My name is Dan Blandford, and this is my Web Page.
At this point in any normal document, I would be writing some sort of
Statement of Purpose. Something like, "This document discusses the
conjugate interconnections of the Seldon homomorphism as applied to
quasidimensional representations of the unit-time posterior logistics
problem." Or, "Hey, Bob, do you know the URL of the 2357 assignment? I
kinda overslept again and missed the first half of class." Or even,
"SUBMIT. YOUR WILL IS MINE. SUBMIT. SUBMIT!"
That's not going to work here, though. The problem is, like most
webpages, this webpage doesn't really HAVE a purpose. Some people host
message boards or fan sites or stuff on their websites, which would sorta
give them a reason for existing if there weren't 200 other people doing
the exact same thing, but me, no, I'm just a CS major. If you're a CS
major, you have to have a webpage. So, this is my webpage.
You will probably have noticed the complete lack of graphics or images on
this page. I would love to claim that this was because I was in some way
above the need for pictorial representations of concepts, but it turns out
that it's just because I'm too lazy. Also I'm writing this in a text
window, so I wouldn't really get the benefit of it anyway. Tell you what,
though. Try this link:
graphics. Open that up in a separate window and browse it while
you're reading this; the selection is better, so it's less work for both
So, what is a web page good for? It's good for putting stuff on. Not
useful stuff, mind; that's difficult at best, and requires work to keep it
current and interesting. But stuff nonetheless. So, without further ado,
here is some stuff:
Way-back-when, before I even declared my CS major, this page was
originally created so that you, the Random Internet Surfer,
would have some way to download my assorted creative works, which I would
be creating during Creative Writing Class. I created several Finished
Works, ie, things that had a beginning, a middle, and an end, as opposed
to being ravings about how hard it was to think of anything to write.
However, most of them were Not Funny, and thus have since been removed
from this page. The two that remain are called:
Sometime after that, I moved on to college. I took an excellent
CS101 class which featured a programming contest at the end of the
semester. The goal was to make the most imaginative Space
Invaders clone... My project won second that year despite its total lack
of graphics. Here, try it
As you've probably noticed, I have something of an aversion to graphics.
I did, in fact, take a course in graphics at one point. My final project
was to create "something pretty", and I was happy enough with the result
that I've put it on the web for people to see. It needs OpenGL to compile
and run. It's here.
What else is there?...
Sometimes I run Paranoia games. Paranoia is a role-playing game in
which... well, the information is in this
If this looks interesting and you'd like to play sometime, Email me.
New players are welcome.
I've also spent some time playing with other game systems. I play D&D,
for example - this directory contains a bunch of
random stuff related to various games I have played in. I also spent some
time creating a game system of my own (visible here), until I realized that not only had a lot
of other people done the same thing, but many of them were better at it
than I am.
I watch anime on occasion. The link is to a
description of various series I have seen and what I have thought of them.
If we all restricted ourselves to putting only useful things on the Web,
the Internet would be a much, much smaller place.
This is a copy of my Netscape
bookmarks. Mostly for when I'm away from my office computer. But it also
makes a nice plug for the various pages I think are interesting.
...And, as a famous person once said, that's it. I'm going back to bed.