Stan's Page

Hey, everybody else has a blog now, so here's mine.

Here's my photo album.

My Interests

I'm particularly interested in the history of the local Urban Legend that claims that a conspiracy of General Motors and other assorted malefactors killed off rail mass transit in Los Angeles. I have a brief write-up about this legend, along with links to more information on it here.

Random Background Stuff

I'm the webmaster and nerd-in-residence of, which is our domain. It comes from our house, which is number 1134. We always liked the number because if you put it into a calculator and turn it upside down, it spells 'hEll'.

I'm originally from New Jersey, and I've lived here in Southern California since graduating from college in 1982. [Disregarding the unfortunate 1,476 days we spent in Texas from 1991 to 1995.]

I'm a lapsed science nerd. My degree is in physics, but after graduation I decided to take some time off from school. At my first job at McDonnell Douglas I had to do some programming involving computer graphics. While watching a graph being drawn on one of our HP 2640 terminals, I said, "Hmmm. I wonder how that works..." and the die was cast. I became a computer nerd.

And yes, that is my vanity license plate. I got it back in 1984. I went to the L.A. car show that year, and the DMV had a booth there with the plate books. In those days, if you wanted a personalized license plate, you had to look through several big phone-book-sized books to see if your plate was already taken. Now you can look it up online. In any event, I looked through the books. "NERD" was already taken, so I went for my second choice, and there you have it.

Oddly enough, I only score 50 on the Nerdity Test.

By trade, I'm a system administrator for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Pasadena Field Office. Our office is part of the Earthquake Hazards Program, which makes my job very much of an 'Only-In-L.A.' type of thing. It's great fun, and in fact, it's the most fun I've ever had at work. And no, we don't know when the Big One is going to happen. But you can subscribe to our Earthquake Notification Service to find out the details after it happens. The system sends automatic email notification of earthquakes worldwide, and the mail is sent within five to fifteen minutes of a significant earthquake. So if you subscribe, you can know about about it pretty soon after it happens.

Here is the link to my office page

If you're really bored, this is my resume.

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