My name is Tim Oertel, and these are some of my interests.
My most recent interest is Karate. I've been practicing
Hattatsu Ryu karate at
United Martial Arts Center of Rochester since the middle
of 2003. I started taking some of their
classes late in 2000 (roughly), off and on. After talking enough with one
of the instructors, I decided to go sign up, and have been doing it quite
I love programming.
I've been doing it since I was around 12 or 13, although I think I might
have loved it more back then.
I currently work for Asher Computing.
I was at Xerox as a contractor for nearly
three years, but in 2001 moved back to the office to do more internal project work.
We do many things, but mostly related to
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Systems,
although my passion tends to be driver and kernel level programming.
I like Linux and Open Source.
I also like game programming, which I've been actively doing since around
2000. See my Programming Projects page and my downloads area.
This is a way I spend lots of my time. I should write more here...
I got out around 15 times in the
1998-1999 season, I got out around 20 times in the 1999-2000 season.
I've got Burton boots and bindings,
and a Jolt snowboard, specifically a Continental.
I wounded myself at the end of the 1999 season, so missed some primo
spring conditions... :( I fell onto the edge of my friends snowboard,
after he fell, getting off a lift. Gouged my shins nicely. My first
badge of honor, right?
Fortunately just before the end of the season, some friends and I went
to Stowe and Sugarbush Vermont for a few days. Mixed conditions, but I had lots
of fun, mostly because of the cool people I went with. :)
I haven't gotten out at all in the 2003-2004 season, I've pretty much
devoted myself to karate...
I hadn't really biked that much, up until 1999. I rather enjoy biking,
but not nearly so much as snowboarding... but I gotta do something between
those snowboarding seasons! :)
During the 1999 season, I started biking to/from work, which is roughly a
60 minute ride. Quite time consuming, but good excersize.
I also started doing some mountain biking, at my friend "Wet Foot"'s prodding.
Although, I was kinda scared off of mountain biking after a handful of minor
accidents while doing some trails in Letchworth State Park.
I ride a Cannondale bike.
Although I don't hold any degrees in the field, I enjoy
the topic, and spend some time learning about the topic quite regularly.
I learn it as much out of interest in the topic itself as for it's
ancillary uses to me for
and self development.
I'm also willing to talk at length about the topic, given a willing ear.
I tend to have a strong analytical bent, and I want to understand principles,
fundementals and chains of reasoning. I also have strong beliefs about a
number of topics, many of which should go into the
I learned a lot in college on the topic, and have tossed around the idea of
going back to school to get a degree in philosophy... That probably won't
happen, but I might take some more classes in the topic.
Other than extensive applications in day to day affairs, philosophy also
has application in AI for me.
Math and Physics
I was quite strong in physics in my younger years, but the lead has long
My math skills have also rusted due to disuse, although I'm still
stronger than most of my peers.
I still enjoy both math and physics. I will probably resurrect both skills
in the near future for a number of (computer related) projects I'd like to
I spent a lot of time throughout high-school and college, working on
simulations of various sorts, which were a lot of fun, and math/physics
I have done some art of various types: oil painting, colored pencil, water
color, soap sculpting, ink and recently stone sculpting.
I don't have any pictures I can put on the web yet, perhaps at a later time.
I like certain types of art and architecture, particularly
Frank Lloyd Wright,
and Francois-Auguste-Rene' Rodin. I'm not well versed on the topics, but
that doesn't stop me from having an opinion! :)
I've had some talent and passion for writing poetry, though not for story
writing. I also find that I generally don't like to read poetry.
I really enjoy reading good science fiction, like Ian M. Banks, Neal
Stephenson, Fred Saberhagen, and others.
I also like sci-fi movies of all sorts.
This Isn't All
This isn't all of me, but it's a start. I'll have to add things to this
page, as I'm in the mood. I'm running out of steam, so I'm going to move
on to the other pages on the site, before I completely fizzle out.
You've made it this far
So, if you wanna talk about any of this stuff, write to toertel-web2 at manax.org.
My name is still Tim Oertel, and these are some other thing.
A Pseudo Rant
I've found that I've recently been craving a connection to other people.
In my past, I considered myself kind of a loner. Er, actually, I was
often alone, and told myself that that was okay, that I didn't really
want people around anyway.
I sometimes do really want to be alone, but I also recognize that I often
want to connect to people. I guess I've had difficulty in
maintaining boundaries between myself and others, where I tended to keep
most people at a certain distance, or with particular females, tended to
allow them to get closer, but when they got too close, I would push them
I'm not always sure where my comfort zone is... how close to allow people
to get. I'm attempting to heal some of that, and learn where more appropriate
boundaries are. If you send me mail and I blow you off, normally it's laziness,
and desire to avoid responsibility, but if you OFTEN send me mail, where I
normally am responsive, perhaps I'm trying to back off a bit....
I can sometimes be found on afternet
irc, on the
#gamedev channel (part of
My nick is "Manax".