Born on January 20th, 1969 in Gatineau (formerly Hull), Quebec, Canada. French speaking but also fluent written and spoken English. No children, never married. I became a tech nut at about 8 when I saw Star Wars in 1977. That day, my passion for lasers was to be sealed in my spirit forever. I remember what I liked the most was the rapid sweeping sound they made. That led me to hang around at RadioShack after school to have the chance to play with a little Moog synthesizer they sold back then, until I programmed the sound I dreamed of replicating. An I was very successful at it! Funnily enough, spending countless hours fiddling with the knobs of this synthesizer finally and logically led to another passion: music. I played accordion for 4 years, and Tenor Saxophone for 5 years. But at age 15 I really decided to switch and study piano seriously, only by myself. My favorite groups/performers/composers are Supertramp, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Billy Joel, Deep Purple, Yes, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, The Carpenters, Huriah Heep, and many more. But I hate Heavy Metal, country western and opera! Another side effect of hanging around at RadioShack for so long was my encounter with computers. That was about in 1980, with the TRS-80 model II 16K, and later the Color Computer, which had 1K or 4K of ram... There, I learned the "basics" of programming (pun not intended) and fell in love with the excitement and feeling of power it gave me. Imagine a 10 year old kid controlling a $10000 mysterious machine - wow! Needless to say that the clients were impressed too. No wonder the store manager let me stay there until closure at 9pm. I was free publicity for them. At one point, they even installed me with a desk full of equipment at the store's entrance to make a real show of me! Then my dad finally decided to buy one for home so I could work on it 26 hours a day and become like a junkie. A bit later at age 14, I discovered another passion - electronics. That led to the decision of studying this science at College de l'Outaouais in Gatineau, where I graduated in 1994. After that, I got a job in the R&D department of PlantCML, writing software for the development of 911, mobile radio communication, and air traffic control systems. Our latest project was the Washington DC's new 911 system. See and read how they got from "worst to first" on these links:
For the curious, here's a few pics of myself in the lab. Also, other interests I have.
Parts... literally tons of them. Air compressor on left has been quite useful this weekend (Apr 18, 2005) for drilling in concrete and building shelves and more workspace. I was getting claustrophobic !!!
Will be much more pleasant to work in this environment.
What else do I do?
Music: I play piano, and synthesizer and sing. Been doing this since age 15. Played professionally for 5 years.
I like to create art, 3D graphics has been a passion since 1995. Here is a few of my artwork:
As you can see, I'm pretty obsessed with motorcycles!
Suzuki GSX-R 750, 2001
(Updated May 24, 2008)
Another way to remove stress. Or...to change its flavor at least !!!
My beloved Yamaha YZ250 two stroke motocross. Just came back from a 3 hour trip in the woods with a friend at my cottage.
Trying to hurt myself in a sand pit, jumping higher ...
Until... Ouch! Disaster strikes!
On that photo, it was the last millisecond that my right ankle was happy. Since then it's been hurting. You should have seen that crash! Wish I had a video.
Fun to ride, from the highway down to the deep trails.
Nice sunset in Chicoutimi, Quebec - 2001
And my little friend - Touti
Unfortunately, he's long gone... I miss him. We used to go to bars and dance together all night - really !