Hello everyone. I've been lurking here for a good few months and I finally decided to make an account a couple weeks ago. A few of you may have seen me around as I've already made some posts and PM'd quite a few people. Here's a little bit about me.
My name is Mark. I live in Brandon, SD which is a tiny city near Sioux Falls. I've been interested in lasers for a few years, but didn't have a job until this year so I couldn't afford anything more than cheapy ebay lasers :P
I wash dishes at Pizza Ranch for a living (part time minimum wage...) and occasionally make a little money making electronic music (you can find that here: Undefined Variable - YouTube
and here: https://soundcloud.com/undefinedvariable
). I live with my parents, my sister, my 2 dogs (1 pug and 1 morkie), and my room-mate/friend (his dad's going through some stuff right now, so he's living with me for a while). I'm also trying to start a home business selling custom desktops, but I haven't really gotten far with that. Some of my biggest interests include computers, smartphones/tablets/etc., open source software, lasers, electronic music, and animation (mostly MLP and Anime). That's all I can come up with off the top of my head, but there's probably more. I don't do much in the way of sports, but I occasionally go out for a walk or a jog.
I recently spent $245 on a laser (<2.3W C6, 445nm, built by Blord), which I would have never even considered before I had a job. I don't know if it was worth it, but it's definitely fun to play around with. I also got some safety glasses and warning decals from NickD070 (innovativelasers.com) and they work great (I point my <2.3W laser directly at them and almost no light passes through at all). Anyway, if you have any questions or want to talk to me about something or whatever, feel free to reply to this or send me a PM.
Here's a pic of my laser, goggles, and a "signature"