Hi! I'm George A. Theall. Welcome to my home on the net. My interests include:
The big love of my life (apart from Linda and my kids Amanda and George Peter) is cycling. I own several bikes and race for Portland Velo Club as a Masters 55+ rider, although these days most of my riding involves local training rides.
Back in '96, my wife Linda bought me one of those kits for making beer. I was never one to go overboard with beer, but something about making my own beer appealed to me.
There's something to enjoy in each batch. My best so far has been a pumpkin ale, with a peaty Wee Heavy coming in a close second. Linda and I particularly enjoy the stouts and Belgian ales.
I also have an interest in working with other fermentables. For example, I took advantage of a college reunion in Vermont to start a hard cider and have been making mead. The work is easier than with beer typically, but fermentation takes months! I've also taken up beekeeping as a hobby, in part I suppose to help ensure a ready supply of honey for my meads.
Btw, if you're near Philadelphia and are interested in homebrewing, be sure to visit Home Sweet Homebrew at 2008 Sansom St. Owners George and Nancy are extremely helpful regardless of your level.
I have done quite a bit of programming, everything from Fortran, C and Pascal under DOS to AWK, Perl, PHP, and Python, primarily under some flavour of *nix. Some of my work is available as part of the homepage for TifaWARE.
Ages ago, I spent a wonderful year in Salamanca, northwest of Madrid, learning how to speak the language. It's a fantastic place, and the people are warm and friendly. At the time, I hoped to become an interpreter, and while I returned with nary the trace of an accent, I did come to understand that those born into a Spanish-speaking family held a lead I could never surpass when it came to instantaneous interpretation.