Tom Grandgent's Home Page

Welcome to my little corner of the web...  The best things here are my programming projects, photos, and music, but you can take a look at the rest of this page for more info about me.

I studied Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
I'm currently working full-time as a software developer.
Curious George I once worked for a game development company called Media Magic (whose name changed to Vipah).  I was a production assistant and eventually a programmer.
Programming! I've written a variety of programs including the Internet phone I use to videoconference with my family and the email client I've used exclusively (at home) since 1998.  For many years my platform of choice was Win32, C++, without MFC.  Nowadays I prefer to use C# when possible.  Some of my favorite programming areas are networking, sound processing, MIDI music, and real-time 3D graphics.
Pictures What home page would be complete without some pictures?  Most of these were taken with an old Fuji FinePix 1400Z.  Some of the newer ones were taken with a Canon Powershot A310.
Music I love music - listening, collecting, composing, playing the piano.  I generally listen to house, trance, ambient, minimalist, and game soundtracks.  I also listen to tracked music (MOD, S3M, XM, IT, etc) and MIDI, as well as MP3s from the Scene.  And, I collect, record, encode, and occasionally remix music written for old synths like the Roland MT-32 and Sound Canvas SCC-1.  In particular, Ultima music.
Games I like many types of computer games: first-person 3D, racing, real-time strategy, role-playing, space flight-sim, retro-gaming & emulated console games.  Quite a while ago, when Quake was brand new to the world, I ran my own Quake news site called Shake N' Quake.
Currently I enjoy playing Team Fortress 2 with my friends online.
Racing I've been doing sim racing for awhile.  I drove about 50,000 miles in Live for Speed before switching over to iRacing when it was released in the summer of 2008.  I believe iRacing is the most realistic and serious racing simulation ever made available to the general public.
Dune Sci-fi is my favorite book and movie genre.  My all-time favorite book is Dune, by Frank Herbert.  What?  You haven't read it yet?  Buy it or borrow it from me!
I really like Japanese food.  You can see some of my favorite dishes here.
nihongo I studied the Japanese language for two semesters at UMass, and now I continue to study on my own (and at an online school called JOI!).  I passed the JLPT level 2 exam held on Dec. 7th, 2008.

My Pages:

Programming Projects | Photos | Music | Favorite Games | Old 3D Renderings | My Computer | Dune | Japanese Language Links | iRacing

Contact Info:

Feel free to contact me by any of the following methods:

  • TAConf: Tom
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