About Me

(ed. note: I really like Bryan Strawser’s About Me page, so I’m borrowing from it heavily.  Hi, Bryan!)

Hi.  I’m Marius.  Nice to meet you.  What?  You want to learn something about me?  Oh, that’s sweet of you.

IMG_0151 I’m a native-born Norwegian, but spent most of my life in the greater Houston area of Texas.  I grew up in Conroe, went to college in College Station at Texas A&M University with a major in Telecommunications Engineering Technology.  The last several years have seen me living in the greater Seattle area, and, man, do I love the Northwest and everything it has to offer.

I seem to like expensive hobbies.  I especially like gadgets.  Especially electronic ones.  That make noises.  Bonus points for moving parts.

Lately, I’ve found myself more and more interested in not only playing with and understanding the workings of these gadgets, but the impacts that it has on our personal lives and society.  For someone with these interests, it’s a great time to be alive.

My life online has existed since around 1994 using a SLIP dial-up shell account.  I’ve been online through many mediums: telephones, ISDN, DSL, cable modems, wireless, and FiOS.  I registered marius.org in November of 1997 with the intent of … well, I really don’t know why.  I think I can sum it up by saying that having my own website would bring me some geek credibility.  Throughout the last ten years, it’s been home to a number of things: my e-mail, my website (in one form or another), my photo gallery, etc.

DSC_4545 This site is really a good way for me to stay in touch with people:  some that I’ve met, some that I haven’t, family that lives abroad and that I don’t get to see and speak to often enough, friends that I’ve lost touch with.  I usually just get to ramble, or talk about things that I do on the weekends.

I’ve made reference to my professional life a few times on my blog, but I try to keep it low-key, since this is my site and not my employer’s.  In the interest of full disclosure: I work at MicrosoftThis is my blog, however, and things I say here are my opinion only.  Sure, I will take the opportunity to talk about things that my employer does that I genuinely think are cool, but I’m not going to talk about them for any other reason.