Robin Lionheart


Had I been born of a persecuted Austrian physicist and a tightrope walker, my family might have fled the country, smuggling me out in a lion stand. When my father then accepted an honorary professorship at CalTech, I could have toured the country with him on his lecture circuit, and spent a few seasons with my mother in the circus. Thus, I could have learned the twin arts of equilibrism and particle physics, inevitably leading to related discoveries observing quantum particles from a variable position.

As fate would have it, I was instead born to a municipal budget analyst and a United flight attendant. My parents were preoccupied worrying my younger sister might die of leukemia, so I spent most of my early childhood in benign neglect. When my father bought me a new IBM PC in the 1980s, adventure games became my escape. My dream was to work for my favorite game designers, Infocom, when I grew up.

Today, I'm a fameless programmer and Web designer. I live in the eastern United States with my cat. My copious free time is spent obsessing over my various projects, like editing many categories at the Open Directory Project. I used to avidly enter sweepstakes on the Internet, from which I won some nice prizes.

Hair: Curly
Eyes: 2
Race: Human
Interests: interactive fiction
planned languages
Web standards
anime and manga
game theory
A Few of My Favorite Things
Color: Purple, green!
Soft drink: Root beer, iced tea
Weather: windy days, stormy weather
Books: Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Comics: Strangers in Paradise
Video Games: Dance Dance Revolution
Grim Fandango
TV shows: Law & Order
Babylon 5
Serial Experiments Lain
Movies: Casablanca (1942)
12 Monkeys (1995)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Mononoke Hime (1997)