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Meet the Strider

Greetings fair traveller. I see you wish to see who it is that hides behind the mask of The Strider.

My name is Neil Looby, and I live near Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. I have a wife, daughter and two lovable cats. I have more hobbies than I care to admit, but you can of course see several of them on this web site.

Regarding Family

I am quite happy to say that two have become three. Earlier this year Colleen and I brought our first child into the world, and I'm happy to say everything has gone amazing. Mara has brought unlimited happyness to our home, and is growing like a weed. I may yet do something here for her, but she can be found on Photobucket.

Regarding My Profession

I am for lack of a better term a Computer Technologist. What does that mean? I like computers. I a graduate of the Computer Science 3 year diploma program from Algonquin College.

Following my graduation, I spent a year debugging legacy C code with SiGem inc. I then took a job with Corel Corporation which lasted close to three years, working on their webteam as a Senior Web Publisher/Developer.

After getting hit by a random layoff, I floundered around at a tech support firm called Convergys doing inbound technical support for the Road Runner high speed cable ISP in the United States. I tortured myself there for two years before quitting to throw myself back into the job market.

A couple of months later I took a position with Dell as part of their Dell on Call service. DOC is a paid support line for customers who have software issues outside of what their warrentee covers. I've been happy to find that not all tech support positions are poor, finding the position rewarding and full of future potential.

Regarding Paintball

You might have come here from one of my Paintball forum messages. I am quite active in many forums, and the sport itself. I've been playing since 1989...

I am a member of the SMT Thunder Chickens, who were established in 1995. We've had our share of ups and downs, but we're still around. My homefield is SMT Adventures, which have fields in Smiths Falls and Kingston. As well I am often found at Painstorm's Indoor field in Ottawa.

Regarding My Nickname...

Of course, The Strider is an alias that I took from the trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings. This is my favourite character from the series. Strider was more than he apeared to be, in that he was actually the decendant of a great line of Kings, and he was the last of their line. He wandered the land as a Ranger, waiting until his time came to return to his kingdom. The trilogy has recieved alot of attention in the last few years, since the production of the incredible movie trilogy. Strider image from the Nintendo game...

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
The crownless again shall be king.

The Riddle of Strider,
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Oh, and for anyone in Ontario, naha!

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