If you’re looking at this page, you’re wondering who I am. Or at least, you’re wondering if I have anything witty to say about myself that might amuse you for a few moments. That may or may not happen, but I’ll give it a shot.
I’m Dan Myers. Some people call me Daniel, but I frown at them when they do. Online I usually go by Heron, and if you call me that in real life I’ll probably respond instantly. (Ah, the unintended effects of voice chat in video games.) Heron is short for Heron Blademaster, which itself is derived from the Wheel of Time series. Perhaps this image can illustrate:
In the Wheel of Time universe, one who has mastered the art of swordfighting is awarded a heron-marked sword as a token of one’s status as a blademaster. That’s something to aspire for 🙂
Anyway, without further ado, I present the standard “ten twelve things about me”:
1. I’m a 29-year-old computer programmer, currently living in Kent, Washington. I work for a small web-based retailer you might be familiar with. (More accurately, I work for the database services group in the web services portion of the company.)
2. I’m happily married to Corinne; we’ve been married since February 2007. We have a daughter named Brooke who was born on March 30, 2009, and another daughter named Azure who was born on August 12, 2011. You can see pictures on my wife’s blog, and I’ve posted a few amusing pictures of Brooke myself.
3. I’m politically moderate, with moderate Republican leanings. However, I believe it important to support one’s country, even if “the other guy” wins an election; I support the Obama administration despite having voted for
McCain Romney, because that’s how the election process is supposed to work, for better or worse. In any case, some of my rants on this blog will likely be vaguely political in nature, but they will rarely be partisan in nature – if I attack some proposed law or whatever, it will be because I disagree with the proposition, whether the person proposing it is Republican or Democrat.
4. I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. People call it the “Mormon” Church, but that is not it’s name. I can occasionally be found discussing religion in random Facebook comment threads. Yes, I’ll answer your questions about the LDS Church, preferably via e-mail (dan –at– danielgmyers –dot– com). You can find out more information about the church at mormon.org.
5. I served a two-year mission for the Church in the Dominican Republic from September 2004 to September 2006, where I gained an almost native proficiency at speaking Spanish. I’m a little (ok, a *lot*) rusty now, since I rarely have reason to use the language anymore, but I can still read Spanish without any issues.
6. I graduated in April 2009 from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I was only three classes or so away from a minor in Spanish, but I figured it wouldn’t be much use in my line of work, and I didn’t want to go to school for another semester, so I decided against it.
7. I write science fiction and fantasy stories when the urge strikes me. I’ve posted some of it here, but I haven’t met my own goals yet; you can expect more at some point.
8. Apart from writing, I’m an avid reader of sci-fi and fantasy stories, mostly series. I’ve read the Wheel of Time four times, and the Shannara series twice. The Stormlight Archive is a new epic fantasy series, and its first book, The Way of Kings, is absolutely fantastic. Other series I’ve read and enjoyed include the Ender’s Game, Lord of the Rings, and Mistborn. I won’t even bother listing all the standalone books I’ve read.
9. I was the creator of various SourceForge projects, a few of which are in a usable state, though I only maintain one of them these days. I’m a big fan of open source software, and I prefer using open source software where possible (like WordPress). I used to have Gentoo Linux installed, then I switched to an Ubuntu virtual machine, but these days I’m too lazy to use it. Windows is, at present, the most useful to me.
10. Speaking of Windows, the biggest reason I use it is to play video games. (Linux suits most of my other uses quite well.) Most recently I’ve been playing Hearthstone and Guild Wars 2.
11. I have chronic perpetual nausea. (The actual diagnosis is gastroparesis.) It had been essentially constant since around March 2008. Anti-nausea medication does nothing. We reached a point where the only option left was surgery; I had that surgery on April 18, 2011. So far, there has been a marked improvement. I still feel nauseous most of the time, usually when I wake up and at bedtime, but it’s no nearly as bad as it used to be, and I can actually engage in physical activity again. Yay!
12. I have a confused sense of taste when it comes to music. If you were to watch my playlist at work, you’d see “Weird Al” Yankovic pop up most often. I also enjoy (in alphabetic order as I glance at my library) Dashboard Confessional, Enya, Green Day, Linkin Park, Plain White Ts, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Secondhand Serenade, Something Corporate, and so on and so forth.
So now that you know all about me, leave me a comment to say hi, maybe with a link to your own blog 🙂