Programming since 1968, Perl user since -- early 1990s? Apparently a bit earlier, since I remember using Perl 3; although we could have had an old version where I was then. Photographer since I first got a camera, before 1962. SF reader since I started reading, whenever that was. Involved in SF fandom (especially conventions) since 1972. Occasional bridge player, foodie, wine snob, handgun self-defense instructor.
And general disliker of web forums, so it remains to be seen if I'll be an active participant here. I'm more a mailing list and Usenet kinda guy.