About

Hi. I’m J. D. Harper.

I’m a fairly recent college grad who’s trying to figure out what to do with his life. I’ve recently written an iPhone app called the FoodPad Calorie Tracker, which has been moderately successful. Before that, I did web design and data analysis for the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce.

Interests

Video Games

I favor Team Fortress 2 above all other video games; I have a good group of friends who play, and Valve has been just amazing about updating and upgrading it to keep things interesting. Cartoon shooter fun!

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is amazing fun when it isn’t an exercise in frustration.

Oblivion and Fallout 3 are two great single-player RPG’s. They’re both amazing open-world games where you can be good or evil, where you can explore the world and find all kinds of neat stuff to do. And both games have amazing communities of modders who add more quests, items, and features.

Also a fan of strategy games, like Master of Orion 2, Sins of a Solar Empire, Galciv 2, Civilization 4, Age of Discovery (Anno 1701), Alpha Centauri, etc.

Board Games

I have a group of friends I play all kinds of neat board games with, like Agricola, Puerto Rico, Caylus, Race for the Galaxy, Settlers of Catan, and Battlelore. Currently, we’re playing the Song of Ice and Fire LCG, which is pretty good. I don’t play it often, because it takes forever, but I also enjoy Battletech.

Other Stuff

I like taking pictures, and I know enough Photoshop to make them look decent when there are minor defects.

I enjoy travel, because that’s where the most interesting memories tend to come from.

I like tinkering with my computers; I have systems that run Windows, OS X, and Linux (Kubuntu is gorgeous, fast, and secure).

I’m learning to cook; I can do pretty well if I’m following a recipe, although I am really, really slow.

I like a lot of podcasts–there’s a lot of awesome stuff out there for free, from novels and short stories to NPR and educational stuff to comedy and music. Podcasts have more or less replaced the radio for me.

Favorite Media

  • Books:
    • The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
    • The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin (feel free to finish that next book any time George!)
    • Snow Crash and Anathem by Neil Stephenson. The Diamond Age would qualify as a favorite if it had an ending
    • Dune by Frank Herbert
    • The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett.
    • The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper is also quite good. Really, all of Nathan Lowell’s stuff is good.
  • TV:
    • Chuck
    • Lost
    • Castle
    • White Collar
  • Music:
    • I’ll listen to the first six notes of most anything. There is both good and terrible music in almost every genre.

    • Metric
    • Jim’s Big Ego
    • Carbon Leaf
    • Matthew Ebel
    • Ingrid Michaelson
    • Black Lab
    • Brad Sucks
    • Richard Shindell
    • Jonathan Coulton
    • About half of Paul and Storm’s stuff
    • A lot of the music from music.metafilter.com is good, particularly stuff from users flapjax at midnite (Samm Bennett), ORthey (Bret Turner), CarrotAdventure, and kimyo. Free to listen to and download.

Contact

Send me an email at jeremy.harper@gmail.com.