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Recreation & Music Therapist in training.
Retired Computer Scientist, Analyst and Engineer.
PMI, IEEE, Java Developer, Linux Instructor,
Systems Engineer, Software Developer, & Information Security Specialist.
Electronic Frontier Foundation activist (
Open-source advocate/Open-thought advocate.
ex-Automotive Technician.
ex-Professional Commercial Photographer.
ICQ: 3218959
Yahoo: syntheticpotato
MSN: msverbsthenoun
AIM: hawkerobinson
Founder Spokane Tolkien Society
Founder and co-editor Other Minds Magazine
The Unofficial, International Role Playing Gaming Magazine
Dedicated to Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth & Beyond.
"I would draw some of the great tales in fullness,
and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched.
The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole,
and yet leave scope for other minds and hands,
wielding paint and music and drama..."
- John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, from a letter written to Milton Waldman,
ca. 1951
Founder of MerpCon
Register now for MerpCon IV - July 24th, 25th, & 26th, 2009.
 MerpCon = Middle-earth Role-Playing (Gaming) Convention.
 A gaming convention focusing on playing in
 J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, Arda, Ea, etc.
 This convention is game system agnostic, using any games that let people
 play using their imagination in Tolkien's rich setting.
 An organization completely volunteer run, and non-profit and
non-revenue generating.
 A community effort by the community for the community.
Volunteer Team for the completely non-profit,
non-revenue, non-business-entity dedicated to
the Middle-earth Role-playing International Community at
Fighting the noble battle against the dark forces, trying to keep
alive and growing, the dream and joy of role-playing gaming in
J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth.

"He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without
lessening mine;
as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe,
for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his
seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when
she made them like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening
their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move,
and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive
--Thomas Jefferson, in Writings of Thomas Jefferson,
vol. 6, H.A. Washington, Ed.,1854, pp. 180-181.
 Creator Eä RPG.
 d20 adaptation to Middle-earth: Eä d20 & dedicated system for
Middle-earth RPG:
 The Numenor Project, developing role playing gaming related to Numenor
and beyond.
SuiteGM Founder & Developer
Email lists at:
Anonymous Subversion Access:
SuiteGM is a project dedicated to creating an extensive
set of computer based utilities to aid classical paper and dice Game
Masters in their work.
This project is Java based, open source, open platform,
open game system and multi-lingual.
Feature include:
* Character Generation
* Character/Party tracking
* Combat resolution
* Mapping
* Adventure logging (with wiki export)
* Synchronizable/updateable software and data files
* On and offline capabilities
* Modular design to make it easy for others to contribute features &
Founder and facilitator for Spokane American Sign Language weekly study
(re)Founder and facilitator for Spokane 2600 monthly meeting group.
(re)Founder and facilitator for Spokane Java User Group monthly meetings.
Hawkes' Haven, my online Blog.
RSS Website News Feed:
Role Playing Gaming Therapy Research Project
The mission: A large scale, long term, multi-variable, triple-blind research
study on the therapeutic aspects of role playing gaming. The purpose
is to determine the causal characteristics of role playing games, rather
than relying on correlative data as other studies have done in the past.
RPG Research Project beginning in 2003 and continuing.
Role Playing Gamer since 1979.
Game Master since 1984.
The Synthetic Zen (and show)
My music compositions and performances with free downloads, as well as
streaming of my broadcasts spanning 2004 through 2007.
FM & Internet Radio broadcaster.
Catch my live broadcasts:
"Tech Talk With Hawke"
Listen online at
"Tech Talk With Hawke"
 A technology talk show like no other.
 Informing the public about technologies impacting
 everyone's privacy, security and civil rights,
 with a leaning towards open source solutions.
Assistant Martial Arts instructor (in training).
Kung fu For Life
"Holistic medicine treats the person rather than the disease,
it's concern lies with the 'whole person' and with permitting
individuals to assume self-responsibility for their own health.
Whereas illness is the sole concern of 'traditional medicine',
holistic 'well medicine' deals with wellness and health promotion"
Unknown: "Computers are like air conditioners.
They don't work well with windows open!"
"Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later." --Brook's Law
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you,
then you win." --Mahatma Gandhi
"All truth passes through 3 stages. 1st it is ridiculed. 2nd it is
violently opposed.
3rd it is accepted as being self evident." --Arthur Schopenhauer
"If a man does his best, what else is there?" --General George S.
Patton, US Army
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it." --Aristotle
"Rather fail with honor than succeed with fraud." --Sophocles
"The only thing I know is that I know nothing" --Socrates
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is
that you end up being governed by your inferiors." --Plato
"Flexibility masters hardness." --The Tao (aka. Dao)
"Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes:
in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world,
or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one)
both partners might be found more suitable mates.
But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to."
--J. R. R. Tolkien, Letter to Michael Tolkien, March 1941
"Though we have heard of stupid haste in war,
cleverness has never been associated with long delays." --Sun Tzu (The
Art of War)
"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick
to anger."
-Gildor Inglorian
"It is also said, go not to the elves for advice, for they will say both
yes and no."
-Frodo Baggins --J.R.R. Tolkien, FotR, Book I, Chapter IV
"A monk asked Chao-chou, 'Has the dog Buddha nature or not?'
Chao-chou said, 'Mu.' "--Wu-Men Kuan "The Gateless Barrier" (Zen koan)
"An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger." --Kung Fu
Tzu (aka Confucius)
"Those who know, do not say. Those who say, do not know." --Lao Tzu
("Father of Taoism")
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like;
and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." --Bilbo
Baggins, J.R.R. Tolkien, FotR.
"...I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday...
that's no way to treat an expensive musical instrument!" --Meat Loaf
"Yes, of course. Who has time? Who has time? But then if we never TAKE time,
how can we ever HAVE time? --The Merovingian (The Matrix Reloaded)
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
willing to work
 and give to those who would not." --Thomas Jefferson
"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to
take everything you have ...
The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty
decreases." --Thomas Jefferson
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin (or was it
Thomas Jefferson?)
"The armed are citizens. The unarmed are subjects." -Unknown
"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you
give it to them?
Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing
for your own safety.
Even the wise cannot see all ends." --J.R.R. Tolkien, LotR, Book IV,
Chapter I.
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world." -Albert Einstein
"All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is
all my own." - Goethe
"He who fights with monsters, should look to it that he himself, does
not become a monster.
When you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."