Fran and Jack's Place
If you're looking for more information about the person who has created a number of sites on the internet then you've come to the right place. My name is Jack. I am 49 years old. I was born in the year of the dragon and so it is not too terribly surprising that I learned a great love for science fiction and fantasy. I have a degree in Psychology, have owned book stores, wrote computer programs, dealt at science fiction Worldcons and been interested in science fiction from almost the moment I learned to read which was not long after I learned to walk. I went to my first con in the late seventies and have been hooked ever since. My wife and I recently celebrated our sixteenth wedding anniversary and we look forward to many more years to come.
I am a web designer and have my own domain name hosting and web design business known as Web Witchery Consulting If you like what you have seen on recent Norwescon web sites or the Northwest Science Fiction Resources site or elsewhere, please consider us for your web Design projects. You can also take a look at my resume online. And please be aware that my business page is probably my least maintained page of all.
I am the founder
of the Seattle
HTML SIG, an active member of the
Northwest Science Fiction Society, Northwest
Con League, KEGS
and am an active and attending member of Saint
Columba's Episcopal Church.
one major passion thse days is my love of scuba diving. This has proved
both a major boon to my health and my passionate love of our environment
on planet Earth. We got our PADI
Open Water Certification and went on to dive both off of Oahu and at Kona
on the coast of the Big Island. We had the opportunity to swim with large
sea turtles as well as manta rays. Given we were both still working on
our buoyancy skills we elected not to take any pictures, although I may
capture some stills from the video someone else made in which were seen
swimming hand in hand. Although tendinitis of my left elbow has had me
sidelined a bit, we planned and made a dive trip to Fiji in September
of 2001, despite the events of September 11. It was while there that we
completed our PADI Advanced Open Water Diving certification. Since then
Fran and I have gone on two over three hundred dives for myself and two
hundred for Fran. I am presently pursuing my Dive Master certificate in
both PADI and NAUI. I have my cert for underwater videography, peak performance
buoyancy, basic nitrox, nitrox blending and more.
Other interests include almost everything except country music and sports , but I have a special passion for computers, HTML and Web page design, gourmet cooking, reading, writing and of course good friends.
Westercon 56 was a major passion for me between 2000 and 2003. Or, I should say, being the originator and bid chair to shepherd Westercon 56 to the Puget Sound Region in 2003 and ultimately helping as the Vice Chair to bring it to final fruition. I would also like to thank William Sadorus and all those others that helped make this a reality as a major convention after my helping to bring the bid to reality. Though it could not quite be the technological phenomena I had hoped due to the downturn in our economy, it still proved a great event enjoyed by all who attended.
Cooking and Good Eating
My favorite personal recipe that I created myself is my Kitchen Sink Rice Pilaff
My favorite cookbooks include:
The Modern Art of Chinese Cooking by Barbara Tropp
At Home With the French Classics by Richard Grausman (especially his Chocolate Soufflee with Grand Marnier)
Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen by Paul Prudhomme
© 1995 - 2002 by John J. Beslanwitch
Copyright © 1995 - 2002 by John J. Beslanwitch