Hello, my name is BJ Wanlund. I have a condition which practically brands me as a geek right off the bat. It’s called Asperger’s syndrome, which is basically an autism spectrum disorder which is higher functioning than regular autism, but it’s sort of harder socially because I’m so nearly there, but there’s that one little bit that I don’t pick up immediately. I despise small talk, and the only time I can make small talk is over chat, like IM or a chatroom or something of that nature.
I’ve only really been a Mac nut for the last 3 years, because in 2006, I made a major leap of faith and switched to the Mac. However, for a long time before that I was a big PC guy who just happened to play a lot of games. Using DOS (the REAL version of DOS, not this MS-DOS crapola), Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP, and the tiniest little bit of Vista (enough to keep me away from actually installing it on an actual hard drive and running it on actual Boot Camp). Around the time I started going to college in fall of 2005, I felt like something was definitely wrong.
Before July 2006, I’d been using a big 17″ Gateway laptop that was nothing but trouble. The hardware was awful, there were many corners cut, and even worse, Windows Vista was right around the corner, and I had heard that Microsoft had caved to the movie studios and was including HDCP in Vista. After I’d heard that, it was just not the same. I wasn’t playing as many games as I’d been playing back in the late 1990s (Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness was a big time suck for me… just sayin’), and the only gaming I was doing was a) playing old games via DOSBox & ScummVM, and b) a lot of emulation. So, I felt like the time was right to finally dump my old Gateway and switch to a MacBook. Yes, I know I was getting a significant screen size decrease. But I really didn’t care. I was getting a Mac! Yeah, I’m geeky that way.
Besides the Mac (and my shiny new iPhone), my other interests are music, science fiction, other TV shows, movies (especially Disney movies), video games (that interest never went away, it was just that my desire to sit at a computer to actually play games dwindled considerably, and I have a 360 and a Wii to play games on now), and much, much more.
I’m also really hooked into social media, like podcasts, Twitter, FaceBook, and MySpace (only to a certain extent… only certain people know I’m also on MySpace, which I call MyFace). My goal is to (eventually) host my own podcast as well as guest host other podcasts. I’m not quite there yet with hosting my own, I’ve heard so many horror stories with different podcasters screaming about their hosting companies that I have no desire to do the “podcaster hosting provider shuffle”.