name is Tommy and this is my 1st attempt to build a webpage using the
skills I have learned at the CodeAcademy website. So far I have
later lessons I will attempt to further my skills with instruction in
jQuery. I will try to put them all together and maybe build some
webpages & API's if I get good
enough.....who knows, maybe it will actually bring in
extra money, or at least keep me out of the bars.
November of 2008 I
wiped my disk
clean of Windows Vista after fighting it for a year & installed
Ubuntu Linux. I have spent the last 7 + years
becoming comfortable with a mostly new to me operating
system. It has far exceeded my expectations of being reliable &
basiclly trouble free; no
more of those dreaded "blue screens of death" that plague
Windows. After trying several Linux variants, (Mint, Fedora,& Debian), I have finally settled
on using ARCH Linux for 99 % of the time. For the last 2 1/2 yearsI have been involved in
developing a weather forecast application in concert with a
person in New Delhi, India.
His name is Paramvir Likhari, and we have become friends over the
course of the last several years.
Before the advent of home computers he would be considered a
"pen pal", but now that we use e-mail I guess he would be called a
He is the developer of the app, writing all the software, and
then he sends me his latest versions to be certain they work with most
versions of Linux,
or to help troubleshoot & debug if they have problems.
The screenshot below is an example of his latest work. The image on the
left side is his weather
forecast application. The middle images are Earthquake
Data, Weather Satellite
images showing winds aloft, IR cloud coverage, and the current
surface condition. The other images are my system
monitor showing what is happening inside the computer, a calendar, world Time, a media player,
etc (the image lost a
little resolution when made smaller to fit inside the window).
I am married to my
Wife of 23 years, Sheila, and we live on 4.6 acres in the Magdalena
Mountains of West Central New Mexico at an altitude of
feet ASL with our rescue Dog Jak, a German Shepard/ Rottweiler mixed
is a Professional Doll Doctor specializing in older Antique
she completely restored a 100 + year old doll that had been
attacked by the family Dog. I retired in 2007
from NRAO/VLA after 17 years as an
Group Leader. I now spend most of my time doing all those "honey-do's"
that build up over time. I have 3 Step-Daughters by Sheila;
in Washington State and has a Desktop Publishing Company
with her Husband Gerald; Maureen is a Graphics Artist and Event
who lives in San
Francisco with her Husband Erik; the youngest Sara, is
a Registered Professional Forester and Mother of the most darling twin
live with Husband
Greg in Auburn, Calif near Sacramento.
This year I will celebrate my 37th year of
living in New Mexico; I consider moving here from the rain in
Washington State to be 1 of the best
I have ever made. The State's motto is "The Land of Enchantment"
and it certainly lives up to that in many ways. We are the 5th largest
terms of square miles of land area, but we only just reached the 2
Million mark in population recently. We have plenty of "wide open
in some places the Cattle population far exceeds the Human population.
We also have a rich mix of cultures represented with Native
and Caucasian influences. The New Mexico State Flag was recently voted
the best designed State Flag in the United States. The
design is taken from the sacred Zia Sun Symbol of the Native
American Zia Pueblo. Here is a representation of the symbols associated
with the Zia
above are of my Family Crest and my ancestor King Harald Bluetooth of
Denmark; there is a definite physical resemblence to Harald
as I have the same full beard, the same stocky build, but not
the horned helmut.
developed an interest in my Family's lineage, and devoted some
spare time to research it with surprising results. I discovered that my
side can be traced back to the King of Denmark, Harald
Bluetooth; and his Father's side can be traced back to the legendary
Lodbrok who claimed that his Father was the Viking God Odin.
Along the way down the Generations there were numerous Lords &
another member of royalty, Robert the Bruce King of Scotland. I have
recently discovered that my Paternal Grandmothers' lineage can be
the way back to 810 AD to one of the early Scottish Kings. There
is a branch in the family that links to Mary, Queen of Scots; her
lineage comes all the
way down to the present Queen of England, Elizabeth II. I
never heard about any of this while growing up and wonder if any Family
was even aware of this information. Until the early 1900's, the Family owned
a considerable piece of Oyster Bay, Long Island. If the Family still
Acres, at today's real estate prices it would be worth a staggering
One of my spare time
hobbies is Amatuer Radio, also known as "ham radio". I hold an Extra
Class License from the FCC with the callsign NM5TF.