Name: Gadaiyio Takeimienei (but it's pronounced
Birth date: 26 June 1971
Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Height: 6 feet 6 inches Weight:
approx. 385 lbs.
Known Aliases: lightnin, [Sublieutenant] Toozday
Derek works as a Technical Support Operator at Ultranet Communications, Inc., an
Internet Service Provider in Central Massachusetts. He has worked in
this since May of 1994, working at Leading Edge Products before moving
to Ultranet. Before that, he was a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which
is where he got his first exposure to the Internet. This was back in
1989. Yes, kids, this predates the World Wide Web.
Derek is a founding member of GweepCo, which
sounds impressive, but when you get right down to it, isn't really.
As a member of GweepCo, however, he was one of the moving forces
behind the formation of GweepNet, the
GweepCo Cooperative Network. This is, in his opinion, a much more
impressive credential, as he views GweepNet as something worthwhile,
whereas GweepCo is mostly just a joke.
Derek spent most of his childhood growing up in Wilmington, MA. A
suburb about 20 miles north of Boston, the state capital. It was here
that Derek discovered one of his loves, computers. Although he did
not have a computer of his own (not counting the Atari 2600
game system), he managed to get access to several computers that he
could try out his newly developing programming skills on. He even
managed to join the High School's computer club while he was still in
Derek also played the trombone for a brief period during his
childhood. He started in the 3rd grade, and dropped it in the 6th
grade, because he felt he was doing too much at once. Since the
musical instrument was the least important to him, he dropped that--a
decision he regrets to this day.
Following his 7th grade year, Derek's family moved to Limington, ME.
The five years that Derek spent at Bonny Eagle High School were
largely uneventful, although it was during these years that his
current "wackmobile" personality began to develop. Below, are some of
the highlights of Derek's high school years. (Kind of like a resume,
'cept different. -GT.)
His high school career wasn't limited to these activities. He made an
unsuccessful campaign for Junior Class Treasurer with the campaign
slogan, Vote for Derek Bacon. He is the student
body. In his senior year, he participated in the school's
Christmas Talent Show, doing a lip-synch routine to the song, "Fat" by
Weird Al Yankovic. Also during his senior year, he actively
campaigned for the position of "Class Couple" but he lost out. Derek
takes his satisfaction from the fact that the elected Class
Couple broke up a few months after graduation, while he is
- Pi-Cone Math Team
- Pretty much your standard geek fair. Competitors gather together
once a month to do math problems on a time limit, the highest scoring
team wins. The problems were often on topics not covered in "normal"
math classes, and usually involved looking at the problem in a unique
way, or knowing "short cuts" through standard math formula. (formulae,
formulas, what's the plural there? -GT.) Bonny Eagle's team scored
respectably, but were never serious contenders for top prizes. This
was mostly due to their rather small team, requiring that everyone do
a little of everything, rather than having specialists in different
topics of mathematics.
- Junior Achievement
- The Junior Achievement program pairs high school students with a
willingness to learn about business, with local businessmen with a
willingness to teach. Students form companies and go through the
whole process of forming a company, from selling stock, coming up with
a product, manufacturing and selling that product, and releasing
dividends. Derek was involved with Junior Achievement for three
years, and every year that he was involved, his company was extremely
profitable. He gave up when the bureaucratic politics at the higher
levels of the JA organization in his area became unbearable.
- Varsity Track Team
- For three years, Derek was a member of the "weight team" of his
high school track team. This meant that he participated in the
"weight" events (shot put and discus). He wasn't very good. In fact,
he really only joined because he'd read that MIT liked well-rounded
applicants, and since that was where he wanted to go, he went out for
- One of the reasons many of Derek's activities stopped after three
years was that his senior year he had a role (well, three roles
actually) in the spring play. The play: The Apple Tree.
Three plays in one. In the first play, "The Diary of Adam and Eve"
Derek played the voice of God. In the second, "The Lady or the Tiger"
he played the role of King Arik, and in the third, "Passionella" he
was the voice of the Television set (as well as one of several extras
in the crowd scenes).
- Campaign Ought-Eight
- In the year 2008, Derek will be 37 years old. However, if things
continue to progress the way they have for him so far, he will still
have the heart and soul of a 20-year old. There are some things that
make 2008 special. Yes, it's a leap year. Yes, it's also an election
year. However, most importantly, it is the first election year
that Derek will be eligible to win the Presidential Election.
Derek intends to win this election, but why bring it up now? Derek
won't be joining any other party, no sir! Derek is starting
his own political party, and knowing how difficult it can be to get a
grass-roots campaign going, he's starting now. Follow the link to
see his platform.
Internet Beginner's Guide
- This is a guide to how to use many of the more commonly used PC
applications for connecting to the Internet through a PPP connection. He is
producing this document primarily for the use of his ISP - Ultranet, but
you're welcome to get whatever use out of it you can.
Ed. Note: I don't know what's become of this
document; I suspect it's become one of UltraNet's customers-only
support docs. Sorry. --G.