John Hall's Home Page
Well, I've wrestled with reality for over thirty five years, doctor, and I'm happy to say I've finally won out over it.
I'm a software engineer in Santa Monica, California. By day, I hack game code (XBOX and PS2) for Treyarch. By night, I try very hard to stay entertained.
Jimmy Stewart, Harvey
In the past I've worked as an embedded systems developer (Palm OS), an author, and a graphics driver developer. Some of my hobbies are amateur radio, flying, and writing.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us
with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.
Volunteer examiner, ARRL VEC
|Organization||Little to none|
|Race||Human (I think)|
|Skin||Carbon-based multilayer cellular|
C/C++, Lisp, Tcl, Perl, -- --- .-. ... .|
I caved. My blog is here.
Items of Interest
If you think C++ is not overly complicated, just what is a
protected abstract virtual base pure virtual private destructor
and when was the last time you needed one?
Tom Cargill, C++ Journal
There are only two things wrong with C++:
The initial concept and the implementation.
- A book I wrote.
You can download the complete book here.
Even better, go to your local bookstore and buy it!
- Archive of probable cause (that is, my photo collection)
- Various code snippets.
Most of my code is elsewhere; these are just little bits and pieces I wrote and didn't want to waste.
- I built an electric motor one weekend. One power supply and a bunch of melted insulation later, here are the pictures!
- Things I've written.
Expect some general bizarreness here.
I always appreciate feedback, good or bad.
- A few thoughts on low-power amateur radio operation,
and a log of some of my contacts.
- An Artificial Intelligence class project gone bad.
Bored CS students, LISP, and a bottle of Mountain Dew make a very dangerous combination.
- My resume.
(However, I like my current job a lot, and I am not looking for other employment.)
- My evaluation of a particularly bad course I had to take in college.
I submitted this to Georgia Tech's course survey at the end of the semester.
Although my writing is far from perfect, I do know a few things about it,
and the course's subjectiveness rubbed me the wrong way.
- I spent a few weeks in Spain in high school.
This was a long time ago, but it was great!
He who has the pepper may season as he lists.
George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs
Tower Climbing 101
It's better to be down here wishing you were up there,
Pictures from my trip up the W4AQL VHF tower. This is a 90 foot guyed tower on top of Georgia Tech's 5-story electrical engineering building. A little scary, but lots of fun. You can also see Phil, KG4SJZ, on the ground.
than up there wishing you were down here.
- Looking down.
- A shot of the antennas on an adjacent tower. The topmost antenna is a 7 MHz (40m) Yagi beam. The lower one is a TH7DX triband Yagi (10m, 15m, 20m). Coupled with the club's 1500 watt amplifier, these antennas routinely work the world.
- The VHF antennas I climbed the tower to work on. From top to bottom, they are 440 MHz (70cm), 146 MHz (2m), and 50 MHz (6m). The 440 antenna is currently disconnected, mainly because UHF feedlines are such a headache to work with. (Hardline is expensive and heavy.)
Everything's More Fun At 3500 Feet
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man... Landing is the first!
My friends used to poke gentle fun at me for spending my money on flying lessons rather than a car. I never had a car during college, but I left with a private pilot license, and haven't regretted it one bit.
From now on, I will post flying pictures here.
Pictures of 834GT, one of the Yellow Jacket Flying Club's Cessna 152's, at Fulton County Airport (KFTY). I did most of my flight training in this plane.
- My first solo trip to Athens, Georgia.
I was still a student pilot at the time, and this was my first "cross country" flight alone.
- A trip to Lake Lanier, a popular recreational lake northeast of Atlanta.
My friend Matt Might took these pictures.
- My final trip to Athens before moving out of Atlanta.
My friend Jon Kaye took the flight as a photography challenge and brought along some excellent film. Unfortunately, it was a hazy day (6 miles visibility or so), but the images came out reasonably well.
As Jon put it, "Well, we wanted a good milkshake, so we flew to Athens!"
- Some video taken taken by Jon.
It's a little shaky and blurry; an airplane at night is probably the worst place to operate a video camera. I edited this heavily with iMovie to remove out of focus segments.
For future reference, always turn off auto-focus before trying to shoot video from a plane at night.
One of my passengers also took some footage of a night flight over Atlanta in N959GT. The video is a little shaky and blurry at times; we'll try different camera settings next time.
Getting In Touch
The fastest way to contact me is by email. If you use AOL Instant Messenger, my name is OverCODE32.