A Bit About Me
My name is Pete Davis. I'vebeen a software engineer, professionally, for roughly 20 years. I currently live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA and work from home as an independent contractor. I have moved around quite a bit in the past 10 years or so. I spent the first 10 years of my life growing up in arkansas, followed by about 20 years in the Washington D.C. area and since then have lived in Playa del Carmen, (Southern) Mexico twice for a total of about 3 years, and lived in the Washington D.C. area and Arkansas in between those two times in Mexico. I am now back in Arkansas, I suspect, for quite a while.
Idropped out of school at The George Washington University in WashingtonD.C. about 15 credits shy of a B.S. in Computer Science. I am nowpursuing dual B.S. degrees in Biology and Biochemistry at theUniversity of Arkansas and trying to decide if I want to follow it bypursuing a higher degree in one of those two areas and doing researchor if I want to go the medical school. Being a doctor has been a drema for quite some time, but I'm also very interested in medical research and I suspect that's where my true talents may lie.
As for previous writing experience, I've written a number of articles for computer magazines and have had a book published in the field, though it has been some time since I've written professionally. Back in the days before the internet (think BBS, Compuserve and GEnie), I also published two online programming magazines: While in college, The Pascal Newsletter (A.K.A. PNL) and later, The Windows Programmer's Journal (A.K.A. WPJ).
I am currently working on the Organic Chemistry textbook.
I also plan on getting involved in the Chemical Synthesis textbook at some point. That book, BTW, is not meant to be an anarchist's cookbook kind of book. Currently it has synthesis of explosives and the people involved in it and I want to make it a more general synthesis book.
To date, my primary contributions to the Organic Chemistry text have been in:
I'm personally of the opinion that the Organic Chemistry text still needs a great of work to become a usable textbook. That's not to say that there aren't some good and complete sections, but it is far from complete enough to teach a class from. I hope to see it get to that point some day, however.