Welcome to my page. It ain't much, but it's home. This site is where I have a chance to play around with web stuff.

For instance, if you're using Mozilla, the above image is a PNG. If you are using anything else, the above image is a GIF file. Why? Because, for now, Mozilla (and derivatives) is the only browser that seems to render it correctly. There may be others, but I just don't feel like enumerating all of them into the page code. It just ain't that important to be worth the hassle.

I guess you may be wondering, "why Fe3+?" Notice that the URL you've come to is "~ferric". It's also the first half of the chemical name for iron (III) oxide (a.k.a. ferric oxide) - refered to in some circles as rust. I know, "so what the hell does that have to do with anything??" For starters, it's my userid. Don't ask why I chose it, it's been more than a decade since I started to use it, so my recollection is a bit hazy. Maybe it's because my hair, especially my beard, is a rusty brown color?

On the last major incarnation of my page, I had a silly picture of me, in a horned viking hat, standing in the driver's seat of my yellow Z3. I no longer have this car, so it's probably time to change the image:


The above car is my new baby. You may be able to read the license plate: it reads, "Grimace". For those of you who do not know who "Grimace" is, I commend you for avoiding McDonalds very extensive advertising efforts of, at least, the last 30 years. She is a 2002 BMW 330Ci convertible with custom paint job. She is actually a replacement vehicle for a nearly identical 2001 model. The 2001 had been stolen from in front of my previous home. Yep. Seven days, to the day, after the events that transpired on 9/11, I came out to go to work only to find my car gone. The car that I had waited 5½ months to be delivered and got to own her for precisely six months (almost to the day). Fortunately, the replacement only took 3½ months to arrive. Biggest difference between the two: 19" wheels instead of 18" wheels. Any way, I have other pictures of her on another page, along with pictures of my Z3.

Now, no personal web page would be complete without links to things like resumes, personal writings that no sane person would really care about, etc. Well, with the exception of my resume, all my writings, etc. are quite old (written in the latter third of the 1990's). I will have to look at them to see if I want to even include links to them - I am not the same person that wrote those pages, so who knows if they're relevant enough to include? At any rate, if you have use for a Unix weenie, please feel free to check out my resume.

I also have four pets: two Bengals and two mutts (well, one mutt is my wife's). The Bengals are a brother/sister pair named Grumbles and Bella, respectively. My wife's mutt is named Lana and is a Boxer/American Bulldog mix. My mutt is named Puckett and is a Bull Terrier/American Bulldog mix (sadly, had to change this as Lana died in early December of 2010 and Puckett died in April of 2011 - both taken by different forms of cancer and both years earlier than we were expecting.) My wife's mutt is named Cira and is a very solidly-built, little brown staffordshire terrier. My mutt is named Lady and is a blue-eyed, fawn and white pitull/AmBull mix.

On October 25th, 2003 Donna and I had our public wedding ceremony. We had been legally married the immediately previous January by a JoP in Philadelphia, but couldn't afford to have a formal ceremony. So, we delayed that till October. It was an Elizabethan/Scottish themed wedding. The wedding party and a number of guests were attired in Elizabethan nobles and/or formal Scottish attire. Was told by all who attended that it was one of the nicest weddings they'd been to.