Name: Zach Tomaszewski
Email: zach.tomaszewski @ gmail.com
Current Academic Interests: Interactive narrative/drama, programming languages, computer game design, conceptual metaphor, information architecture/web design, WWW protocols.
Recreational Interests: Sleeping, table-top RPG rule-hacking, trying new beers, watching movies,
building fictional worlds, playing old-school computer games, traveling, reading fiction, hiking barefoot, snorkeling, people-watching, keeping my computer tuned, adding to the WWW, day-dreaming.
Random Events from my Past:
|Sept. 1978||Born in Michigan, USA|
|1979 - 1983||Lived on the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, USA|
|1983 - 1990||Lived in Abu Dhabi, UAE.|
Attended a British elementary school.
|1990||Lived on a 33-foot Hans Christian sailboat
named Clove of Seasons.|
Sailed from Abu Dhabi, around the Arabian Peninsula, up the Red Sea, to Turkey. Did 6th grade through a correspondence course.
|1990 - 1991||Lived in Izmir, Turkey for 6 months, attending a US military school.|
Made a trip to Manistee, Michigan for 6 weeks when buildings in our neighborhood were blown up by terrorists opposed to US involvement in the Gulf War.
|1991||Returned to the sailboat and sailed to Spain.|
|1991 - 1993||Sold the boat and moved to Traverse City, Michigan, USA.|
Completed part of 8th and all of 9th grade there. Made some very good friends; I have returned to Traverse City for at least a couple weeks every summer since then.
|1993 - 1994||Lived in Bandung, Indonesia for 9 months.|
Did 10th grade by correspondence course.
|1994 - 1995||Lived in Traverse City, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona.|
Learned to fly ultralights in Phoenix. Did 11th grade by correspondence and fell far behind schedule.
|1995 -1996||Returned to Abu Dhabi, UAE.|
Did my senior year at the American school there. My parents still live there; I usually visit them once or twice a year.
|1996 - 1999||Attended Alma College in Alma, Michigan, USA.|
Completed my bachelors degree in Philosophy in 3 years. Joined Theta Chi fraternity during my last term.
|1999 - 2000||Took a year off and spent it in Abu Dhabi, UAE.|
Considered medical school, but realized that would be a mistake. Followed a long-standing love of books and a new interest in the Web into starting a career in information science. Also backpacked around Europe for a month with my best friend, B.
|2000 - 2001||Moved to Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA.|
Got my masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Hawai'i in a year and a half .
|2002 - 2011||Stayed on at UH to get a PhD in Communications and Information Science.|
Served as a Teaching Assistant for the Information and Computer Science Department.
Into love with S. Into roleplaying games and interactive narrative too.
|2011 - 2013||Stayed on at UH to get a MS in Computer Science.|
Continued to TA for ICS, and then teach as an instructor.
|2013 - ...||Moved to Palo Alto to work as the BD Professor at a cool tech company named Palantir.|
Married S. in summer of 2014.
More pictures: Me, in Photographic Retrospect.
SD Emporium : Bio
Last Edited: 22 Aug 2015|
©2003 by Z. Tomaszewski.