I have liked Macintosh computers since 1984 (after having owned several computers [TRS-80: Apple ][+: Sinclair] since 1977). I got my first Mac in the fall of 1984 and have had several since (I have a variety of Macs at home now - including a Core Duo iMac, a G5 iMac, a firstgen MacBook Air, a 400 Mhz G4 Titanitum Powerbook[and USB scanner: printer and Super Drive]and a 1 Ghz G3 iBook. My venerable G4 Cube was given to my youngest brother and a few older Macs (including a 14 inch G3 Powerbook and a jet black and really neat looking (though underpowered) MacTV) gather dust.
At school, in my office and lab, I have a 20th Anniversary Mac [the most beautiful computer ever created] with 128MB RAM and a 400 MHZ G3 upgrade, a Dual 2 Core 17in Mac Book Pro, a 1.66 Ghz MacBook (with 2 GB of RAM), a Core 2 Duo 24 inch iMac (my main computer), a 2 Ghz dual G5 tower with 1 GB of RAM that is the Science/Engineering web server (using Webstar), a 1.5 GHZ 1stgen MiniMac running File Maker Pro Server, and, finally, a 1.8 ghz 15 inch G5 iMac running POP3 and SMTP mail services (EIMS) and nummerous mail lists (Macjordomo) and the departmental calendar server.
Actually, my first home computer was a TRS-80 Model 1 - I bought one of the first 16K models off the assembly line (got it in 1977). Oh, how exciting it was to finally get a floppy disk drive, after reading and writing to cassette tapes for half a year, and experience the neverending thrill of having the computer randomly reboot itself! Before Tandy, I played around with SWTP and Sol computers, and the old (pre-microprocessor) WANG 2200 that had hardwired BASIC! I didn't get my first Apple computer until about 1979 (Apple II+). At that time IBM was still telling all of us that small computers were toys - Hmm - amazing what an effect VISICALC had! I also have a growing fondness for SUNs and the various flavors of LINUX. I like the INTERNET and the information exchange it allows.
I like many British comedy shows. Of course, I am very fond of anything involving the cast of Monty Python including Fawlty Towers (or is it Farty Owls?). I also like Black Adder and Are You Being Served?.
I don't like movies where uncountable numbers of innocent people are slaughtered merely to entertain the movie audience. I do have a fondness for movie comedies - from the 30's on up to today, though I find that I tend to be offended more frequently by modern comedians than entertained. Some of my favorite comedians include Bob Hope, Burns and Allen, W.C. Fields, and the Marx Brothers. I am fond of the Firesign Theatre. I would rather laugh at a movie than watch people being matter-of-factly vivissected by psychotics with automatic weapons.
I like many kinds of music, but I think I can rank my likes as follows:
On the artsy side of things my tastes are also eclectic, there are really too many artists I like to list here (I mentioned H.R. Giger above). I should admit that I am not particularly fond of modern art - though I like most impressionists' work. One thing I like about Ft. Worth is the art district, where we have the Kimbell Museum, the Amon Carter Collection of Western Art and the Ft. Worth Museum of Modern Art all within walking distance of one another. I used to have a large collection of antique etchings of European (mainly German) castles, but it was stolen during a move :-(
Books - I LOVE BOOKS. My house is filled with books from stem to stern. What kind? Just about any kind! Fiction (especially science fiction [ some examples are The Skylark of Valeron Series: the first three Dune books, anything by Jules Verne, Arthur C. Clarke and Issac Assimov] and older fiction like Don Quixote and Ivanhoe - I have a passion for Sherlock Holmes), biographies, history, nature books, nature guides, books on maps, children's books (especially Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series and L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz> series), etc. and on and on. You can take it as a given that I am a devotee of The Lord of the Rings and found the Hollywood version of the Fellowship of the Ring to be outstanding. If you want to read something(s) out of the ordinary then I highly recommend the unique and exestential Samurai Cat series by Mark E. Rogers. I have never read anything like them - I have all six of the books. Miaowara Tomokato and his evil kitten cousin Shiro are 16th century Japanese cats who move through time, reality, credulity and literature, hunting down those who participated in the murder of Tomocato's feudal Lord. Where else can you read about Nazi tyrannosaurs, Stalinwolves, Odin and the 'Terminationer"? As often as I read these books I laugh at the same places every time!!
Sports. Well I am afraid I am not particularly fond of sports. Although I used to attend TCU home football games (The Fighting Horned Frogs or 'Killer Frogs' as we like to call them), that is about all I have ever had to do with sports (except that I do swim a bit in our pool).
In my travels I have found I like (please note that the following litany is in stream of consciousness and does not represent any particular fondness for one city over another [though I certainly do have some particular favorites]: Edinburgh, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Bayreuth, Berlin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Galveston, Chicago, Niagra Falls (Canadian side), Seattle, San Juan (Argentina), Madrid, Toledo (Spain), Athens, Tyler (Texas), Vienna, Einsedeln (Switzerland), Florence, Venice, Rome and Vancouver.
Places I would love to visit (but are not limited to) include: anywhere in New Zealand, Ireland and Australia and more places in Scotland, England, Argentina and Germany.
In my case the name Busbey was originally Busby. The e was added after a clerical error in late 19th century Shreveport, La. There is a Busby (Sir Richard Busby) buried in Westminster Abby. My branch of the Busbys was through one John Busby who emigrated with his wife (Margaret Patterson) and three brothers from Antrim Co., Ireland in 1776 and settled in Virginia. They were a branch of the family that had moved from Yorkshire to Ireland at some point. The Busbys are of French Celtic origin and moved to England in 1086 from Normandy, shortly after the Norman invasion. .
I have had a Y37 DNA test done by FamilyTreeDNA and the results are in the public YSearch.org. I urge any male Busbys,Busbeys, Busbees (etc) to have this test done.
On my mother's side I am Scotts (Patterson) and English (Clough) with a hint of Welsh (Cannon)! The Pattersons are a family of the Clan MacLaren, so when I wear a kilt I proudly wear the MacLaren tartan. I am a life member of the Clan MacLaren Society in North America. In the summer of 2010 I had a chance to make the pilgrimage to Balquhidder, Scotland and the Creag an Tuirc and it was a moving moment indeed! Here are a few pictures from that wonderful visit to Balquhidder and Creag an Tuirc. In my distant ascestery on my Dad's side I have at least one Gordon who married into the family and FAR back I guess I have Clan Duncan affinities since Duncan the First is there and the Duncans claim affinity with him.
Look at the pictures below for some of the pioneers of the videoconferencing community - perhaps some of the earliest social networks based on the internet!
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