Vlad the Introduction

Hi! I'm Vlad the Astonishing, and I'll be writing this introduction today. I also go by the name of Benjamin J. Thompson, from [AMERICAN MIDWESTERN CITY YOU NEVER HEARD OF]. I've cruised hootoo many times in the past ever since I heard about it years ago, but I at last felt compelled to create my own account and start contributing. Hootoo has much more interesting information than Wikipedia ("How to make a good cup of coffee" is a fine example), a heck of a lot more charm, and an actual community to talk to.

My laundry list of interests includes Information Technology, whether that be Internet, computer hardware/software, whatever. The whole industry intrigues me. I also seem to have a grim fascination with the bureaucratic politics involved. I am quite into science fiction, naturally. I also enjoy banging my head against differing political theories. I find Libertarianism--the political platform--appealing in several respects, but would still classify myself as a moderate or classical liberal. I also attempt to improve my writing by working with poetry. Hopefully you'll find me writing articles on Linux (my favorite crowd of operating systems), a little on politics, a little on literature and perhaps poetry. I don't really know about much else. Except maybe video games.

Favorite author? Orson Scott Card, bar none. Then Isaac Asimov and/or Arthur C. Clarke.

Favorite book? Ender's Game. I read Foundation last year and it may yet usurp Ender's Game. When I've read Foundation five times, I'll let you know. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama" got me reading SF to begin with, so it always has a fond place in my heart.

Well, there you have it. That's a little bit of Vlad, or as my friends call me, "Ben." If you'd like to reach me via instant messenger, my AIM handle is "not a sandwich". Message me any time you like; I won't be on.

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