the info

Hope you’re not expecting one of those cryptic, nonsensical descriptions. Not my style.

I’m Sparks, a happy little lighting designer, sound engineer, and (at one time) licensed pyrotechnician. For my Real Life Job, I’m a concert lighting designer. Sometimes I go on tour with some folks and do their lights, other times I design and let someone else run the show.

I’ve had a variety of interesting jobs – from hospital IT guy to technical director of a corrupt megachurch in Des Moines, Iowa, where I grew up. I adore live sound and concert lighting, and I never pass up an opportunity to geek out about my line of work. Generally, if it has faders, buttons, LEDs, or is a large and potentially dangerous machine, I like it. I also love children, fireworks, blueberry muffins, reading, and goofing off. I’ve played the piano since I was too short to reach the pedals, and I’m learning to play the violin. I used to volunteer at a large children’s hospital, but then I moved, then I moved again, and now I’d like to do it again where I live. I’m a skeptic who has no practical use for the supernatural or pseudoscientific, and I will gladly debunk your cherished beliefs about UFOs or vaccines causing autism or God. I’m a card-carrying member of the International I Hate Sports Club. I keep my laptop screen really, really clean, and if you touch it, I’ll kill maim strongly scold you.

When I’m not on the road, I live in Minnesota. I’d prefer not to beĀ “on the road” anymore.

I’m easy to get along with, so tell me about yourself! If you read anything I’ve written (and there isn’t much) and have a comment, please leave one – I love getting feedback about the stuff I write.

One more thing: if you find yourself unable to post a comment, you’re probably putting two or more links into it, or using a blacklisted term (Like “Viagra” or “pharm”), you’re using Cyrillic characters, or you’re attempting to post from a banned IP. I don’t ban IPs often, but I do for either really stupid comments (and here I mean comments that are gibberish or add NOTHING to the conversation.) or spam comments. Doing these things will immediately mark your comment as spam, and I’ll never see it. So stop trying to comment-spam me, and then we’ll talk.

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