Who is Nick Holland?

Specs:
Birthdate: December 10, 1965
Height: 6ft.
Male
 

Location (Current): 21512 Bon Brae
St. Clair Shores, Michigan, 48081-2232
United States of America
Lived most of my life in south-eastern Michigan, with two years spent in Plano, Texas, and four years in Michigan's glorious Upper Peninsula.
 

Interests:
Automobiles, motorcycles.
Science, technology.
Computers (you probably knew this).
History, especially of science and technology.
 

Formal Education/Work:
Grosse Pointe South High School, 1980-1984
Michigan Technological University, 1984-1988 Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering
Heathkit Electronics: Worked as a salesperson and technician and later as a systems engineer
    After school and summers: Nov. 1982 to Aug. 1984.
    School Breaks and summers: September 1984 to November 1988
    Full-time, full pay, Systems Engineer: December 1988 to March 1992
Michigan Tech Academic Computing Services, Student Consultant for special projects and later, Student Programmer for special projects:  School years from 1986 to November 1988.
Self-employed Network Engineer, April 1992 to February, 2005.
Burns and Wilcox, March 2005 to August, 2007. "Unix Administrator", but also support most major systems in our office, trouble shooting and systems design.
 

Recommended Books:  A few books I find particularly interesting.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions, by Richard Bach. Once you have gone through those two books, you may well enjoy the rest of his writings.

The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.  A writing style about as polar opposite as one can get from Richard Bach's. Ayn Rand was one of the great capitalist philosophers of recent history, someone who saw NO SHAME in making an honest dollar.  While I find her writing facinating, I must say I do NOT agree with a lot what some of her "followers" do with her writings. That puts her in pretty good company.

The C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie.  How a book on a programming language should be written.  Clear.  Concise.  Generic.  Non-idiological.  Non-commercial.  They don't do this much anymore  I doubt another computer book will be written like this any time soon.

Anything written by or about Richard Feynman.  A very brilliant physicist and human being.  Good starting place: Surely you're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Subtitled "The adventures of a curious character").  I found it outragously funny, much more a study of people than physics, but also some facinating history (Feynman worked on the Manhattan Project durring World War II)

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Recommended Music:
Loreena McKennitt.  Start with "The Mask and the Mirror".  Finish with everything she has ever published 8)  Incredible voice.  Celtic influences, but not at all limited to Celtic.  She's a Canadian of Scotch decent who travels the world, listening to the local music, and freely uses anything she likes.  The results are stunning.  VERY HIGHLY recommended.

Ashley MacIsaac: Fiddle player from Nova Scotia, I've heard he is remarkable to see playing, as not only does he fiddle up a storm, he dances up a storm at the same time).  Start with "Hi, How are You Today?" (the next album is "Fine, Thank You Very Much"). Some of this later stuff is departing from fiddle music, and put bluntly, I'm not sure I'm a big fan of it. But if you get to see him with a fiddle in his hands...do so!
Update: I HAVE since seen him live. Wow. Can't say I've ever been to a concert given by a guy wearing a sleeveless T-shirt and a pair of orange silk boxer shorts (and that's all!) before, but it was certainly worth while. Unfortunately (for me), he's moving more towards "punk rock" and away from the fiddle.

    (See a celtic theme?)

Angelique Kidjo. (So much for the celtic theme!)  Start with "Aye".  If you are expecting lyrics in English, you will be in for a rude surprise.  She's from Benin, a small country in Africa.  I had the pleasure of seeing her in concert a few years ago.  Wow.  Most amazing performance I have ever seen.  VERY high energy performer.

Peter Gabriel. Ok, maybe a little more mainstream than most of my tastes, but hey, I like his stuff.

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