it. You don't have to like everyone you meet (especially on the internet), but I've always felt one should do more than simply "tolerate" each other. To that end, I try abide others. What's the difference? Basically, "tolerating" someone essentially means you don't do mean or bad things to them. However, when you abide them, you treat them with the same dignity and respect that should be afforded all humans. How do you prefer to be treated: like someone who is simply there (much like a rock in their way), or to be acknowledged as a person like anybody else? I know how I'd like to be treated.
So, by simply changing "dude" to "Jude," I have a username that sums me up fairly nicely while keeping that same cool cadence that I like so much.
I'm from Minnesota, generally around the Twin Cities area (I prefer not to give any more details than that). I've always been a fan of computers, video games, and sci-fi movies and shows. To name a few of them: Starcraft, Homeworld, Half Life (1 & 2), Mario Bros, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fringe, and Heroes. I fervently support Linux and open source while despising all things Microsoft (while I'll abide my fellow humans, I won't abide terrible bloat-ware). Such is the way of computer scientists.
So, who are you?