Who Am I?
Greetings and Salutations. My name is Doug and I have called Maryland, Michigan, Texas, and Oregon my home at various times in my life. I am a stay-at-home dad with three children. I am a computer nerd, an amateur photographer, and gamer (Xbox and Steam: Dubhghlas); I’m politically a radical lefty. I love watching sports, but my favorites are seven codes of football (Association, American, Canadian, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Australian, and Gaelic). 🌹PTFC!🌹 Philosophically I am a Buddhist. Also, I am a feminist ally and an LGBT ally.
This blog is my collection of thoughts throughout the years. I have assembled everything I have posted on the internet that I can find since the turn of the century here. In the early 2000s when I would post to the Dreamcast Browsers Yahoo! Group my then ongoing efforts to create a Dreamcast memory card file-sharing system. I then bounced over to a LiveJournal account (ugh!) in 2004. Things pick back up in mid-2005 when I began my first WordPress blog at my old astinus.net domain. My next collection of posts come from 2008 to 2010 when I ran another WordPress blog at doug-speaks.com. For a very brief period of time in 2011, I posted articles on a gaming blog which I have transferred over to here. For a period of time, I had another blog under the name Doug Speaks. Then finally we come to today where I have decided to take up once again a blog here.
I tried to recover as much of this old content as I could using the Wayback Machine, but not everything was archived.
Although I don’t play as much as I used to, I still consider myself a gamer. I have owned almost every mainstream game console since the Atari 2600. I have owned – in addition to said Atari – the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. My favorite genres are simulations, role-playing, and strategy.