About The Author

Alex Photo Name: Alex Smits
Occupation: Software Engineer
Base of operation: Seattle, WA
Contact: alex@alex-in-wonderland.com
Work experience: view resumé

Hobbies and interests: I love movies, primarily sci-fi, fantasy, and action films. I watch a lot of Asian cinema, Japanese animation, kung fu movies, and female action films. Musically, I'm stuck in the 80's. I enjoy listening to pop, rock, new wave, and especially heavy metal from the time period. Grunge and rap killed my taste for popular music in the early 90's. I play guitar and drums (although my drumming is a bit out of practice). I like photography, animation, drawing, and painting, and I have great interest in filmmaking, cinematography, and the visual effects industry. Basically, I'm just a frustrated artist, trapped in a cage of fear and insecurity.

Favorite movies: "The Empire Strikes Back", "Big Trouble In Little China", "Highlander", "Aliens", "Raiders Of The Lost Ark", "The Terminator", "Conan The Barbarian", "Crying Freeman", "Zeiram 2", "Drunken Master II", "Fist Of Legend", "The Company Of Wolves", "Gamera 3", "The Castle Of Cagliostro", "Nausicaä Of The Valley Of Wind", "Battle Royale" (check out my other favorite movies)

Favorite albums: "The Number Of The Beast" (Iron Maiden), "Piece Of Mind" (Iron Maiden), "Ride The Lightning" (Metallica), "Operation Mindcrime" (Queensrÿche), "Blackout" (Scorpions), "Defenders Of The Faith" (Judas Priest), "The Division Bell" (Pink Floyd), "Screaming For Vengeance" (Judas Priest), "Conan The Barbarian" (Basil Poledouris), "Edge Of Thorns" (Savatage), "Up From The Ashes" (Don Dokken), "Jealousy" (X-Japan), "Back In Black" (AC/DC), "Imaginos" (Blue Öyster Cult), "Let It Rock" (Great White), "The Wall" (Pink Floyd), "Master Of Disguise" (Lizzy Borden), "Frightful Restaurant" (Seikima-II), "Lionheart" (Saxon), "Built To Perform" (Phantom Blue), "Youthanasia" (Megadeth)

Favorite video games: "Streets Of Rage 2" (Genesis), "Turrican 2" (Amiga), "Ecco The Dolphin" (Genesis), "Tomb Raider 2" (PC), "Streets Of Rage" (Genesis), "Mega Turrican" (Genesis), "Dead Or Alive" (PlayStation), "Pitfall 2" (Atari 2600), "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Nintendo), "The Killing Game Show" (Amiga), "Dead Or Alive 2" (Dreamcast), "D2" (Dreamcast), "Asuka 120% Burning Fest Ltd." (Saturn), "Shenmue" (Dreamcast), "Ecco The Dolphin: Defender Of The Future" (Dreamcast), "Fear Effect" (PlayStation), "Silent Hill 2" (PlayStation 2), "Ico" (PlayStation 2), "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem" (GameCube), "Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly" (PlayStation 2), "Beyond Good And Evil" (PlayStation 2), "Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball" (Xbox) (check out my video game reviews for more)

A brief history of events:
I grew up in Boulder, CO and graduated from Fairview High School in 1987. After that, I studied at the University of Colorado and earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1991. However, my real love was film and afterwards I attempted to attend film school, but events conspired against me and the schools I applied to weren't interested in my engineering background. I eventually ended up with a software engineering position at an educational multimedia company, which published several titles for the Philips CD-i platform. In 1994 I moved to Seattle and continued my work in educational software. My big break into the entertainment industry came in 1996 when I was hired to work on "The X-Files" video game for Windows, Macintosh, and Sony PlayStation. This is when I really learned my trade and discovered what my skills and limits are. After the game industry had its way with me and left my bleeding carcass to rot, I ended up at my current position of writing software for the geospatial imaging community.

Now, if you want to step into really scary territory, check out my wacky photo gallery. But don't say I didn't warn you...

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