What (or rather who) is FRN2000?
My name is Frank(ie) Olvera better known as FRN2000 (formerly known as FRN). The moniker FRN (actually FRN$) came from a program that I wrote (coded) in BASIC in (c. 1984) to learn French. FRN$ was the string variable for words in French in the in-line data, while ENG$ was the string variable for words in English. Needless to say, I never learned French. I came up with the 2000 part from the KISS version of 2000 Man (Casablanca Records, 1979; written by The Rolling Stones (Their Satanic Majesties Request, Decca Records 1967) hence putting together my two life-long passions music and technology. I started using the moniker FRN2000 close to two decades ago, with which I have left my mark throughout the internet for over a decade and a half.
I am a 46-year-old vegetarian (not vegan yet), tattooed systems programmer and father of three boys (26, 16 & 9) living in NYC with my wife and kids. I grew up watching lots of science fiction movies and television series, including anime (especially Mazinger Z by Kiyoshi Nagai, 1972, the pioneer of the super robot sub-genre of manga prior to mecha). Some of my favorite science fiction television series and/or movies are (in alphabetical order) Batman (starting with 1966-68 TV series), Doctor Who (1963-present) with Tom Baker (1974-1981; role of The Doctor currently played by Peter Capaldi) and his companion K9, James Bond (1962-present), RoboCop (1987), The Simpsons (1989-present), Star Trek (1966-present), Star Wars (the three original movies, 1977-83), The Twilight Zone (1959-64, 1985-89, 2002-03) and The X-Files (original run, original series, 1993-2003).
Aside from being a geek, I have also been heavily involved in music in various ways, even getting a degree in audio engineering (1995). I worked in several radio stations, record labels, recording studios and sound reinforcement for live events, which I still occasionally do. I grew up listening to bands like Aerosmith, Black Sabbath with Ozzy (of course) and Ian Gillan (Born Again, 1983), The Clash, KISS (my favorite band growing up; first album ever owned, Dynasty, Casablanca Records, 1979), Billy Idol, Judas Priest, Metallica (Ride the Lightning possibly my second all-time favorite album, especially the song Fade to Black), The Ramones, Slayer and the compositions by John Williams for the Star Wars saga. I also enjoy listening to Ani DiFranco (folk rock), Sara Evans (country), Ishtar of Alabina (mix of Middle Eastern, Arabic, flamenco, gypsy), Annie Lennox of Eurythmics, Sarah McLachlan, Frank Sinatra, as well as some blues and Indian music.
Although a bit off-topic, when I was nine years old, I started collecting Lego sets and wished I could design Lego sets as an adult.
With such a fine line between science and fiction, as well as multimedia (music), it is no surprise that I got involved in computer systems and now have a bachelors degree in computer science (2003). My first computer was a Commodore 64 at the age of thirteen (1984) and I have gone through various other systems since. I have used, played with and abused a range of different operating systems (in the chronological order) from TRSDOS 1.3 (not MicroDOS, later renamed OS-80) for TRS-80 Model III to Commodore DOS and machine language for Commodore 64 (first two systems with BASIC stored in ROM) to AS/400 (1995) to Windows (1997) back to DOS (my own lab, 1999) to Linux (1997) to z/VM (2003) to PC-BSD (2005) and back to Linux (2009).
Since 1986, I have owned several electric guitars and other music equipment. I currently own two Hohner blues harps, a 1998 Danelectro U2 '56 re-issue with a Pastrami Overdrive effect pedal and a 1992 Rickenbacker 2060. I also have a Marshall ValveState B30 that I have to repair and some no-name Les Paul copy (definetely not designed by the genius of Les Paul).
During my high school years (1987-88), I picked up another passion (another bad habit, hobby) photography. I have used several 126 (ISO 3029), 110 (ISO 13450) and 135 (ISO 1007) film cameras for still photography, 3/4" video (VHS) type B cameras as well as digital cameras also for still photography. I am no expert. I am still learning on my own and I definitely need to take some classes.
Since 2003, I have worked at a local government agency where I created data dictionaries and other documentation for programs written (coded) for three decades for its mainframe computer running z/VM for a data warehouse to be used for an ERP. I also (coded) source code in JSP with Oracle intranet applications using JDeveloper. Surprisingly all of sudden, we dropped open source to become a Microsoft shop, which I believe has been a horrible mistake. I do not care about working with Microsoft technologies and related products, but it is a paycheck. I also work as an instructor at a college currently teaching Transact-SQL (Microsoft SQL Server) as well as doing some consultant work (freelancer) whenever possible.
For the next several years, I studied on my own one subject that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior, not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays of my own. From all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of interest) Nietzsche, Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of the masses, media, science and various technologies.
In 2013, I published my first three-part story in a single volume Under the Thelian Sky (ASIN B00GTQBY04, ISBN 9781494232283). In my debut, mankind did not originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan Edejem. We have proved to be a species that has survived wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the government controlled by "them" wants to keep everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life in Mars, the Thelian society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet difficult if you were different. For every good person, like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger 9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop "their" manipulation of history and mankind.
In 2015, just in time for Halloween, I released my second novel The Daydreamer (ASIN B016P42S22, ISBN 9781517144913). In this thriller, nerdy Robert James is a normal New Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always loved, but he remembers three possible realities one more different and more ironically normal than the previous. Which reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer better than anyone else without realizing it.
My current systems run Ubuntu 17.10 (work), Windows 7 for SQL Server (work), Chrome OS (home), FireOS (home) and Android (phone).
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