I grew up in Palo Alto, California, and now live in Sunnyvale. I've been working in the local high-tech industry (electronics, computers, telecomm; both hardware and software) for many years.
Having been laid off in the summer of 2004 (at the tail end of a plant closure), I'm currently doing freelance engineering work for various companies, and keeping an eye open for new business opportunities. Oh, and building an army of giant robots to take over the world. Mustn't forget the giant robots.
The term "Silicon Valley redneck" refers to the state of my living room at few years ago. While a canonical redneck has several non-running cars up on blocks in his yard, I tended to have various non-running computers up on blocks in my living room. Seems vaguely analogous.
Electronics, computers, Linux, science fiction, gadgeteering, costuming, creative absurdity, hiking