Join Date: May 2002
Found a post by Keith where he introduces himself,
Hi my name is Keith Suppe (Liquid3D) I'm 42 years old, and I've just recently joined the staff. First i want to say i have a lot of respect for this site, and have been applying here for months. Nathan got back to me and I was really excited. I also write for http://www.madshrimps.be and have my own little site (more like a database) http://www.ksbrainstorms.com there's pictures there where I live, and I hope you'll take the time to visit. |
I started life late, as I left school at a young age, due to some family problems, and I guess wanting to rebel against my family's belief money meant everything. Being young and wild I loved the NYC nightlife, and ended up working lighting systems, and sound systems at various dance-clubs. I awoke at 24-years old, from what was really 10-years of addiction, and trauma associated with it. I guess hanging out in NYC after-hour night clubs, i was living in a surreal world. A lot of Artists, and people with money, all wanting to escape in music, drugs, and drinking. It took it's toll, and I knew I was getting old, and feeling very bad about myself. I got into some very intense therapy, and immediately pursued my education.
Starting at Eastern Connecticut State University in 1987, I was going into Advertising. Until I took my first Philosophy course. I fell in love with Anthropology, and Neurophilosphy, and inadvertantly found Computer Science through this feild. Feilds such as AI, Linguistics are sub-disciplines of Neurophilosophy, and I became interested in work Noam Chomsky was doing with computers at MIT. The computer is perhaps, the best model or anology of how the brain functions, and thoughts are represented. Of course my materialst family (Step-father) said; "Look in the want-ads, do you see any jobs for Philosopher's?" which reminded me of why I'd rebelled in the first place hehe. This sort of side-tracked me and I went to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City as I'd loved to ski, and was thinking of transferring into there Neuroscience program. While in Salt Lake City, I spent every free minuite up in the moiuntains, Park City, etc. In the Wasatch mountians I was introduced to extreme skiing, and although it may sound silly, I did find a spirituality in extreme sports. Being in the mountians, or surfing a 25-foot wave, nothing come close to that feeling, no drug, not even sex (well different mountians I guess hehe) ever felt as good as looking out from the top of a 13,000ft peak!
I came back to the East Coast and moved to Northhampton Mass, where I lived with my girlfriend who attended Smith College, and began racing mountain bikes. I went to University of Massachusetts at Amherst, but then a Summer on Cape Cod introduced me to surfing, and I stayed. From there I moved to Costa Rica for almost a year, lived in Breckinridge Colorado, and two years later moved to Oahu Hawaii. I lived 300-feet from Public's and WaiKiKi beaches in WaiKiKi. I actually missed Provincetown, on the tip of Cape Cod and moved back. About a year later I suffered a severe spinal injury in a mountian bike race. I'd actually injured it in Utah too but didn't know how bad it was. This really depressed me, and being on intense narcotics didn't help. I struggled the first year, and it was even suggested I try anit-depressents. Eventually I used the tools I was given long ago, and pulled myself together emotionally. I then moved to Newport RI to be near the Ocean, but also near Brown University where eventualy I wanted to get my PhD in Neuroscience/Neurophilosophy. I'm not sure at this point if Brown is the school I'd like to attend for my PhD, and may move to Berkeley to finish my schooling, as I really miss the West Coast. (I spent time in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obisbo when I surfed the central Coast a few Winters)
It was when I was disabled I re-introduced myself to PC's. At first I needed a tool to write some books I was thinking of, as I did a lot of writing, painted and had some art shows while living in Northampton, MA. I also used my PC to run Parallel Distributive Processing software to keep up with Neuroscience. I keep studying whether I'm in school or not. Newport is a beautiful small Ocean-Side town, and Salve Regina University is right down the street. It's been a great place to "heal" and I awake every mornign at 5AM, and donate some time at a Drug Clinic down the street. Unfortunately years of medictations prescribed for my back, such as Steroids, Tylenol based, Anti-inflammatory all ended up causing severe Liver damage. Between my nerve damage in my back, and my Liver, I may never be well again, so it's been very difficult accpeting the fact I may never Surf, or ride a Mountain-top trail. I am writing a few books, and my PC has become a great hobby.
When I lived In Northampton, MA I was into High End Audio. Hardware like Krell amplifiers (solid state), and Futterman OTL (Transformerless tube amps, using vaccum tube as output stage) electrostatic speakers, tubed D/A convertors etc. It was a highly technical hobby, and just as much as in-depth as PC's. It was, however prohibitively expensive as you can easily spend $300 on a half-meter pair of interconnects, and ten-thousand dollars on tube amp alone. It did inspire, and deepen that love of electronics I had even as a child. I was introduced to "The Business" of PC's when a person in the Financial Aid office, mentioned that companies will often donate PC's to people like myself, who are financially indgent. It was Bhulinder Sethi of OCZ who donated kit of PC3200 (this was when PC1600 was the standard) about three and a half years ago. Then I got my first real videocard, the ATI Radeon 8500 (when it first came out I paid $300 hehe) I knew I found a hobby I'd love. The owner of Monarch Computers actually gave me the idea that I could review, and get free hardware. At first that was my inspration, but I've learned a klot the hard way since that time. Mostly through people like you guys (and girls) who were willing to tech. I read every White Paper I can now, and writing now is for a completely different reason. I seek to engage the reader, so they'll save my Review in their "Favorites" folders, just as I've done for reviews I learn from. I've found it doesn't come easy! I took Graduate level Linguistics, and Philosophy classes (as an Undergrad) and did really well, but writing for the general public on a technical subject makes for hard work. I'm going to work as hard as I can here, and I'm my own worst critic, but I ask everyone to please be honest. I'm wide-open to learn from others. I don't think I know everything, and eveyday I read another White Paper I realize how much I don't know. But I remain teachable.
Sorry about the long "life-story" but I thought I'd share who I am. I'm a very open person. I hope to find some new friends here. I already think Nate is a very decent person. I admire his drive and professionalism. And he took the time to call me tonite, just to say hi. I thought that was definately a cool Editor. I'm a very humble person, sometimes I get a little intense, but I usually take a step back and calm down. I'll always try to see things from another point of view. I want to thank Nate for giving me a chance to work here. So that's it folks, thanks for having me. By the way feel free to email me anytime