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  • Name: Archturiat “Archer” Baumann
  • Date of Birth: April 10, 1970 (Astrological Profile)
  • Occupation: IT Consultant
  • Current Residence: Tanasbourne, OR (the place with the mall in between Hillsboro and Beaverton)
  • Former Residences: Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco, CA; Bakersfield, CA; Anaheim, CA; Los Angeles, CA
  • Elsewhere: Twitter: @feedle, Facebook … Official Contact Page
  • Myers-Briggs Personality Type: ENFP (Extroverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)
  • Hobbies: Amateur Radio, Amateur Rocketry, Video Games,
    Role-Playing Games, Photography, Geocaching
  • Sports: Baseball, bowling.
  • Religion: It’s complicated.
  • Music: Runs from Folk to Techno.
  • Musical Instruments: Piano, Hammered Dulcimer. Plays the fife and pennywhistle poorly.
  • OS Preference: Linux, MacOS X
  • Favorite City: San Francisco
  • Favorite Food: Pizza. Pork Fried Rice.
  • Favorite Intoxicant: Gin and Tonic. Absinthe.
  • Favorite TV Shows: Star Trek (all forms). Anything on Discovery Channel. MST3K. Emergency! (please, don’t ask why)
  • Ethnicity: Native American / German.
  • Pet Peeves: Country music. Gun control advocates. IRC.
    Microsoft. Cheap keyboards. Cheap Lego knockoffs. Spam.
  • Things I miss about former residences:Friends. The Coolie Chows at Bill Lee’s. Peace and Quiet.
  • Things I don’t miss about former residences: Buck Owens. Crime. Tourists. Disneyland.
  • Accomplishments:
    • 1979: First modem use: a TI Silent 700 calling into a timeshare computer.
    • 1981: Atari Christmas.
    • 1982: First computer: a CBM VIC-20.
    • 1983: First computer purchased with my own money: A C-64, purchased with funds
      obtained from writing VICToR, a VIC-20 terminal program that supported XMODEM.
    • 1983-1985: Member of KatalistKoders, a C-64 proto-demogroup. Sound Coder.
    • 1983-1997: SysOp of Cross Dimension BBS, Santa Cruz
    • 1985-1986: Host of the NEEON-19 voice comment line and BBS
    • 1986: Bought first 16-bit microcomputer, the Atari ST.
    • 1988: Co-designed force feedback system and videodisc system for Maximum Speed 55. Maximum Speed 55 has one prototype made before the company he co-founded goes broke.
    • 1992: System Administrator of Wally’s Obnoxious Program, a MUD game operated at UCSD.
    • 1995: First internet job. First grunt employee of Orange County’s first commercial ISP, Kaiwan Internet.
    • 1995: First installment of Feedle’s Homepage goes online as a gopher start page on Kaiwan Internet for me and other Kaiwan users.
    • 1995-2001: Rode the dot.com boom, from inception to bust. *kaboom*
    • 1996-1999: Operated the Voice of Mercury micropower radio station. Also operated said station on the California Car Caravan to DefCon from DefCon III to DefCon 7.
    • 1998-1999: Chief Engineer of fledgling Internet broadcaster Motion Broadcasting.
  • Undergarments: Boxers.
  • Current Obsession: The world needs more mayonnaise.

Where did the nickname come from?  Here’s your answer!

Feedle also enjoys preparing custom-brewed teas and coffees. From his kitchen comes such strange flavors as “Bad Blood” (a dark red tea that’s quite good), “Brown Stains” (a coffee-like tea that’s brewed with a mixture of boiling milk and water), and the ever popular “Maximum Speed 65”, which contains so much caffiene that we legally cannot sell it in the United States (but that dosen’t stop him from making it for his own consumption, mind you). Other favorites include “Tooz Compliment” (a syrupy tea with maximum sweetness for your enjoyment), “Fahkineleet” (a “normal” iced tea), “The Picard” (Earl Grey, thank you), and the dreaded “Mr. Greenjeans”, a tea so bad that if you can manage to drink the whole thing, you get to keep the bottle.

Currently, feedle runs a small startup company called Portland GasWorks. We don’t quite know exactly what he does there, but I’m sure someday we’ll find out.

Feedle can also be held responsible for a number of crimes against The State, including publishing the fledgling ‘Zine Tweek: Technology on the Fringe, and making strange emissions on the broadcast
bands under the name The Voice of Mercury.

Feedle collects computers. Old ones, new ones, working ones, broken ones, it dosen’t matter. Currently connected and operating machines include a Commodore Amiga, a GENUINE IBM PC, a fairly new Pentium-based machine, an Atari ST, Commodore 128, Atari 130XE, TRS-80 Model 4 and I, VIC-20, and even a Sinclair QL and T/S1000. Oh, and that stupid little Berkeley UNIX box in the corner, the TI-99/4A we found at a thrift shop, and the Franklin ACE1200 that refuses to die. I also collect classic video games, but who dosen’t anymore?

On the gaming front, Feedle can usually be found playing RoboRally at game conventions.. and even “hacker conventions” like DefCon, where Feedle and seven other co-conspirators were riding the conveyor belts of the Tropicana Hotel singing music from Warner Brothers cartoons (you know, that “factory” music they play right before Sylvester gets stuffed into a tomato can).

There’s a lot of people I’m looking for that I’ve known over the years. You might want to give it a scan and see if you know any of them.

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