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"Where We Are" - A Who's Who and a Where's Where from the UltraFractal Mail List...

19/5/99

***In a previous post I said I was from Prescott, Arizona. I would like to know where others are from. I realize this is strictly voluntary. If you would like to mention your "city only" with your next post I would find it interesting. Maybe others would also. Any comments.
Larry Hodgson***

Replies...

 

Gerald Albrecht

not to let the delay grow further, for a quick scan for where I'm from look at http://members.aol.com/AlbrechtGd/about.htm>
All the best

 

Linda Allison

We live in Western Washington - moved here from Coral Springs, Florida in 1980. We like Washington more than Florida. . .mountains, beaches, kite flying, skiing, boating, fishing, theatre, museums, gorgeous gardens,fall color . . . oh yeah, and Microsoft ;-) We have it all! Come and visit some time!

 

Marcelo Anelli C.

we live in Caracas, Venezuela at 25 Celsius degress almost all the year, spectacular beaches and flora. This is a young country very rich, but with the tipical troubles of latin people. But is a big country to love. I travel very much on my country, and enjoy that: about 53000 Km a years developping the system and integrating the hardware for tolls plaza. So I enjoy taking photos of the sites I visit.

 

Peter Babula

Cleveland, OH. Read Mandelbrot's book at Kent State University, typed in my first basic fractal program in Buffalo, NY and then back to Ohio. The cusp of the Midwest, great college radio stations - the best I've come across in my travels. We like it here - NYC is too much for us, Cleveland is just big enough to offer a nice blend of museums, food and a lot of music comes through here. Now if there were only an arts scene...

 

Ron Barnett

I live in Adirondack State Park on the Hudson River near Lake George in upper New York State. There are several bald eagle nests on the mountain across from us on the river. We occasionally see them swoop down at treetop level - quite a view. We also have black bears, deer and red foxes in the immediate neighborhood. The river has bass, northern, walleye and panfish. We are above any paper mills and other manufacturing - its not allowed in the park so there are no PCB's, mercury etc. in the fish. It's an hour's drive into work in Albany but its worth it.

 

Morgen Bell

I'm in southwestern Pennsylvania, close to Pittsburgh. However, by this time next month I should be in Providence, Rhode Island. Compared to Providence, Pittsburgh is a big city. Hard to believe.

 

Barbara Bradley

I am a lurker right now, trying to figure out how to do all of this fun stuff. I live in Glen Ellyn, IL - 30 miles west of Chicago and have been here for 30+ years. I am originally from Rowan County, NC.

  

Jacco Burger

I live in a small town called Naaldwijk, in the region of the Westland in The Netherlands. The Westland is often referred to as The Garden Of Europe or The City Of Glass, because of the couple of thousands of acres of greenhouses that we have here. Reflections of those millions of glass windows are sometimes even captured on weather satelite pictures! Eighty procent of the flowers and vegetables that grow in there are exported to countries all over the world.

I work in the town of Delft, which is famous for its Delftware (blue painted pottery), its channels (like the ones in Amsterdam, but much cleaner) and for some famous people that have lived and worked there like Johannes Vermeer and Jan Steen (both painters), Anthony van Leeuwenhoek (inventor of the microscope), Christiaan Huygens (scientist, astronomer, composer and more), and Frederik Slijkerman (I am not sure who he is, but I have been told he does something with fractals). Some pretty pictures (of Delft, not of F.S.!) are at http://www.rondvaartdelft.nl/gbtour.htm

The Netherlands (often called Holland) is located along the North Sea. Allthough it is a small country, we have two official languages: Dutch ("Nederlands") and Frisian ("Frysk"). They both are probably the most English related languages in the whole world. Ha, you didn't know that, did you? You also didn't know that you allready know many Dutch words, like: alarm, apart, arm, bed, begin, best, blind, blond, bus, chaos, compliment, drama, elf, even, front, fruit, half, hand, hard, help, hotel, in, is, lamp, land, mama, man, me, meter, model, monster, net, over, pan, papa, pen, pin, plan, plant, post, radio, rat, ring, school, sport, start, stop, storm, warm, was, water, we, web, west, win, wind, winter and fractal. Try to pronounce it with a very heavy Scottish accent (especially the "r" and "ch") and there you are: Learn how to speak Dutch in 3 minutes. The Netherlands is known for its cheese (Gouda, Edam), flowers, windmills, beer (Heineken), dikes, chocolate, Philips, KLM, rock hits (Venus, Radar Love, Little Green Bag, Una Paloma Blanca), Rutger Hauer (actor in Blade Runner, Flesh and Blood, Blind Fury, etc.), Paul Verhoeven (movie director of Basic Instinct, Total Recall, Robocop, etc.), painters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh and Mondriaan (not "Mondrian"!), and M.C. Escher - in my opinion a fractal artist avant la lettre. And did you know that..... Allright, allright, I will shut up before I start sounding fractal-like (self similar, that is.)

 

Paul Carlson

I'm in northern Colorado, just east of the Rocky Mountains which I can get to in about 45 minutes. The weather here is very mild, compared to northern Vermont where we moved from about five and a half years ago.

 

Ken Childress

I grew up in Kansas near Kansas City. Then, like Kerry, attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Then, when to work out here in the Los Angeles area. I live in Redondo Beach and work in Pasadena. It's a bit of a commute given the LA traffic, but it is against the really nasty traffic, so it is tolerable.

 

Paul DeCelle

I live in Livonia, MI, a suburb of Detroit. Some of the best walleye fishing in North America in Lake St Clair, the Detroit River, and western Lake Erie - all within less than an hour's drive!

Later...

I lived in Lakewood (a Cleveland suburb for those unfamiliar with the area) from '79 through '81. I was just out of college at that point, then moved back to Michigan & have been here since then.. Lots of good memories from that time - still seems like only a couple years ago...

 

Phil DiGiorgi

Hi, I am living in Batavia in Western New York, 30 miles east of Buffalo. Long, cold winters with lots of snow, but the summers are mild, beautiful. Been lurking here soaking up the deluge of creativity, little time to do much fractalling of my own lately. :(

 

Brian Gose

What a great idea! I've often wondered this myself. I am located in the Pacific NorthWest, God's country, in a wonderful little(but rapidly expanding) city called Portland, Oregon. I love it here. An hout to the coast. An hour to the mountains. A couple af hours to a semi-arid desert. And completely surrounded by dense, lush forest. I believe the Willamette Valley is actually classified as a semi-tropical rain forest.

Later...

Oregon must be breeding ground for fractologists, and Klamath Falls is definately beautiful. I thought about Seattle also, but decided on Portland instead (its not quite as close to Microsoft's evil empire) <smile><chuckle>.

 

Char M. Green

I'm in New Joisey .. northern part not far from NY or PA. Lived most of my life in Pennsy and moved to the NJ-NY area 3 years ago. Not much to really write home about here .. a ski resort?
*chuckle*

 

Mike Hadlinger

Oh, I'm writing from downunder downunder (Launceston, Tasmania) where I enjoy a semi-rural lifestyle and teach various aspects of IT in the Vocational Education sector.

 

Larry Hodgson

Thanks to those of you who have said where you are from. Keep them coming. I enjoy the comments about your surroundings. Since I did not tell of my surroundings, here's a little about Prescott, Arizona, USA:
Elev. 5300 feet with lots of Ponderosa Pines in the surrounding mountains. Grassland plains near-by with herds of antelope. Desert with all kinds of cactus at lower elevations. Dry. 30% humidity is HIGH here.

Later...

Prescott can get a lot of snow. I've been here since 1990 and have not seen any big ones yet. This winter was a mild one with only one snow that I can remember. It was a good one with almost blizzard conditions for about 4 hours. I took a nice walk in the snow and enjoyed it since we get that kind of snow so rarely. The next day it was gone and everything was back to normal. The same day Flagstaff (2000 feet higher and 70 miles northeast) got 4 feet of snow !!!! Too much for me. That's why I live here.

 

Peter Jakubowicz

I live in Portland (Ore.). It rains here a lot and smells like a beer brewery. There is a man downtown who stands on a newspaper machine and tries to keep very still and look like a statue for spare change. The climate suits me very much, and the people are laid-back, friendly, and tatooed to an unusual extent.

 

Damien M. Jones

I s'pose it's time for me to sound off... up here in less-than-stellar Rockford, IL, which is about an hour and a half west of Chicago. It would take less time to drive there, but for some reason as soon as you get near the outskirts of Chicago, traffic slows to a crawl. Before this, I lived near West Palm Beach, FL. I thought I might finally get to enjoy winter here in Illinois, but so far I've been disappointed.

 

peter k

We live in Keighley, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, amidst parklands, golf courses, peacocks and sheep. The Bronte sisters lived and died up the road and no-one here noticed till the Americans and Japanese turned up and told us so. A stone built town of 70.000 people noted for it's drinking, fighting, and general apathy. We have our own weather system, steam trains, and the dawn chorus is the sound of crows. We like living here.

 

Alice Kelley

I am right in the middle of Ohio. No mountains, no beach. There are cows. It could be worse.--Alice, Division of Tourism

 

Wayne Kiely

I come from the 'Riverland' of South Australia. It's about 250 km north east of Adelaide, the capital of SA. Here it is very dry - less than 250mm per year. SA is the driest state in Australia, which is the driest continent of all. Last summer was a hot one too - many days up around 45 degrees C (113 F). Good for my other 'drug' - gliding. Lots of irrigation from the River Murray producing lots of great wine.

 

Maria Kjaergaard

Hey Larry,

Great idea. I live in Denmark, Europe, in a suburb called Lyngby outside Copenhagen (very close to Sweden). Summer has been very late this year, but today I have a day off from work and from my window I watch my lilac-hedge in full flower and the sun shining! All the best

Later...

I hate the cold and long winters, that tend to be longer and longer here. One day or at least a few a year would be quite enough to satisfy my romantic needs for that. I yearn (isn't that the word?) for sun and flowers etc.... It I had not been born in Denmark I'm afraid to say I would never had chosen it volountarily (according to the weather at least)! It also seems to affect the communication amongst people - to me Americans and Aussies (and people from southern Europe for that matter) are much more open and positive. Sigh... but nice to hear from you all! If anyone from a sunny state over here or over there need a producer or an assistant TV-producer - or something like that - please contact me, and I'll move over there! :-)

 

Bill MacBeth

I've been on trips but thought I better get in on this thread before it goes away. It is nice to hear where so many of you are living. I grew up near Detroit, then Palo Alto, Austin, New Hampshire, Cupertino(CA), and now back in Austin ... and I really dislike moving. Austin is in the Hill Country of central Texas, surrounded by hills, wild flowers, and lakes; the home of the best barbecue in the universe, great 'Tex-Mex' food, a lot of high-tech, government, education, the 'Live Music Capitol of the World,' and no state income tax.

 

Bob Margolis

I was so backlogged with e-mail messages that I didn't notice the Where Are We? series of introductory messages from last month until the past few days. Here's the poop on me. No, not bird or dog poop, but poop as in pertinent facts.

I live across the Prairie State of Illinois from Damien Jones, who you may recall dreams up fractal images from his home in Rockford. I live in Lake Forest <"http://www.citylf.lfc.edu/>, a city of 19,000 along the shore of Lake Michigan, about 35 miles north of Chicago. It was incorporated in 1861. For the cartographers among you, Lake Forest is 42.15 North and 87.50 West.

Besides always being jealously called in the Chicago newspapers a "tony" suburb because of its wealth and huge estates--neither of which I have, darn it all--Lake Forest is the headquarters of the Chicago Bears football team, which is currently stuggling to become a respectable team like it was 10 years ago.

Lake Forest is also the place where the Unabomber sent his first letter bomb, beginning his lengthy career as an anti-technology terrorist. The package, delivered in the mail, caused injury to the airline company president to whom it was addressed.

The city is also where Mr. T (Lawrence Tero)lives. He starred in the A Team television series in the '60's. He was the hulky-looking black dude who wore many gold necklace chains and crushed beer cans between his two pinkies. Before becoming a T.V. star, he was a bodyguard for the great heavyweight boxing champ, Mohammed Ali. Anyway, Mr. T, iritated his neighbors and the city fathers about a dozen years ago in an incident known as the Saturday Night Chainsaw Massacre. Lake Forest is well known for its heavily-forested environs, which is half the reason the city is called Lake Forest--the other half of the name comes from the fact that it is located on a lake. When Mr. T bought his huge estate--it cost well over a million dollars--it was heavily forested. Mr. T didn't like that and, in several days and nights, he took a chainsaw to most of the trees and felled them to the ground. The neighbors were so angered by the constant raucous buzzing of his tool and the deforestation of his land that they complained to the city fathers about it. But, they couldn't stop him in time. Driving along the street where he still lives today, one would see heavily-forested estates. Suddenly, there comes a huge clearing where the sky can easily be seen. That's where he lives. When one newspaper reporter asked him why he cut down so many trees, leaving just a few, he replied sarcastically that he was "allergic" to them. Leave it to the city fathers to enact an ordinance afterward that would prevent any property owner in the future from wreaking havoc to his property the way Mr. T did. Permission now has to be sought to cut down trees for any reason on one's property. Big Government, to be sure.

In 1916, the first shopping center in America opened in Lake Forest. It is called Market Square. The stores, designed in the Tudor style, with a European influence, surround a small park-like square. It remains vibrant to this day.

So, that's the place where I live. But beneath its yuppy surface, to me it takes on the life of a Peyton Place. I escape it all by devoting my attention to creating fractal art, among other hobbies which I shan't go into detail about here.

Well, that's enough about my town. Let's hear from some more of you about where you reside.

So long for now.

 

Kerry Mitchell

Currently, I'm in Phoenix, AZ, where we are due to hit 100 degrees any day now. Moved here 4 years ago from Hampton, VA (NASA Langley), by way of Lafayette, IN (Purdue University), the Bay Area of California (NASA Ames), and Des Moines, IA (born and raised).

 

Samuel Monnier

I live in a town called la Tour-de-Peilz, near Lake Geneva. Geneva lies at one extremity of the Lake and it's near the other extremity. We speak French here. It's not far from the mountains. Perhaps you heard from an astronaut called Claude Nicolier who took part to two missions to repair the space telescope Hubble, he lived here before he went to Houston. :-)

 

Cheryl Olson

I'm located in rural Nevada, about 60 miles from Reno. I believe that we're the only county in the US to own our own phone company so I can't complain about the minor maintenance problems. We're lucky to have a local number for Internet access. This is mainly a farm community with alfalfa as the major crop. The area is probably best known for the Hearts of Gold cantaloupes which are mainly sold locally because they are too perishable to ship. The other big "business" in the community is the Naval Air Station - home to the "Top Gun" fighter pilot school. The Navy is out here in the middle of the Nevada desert because we have so many good flying days, weatherwise. I appreciate the work so many of you put into this group and into the kindness you extend to strangers in order to help us with the UF program.

 

Janet Preslar

I'm originally a Hoosier but have lived in Memphis, Tennessee for 17 years. Memphis: the mighty Mississippi River, Beale Street and the blues, fabulous barbecue, gross humidity, Fedex, tractor pulls and... of course, Elvis.

 

Arne Richter

By the way: Im from Goettingen, Germany. Have a nice day!

 

Kathy Roth

It's been interesting to hear where people are from- from all over the world. I live in Oakland California, originally am from upstate New York and have lived in various places in the U.S. including San Diego and Minneapolis. It's very beautiful here- you can watch the sunset over the Golden Gate bridge, great weather with a nice spring and fall. There are deer in the yard and raccoons coming in the dog door even though it's a city. It's near to U.C.Berkeley and Silicon Valley so I was hoping the computer expertise would sort of wipe off on me but so far it hasn't.

 

Frederik Slijkerman

I live in the Netherlands in the city of Amstelveen, which is actually a suburb of Amsterdam (although some people don't like hearing that). I can travel to the center of Amsterdam in about 30 minutes by bike, which keeps the body in shape. :) I really love the ancient buildings and friendly atmosphere in Amsterdam. Our winters are not too cold, our summers not too hot; there is rain and there is sun; we can go ice-skating (sometimes) in the winter and we can swim in the sea in the summer. Things aren't too bad. I've always thought that everything in Holland is on the average, which has both good and bad sides. This also applies to politics and stuff... it's funny to see that.

 

Robert B. Smith

About last December I was impressed with a situation that has become more common. Someone in the sunny Basque country of Spain was generating fractals with a program being developed and updated by someone from the Netherlands named Frederick. That fractal was posted across the ocean to a list server in Northern Illinois (not far from where I went to high school), which sent it to me farther north and quite a few others in nether regions. And there I was, not very many hours later, in Minnesota late at night and quiet, with 15 inches of snow on the ground and minus 15F outside, re-generating the exact same fractal from sunny daylit Spain, using the same program from the Netherlands, neither of which I knew existed much before. And there were others, in other somewheres, probably doing the same. And if I posted something, similar things would happen elsewhere.

Those thoughts gave me considerable pause. How the world has changed, and the instant threads stitching it together. Perhaps we will soon get used to it, but for now it is still a matter of some awe. And the list is growing, hard to keep up with the flood, having to become selective about what to save. Frederick! Now look at what you have caused. Where is this going to end?

To you two guys in Portland -- Next time you see Mt. Hood give it a wave! I used to live in Eastern Washington and climbed Mt. Hood about five times, once making camp overnight on the summit. At sunrise standing on the summit you could see the shadow all the way to Portland. And to Linda in Seattle, right on! We lived there 7 years and will certainly will move back with retirement. The same, give a wave to Mt. Ranier. And to Ray in Klamath Falls, I spent the 6th grade school year with an aunt and uncle and the Henley school about 6 miles south of town. And to Marcello, not quite as close, but the country next door. At the time we had just come from Medellin, Colombia where my parents were missionaries.
Regards to all, let us keep up the diversity.

Robert B. Smith
St. Anthony, Minn. (Six blocks from MInneapolis.)
The land of 10,000 lakes, and 20,000 marshes, four very distinct seasons, no mountains, and the mosquito state bird. ( And some things we cannot explain. Many people spend time drilling holes through the ice on frozen lakes and sit on little stools or in little houses trying to catch fish. Perhaps the next thing is to be generating fractals while waiting.)

 

Mark Townsend

I live in St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne in the state of Victoria, Australia. Our fractal spirals rotate in the opposite direction down here.

Later...

St Kilda is a bay side suburb of Melbourne, which means that if I stretch my neck out the bedroom window I can catch a glimpse of the end of St Kilda Pier, a patch of blue, and the masts of the yachts moored there. A few hundred metres in the other direction is Albert Park, the site of the Grand Prix - it gets very noisy around here for a couple of weeks each year. The largest wildlife in the area are the water rats, the possums come second. People who have read William Gibson's _Idoru_ will have seen the name before - it appears in there in relation to a character based on an Australian murderer who is almost becoming a national hero.

 

Mikko Vainiala.

Living here in (Suomi) Finland. The land of the Midnight Sun. A little westcoast town called Pori. We sure have the Winter and Autumn, but only 2-3 months of Summer... and then this town wakes up: I think we have Europes 3rd biggest Jazz Festivals in here. (Every year in Kirjurinluoto park something like Santana, James Brown, Manhattan Transfer, Yellowjackets, Brecker Bros .etc, etc.) My first fractal exhibition was also there last summer. (I heard that some Japanese tourists took a lot of pictures from them... I wasn't there at that Night - the tickets to that club cost about 200 USD!) We have also a "Riviera" class (or better cause I've been there) beach here and it's only 5 km away from my place...white sand and dynes as far as eye can see.

I know that most peoples knows nothing about Finland (only strange woodmens living there)...so here is some famous Finns what comes mind right at this minute:
On the Magical "scene": Santa Claus Hot Place: Sauna (bath)
Sports: Ice Hockey:Teemu Selänne (best goal shooter in the NHL this year), Jari Kurri (mostgoals beside Wayne Grezky)Car-"sports": Mika Häkkinen (Formula 1) , Tommi Mäkinen (Rally)
Football: Jari Litmanen (Ajax) Movies: Renny Harlin (Die Hard etc.) Music: Esa-Pekka Salonen (Orchestal Conductor/LA filharmonics), Karita Mattila (Opera)...and Sibelius of course.
Tecnology/Computer Science: Nokia, Linus Torvalds Filosophy/Society: ...hmm-m..... Womens first right to vote in the world?
Some think Finns are quite sulky and silent fellows? Maybe it's coming from those big wars against Soviet Union...other Nordic countries has always been much more "safe" because of Finland. Our country was also the only country in the world which has paid all it's War Idemnities. (Well, I didn't went to army...just in the case that somebody somewhere thinks I'm kind of a war hero/fanatic.)
That's all for now. Anybody seen my Aspect Ratio posting???

 

Jack Valero

My, you people are a curious lot... but I like to play too. Margaret and I live on our sailboat in Port Credit, a tired little community near Toronto, Canada. In the morning, we share our breakfasts with a flock of Canadian Geese. I'll usually enjoy a mid-afternoon pipe while exchanging pleasantries with the fish seeking shade beneath the boat. The early morning hours past midnight are reserved for philosophical discussions with the Siamese cat who shares our vessel. From time to time she relates wonderful stories from which my imagery is often derived. In between , we pursue whatever strikes our fancy. Upon occassion, reality intrudes whereupon we simply retreat below deck and continue to enjoy each other's company.

 

Jan Vyvey

I'm living across the ocean in Boortmeerbeek, a small town (+- 10.000 people) at about 15 miles of Brussels, the capital of Belgium (some say the capital of Europe). We have our beer, our chocolate and our nuclear power plants. But we have also the problems between the french and the dutch speaking part of the country, a problem who can't be understood by someone who doesn't live in Belgium......

 

Faye Williams

My husband & I moved here to Las Vegas, Nevada, 3 months ago from beautiful Santa Barbara, California. So far, it has been very nice and I'm enjoying it. I guess everyone knows where Las Vegas is. It's probably the gambling capital of the world. Lots of casinos and new ones opening nearly every 6 months. It's 84 degrees right now but doesn't feel like it, as the humidity here is very low.

Later...

I lived in Phoenix for 3 years before I moved to Santa Barbara When I heard there was a monsoon season there I thought it meant rain. ;) Monsoon in Phoenix means humidity. I loved Phoenix & the 'wonderful' Black Canyon Highway.

 

Robert Williams

I live in Mathews County, Virginia, a sleepy little area about 50 miles north of Hampton Roads. It's on a peninsula so there is no through traffic - we simply are not "on the way to anywhere". There isn't a single traffic signal in the entire county unless you count the one on the drawbridge leading to Gwynn's island. Some folks consider this to be a blessing, but there are a couple of places I'd put signals if I were in charge. Geriatric drivers need all the help they can get.

 

Zelda Workman

It is great fun to learn where people are from and see the global connection of the internet. I live in Mount Vernon, Ohio. We have in the area a lot of farms, and every year we host the (now quite controversial) Dan Emmett festival. Lots of dogwood blossoms in the spring. We live only an hour from Columbus, and 2 hours from Cleveland, so we can enjoy the pastoral scene daily and the frenetic city "cultural" scene whenever we want to make the drive. Am finishing my 4th week reading this list and playing with UF (and a couple other fractal programs). I've learned a lot just from reading the postings here, even though I havn't yet had the uncluttered time to try checking some of the upr's that have been posted.

 

Giuseppe Zito

I live in Bari. We have Saint Nicholas in town and Castel del Monte nearby, a castle built by Emperor Frederick II who apparently already knew about fractals. Adriatic Sea is a few meters from my home.

 

and, finally, myself...

I live near the town of Buckley in North Wales and work in Liverpool, my birthplace. I'm just about old enough to remember the Beatles in their hayday!

 


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