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About Dave Read

I studied physics at the University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a B.S. in physics in 1988, and Ph.D. in 1996. I worked with UT's Relativistic Heavy Ion group, which mostly works with the STAR Collaboration at RHIC. My principal job these days is as a software developer and consultant with Blade Technologies. Blade is an Austin-based firm that specializes in CAD/CAM technologies, computer-assisted facilities management, and leading-edge software and Web development.
My interests outside of work include scuba diving, photography (both above and below water), single malt scotch, disc golf, wood-working, and just about anything else on which I can spend all my spare cash.

About this site

This site started out as an extended 'Bookmarks' list for me, because my bookmarks list had grown so large that it couldn't fit on my screen. Then I added other stuff to it, like the Aquashot pages, and later the trip reports and divelog pages. When I did that, I re-worked the graphical appearance of the site, and started trying out random HTML goodies. Over the years, the site has grown considerably as I have added new sections and features. It has long since stopped being an extended bookmarks page, and has taken on a life of its own.

On this site you'll find links which are of interest to me, which means that they may or may not be of interest to you. Many of the pages here are "scrapbook" pages for me, electronic photo albums I put together for myself, my family, and my friends. Some of these pages (most likely the Aquashot pages, the underwater photography instruction section, and the scuba trip reports) may be of use for other people, but I doubt many people will care about most of the contents of my site.

Sigh. Now I've done it. I've gone and gotten a job as a Web designer. Actually, it's more Web coding than Web design, but I can't claim that I'm not a web professional any more. Regardless, I now feel like I have a professional motivation to keep up its appearance. This was the impetus for the rounds of graphical tweaks implemented in 2000, as well as some of the newer features like the site search tool.

This site should appear "normal," if not "pleasing" to users of Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator on screens with 800x600 resolution or higher. Specifically, all of the newer pages have been designed to fit on an 800-pixel-wide screen.

Also beware when looking at the underwater photos that no two computer screens are exactly alike. If my images don't look exactly right on your screen, try adjusting the brightness or contrast of your screen until they do look right to you. Most people set the brightness too high and the contrast too low on their monitors. Color balance is another subtle variable which can affect how images are displayed. All I can tell you is that my photos look normal on my screen.

With that out of the way, I hope you enjoy this web site. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments you might have.

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