Well, I was a talented youth, full of potential. Everyone thought I'd go far. Of course, I earned some of it. But truthfully, my parents were pushing me to use my talents. When they were no longer available to prod me in the proper direction, I slacked off. (That would be college, of course.)

So, let's play THEN and NOW. Here's what I had THEN:

  • Excellent schools, gifted/talented classes
  • Several summer programs, based on academic or vocal skills
  • High school track record for 800m dash
  • National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist
  • Tied for best Florida Scholar math score
  • Selected for two vocal ensembles
  • SAT score of 1450
  • Perfect ACT score
  • Perfect AP Calculus score
  • Full scholarship to Loyola University in New Orleans

Pretty good, huh? And what did I do with all this potential? Here's what I've done NOW:

  • Lost scholarship after first year
  • Skipped classes
  • Dropped math major, went into Computer Science
  • Took six years to graduate college with a BS in Computer Science
  • Became a salesman for Amiga computers
  • Went into tech support
  • Eventually became a full-time programmer/analyst
  • Haven't been singing in any organized group

Pathetic. I should have had the world at my feet. I should have proven Fermat's Last Theorem by now. My mother sighs a lot.

My friends from the Honor classes and special programs have all become researchers, scientists, and PhDs. They've participated in ground-breaking discoveries and activities. They've launched Space Shuttles, looked through the Hubble, and investigated earthquake phenomena using supercomputers I'll never see, let alone touch.

They tell me that at least I have a life, as evidenced by a family. I consider this to be patronizing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not unhappy. I just look back at my youth and realize that I have wasted a great deal of potential. As you can see, I have a lot to make up for.

I'm constantly coming up with interesting inventions, program ideas, and marketing slogans. If I ever get too depressed, I'll list them here and let them go to anybody who wants them. Until then, I'm a huge resource of information just waiting to be utilized. Go ahead, ask me something.

Have you wasted your youth? Write me and give me your brag sheet. If I find you to be interesting, I'll add you to the Gallery of Wasted Potential! What an honor! (You can also write me through your browser.)

So you find this interesting, and you want to know more about me. You really don't have anything better to do, have you?


Mug Shot Name Judebert
Known Aliases GreyFox, Random, slothman
Real Name Unknown
Family Status Blissfully wed, honeymoon over, three kids
Employment Full-Time, Software Engineer
E-Mail no spam, thanks

Let's see; did I leave any personnally identifying information out? Yes. Good.

As you can tell from the details above, I can't devote my whole life to this page -- I've got a family AND a job.

Any pages I have will be mentioned in the Table of Contents, in order to help you navigate faster and more easily to what you want. Since I don't want to serve up broken links, I can only post actual information about things I know. Like:

  • Programming (including networking, Java, Unix, Windows, graphics, and simulation)
  • Science Fiction (I like the hard SF best)
  • Parenting (father of three girls)
  • Gaming (although I hate the 3D stuff... except Descent II!)
  • Computers (I just built another one)
  • Fractals (I've got this idea for a fractal animator and morpher I know I'll get time to work on someday)
  • 3D rendering, ray-tracing, and animation

If you want information on anything I know, just e-mail me. I'll build a page whenever I get free time to serve up your info.

What, no e-mail? It's not working? Have a convenient form! You can send me your opinions right from your browser.