From: Doug Jones < jonescs.uiowa.edu> 28 Oct 2005
Having posted stuff on and off, I suppose I ought to add myself to the Barflies list, so here goes.
I was born in 1951, and got hooked on science fiction by my 5th grade teacher, who pointed me toward "A Wrinkle in Time". I got interested in computers in highschool, and after a lot of schooling, I joined the computer science faculty at the University of Iowa, where I've been since 1980. Since 2000, without really planning to, I've found myself to have become a leading expert on voting machines, and I also helped write the book on stepping motors.
Outside of my professional life, I'm a decent carpenter, I wired my own house, and I've done precision machine-shop work.
I've always been fascinated by technical history and a little bored with political history. Theology is interesting too, as is the history of inter-religious dialogue. I come to that from a Jewish perspective, and it was the mix of these kinds of topics in 1632 that I found both fascinating and occasionally frustrating.
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