Frequently Asked Questions

OK, I give up. What's a Brisingamen?

Brisingamen is the necklace of Freyja, the Norse Goddess of Love. The vikings sure liked their necklaces! Some computer network diagrams remind me of this kind of necklace, so that is why I chose the name.

Do you have a web portfolio?

While I've been in IT for a very long time, my front-end web design business is a whopping six months old. That doesn't mean I can't produce results, though! My two current customers are Glen Cove Beer Distributors and the Glen Cove Downtown BID, who asked me to do a page for their summer concert series, Downtown Sounds. I also redesigned a web-optimized graphic of the Seal of the City of Glen Cove during this process, at the request of the Deputy Mayor.

My experience with web server system support goes back to the dawn of the commercial web. In that capacity, I have worked for and with companies such as Poppe Tyson, Earthweb, and Viacom. I was a sysadmin for Time/Warner's ecommerce systems, and I hold the distinction of being the person who set up the first servers for some tiny little startup called Doubleclick.

Is there any technical stuff you do just for fun?

I like to build custom PCs called "mod boxes", except I like to take it a step beyond what you can buy in the store. Mod boxes are to PCs what hot rods are to cars. They're running hopped-up high-end parts that are designed to yield blazingly fast performance for computer gamers, and they're also made to look cool with sleek cases, flourescent housings and cables, and internal colored lights.

I don't exactly fit the stereotypical image of the people who enjoy this, but that's certainly never stopped me before. My primary system, Edelweiss, is a former KAOS V Xaser high end gaming system that was given a new life with an AMD quad core CPU, a modern ASUS motherboard and twin 1 terabyte Seagate hard drives. It got a custom paint job.

My stepdaughter's PC died and also got an extreme makeover as a result. It's now running an AMD dual core Sempron with a terabyte Seagate drive. And yes, a custom paint job.

What else do you do for fun?

Tall Ships Festival, Morgan Park, Glen Cove NY, 1998

My husband and I are medieval re-enactors. We belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism and a "live steel" performance group called Historic Arms. We periodically attend demos and events, and we have also worked as staff at the Vermont and Connecticut Renaissance Faires. My husband studies the martial arts of the period, specifically fencing and swordplay. I used to fence too but a back injury has interfered with that, so now instead I brew mead and engage in occasional calligraphy or leather tooling. My interest in medieval arts hopefully translates to the digital medium reasonably well.

So the helmet and sword are real?

Yes. They are used for some of our re-enactment activities. As a female veteran and a woman in a heavily male-dominated industry, I decided to use a Viking Spangenhelm and Viking style sword in my company's logo to honor one of my favorite characters in Lord of the Rings, Éowyn. The white rose is included to honor the values and actions of Die Weiße Rose, a small group of peace activists based in Munich who were executed for trying to raise resistance against the Nazi regime. They are most noted for this powerful quotation from the leaflets they distributed throughout the University of Munich:

Wir schweigen nicht, wir sind Euer böses Gewissen; die Weiße Rose läßt Euch keine Ruhe!

We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace!

You can buy a "We Will Not Be Silent" T shirt printed in both English and other languages from the Critical Voice here.

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