Owen's Interests

Computers

I've liked computers since I got a ZX81, and I've since progressed through the Spectrum and Atari ST to the PC; I have a PC (tacitus) and a number of other bits and pieces I've collected over the years. When I left University I decided to make a career of my hobby and became a Unix system administrator.

I run Debian on my main system, and spend a lot of time helping with PuTTY, an SSH client and terminal emulator for Windows and Unix.

I like StarCraft

Railways

I'm interested in railways and railway architecture, so I have started a collection of British railway stations.

Science Fiction

I read a fair bit of science fiction. Favourite authors include Iain Banks, Brian Stableford, Walter Jon Williams, and Vernor Vinge.

On TV, one of my favourite pieces of SF remains the television series Babylon 5. There's lots of information and analysis about the show (as well as spoilers, so be careful!) on the Lurker's Guide. Also have a look at the newsgroup uk.media.tv.sf.babylon5 for discussion and speculation about the series. If you're not so worried about spoilers for shows not yet shown in the UK, there's also the international newsgroup rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.

I'm very fond of Doctor Who. In the long gap before the new series hit our screens in 2005 I followed Big Finish's range of Doctor Who audio plays on CD.

Writing

I've written some fiction

Juggling

It's something of a coincidence. They pushed me in various directions, and they happened to have lots of juggling balls lying around and, er, well, a year or so later...

I can now sensibly juggle three balls (with some, but not many interesting patterns). I'm OK with three rings, and occasionally competent with clubs.

Islam and the Middle East

Here's a copy of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie; I reproduce this merely for information, and it in no way represents my views.

The newsgroups soc.religion.islam and alt.religion.islam.

Classics - Ancient Rome and Greece

Of general interest is the Internet Classics Archive, a searchable archive of over 350 classical texts in English translation. Additionally there's a homepage about the Roman poet P. Vergilius Maro and a plaintext Latin Aeneid.

The newsgroup sci.classics.


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