I am always on the lookout for graphics development
opportunities. If you are seeking someone skilled in graphics modeling
and rendering for your next animation or games project, be sure to take
a look at my research,
resume, and portfolio:
Following my father's passion, I have a keen interest in photography,
and tote my digital companion, a Sony Cybershot S75 (3.3 MP), almost
wherever I go. My next investment will be in a digital
SLR, and I enjoy perusing digital photography websites for their in-depth
reviews of the latest cameras.
The Backyard Playground
Plenty of hiking, backcountry skiing, and climbing in the Rockies and
Purcells. Sometimes the best things in life are free.
Ling Peak, Canmore, AB (Graphics Jungle Trip)
- Diana Lake, near Edgewater, BC
- International Basin, Purcell
Highwood Pass, Kananskis, AB
Creek, Kananskis, AB (Running Club Trip)
Yamnuska, near Canmore, AB
- Jumpingpound, Kananaskis, AB
- Kindersley Pass, Kootenay National Park, BC
Lakes Rock Garden, Canmore, AB
Beyond the Backyard...
I've heard many exciting stories of people's adventures
in exploring the four corners of the world. These stories spur me take
up some of my own traveling, not just to visit new places and plunge into
foreign cultures, but also to see if the four corners of the world actually
do exist. The fact that I haven't yet found a corner continues to reinforce
my belief that the earth is round rather
than flat. All in the name of science :)
The list of places I've been to remains relatively small
- a sign that I've got a lot of exploring and adventuring ahead of me:
- Canada - the BC west coast and mountain ranges,
Rockies and prairies of Alberta, peaceful lake and river systems
in central Saskatchewan, and stone architecture of Quebec City
- United States - national monuments of the western
states, SF and LA
- Mexico - two week stay in touristy Puerto Vallarta
- Germany - primarly Bavarian burgs, castles,
and beer; also Expo 2000 in Hanover
- Austria - Salzburg, Innsbruck, numerous mountain
- Switzerland - land of chocolate, cheese, and
bankers. Wonderful hikes in the Alps.
- Luxembourg - My parents say I've been here;
obviously I was too small to remember.
- Liechtenstein - easy side trip (if you don't
miss it) en route to Switzerland
- Italy - great pizzas from the stone oven in
Milano, majestic Dolomites, rolling hills and vinyards of Tuscany
- from the coral reefs of the Perhentian Islands to the frigid
summit winds of Mt. Kinabalu
- Thailand - spicy food, chaotic traffic, memorable
temples, towering limestone spikes of Krabi and Ko Phi Phi
- Singapore - what a fine city-la?
- China - okay, I've only seen Hong Kong, 99.9%
of the nation remaining
- South Korea - autumn colors of Seoraksan,
caves and craters on Jeju island, colorful temples and palaces,
and heapings of kimchi
...And Into Outer Space
a kid I had a strong interest in astronomy. Perhaps it was just a convenient
excuse to stay up late. Then again, perhaps it was also the genuine wonder
of gazing out into space and back in time. Armed with binoculars, a refractor
telescope, and a Newtonian reflector, I spent many hours in the backyard
observing planets, asteroids, double stars, nebulae, comets, globular
clusters, and galaxies.
Although I am spending less time under the night skies
these days, don't be surprised to find my bedroom empty in the middle
of the night when some celestial event is taking place. I would be remiss
not to mention my friendship with Lucian
Kemble, a mentor and guide in the ways of astronomy and life.
Picture note: I took this picture of the moon setting
behind the ridge of Steamboat mountain using my Sony digital camera aimed
through the eyepiece of a refracting telescope. Craters Copernicus and
Plato are visible in the lower left and upper right. For those keen eyed
observers who point out that Plato cannot possibly be positioned so close
to the right edge of the moon, you are perfectly correct - the right "edge"
is actually the limit of the field of view of the eyepiece.
My Software Empire
In my spare time I enjoy coding and tinkering with
software, and sometimes these endeavours begin eating away at my non-spare
time too. At least I've managed to turn out a few useful tools and tutorials,
and I'm happy to share the fruits
of my labour
Diet is my first small contribution to the world of freeware. It has
downloads and has made its way into several issues of MacAddict and MacWorld (Australia
& UK) magazines, among others - unfortunately no endorsements or contracts
from Steve Jobs
- Free and Open Source Software: slim down your bloated iPhoto
library folder, set up some X11 launchers, or pounce around snowy
landscapes as a penguin
- Emulation on Mac OS X: A list
of my favorite, free emulators on OS X along with sets of instructions
to get them running. Put some use back into those old Amiga Disks or
that Windows 98 coaster.
I am a bit of a film buff, and have seen a number of
cinematic hits and misses over the years. Here's my list of
all-time favorite films, the cream of the crop, in no particular
- Contact (Jodie Foster):
Brings the science vs. religion debate to the forefront with sensitivity
and intelligence. Some people consider the ending anti-climatic, but
I believe it is precisely the unresolved nature of this ending, and
the questions it raises about faith, that elevate this film to greatness.
by Jodie Foster - why she wasn't even nominated for Best Actress during
the Oscars dumbfounds me. A true gem in science fiction!
- The Shawshank Redemption (Tim
Robbins): A film about the resilience of the human spirit in adverse
conditions. The turning
point is brilliantly constructed, and the film just keeps getting better
its lengthy (in this case, lengthy is good!) and beautifully filmed
- Amadeus (F. Murray
Abraham): This motion picture sets a new standard for biographical
jealousy, mystery, and captivating music rolled into one neat package.
Contrary to the movie's title, this is really not so much a biography
of Mozart as it is of his rival Salieri. While the factual details
of the film may be questionable, as a drama, this movie shines!
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy
(Elijah Wood): Fantasy film-making on an epic scale - I'd expect no
less for this epic literary trilogy!
- Anne of Green Gables (Megan
Follows): Proof that Canadian movie-making can pull off a masterpiece
on a shoestring budget. A heartwarming slice of life shot against the
stunning rural scenery of Prince Edward Island. Pity that it was shot
directly to video (did I say shoestring budget?), rather than to film,
which would have been well-deserved.
- Le Fabuleux destin
d'Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou): This highly-stylized and imaginatively-shot
movie has more textured characters and intriguing subplots than you
shake a stick at. The movie gives an honest, matter-of-fact view
into the lives of Amelie and her neighbours as they strive for the
perfect little world they see in their minds, only to be confronted
by their various weaknesses and antagonistic situations. A joie-de-vivre
story with edge!
Family and Friends
Following are links to socials and parties:
- Blob and Shauna's wedding.
- Graphics Lab party
at Przemek's house.
Gunti Prinz and Marianne Messerli pose for an historic
Mountain Film Festival poster. An unofficial poster, I might add.
Odds and ends that may be of interest:
- The background texture is an actual photograph of sand on the beaches
of the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia.
- Origin of the family name Fuhrer: While the word Führer
(note the umlaut, or dots, above the "u") in German stands
for leader, my family name stems from remote farming communities in
the Swiss Alps. Unless one of my distant ancestors was a very influential
farmer, a more likely origin of Fuhrer stems from the word
"die Furche", or furrow. Thus, the Fuhrers were likely the
maker of furrows, ie. ploughers.
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