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Hey, thanks for stopping by! My name's Rupert Scammell. I'm 19 years old, and live in Riverside, CA, where I go to school at the University of California, Riverside. I consider San Francisco to be my real home, though, as that's where the majority of my good friends are, and it's the place I know best. I'm originally from Australia, though, and I also lived in London for a few years, which produced my rather unique accent. I'm in my second year as a Psychology major at UCR, which is fascinating. My main interest is in the field of Visual Psychophysics. In addition to my regular classes, I'm a researcher at the UCR Visual Cognition and Performance Lab , where I'm studying how visual information is processed by the brain. I'm probably going to also add a Computer Science minor to my degree, which could be interesting. It'll mean another year at UCR though, in all likelihood.

In my spare time (when I have any!) I enjoy programming in a variety of languages, which include x86 and Z80 assembly, C++, COBOL, and Perl. I also enjoy system administration and network design. Additionally, I love to play around with any kind of electronic equipment. It doesn't matter if it's a VAX 9000 mainframe, or a couple of isolated components that look as if they have potential in an interesting project, I'll tinker with it until something interesting happens (e.g. it starts smoking :P) When I'm not wiring things together, or coding for work or play, I also enjoy SCUBA diving, rock-climbing, sailing my Banshee class sailboat, and reading anything and everything I can get my hands on. I wish I didn't have to go to class, and that I could just spend time in the library, studying whatever I wished. Friends can never understand why I'm so interested in the subjects that they're taking. I think the fact that I'm not enrolled in the class gives me the extra impetus to learn about a subject.

I also get up to some other fun stuff, including dumpster diving for books and equipment. We find an amazing amount of stuff, and have cataloged almost all of it on the web. People look at me strangely when I first mention the activity to them, but after I tell them about the UltraSparc processors, 21" monitors, computers and memory that we find, they usually see my point. Try it sometime! :-)

Since I last updated this site, music has begun to play a significant part in my life. I'm learning to play keyboard, which is proving to be really fulfilling. Unlike many other kids, I never had the chance to play an instrument at a young age, so I never gained the dread of music gained through forced practice sessions. I play keyboard in an up and coming band called the Rubber Policemen. I also have a lot of fun playing in Resrocket, an online music community for MIDI equipped musicians. They have a large number of interactive online studios where it's possible to collaborate with other musicians. And the cool thing is, it's totally free. If you have a MIDI equipped instrument, I'd really encourage you to plug in and connect. It's a great way to jam with other musicians, chat, pick up tips, and generally have a lot of fun.

Wow... if you're reading this far down, I'm impressed! So you want to know more. Ok :) I also write poetry and short stories. I don't like to show them to too many people though. I'm just beginning to discover the fine art of the One Act as well, thanks to a good friend who was kind enough to lend me his copy of All In The Timing, which is a wonderful book of contemporary short plays. If you get a chance to read it, I'd highly recommend it!

Additionally, I'm usually in and around IRC on Efnet with the nick rupe. I'm an operator on #math , #physics, #global, #1, #ai and #efnet.

If you've read this far, and would like to find out more, please feel free to drop me an email. It's always great to hear from new people.

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