User:Philoserf

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philoserf is a Traveller fan. He is n2s in the COTI forum.

Biography[edit]

Mark lives in Rockford, Michigan, a small town on the Rogue River near Grand Rapids. He has lived in:

  • Jamestown, New York;
  • Lilburn, Georgia;
  • Dublin, Ohio;
  • Edmonds, Washington; and
  • a few US Army bases.

He lived in Italy for a year in the early 1980s and Turkey for a year in the early 1990s; he earned a degree in political science at The University at Albany, State University of New York.

Mark works on improving technology systems, services, and processes for Subsplash. He has worked:

  • at Nordstrom writing application programming interfaces for mobile applications and as a site reliability engineer;
  • on Samsung's Cloud Native Computing Team, doing research and development on the Kubernetes platform;
  • with ESPN.com for The Walt Disney Company, ensuring fantasy football and March Madness could scale; and
  • for dental and medical insurance companies; supporting information systems and information security.

He served in the US Army as both an enlisted airborne infantryman and an officer.

Mark's community service includes:

  • four years on his local public library board, including one year as its president;
  • five years on the advisory board of a regional writers' conference recruiting, selecting, and scheduling presenters and keynote speakers; and
  • he has also been an officer on the executive committee of a few volunteer nonprofit organizations.

He considers himself an outgoing introvert. He is an optimistic-cynic. As a cynic, he expects the human-built to be flawed. Cynicism serves him well when combined with optimism. Together, they result in a worldview that expects things to go wrong and needs to keep improving, mitigating one issue and then another.

In StrenthFinders 2.0, his top five are strategic; Input, Learner, Ideation, Intellection, Strategic.

In Myers Briggs, he is an ENTP. He is very near the line between Extroverted and Introverted, solid in iNtuition, a Thinker, and Perceiver. Insight: the solid intuition score means he relies upon his subconscious for understanding. He trusts his gut and may not always be able to back it up with a clear explanation.

The views expressed here are his own. They are not endorsed, approved, or reviewed by any other person or organization.

Background[edit]

philoserf has been involved with Traveller in the following ways:

  • He began playing Traveler when the little black books were first published.
  • He has played, and enjoyed, every version of Traveller except Hero and Mongoose.
  • He is giving Mongoose Traveller 2ed a try now that he has become aware of it after an RPG hiatus.

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External Links[edit]

website@github Wikipedia

Contact Information[edit]

MARK AYERS
P.O. Box 680
ROCKFORD, MI 49341
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

mark@philoserf.com
+ 1.206.280.4061