Some of my Assorted Hobbies and Interests
Created sometime in 2002
Last Updated Jan. 24, 2012
Photography Last Update: July 6, 2012
My daughter Heather sent me a link to a web site with some beautiful photos and they inspired me to try my hand a photography. Here are some samples, and a few thoughts as I learn the basics.
Espaņol Last Update: May 5, 2012
I've been spending a lot of time learning Spanish lately. I'm taking classes at the local community college, reading a lot of books, and watching a lot of movies in Spanish.
In the process, I've collected a lot of nifty resources on the Internet for learning Spanish. This link has a list of all those resources.
Interactive Fiction Created: Feb., 2002 - Last Update: Jan, 2012
Dwenodon Interactive Fiction is a method of writing that allows the reader to explore the world created by the author while trying to solve puzzles, reach stated goals, and discover new things about the fictional world in which the story takes place. Originally called "text adventures", works of interactive fictions have evolved into a sophisticate genre with a small, but dedicated following. This is my first (and so far only) attempt to create a work of interactive fiction.Designing an Online Interactive Fiction System
On this page I chronicle my adventures in creating an online interactive fiction playing system. My test case game is Hunt the Wumpus which I am using to test out each new feature of the gaming system.
Constructed Languages Last Update: Nov. 9, 2010
This secton is devoted to the hobby of inventing languages. Some people like to build model railroads, I occasionally enjoy building model languages. Here you will find my linguistics-related projects.
Cartoon Animation Last Update: Feb, 2008
For a time, a few years back, I dabbled in cartoon animation. You can see a few of my cartoons on YouTube. This link takes you to a series of animation tutorials I wrote while learning to use the animation software.
Cryptography Last Update: Aug, 2010
Here you will find some fun cryptograms to work, and my own ramblings on the subject of making and solving encrypted messages.
Cellular Automata Last Update: Mar, 2003
The fascinating world of celluralr automata, or "Eploring Worlds Made of Tiny Robots". Here you will find some of my experiments with cellular spaces and rule sets. This class of "games" includes John Conway's famous Game of Life made famous by the late Martin Gardener in his Scientific American column Mathematical Games
Music Composition Last Update: Oct, 2007
From time to time I like to dabble in musical composition and orchestration using my hardware and software synthesizers. Here are some of the pieces I've written. Others can be found on soundlick.com.
NOTE: Several of these files were lost when an old computer hard drive crashed. Many of the songs are still available, however, on soundclick in my public user account linked above. My soundtrack compositions, however, all all available at this link
In Case You're Interested, which you are probably not, My name is Gary Shannon. I'm a retired video game programmer. You probably haven't heard of any of the video games I worked on: Astro Blaster (Coin-Op game manufactured by Sega about a thousand years ago). Cyberstorm I and II. Trophy Bass 3D, and Pro Pilot, to name a few.
This website is undergoing a facelift, so it's temporarily messy
Computerized Linguistics and Machine Translation
Some Really Stupid Old Cartoons
Some of my Drawings and Paintings
Link coming soon