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By: Ben Dyer
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Ben Dyer <[email protected]>


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Web Designer for a minority-owned, Dallas-based visual communications firm called Imaginuity. Born 9/22/79, living in a suburb of Dallas, Texas called Mesquite.


  • Sports:
    • Watching: I'm a huge fan of most sports. I'm a big Green Bay Packers fan, a big Texas Rangers fan, a big Atlanta Braves fan, a big Houston Astros fan, but most of all I am a huge Washington Capitals fan. I also love NASCAR racing and, well, anything really.
    • Playing: Yeah right... :-)
  • Movies:
    1. Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000 -- Classic films.
    2. Anything with Bill Murray, John Candy, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery in it (including Groundhog Day, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Jerk, Good Morning Vietnam, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, The Rock, Hunt for Red October
    3. James Bond Movies -- Sure they are cheesy, but sometimes you just need to watch a good action movie...or two...or three...
  • TV-Shows:
    1. ESPN Sportscenter --The best sports, the best commentary. Fox Sports News will never ever ever compare to it.
    2. The Simpsons--I know everything about every episode. Downright hilarious. :-)
  • Musicians:
    1. Blues Traveler--Still probably the greatest band of all time. An incredible mix of blues, rock, and pop.
    2. Anything--I'll listen to just about anything--pop, blues, rock, metal, classical...except country, a bit ironic seeing as how I live in Texas...
  • Books / Authors:
    1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Forget Steven King; this is the scariest book ever. It portrays a dim view of society in the future. The more you read it, the more plausible it becomes...and the scarier it gets. It's a hard book to explain unless you read it.
    2. Anything by Tom Clancy. I've read every book he's ever written (or collaborated on), except for the non-fiction books which I haven't gotten around to yet.
    3. Anything by John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Larry Bond, Harold Coyle or Stephen Coonts.

Political persuasion

Moderate Something-or-other, like most wandering, uncaring Gen-Xers, I would vote moderate straight-ticket if there were such a thing. I believe party lines are becoming antiquated and I believe that in the near future, that line will become indistinctive and blurred. Like David, I don't particularly care for Bill Clinton. I am, however, on the George W. Bush bandwagon for 2000. I believe this more than most because I have seen first-hand what George W. Bush has done for the state of Texas.


I've grown up in the big city my entire life. I was born and raised in Dallas, but lived briefly in Washington, D.C.; that's where I picked up my love for the Capitals. I briefly attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and now (again) live in Dallas.

At age 3 I was already using computers. My dad had an IBM Kaypro word processor and a TI-?? (it was a while ago :-) that ran BASIC programs. At age 5 my dad bought the first Mac 128K. I played with MacPaint and MacWrite 24/7. We got it upgraded to a Mac Plus in 1986. In 1990 I got a Mac LC and I actually witnessed a Mac in color for the first time. In 1993 I got a Quadra 610 and was *amazed* by the power. :-) Currently I have a PowerMac 5260/100 that was outmoded the second it came out of the box.

I've never been too much interested in things beyond computers. I'd always been interested in computers, but never in actually writing things for computers (i.e. not a programmer). I guess that's how I got interested in the web. I've always been better suited for designing instead of creating.

I'm also probably the complete opposite of David, because where he is really opinionated about things, I'm pretty much the opposite, because I don't feel strongly about much: my faith in God, the Macintosh computer, the Washington Capitals, etc.

Created: 3/22/98
Updated: 11/09/02

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