Me

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October 9, 2017

Big job news: After 7 happy years at Seagate I have accepted a position as a security engineer at Robinhood! Wish me luck!

January 15, 2016

For better or worse, social media has made me much slower to udate this page. I'm still with Seagate, still living in San Jose, and still a happy family man. Hard to imagine that college was over 15 years ago!

August 2, 2011

Claudia Ilene Hunter was born on July 23, 2011. My thoughts this time around are reflections of last time...thankful for her health and mindful of all the people who don't have it so easy. As "easy" as we have it in a rich country like the US, it's hard to do everything you want for your family while still doing everything else you have to do. My hope is that Sheila and I can get these girls set up to handle this world on their own terms...if she's anything like her big sister she'll be taking life by the horns.

August 1, 2010

In keeping with my theme of "blog" entries corresponding mainly to life-altering-scale events, I have an announcement to make: We're moving back to California! I have accepted a position with Seagate as a Senior IT Security Architect (which means I will be shifting from pontificating about bad guys to actually catching them). We're really looking forward to our California homecoming, but we will definitely miss our friends in Atlanta. Wish us luck!

April 14, 2009

Hm, it's been 1.5 years since I last added anything here...the dizzying pace must really be flooring people out there :). I'm still working at GTISC and enjoying it.
I've dug up my "diary" email from the 2001/2002 India trip for everyone's enjoyment.
That's all for now, talk to you again in a year or two :)

December 15, 2007

Miriam Celia Hunter arrived at 10:56 PM (it may have been 58 after, but 56 is what her birth certificate says, so that's the story I'm sticking with) on November 28th, weighing 6 pounds 1 ounce and measuring 21 beautiful inches in length.

Poets and musicians have already better expressed the satisfaction and happiness of being a new father, but I will mention that I can already see my joy for Miriam's life as a decades-long affair, I already think of her in High School and of her helping me as a doddering old man. The other thing I'll mention is that while in the hospital I kept close all the people for whom things don't end up with "here, sir, is your perfect new baby!" FWIW*.

September 8, 2007

Sheila's belly continues to grow, we recently found out that it's going to be a girl "for sure." Sheila and I have both been noticing our minds thinking in new ways in "preparation" for this new arrival. Sheila said to me how her interest in all the miscellaneous tabloid topics of the world is diminishing, in favor of a mantra of "is this directly related to my family?" I've had a similar shift in thinking: I've always had a hobby of looking down on Europeans and Columbians for paying ransoms when their relatives get kidnapped, and similarly rejoicing every time I hear that the US is refusing to negotiate with kidnappers. I still believe in not negotiating, but I have a lot more understanding now for the "anything for my family" mentality. I've also been one to talk tough to myself about how I'd resist an armed robbery. Maybe I would have given up anyway, or maybe I'd still do something "heroic," but the intellectual battle over what to do is starting to lean toward handing over my wallet.

July 9, 2007

We had our 20 week ultrasound a few days ago. It's a girl...maybe (80% chance).

March 13, 2007

Sheila and I found out that we're having a baby today (we started trying recently). Obituaries list people as "Joe Schmoe, a father, husband, and...." I always used to think the motivation for listing people like that in terms of a practical, scientific map of who this person is in the web of human society. But I've realized that it's different: It's listed because it's Joe Schmoe's greatest accomplishment, his life's work. I don't think I'm doing a great job of conveying the change in my feelings, it's not actually earth-shattering so much as it's quiet certitude.

Febuary 12, 2007

Today was my first day at work at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center. I'm happy to be back working.

September 27, 2006

Sheila and I have moved to Atlanta! Sheila's taken a job with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. I'm looking for a job. So far so good....

July 16, 2006

Here's my South Africa journal from last summer.

July 7, 2006

Six month marriage anniversary today :) Sheila has finished grad school and is looking for a job. It's stressful to not know what our next step is but it will be fun.

January 22, 2006

Married!

September 14, 2005

I have returned safe from South Africa with more than just memories of elephants and African culture; I've returned with a fiancèe! W00t!!!

March 7, 2005

I made a joke to my friend Andy that I do have a blog, it's my About Me section on my website...it's just that I only update it about once a year :)
I'm currently listening to Bare Naked Ladies on my laptop in my apartment in Berkeley. I'm still enjoying my job and this phase of life.

September 13, 2003

Job continues swimingly.

November 7, 2002

I found a job that I like at UC Berkeley's Communication and Network Services deaprtmnet. W00t. I'm living in Hayward...what a world.

September 30, 2002

I have graduated UIUC. I have always found graduation to be a sad time, and I was sad to leave U of I. I am in California looking for work, and staying with Sheila and my grandparents. The job hunt is very frustrating right now...I may hear about a job this week, but I'll refrain from the details just in case I don't get it. If I do get it, a revision of my about-me page may be warranted :)

January 25, 2002

I just got back from a really great trip to India with friends from UIUC. I can't do it justice here. School is going just fine. I'm getting a little too old to go on and on about my love life on my webpage, but Sheila and I are together (picture). Woot.

August 20, 2001

The summer was fun. The teaching thing was good...I dare say rewarding. I did my annual visit to Arizona and the Pakulas, this time visiting Zion National Park. The fall semester starts on Wednesday; I'm looking forward to it. There's something about the fall semester that kicks so much ass.

Wish me luck paying for the India trip :)

June 9, 2001

Getting ready to start summer school as a teacher...a bit intimidating, but I'm looking forward to it. Went on cool road trips to New York and Canada.

Doing ok.

January 19, 2001

Still here :) Still in graduate school. Still enjoying it. Still have friends. Still have life.

September 2, 2000

It occurred to me last night that when you write an "about me" page, you almost always write it in such a way that the things that you say about yourself are things that have a web page that you can link to. What a sad state of affairs; that I would try to describe myself in terms of hyperlinks. But then again, isn't that what a web surfer would want to read? I hate pages with a whole bunch of that reading stuff :)

August 31, 2000

Quick, while I have a bit of inspiration, I must write :)

When describing oneself, should one start from the past and work forward, or vica verca? I don't mean to come off sounding overly intellectual, but as I type this into the computer, I wonder...what the hell does a person write about himself?

I am currently a graduate student in the Computer Science Department of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am a teaching assistant for CS 125.

Before that, I was a math major at The University of Missouri - Rolla. I was also a member of Rolla's solar car team and I got to go to Australia to participate in World Solar Challenge which was really awesome.

Before that, I was in High School in Bourbon, Missouri.

Before THAT, I grew up in California

...ack...inspiration is running out.

Thanks for reading.

mhunter@lusArs.net