About the Author

See, I am Wonder Mike, and I'd like to say hello…, to the black, to the white, the red and the brown, the purple and ye-llow…  ♪
— The Sugarhill Gang, "Rapper's Delight" 

Fig. 21 Buck & Twiki in the 25th Century 

Based in Southern California, Mike G. Miller has worked, played, and performed various computer geekery for over 20 years (*cough*)

I first learned to program in BASIC on the Commodore 64, thanks to my Dad who bought us kids one for Christmas. Several years later, took PC hardware repair and Mac desktop publishing courses (seemingly at random), and discovered how much I liked tinkering with the temperamental boxes—the school had to show me the door at 10pm most nights. Later, I nabbed an A.S. in Computer Science at Moorpark College, and enjoyed Anthropology and Music courses at Cal State Northridge.

Professionally, I started out in Systems Administration at Rockwell International, helping aerospace research scientists and engineers manage their PCs, Macs, UNIX workstations, Netware servers and networks. Even got my hands on a VAX cluster and Cray supercomputer. Honestly, it was the “United Nations” of computers there and learned a shit-ton . Also cranked out my first web pages with SimpleText and the NCSA Mosaic  browser shortly after the birth of the web as a “webmaster.” Next, moved on to Quality Assurance Engineering, first at Symantec Corp. in an enterprise setting, then Yahoo!, Inc. in a “web scale” one, haha.

…the skills to pay the bills y'all… ♪
— Beastie Boys 

Finally realizing a love for the challenges of software development, I’ve worked as a software engineer and trainer on numerous interesting projects for clients on salaried and independent contracts. Notable projects include Visual Effects work for Walt Disney Corp. in L.A., Weta Digital in New Zealand, and development of an uncountable number of custom Digital Billboard and multimedia projects for perennial client, Scala, Inc.

“Far beyond this world I’ve known,
far beyond my time…   ♪
What kind of world am I going to find?
Will it be real or just all in my mind
What am I, who am I, what will I be
Where am I going and what will I… see?”
—Kip Lennon, “Suspension” 

Also love to travel and have visited ~30 or so countries and Antarctica. I try to learn something by staying a while and taking a few language courses, rather than simply collecting miles, haha. Check out my neglected blog at geekademy.com 