[nabs] Who are you, and what are you studying?
Zack Olson [ACB Student Advocate Editor]
editor.acbstudents at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 19:32:53 EDT 2011
My name is Zack Olson. I am currently the ACBS Student Advocate editor. I
attend Northern Illinois University in scenic (yeah right) Dekalb, Illinois.
I am currently in the process of designing my own contract major in
assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, which--without all
the technical details--means that I'm basically throwing together a bunch of
classes and a capstone experience and writing up a proposal to justify how
these courses would fit into my area of study. Looking at Tyler's bio, I
think he and I may be doing some talking in the next few semesters. LOL.
I don't do a lot of extracurricular activities, because I usually don't have
time, and I already have numerous personal hobbies to occupy the free time
that I do have. Before deciding to take on a contract major, my major was in
education for the blind and visually impaired, which is a ridiculous amount
Among my hobbies and interests are reading, writing, video games, comic
books, pro wrestling, hanging out, shooting the breeze, social justice and
disability advocacy, and--most notably and noticeably--sarcasm. ;) neither
my reading or writing preferences/styles are set to any sepcific genres,
though I do have an interest in horror and science fiction stories as
literature. Some of my favorite authors are George Orwell, Stephen King,
Harlan Coben, J. D. Salinger, Edgar Allen Poe, Bret Easton Ellis, William
Gibson (the one who wrote Neuromancer, not The Miracle Worker), Orson Scott
Card, Peter Straub, Phillip K. Dick, and a bunch more.
My greatest interest of all the things I listed is writing. My own output
has consisted mostly of short stories--unless you count the numerous boring
academic papers I've written the past few years. I am, as of now,
Okay, now you know more than anybody could ever want to know about me.
P.S. I'd love to hear from anybody who is interested in submitting something
for the next issue of the Student Advocate. Drop me a line.
editor.acbstudents at gmail.com
From: Littlefield, Tyler
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2011 6:06 PM
To: Discussion list for NABS,National Alliance of Blind Students.
Subject: Re: [nabs] Who are you, and what are you studying?
Does this mean we get one from you too? I guess there's the bio on the
site, but still...
Anyway. My name is Ty, or Tyler. I'm actually the current Nabs
webmaster, and I'm between my freshmen and sophomore year of college,
trying to transfer to a better college (CU, in case anyone cared). I am
going for a PHD in computer science, with a minor in math.
As might've been apparent, I'm a pretty big computer geek; I've had
experience with OSX, Windows and Many distros of Linux, as well as about
4-5+ years of system administration, which is basically just managing
web servers and the like.
During the break I plan to finish up a couple projects, my main projects
right now include a toy operating system I'm building, a mud engine, and
an online game setup where people can log in to play a variety of card,
board and dice games. My programming languages of choice are c++ and
Python, though I am familiar with others; PHP, C#, etc etc.
I received my first guide dog last summer from GDB (which I have to say
is the best school, though I have never been to any of the others. :) ),
he is a yellow lab named O'Mally.
I suppose that's it. My website and blog and the like have always been
in the signature, so there's no point in reiterating them up here too.
On 9/25/2011 4:34 PM, NABS SecondVP wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I have always found this list to be incredibly supportive and
> interesting. I just thought it'd be fun if we introduced ourselves and
> put an identity with the person that just answered the question that
> was making you loose sleep for days.
> Ready, set, go....yes, I fully respect that I'm super lame. *grin*
> nabs mailing list
> nabs at acb.org
The Aspen project: a light-weight barebones mud engine
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