An introduction

Hello, and welcome to The Virtual Venesect!  My name’s Phil Combs, and I’m a middle-aged geek.  I have a number of interests and hobbies which I will write about here at one time or another.  One of my hobbies is hacking, otherwise known as making things work in ways their original designers never intended.  I hope to share some of those explorations, as well as information you may not find elsewhere.

I work in higher education, at a college in Southwest Ohio at the moment.  My department installs computers, video projection and A/V equipment into classrooms for the instructors to use.  I won’t discuss them much, if at all, and never by name.  Like most entities, my employer loves positive press–and wants it to go through their mill so it all comes out uniform and lovely.  They don’t take criticism well, and since I like my job and the people I work with, I don’t wish to provoke them. 

I’m a dog lover, and until recently have had two living with me.  Now there’s just a year-old Cocker Spaniel puppy named Sugarbear (not my name of choice, but he’d had the moniker for his first seven months and I didn’t want to change it) and the world’s most laid-back cat, Rocky.  I’ll tell you more about them in the future.

In addition to discussion of my other interests–diecast car collecting, photography, music, home theater and home automation, writing, computing, and pets–I’ll vent my spleen occasionally with opinions about the world at large and how silly people can be. 

I apologize if things are a bit sparse.  I’m new to the blogging scene and I’m just learning about the mechanics of it all.  I’m the only geek I know that didn’t have a web presence of some kind.  Today that has changed!  I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I’ll enjoy the writing.

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