I have been acting for over quarter-century and have appeared in theater, television, movies, and commercials.
Acting plays a big part in making me the person I am. At first it fulfilled a simple desire for attention I couldn’t get other ways. But later it forced me to confront who I really am and to expose that raw vulnerable side we all have but keep hidden and protected by our social masks. When we suffer to expose that hidden side of us on stage and then survive the experience, we grow powerful. We have faced our deepest fear and survived. Surely there is nothing that can harm us.
A multi-year quest to understand human behavior from several different directions led me to hypnosis. In an effort to fully internalize what hypnosis had to teach me I sought out a course that would train me as a practitioner. In this way I could observe, understand, and experience hypnosis.
I trained with Mary Elizabeth Raines at the Academy for Professional Hypnosis Training were I was certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and granted entry to the National Guild of Hypnotists.
I started playing poker around 2004 and immediately saw it as a fascinating puzzle with lots of complicated pieces.
Over the next few years it became a past-time and then an interesting subject to study. Eventually I learned enough and developed the skill to win consistently. In 2006 income from poker gave me the confidence to quit my job.
I’ve been a professional poker player ever since and currently specialize in live mid-stakes no-limit hold’em cash games.
Sometimes I write about poker.
Computers are the most powerful tools in the history of mankind and we have only begun to scratch the surface of what they can do. I am always looking for ways to improve lives and computer software is a fertile field for that.
Over a quarter-century of hands-on work gives me extensive practical knowledge and skills. My MIT education, where I earned a degree in computer science, gives me a broad and solid understanding of the fundamental science involved.
I’ve developed firmware, desktop applications, and web-based applications. I have built two different companies based on software I wrote and I am currently working on my first hand-held application.
Occasionally I write about software development.
I produced the award-winning and critically-acclaimed hit “Pulp Shakespeare” which played to full houses in Los Angeles for eleven weeks.
During the 2012-2013 season I was the field producer for the World Series of Poker Circuit final table broadcasts on ESPN. Over the course of six months we went to thirteen different locations in eleven states (and one Canadian province) creating as-live broadcast of tournaments finales.