The Rick Saada Home Page
I grew up in Ohio, outside of Cleveland. Four years at
Princeton convinced me that living on the East Coast wasn't for
me (too many New Yorkers convinced that the Big Apple is the center of
civilization), so I headed west to Seattle in 1986. A job offer from
Microsoft and rejection letters from MIT, Caltech, Berkeley, and
Stanford made the decision a lot easier. I'm still planning to
write thank you notes to the admissions offices at the above
universities... Meanwhile, I got to work at Microsoft when it was a
struggling young software company, beaten by WordPerfect in word processing,
Lotus in spreadsheets, Ashton Tate in databases and Borland in languages.
My how the world has changed.
After about 8 years at Microsoft, my then wife and I left the computer
industry with aching arms and regrets for the fact that we ended up working for
a large company after all. I let me arms recover for a few years, and then
started working for a couple friends over at
Flying Lab Software. They had a great work-for-food program going, where as
long as I brought in food they'd let me work! Many batches of banana bread
and cookies later, I'm still there. My wife and I separated in 2002 after
nearly 10 years of marriage, but I'm moving on with my life and enjoying the two
lovely kids we had together.
- Caroline Ruth
Saada, our first baby! Click here
for lots and lots of baby pictures!
- Stephanie Helen
Saada, baby #2--more baby pictures.
- Year 2000 Kid pictures (both Stephanie and
- Wildlife, nature, and vacation shots are my fave's. I
even do a little bit of astro-photography when there are
comets flitting about the skies. Click here for samples
of my work!
been doing mostly rough stuff so far (a cold frame for
the garden, some shelving, etc.) but I hope to do more
finished furniture type things as my skills progress. I'm
also working on baby toys for all the new kids in the
- For the last fifteen or sixteen years, I've been throwing a massive
dessert party for my birthday. This started because I
didn't know anyone at first (nobody else was going to
throw a party for me), and then it kind of got out of
hand. Each year I make 10 or 12 fancy desserts, sometimes
around a special theme, and invite lots of friends over
to help me eat them. Click here for pictures!
- One of my big baking projects was making
the wedding cake for my friends David and
- Role Playing Games
- I admit it, I still have all my D&D books from junior
high, and still play regularly with two different groups
of friends. For one of the games, I've kept a log
of our adventures, which I've put online for people to
enjoy and/or laugh at :) . Please mom, no editor's
- Castle of the Winds
- Years ago, back in the late 80's I was trying to learn Windows
programming to get off of DOS Word, where I was then working.
Naturally, I decided to write a computer game. What I didn't expect
was that Castle of the Winds would generate some 13500 registrations, and
continue to generate an mail to this day. At this point, I give the
game away for free. Here's a zip with both part one (the free part)
and part two (the part you had to register to get).
Castl11A.zip Have fun!
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September 20, 2005.