About Me

Family

I'm married to the lovely and talented Patricia. She inspired me to adopt a vegan diet that has helped me both to improve my health and to tread on the planet less heavily. Patricia makes a great chocolate cake.

In May of 2001, Patricia and I had our first child, Patrick. In August of 2003, Patricia and I had our second child, Audrey. In January of 2007, we had our third child, Norah. In April of 2010, we had our fourth child, Declan. Being parents has changed our lives in wonderful (and sometimes difficult) ways, but the experience has been amazing. We get to have lots of fun together, as these pictures from Winter 2005 show.

Community

I'm involved in several community organizations; I help provide web hosting for the Arlington Heights Civic Association, and I help the Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool with technology issues. I regularly attend One Laptop Per Child Learning Club - DC meetings.

I served as Treasurer of the The Arlington Cooperative Organization (d.b.a. The Uncommon Market) from May-December 2002, getting a fine practical education in the economics of distressed businesses, grassroots fundraising, and Roberts Rules of Order in the process.

Work

I am a Principal at Modus Create, a software product studio in Reston, Virginia. Previously I was a Sr. Architect at Blackstone Technology Group. Before that worked for Three Pillar Global, after selling them the consulting practice PKR Internet. I also worked for Microstate Corporation in the late 1990s and Intelligent Decisions in the early to mid 90's. See my LinkedIn profile or resume for more professional background.

Fun

I founded and still run The Obscure Organization, a community-based educational networking initiative. I started Obscure on a shoestring in 1995, gave out free accounts to people who wanted to learn more about Internet communications, and eventually (in 2002) got Obscure incorporated and registered with the IRS as a tax-exempt organization. Now that it seems that everyone and their uncle has an Internet connection, I'm helping the organization find a fresh focus on fostering community and creativity through technology.

I enjoy dining out at many of the fine restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond.

Creating original digital prints from pencil sketches and other source material makes me happy. I also like taking photographs, both artsy and the regular family-snapshot variety. I keep some loosely organized photos and paintings around online, as well as a new, more organized gallery of photos and other art.

I have many years of experience doing Linux programming and system administration, and I'm proud to support Free Software. From time to time, I share some of the software I've written with the world, for example, the patronus ghost login dispelling tool.

I have a great love for the Latin language and the poetry of Catullus in particular.

After a 10-year hiatus, in 2000 I rediscovered my love for role playing games, especially Kenzer & Company's loving parody of Dungeons & Dragons, HackMaster. I'm member #VA-1-01145-03 of the HMGMA :-)

Recipes

I enjoy cooking. Here are some recipes people have asked me to share:

Online Presence

You can reach me as obscurerichard on AIM and LiveJournal, and richard.bullington.mcguire at gmail.com on the XMPP / Google Talk network.

Many of my friends are involved with the Internet in some way. It seems like these days, most of the people I know are socializing through Facebook, so I keep a Facebook page, but I also sporadically maintain a LiveJournal. I also have a profile on LinkedIn for business purposes.

If you need to send me confidential communications, please use PGP to secure the message. You will need one of my public keys - either the older RSA key, or for those of you with newer versions of PGP, my new DH/DSS public key. These keys can also be found on the MIT Public Keyserver.

Resume

You can also see more details about my professional qualifications on my profile on LinkedIn.