Ti Kan: Personal
Greetings, and thanks for visiting my web site. Here are some
information about me that I hope you'll find interesting.
I was born in
and have lived in
After graduating from
Theodore Roosevelt High School
in Honolulu, I chose to major in Computer and Information Sciences at
University of California, Santa Cruz
has been my home ever since.
I am currently self-employed as a consultant, but had formerly
Altos Computer Systems and a special contract with
Maico Hearing Instruments.
I have done many aspects of software development
on the UNIX® operating system, including kernel, I/O drivers (SCSI disk,
CD-ROM, tape and other peripherals), filesystems, utilities and special
projects on fault-tolerance and continuous availability.
I enjoy working out at the gym (I am also a part-time fitness trainer),
computer programming, web design, and have a myriad of hobbies and
activities that makes me wish there were more hours in a day.
My main hobbies are audio, computers and cars. See my
about my cars, related photos and activities.
As for computers, I currently have thirteen of them in my lab's LAN,
most of them running some flavor of UNIX or Linux operating
systems, and several of them have multi-boot capability with
multiple OSes on a single box. I use these systems for multimedia
enjoyment, to develop and test free software for the community and
to write web pages like this one. My
has information about some of the multimedia applications
that I have written.
I am big into hifi-audio and analog electronics.
Although a software engineer by profession, I enjoy
tinkering around with a soldering iron, multi-meter, oscilloscope and other
I have been designing and building my own high-end stereo
equipment since I was in high school.
The philosophy of minimalism in my latter designs have
produced some of the purer sounding amplifiers around.
I have also built many speaker systems. Some of these rival
ultra-expensive commercial products, possessing excellent
bandwidth, tonality, imagery and detail. The speaker building
also involves a bit of woodworking which is enjoyable.
The speaker-building have wound down somewhat in recent years,
but I have found a renewed interest in building amplifiers and
Go to my Hi-fi Multimedia page
to see details about my music systems.
I enjoy a wide variety of different music; classical
(particular favorite is the baroque period), jazz of various forms,
some new-age, progressive rock, synth pop and electronica.
Being an audio guy, music is an integral part of my daily life.
My Music webapp
for an almost complete list of my music collection.
I have a deep appreciation for the arts. When I was younger, I
used to draw and paint, and have experimented with abstract
designs and geometric shapes. I also found myself adept at
graphic arts, poster and logo designs, as well as technical
drawing. These days I do not produce art
as much as I view and enjoy them, with occasional visits
to the museums. See my
for some examples of my work.
In 1992 I adopted two kittens, Thelma and Louise, and they
have been wonderful members of my household. Unfortunately,
Thelma and Louise both passed away due to old age (they were
19 and 21 years old, respectively). I miss them a lot.
Whatever little time that's
left is spent with family and friends, attending various events,
going to the beach, eating ethnic foods, traveling, and
plastic model building. I used to have a large assortment of
models but have given most of them away. Now I only
have a small collection of scale model Audis, and two spaceships
(both Eagles, from Space: 1999, one is self-built from an
Airfix kit, the other one is the 23" long prop replica from
Over the past few years I began collecting a small number of my
my favorite films and shows on DVD and Blu-Ray. As you can see,
I am into science fiction, and for some reason some of the films I like
the most had relatively lackluster results at the box office.
- Eagle Transporter from Space: 1999
- Photo of my Airfix eagle model
- The 16-DVD box set of the entire 48 episodes
- Solar Sailer and Sark's Carrier in Tron
- Space Station V in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Remember Gerry Anderson's Space: 1999, the science fiction TV
series circa 1975-1977? When I was a kid in those days, it was
my favorite TV show. While everyone seems to be into other sci-fi
shows like Star Trek, there will always be a special place in
my heart for Space: 1999.
The entire 48 episodes of the show plus bonus content was
released on sixteen DVDs. Needless to say, I have the entire
box set. More recently the first season was remastered
and released on Blu-Ray disc, and of course, I bought it
(and the accompanying Oppo universal player and HDTV to match).
The improved quality of the Blu-Ray edition is stunning,
to say the least. The remastered second season Blue-Ray disc is now
also released from Network UK, and is now a wonderful addition to
Another very cool film is Steve Lisberger's Tron.
I have the 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition double DVD set,
and the new Tron Legacy Blu-Ray (in a special
collector's "identity disc" container with illumination
and display stand). The latter is a 5-disc combo which includes
the Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD variants as well and the
original Tron movie.
The first set features a wealth of fascinating bonus material,
including very detailed coverage about the making of this landmark film.
There are extensive commentaries by the director, other staff, and the cast,
as well as explanations on the computer graphics, animation, and other
techniques used. It makes re-watching the film
much more rewarding, knowing how much leading edge and painstaking work
had gone into each and every frame. The bonus features in the
Tron Legacy Blu-Ray is also excellent and shows how much 30 years of
technology advancement could do. I prefer the original movie
but there is no denying the sequel has its own place.
I am also a fan of Wendy Carlos, who composed and performed much
of the music in the original Tron movie. She is
an illustrous personality whose pioneering work in electronic music with
Robert Moog (1931-2005)
led to the development of some of the earliest synthesizers.
In the filmscore for Tron, she combines the synthesized and the
orchestral to create music that perfectly complements the film,
dazzling the ear and mind today just as it did in 1982.
At the Wendy Carlos' official website, she
describes how the badly deteriorated original Tron soundtrack master
tapes had to be literally baked for (temporary) restoration,
digital re-archival and its 2002 re-release on CD.
I recommend spending some quality time at her website. It's filled with
fascinating reading and photos that must not be missed.
I also think that Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
is one of the ultimate sci-fi films of all time.
It doesn't seem dated at all today, despite the fact
that it was released in 1968. The minimal dialog, and the
deliberately slow pace of the plot are an antithesis of modern
films, especially in the sci-fi genre. I have the digitally restored
and remastered DVD as well as the new Blu-Ray, and again the Blu-Ray
is an awesome enhancement. The restoration work was
superb, the picture quality is unbelievable for such an old film.
I always approach everything I do with great intensity.
Perhaps it fits in with my current personal
goal, which is to do all that I enjoy doing, right now. Life
is short, so why wait?
Last update: 17/08/22 02:04:38