Last Updated on Jan 20, 2023
My name is Eric Gingell (pronounced [g’in·jell]). I’m 45 years old, I’m on disability (liver transplant), I live in Kansas City, Missouri, and I graduated third in my class from ITT Technical Institute with an Associates in Computer Science; although, for the most part, I am self-taught.
Sophie LaBüf (pronounced [so·fee la·boof]) is my inner child.
I am a closet programmer. I’m fluent in PHP, I’ve dabbled in Lua, ASP, and Java, and I’ve played with MSDOS batch and Linux shell scripting.
Most of the things I post, I did just to see if I could and, if I can’t do something, I try to figure out why and, sometimes, figuring out why allows me to be able to do it anyway. I like to rewrite API functions just to see if I can mimic the behavior of said function. Some examples, from Blizzard’s World of Warcraft UI API, can be found here, though I haven’t done much with Lua or WoWPedia/WoWWiki(old) since I quit WoW. I have also ported a few PHP functions to Lua to use in WoW interface coding. Those can be found here. Some of those on that page are not ported PHP functions, but I did write them. I’ve written several WoW addons. I don’t work in the field because this is fun for me and I don’t want it to become tedious. I will never ask for money, so if you ever see something I did with a cost associated with it, it’s because someone stole it.
I used to live with three cats, Fatty, Dingus, and Junior. Sadly, they’ve all passed.
Now I have two new cats. Heckle and Jeckle.
I’m a Utah native, but I’ve lived in Kansas City, MO since March 2020. I moved here on a whim with some friends. I like it here.
I enjoy table-top RPG, such as D&D, Fudge, and Forgotten Armies. I also enjoy board and card games, such as Dominion, Uno (special “psycho” house rules (credit to Mark Whitley – good friend and former instructor at ITT Tech)), and Munchkin.
I am an observer. I like to watch and listen to people interact with one another. Sometimes I appear creepy, this is never my intention. I am also introverted. I’d rather not waste energy talking to someone I may never see again. I loathe small-talk, so if you see me in the hallway, don’t bother asking me how I am or what I think of the weather, this is a quick way to get on my bad-side. I hate every rendition of Sportball.
I like most forms of music, except country, but if it sounds good, I’ll listen to it even if it’s country. Heavy Metal and Classic Butt Rock are my favorites. Collective Soul is my all-time favorite band because they have a good variety within themselves (some songs are heavy, some are light). Their songs range from “I Love You ‘Cause You’re Such a Prick” to “Where the River Flows” to “Crown.” Classical Music, especially when it’s heavy viola or bass-violin, is the shit.
In conclusion: I’m a nice guy, but don’t ask me if it’s hot enough for me.