Curator's Note [May 1 2008]: This was the about page from a previous website, Projects [ran Dec 1999 to June 2001]. A quaint memento of who I was, and how I described myself to the visitors of that site. As an original introductory page, it references many highlights of Projects, and remains a unique axis to approach these older archives
My name is James Keller. If you're interested in why I create this site, you should probably read about my site, instead of about me. But I suppose someone, somewhere, is interested in the dry facts.
Born Originally born in Banff, AB, but moved to Edmonton, AB when I was one year old. So I don't have too many memories of it. I still live in Edmonton, in a small apartment downtown. I'm twenty-four.
Job I'm a computer programmer, although I've worked at lots of places. For a brief period in 2000 I decided I couldn't hack being a programmer anymore so I became a big-rig truck driver. I had some fun and some hardships and after about eight months decided that programming wasn't so bad after all. I went back into the office world and now work at a company called MediSolution. I've worked at a toy store, a one hour photo both, I've written school administration software, medical software and even worked for the government.
Interests Well, obviously I'm a writer. I've got a crap-load of music, most of which I bought while in post-secondary with my student loan money. I wish I could list some brilliantly original things I do. But I can't. Hangin' with friends, often long into the night at our local restaurant-hang-out (the illustrious Denny's chain). Movies, the odd karaoke session. I like skiing when I get the chance, although I'm not any good. I wish I went cycling as much as I used to and I wish I could find time to take a martial arts class. Watching more television than I consider healthy. Every once and a while I geek out and use my powers of programming for my own nefarious ends. Being forced to utilize public transportation, as I am, gives me plenty of time for reading. I worry about my student loans and other debts, and don't clean my apartment as much as I should.
Friends I like people. Well, not everyone. I supposed I'm often a solitary person. I like knowing interesting people. People worth knowing. I often find myself understanding people, sometimes better than they understand themselves. Turning that talent inward, I guess I know myself pretty well too, which simply means that I'll always be trying to figure myself out. But the best thing is when you find a friend that helps you with that search. Love those you can, while you can. On the topic of "relationships," the idea of a significant other is a little laughable to me at times, because they don't seem to come by very often and things don't tend to work out when they do. But truthfully, I don't spend much time looking these days, which probably has something to do with it.
Admire Perhaps you can tell something about a person by who they admire. Neil Gaimen, an author, blows my mind. I think he's incredible; creating worlds just a little skewed from our own, immersive and fascinating. Marilyn Manson, an odd choice surely. The way he provokes people and tries, not always successfully, to make them think. Challenging people, making them think, is always a good thing. I try to do the same. Joss Whedon and J. Micheal Strazinski, creators of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Babylon 5, respectively. Two kick ass tv shows, yes. But I admire them for the way they have created compelling stories in a medium encouraging mediocrity. JMS, for having, and carrying out, such an over-reaching vision. And Joss, for artfully using, avoiding and spoofing so many clichés. Ginger Spice, for leaving something so successful, choosing instead to do something for herself. Trent Reznor, for proving how astonishingly good you can be at something by focusing on it. There are probably others and a list like this goes stale the moment I write it; not even sure if I should have bothered. I suppose insights are not in the list of names, but what I wrote after them.
I can't think of what more to say, so that's it for now.