Questions I Feel Like Answering (QIFLA)
Everything you don't really need to know about me.
- Who are Marchan, Dana, Martug, the Duke of Quirnotol...?
Almost all direct names I've been giving on this webiste since December 2004
are names of fictional people. I'm writing what's been was for sometime called a blook
(a book in serial form originally published on a weblog). The main character is
Marchan, a dwarf living in another time. Everyone else we've met so far are
"normal" humans. You can get the
whole Marchan story.
Esgaroth was my internet name, handle, nic, whatever. I used it when my first
name could be confused with some other Alan, Allan, Allen, Alyn or Alon.
I've since lengthened it to alesgaroth since I was able to grab the
netscape.net, outlook.ca, gmail, linkedin, facebook, twitter handles that way, and
Alan is my name. Note there's only one 'l' and an 'a' on either side of it.
I tend to resent other spellings. The second 'a' is usually elided when I
I am a graduate of the University of
programme in Computer Science.
Fall 2002 I returned to the University to get an
Arts Degree in
and I had fun with it. I finished it in April 2004.
After that I worked for
BlueStream, a spin-off of
BlueTree which is a direct mail
marketing company. Bluestream is the software development portion of that.
Summer 2006 I went and got myself married. I'd love to tell you the story
sometime of how my wonderful bride and I hooked up.
And then I moved on to Intellitactics which got bought up by Trustwave.
moved to a startup called Avvasi, left there to join NetSuite which got bought
by Oracle. Moved on to a startup called Sortable, and from there moved to
Google. Recently (March 2023) left there and will be landing at Arctic Wolf.
- Returned to School?
Yup. I returned to school. And I think I did reasonably well.
I passed everything in that first term, and the second term, even making the
Dean's Honours List. I was off for the summer, then stayed on the Dean's List
for the last two terms.
First year language courses are always easy when you've been preparing for them
for years. In winter 2006 I took a third year New Testament Greek Course.