About

Grand Canyon 2014I’m Steven Jarvis. I live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with The Wife (married 25 years!) and The Boy, a teenager. We’re right on the edge of the Ozarks and close to all kinds of great places for fun in the outdoors. It’s also cosmopolitan enough (especially with the University of Arkansas in town) to have stuff to do and see.

I’m a big geek. I’m a web designer and developer by day. I enjoy writing software and am getting into hardware hacking, having recently put my house’s sprinkler system on the Internets using a Raspberry Pi. We also have a 3D printer, and The Boy especially has been getting into 3D design. I’ve been getting into other Internet of Things devices, as well as wearable electronics.

I read a lot of comics and science fiction and fantasy. Some favorites include:

Comics. X-Men (and its various spinoffs and iterations), Fables, The Walking Dead, Queen & Country, Hawaiian Dick, Seven to Eternity.

Science Fiction. Some recent reads: Peripheral of William Gibson, The Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, Barsk: the Elephants’ Graveyard by Lawrence Schoen, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, The End of All Things by John Scalzi, Nemesis Game by James S.A. Corey, Seveneves: a Novel by Neal Stephenson, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

Fantasy. Some recent reads and faves: The Egil and Nix series by Paul S. Kemp, the first Erevis Cale trilogy by Paul S. Kemp, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson, Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan (my son turned me on to these).

I’m a role playing game (RPG) enthusiast. I started playing Dungeons & Dragons while at band camp in 1981 and have played off and on ever since, especially since about 2003. My current gaming group has been playing D&D5 and Beyond the Wall semi-regularly (all but one of us have kids, and we all have jobs) for about two years. I just started DMing a D&D 5e campaign of Storm King’s Thunder. In addition to D&D, my other favorite RPGs are Beyond the Wall, The Burning Wheel, Top Secret, and Traveller. I also like playing Euro-style boardgames like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, and others.

I’m a musician, primarily a guitarist, but I also play bass, drums, (in a limited fashion) keyboards/piano and clawhammer banjo. I have also spent some time making electronic music with computers. I enjoy playing old 80s jangle pop covers (R.E.M., The Smiths, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, etc.).

Some favorite music and current listening: The Album Leaf, craploads of 80s pop from ’83-’84, the Women Who Rock playlist from my kid’s School of Rock season (Blondie, Pat Benatar, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Donnas, Fiona Apple, and more great stuff).

I’m a Scouter. The Boy and I are active in Scouting. He was a Cub Scout for five years and recently crossed over to a great Boy Scout Troop. He is currently a Life Scout. I stepped down as Cubmaster for his old Pack and now am Assistant Scoutmaster for his troop. We like to sleep in hammocks when we camp.

This blog covers all of the above, plus some tangentially related topics, too.

Thanks for reading!

Should you feel the need, you can contact me at sjarvis@sjarvis.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at @sjarvis. I’m on Facebook, but that’s mostly just for friends.

Updated 2016.09.22