I'm a former Unix sysadmin and network person with a BS in Biology (focusing on molecular bio and genetics). I couldn't imagine years of advanced study at a graduate school, so I turned to computers, which held my interest since I first tooled around on my Dad's TRS-80 and then a DEC Rainbow. I used Linux in the 1.0 kernel days, ~ 1993/4 IIRC.
Now I view systems administration as a necessary evil and much prefer to program. I've been learning Java for the past couple of years. Based on a few modest contributions, I recently joined the Pluto team. I'm excited to offically join the Apache community as a committer. In my professional life I work at Johns Hopkins University where I'm officially a Unix sysadmin but do a little bit of everything.
Reading is my second passion. Nowadays mostly I read technical books, but I also very much enjoy fantasy and books on theoretical physics (I don't pretend to understand the mathematics - the concepts are hard enough).
I started a blog which is updated in fits and spurts.