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finality.net

what?

  this is my personal website. if you're familiar with the concept of a weblog, then this is similar - only more opinionated. equal parts of daily trivia and selfish ranting. or something like that.

  the menu on the left is a partial sitemap. you can quickly jump to the newest material on the site from the 'updated' link at the bottom left.
  of course, like everything on the internet, this site is in a permanent state of flux. bookmark at your peril and check back frequently for new and banal stuff.

who?

  that would be me - chris butcher. I'm a graphics programmer for bungie software at their west development office in san jose, california. of course, I'm not there right now, due to various bureaucratic bumbling. so at present, I'm living in sunny dunedin, new zealand.

  and before you ask, no, I'm not so narcissistic that I think random people on the internet really care about me and who I am. but you may find my perspective on the world somewhat entertaining.

why?

  back in may 1998, I started working on my phd at the university of otago. the year before, I had completed my masters - but not quite to my satisfaction. you see, for much of 1997 I ended up getting lost, sidetracked and wandering in circles. at the start of my phd, I resolved to put my best foot forward! to be more organised! not to slack about! and to keep a daily work log in order to help me accomplish this. for some reason, I decided to put it on my public web page. serendipity? perhaps.

  over the next year and a half, my work log mutated somewhat. it became less of a personal track record of my research progress - and more of a general ranting forum. as several of my friends moved away, they commented that they would keep in touch by reading my work log and seeing how I was doing. the number of people who wandered across it was truly amazing. irregular emails from researchers in similar fields, friends who now lived on the other side of the world, even the occasional job offer (!) started to convince me that I had stumbled onto something rather potent.

  now that I've left the university of otago, it would seem impolite to continue using their web server. since I have to find a new web host, it seems an opportune time to redesign / amplify / generally fool around with stuff. besides, I have a real weakness for 'cool hacks' and couldn't resist designing a scripting back-end to underly my work log. as you will see, things have spiralled out of control since then. ::shrug:: so, here we are.

how?

  superlative web hosting by pair networks. powered by openbsd, apache, perl, php and mysql.

[disclaimer]

  everything on this site (and I do mean everything) is my own opinion. the facts should be straight (and if you see anything wrong, feel free to let me know) but they will be highly filtered. nothing on this site is the representative opinion of bungie software or the university of otago and should not be construed as such.



updated 10.24.12
© chris butcher 2000-2003