Who am I?
I was born 40 years ago in November and given the name
"Michael Christopher". I am mostly of Italian heritage but am also
of part German and Slavic descent. I have two younger siblings: one sister
and one brother. I am married - no kids yet. We have two dogs, a Bichon
Frise named "Peeps" and a Bichon-Poo puppy named "Dibs".
I have been using voyd (or some variation thereof) as an internet
alias for almost 10 years. Voyd was originally an abbreviation for "Voyager
Dragon", a name chosen for membership in the
UDIC, an online community
of fans of the Ultima series of games.
I chose Voyager in part for a love of adventure (whether real or fiction) and
also for its Star Trek significance. Since that time, voyd has evolved
into an alias I use for many things I do online.
I've also begun using mcmagi as an alternative alias/domain.
Where am I?
I was born and raised in New Jersey. I have lived here most of my life
except for a three-year stint in the 'burbs of Atlanta, Georgia when I was a teen.
I am currently based in Belle Mead, an unincorporated hamlet within the Township of
Montgomery, and located squarely in the heart of Central Jersey. Although our state
is sometimes unsatisfactorily referred to as the "armpit of the nation" by those who
do not live here (presumably, they have only seen Newark or smelled Secaucas),
Jersey has the unique distinction of being sandwiched between two major metroples:
New York City (often just "The City") and Philadelphia (or just "Philly").
Belle Mead and Montgomery are unique in that it is surprisingly rural for its
location, though like most communities afflicted by the plague
that is suburban sprawl this is changing rapidly. Both New York and
Philadelphia are equally about a 1.5-hour drive away.
What do I do?
I am a software engineer for a consulting firm based in Piscataway, NJ.
My specialization is in the area of web development and internet technologies.
I code primarily in Java, though I often work in PHP outside of work and have
been delving quite a bit into Erlang. For more information about my
professional history, please see my
Other than my employment, I love computers; good stories (often science
fiction and fantasy); discussing controversial subjects such as philosophy,
religion, and politics; listening to and singing music; skiing; and travel. I
consider myself a computer geek, a road geek, a reniassance geek, a book worm,
and -- in some form -- a musician. And yes, as
is fitting for the "geek" stereotype, I do get obsessive about these, as my
friends, relatives, and wife can all attest to. For more info, see my