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About Tor Olav


Here is a little information about me.

I was born in Bodoe in the north of Norway. Now I live in Bergen at the west coast of Norway.

I am an electronics and computer engineer, who has more than 15 years of work experience with electronics and computers. My interest for electronics started when I was a little boy. My grandfather bought me my first soldering iron when I was five years old. Since then electronics has been one of my favourite hobbies. My interest for computers was triggered in 1981, when my father encouraged me to buy a soldering kit for the Sinclair ZX81 microcomputer. At work I like best of all to design embedded computers for harsh environments. But I also feel "at home" when I'm writing programs in either the C language, the Pascal language or in assembly language. Right now I'm reading about programming in C++.


Two other interests of mine are photographing and raytracing. I like to picture details of objects, shapes and patterns that are in the zone between chaos and order. Since I started raytracing some years ago, my interest for 2 and 3 dimensional geometry and numerical methods has resurfaced. My favourite raytracer is POV-Ray: http://www.povray.org. It is a fantastic free program that allows me to visualize shapes and patterns that I cannot "see" in the real world.

Some computer graphics topics that I'm especially interested in are:

-Parametric surfaces (with NURBS)
-Isosurfaces (defined by mathemathical formulas)
-Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG)

At my POV-Ray gallery page you can see pictures that I have made with each of these techniques. POV-Ray has a very powerful scripting language that I like to program in. My images often tends to be somewhat "mathematical".


Here are some words associated with my other areas of interests:

Wallace and Gromit, Frank Frazetta, M.C. Escher, Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, The lord of the rings, Monsters Inc, For the birds, Dune, Music, Sound synthesizers, Piano playing, Stereo MC's, Leftfield, W.A. Mozart, J.S. Bach, Peter Gabriel, the The, U2, Cha-Cha-Cha, Salsa dancing, Bicycling, Swimming, Diving, Rappelling, Caving, Fishing, Chess, Nikon, FM2, CoolScan 4000 ED, Canon G7, Macro photographing, Rust, Radio control, Model planes, Robotics, Robot vision, Stepper motors, Gyroscopes, Holography, Photoelasticity, Valve radios, Electron tubes, Tandberg Huldra, Radionette, Slide rulers, Novo-Duplex, Math, Linear algebra, Analytical geometry, Geometric Algebra, Volumetric renderings, Riemann sphere, Fibonacci, Golden ratio, Quaternions, Lissajous, Buckminsterfullerene, C60, Moebius strip, Penrose tilings, Rubik's Revenge, Bezier patches, Trivariates, Blobbing, Subdivision surfaces, The Gimp, Emacs, Delphi, GCC, Linux, Gentoo, Knoppix, Damn Small Linux, uClinux, Arnewsh 5206, Digital design, Motorola, ColdFire, MC68000, MPC860, Atmel, AVR, 8051, Z80, DSP, ZX Spectrum, HP-48SX...


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