Things that mad Scott likes to do:
I enjoy writing a personal blog when I have something to say. It is usually political soapbox ranting, but I also put news, science fiction tidbits, entertaining videos, and that sort of thing up there too. I started blogging in Blogger, but quickly moved to WordPress software on my own site as Blogger is quite frustrating.
Living History Reenactment: Educating people about history is important.
Computers: tools, toys, career - these things keep me fed and clothed right now...
Surfing: I wish I was closer to a real beach with real waves. Very little compares to being stationed in Hawaii, and having access to the Summer waves of Eva Beach and the Winter waves off the North shore of Oahu. For body surfing and boogie boards it has to be Sandy Beach, Oahu though.
Sailing: Like surfing, this is a hobby that is no longer active, but I wish to take it up again.
Soaring: Quite possibly one of the greatest pleasures in life.
SCUBA Diving: I first got certified by Joe Nadel after taking the PADI open water SCUBA course while on temporary duty at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan in 1987. I think that tropical coral reefs are one of the most beautiful sights in the world, and the sense of freedom you have while floating, effectivly weightless, in the water is exhilerating. I have missed diving for a long time, but managed to slip in a resort dive at Negril, Jamaica in May of 1997. Erci and I are getting back into diving through Adventure Scuba (Chantilly, VA) with several friends from work. Matt Davis is our instructor, and we are having a ball. I will try to keep my online dive logs up to date.
Archery: is something I am trying to pick up. It should be a lot easier with the beautiful new longbows that Bill Darr of WhipperWil Archery made for me. One is a Yew longbow, 28" draw length, 58 pound draw weight; the other is ash, 28" draw length, 30 pound draw weight.
Falconry: is a fascination. Wouldn't it be nice to fly your own peregrine or tiercel?
My Aquariums: help keep one from getting too stressed.
Football: real football that is, Americans call it Soccer.
Volleyball: a good game is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
Cycling: a ride on my HP Velotechnik Street Machine GT is one way to relax, and the best way to see the local area. For rugged trails and hills I switch to an old Trek 6000 aluminum mountain bike.
Warhammer: this fast paced miniatures game has caught my attention. It is really a great scam to separate hobbyists from their money, but the armies look so cool! I plan to do an army of Orcs and Goblins, and I need to make them ready to fight off those self-righteous Bretonnians (Peter and Alex) and Wood Elves, not to mention those pesky Lizardmen and Skaven (Bob).
Woodworking, Hand Sewing, and Leatherworking, at least enough to make replicas of medieval artifacts.
Soccer and Volleyball are the two sports I wish I had more time to play.
Utne Reader magazine, social and political commentary, stimulating articles
Travel to historically significant sites and exotic places, or simply to places where I can relax, read, scuba dive, swim, study, or contemplate my navel.
Things mad Scott raves about;
Things mad Scott would wishes he could get; and
Actually, Scott is not the only one who is mad, other madmen are:
Gilbert Mercer, a 14th century English Archer
Duncan Tiercel MacLeod, a 14th century ScotMad Scott's amusements of the moment:
Seen on the wall in Payne's diner in Centreville: "Diet, Exercise, Die anyway."
"Life is too short for mediocrity." (Hey, this is my own!)
"Evolve." (WHFS 99.1, where Bob Waugh broadcasts from)
"Make up your own mind." (Common Amiga Owner's Slogan)
Links to Programming Languages.
Links about History and Legends.
Junk Busters has tips on fighting Spam, cold calls, junk mail, etc
Privacy Net has usefule Privacy and Security tips.
AdBusters has interesting anecdotes and commentary on how free we really are in the United States, and if our country's government serves it's people or it's corporations. It is also a reference site for stunning design examples regardless of the political message.
Anti-DMCA, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act is being abused by corporations for their private agendas, and it is designed to penalize the average citizen rather than the pirates it should be addressing. Niels Ferguson, why he's against DMCA
ZDNet Article about DMCA
OptOut are products that help you recover from a SpyWare infestation or detect on happening. The Counterexploitation website has The Trouble With Spyware & Advertising-Supported Software, an interesting article on the subject of SpyWare/AdWare and how it can harm your system, and their adware/malware article has more information on specific programs. Use Ad-Aware and ZoneAlarm will help you prevent Spyware from happening. There a primer on SpyWare at ACCS
We are building a new home, and our New Home Design Ideas are online to help us coordinate with our builder and collect ideas and solutions.
The Red Cross has a guide for how to prepare your family for disaster. Chec it out http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/keepsafe/unexpected.html.
Author: Scott Nolan, (How to send me email)