About the Author
The author of this site (ASJ) was awarded an M.S. in Plant Molecular Biology during his youth, then later collected a Masters in Business Administration, with a specialization in Information Systems. He became a crusading Java programmer when it first emerged in the mid-1990s, and was a veteran of the early days of Java's evolution from quirky applets to heavy server side applications. He still spends time as architect of huge unwieldy software contraptions, but has recently gotten an unhealthy obsession with the tiny Java software that lurks by the billions in cellphones, smart cards, ID cards, and (soon) everything else.
He is an avid science fiction writer and reader, with a particular liking for such works as Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series, Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos, Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space, and the Culture novels of the British writer Iain M. Banks.
He loves exploring and travelling around the world with his wife.
In terms of nature and biology, he has a strong bias towards arthropods and plants (as opposed to vertebrates and other soft squishy things), and this has resulted in a series of what he has called Lurker's Guides since the 1990s: