Hi! My name is Tom but I’m sometimes known as UltrViolet in gaming circles.
Due to recent turmoil at Twitter, everyone is obsessed with sharing contact information, so here’s mine. It’s generally inadvisable to contact me though because I rarely check these for personal communications, so be prepared for a wait time. I’m not interested in business or marketing or networking opportunites. Endgame Viable isn’t a for-profit venture, it’s just a hobby.
- Email: endgameviable at gmail.com. Do they still scrape emails for spam? I don’t know. Anyway email is obsolete and nobody should use it anymore.
- Twitter: @endgameviable. I never check DMs, I don’t even know if I’d get a notification.
- Discord: UltrViolet on the Blaugust Discord. Again, I never check for DMs, I don’t even know how they work.
- YouTube: Endgame Viable. Nope, I don’t read the comments.
- Twitch: Endgame Viable. But I almost never live stream, and certainly wouldn’t ever read the live chat under normal circumstances.
- Facebook: Endgame Viable. Unfortunately I don’t know how Facebook works anymore, so definitely don’t try to contact me there.
- I have some test accounts in the fediverse and such but I’m not prepared yet to move there.
- You’d think there would be some way to funnel notifications from all these different systems into one place. I should look into that.
I’m an old Gen-X guy who lives alone in a 1950s suburban house with surprisingly good Internet. I live with a mackeral tabby cat that showed up at my back door in 2017. I befriended a quirky ginger cat from the woods in 2022, but he still lives outside most of the time.
I’m a software developer by trade. I currently work in the area of “infrastructure lifecycle management,” which basically means working on tools for monitoring infrastructure. I’m one of those trendy “full-stack” “devops” developers, the ones that you throw at any software or configuration problem anywhere in the pipeline in any language on any platform (except mobile, yuck). Due to extremely good fortune that befell me in 2021, I work remotely for a large west coast tech company.
Anyway, this site, Endgame Viable, is where I’ve done most of my blogging since about 2012. I often write about games I’m playing, but sometimes I write about programming or writing or music or whatever. I don’t write reviews, and I usually don’t write about myself.
I’ve been playing computer games pretty much since computer games were invented. Before that, I started “gaming” when my older brothers introduced me to Dungeons and Dragons around 1979. (Before that, I played card games and ping-pong with the family.) I graduated to an Atari 2600, then a TRS-80 Color Computer, then an Amiga. I moved to DOS/Windows/PC Gaming when Doom and Quake made all other computer platforms obsolete. I have consoles, but I don’t use them very much.
I can trace my origins in writing “blog posts” back to around 1997, when I posted “match summaries” on a Quake clan web site. I’ve maintained one or more of my own web sites since 1998. My first semi-regular blogging, in the format that we know today, began around 2003 on my real name web site, using a PHP blog platform that I wrote myself. I wrote about politics and current events until around 2010 when I got bored with that. I still have an interest in such things, but I certainly wouldn’t write about politics now.
I launched Endgame Viable in October 2013 because I wanted to put game-related content on its own site, and I wanted to switch to WordPress and stop maintaining my dumb PHP thing. (Actually I started in 2012 but I renamed the site in 2013.)
Then, in 2021, I got so sick of WordPress and how slow it ran on my web host that I pulled the plug on it and switched to a Hugo statically-generated web site.
I write here under the name “UltrViolet” because it was the only name I could think of when I started. It’s the name I used in Quake, playing in the Crayola Clan. I’ve been trying to think of a different name to use for years now, a subject that itself could probably fill several blog posts.
I have some Twitter policies that govern what I say there.
I would have sworn I’d written some comment policies too but I can’t find them at the moment.