About Don Burks
I live in Vancouver, BC though I originally grew up in Atlanta, GA. In my late 40’s, I am finding that age and wisdom really are connected. Whether it’s directly or inversely is something I’m still trying to figure out. I liked the idea that instead of years of age, we call them 'levels'. Level 45 sounds so much better, right?
There are other accomplishments of mine that I am willing to share. I am an acclaimed musician, having performed throughout the Southeastern US and now Western Canada both in and with orchestras such as the Vancouver Pops, with whom I play Principal Horn. I have published several books, which you can read about (And buy!) on my Books page. Currently, I am finishing a book titled Mundus Noster, which combines steampunk, faeries, and conspiracy themes. Expect it out in early 2022! After that, I will be working on a book (version of an already-completed screenplay) entitled Amnesia Lane, which is a historical fiction novel set in Chicago in the 1920’s. I have two other fantasy books in the works, as well as the sequel to the aforementioned Thirteen.
I juggle for fun, enjoy movies, am a huge hockey fan(Go Canucks!), love video games (PC & console), and have an enduring hope that one day I will get the opportunity to voluntarily jump out of a perfectly-working airplane. Ideally, there would be a parachute on my back when I did this. (That might be a deal-breaker. Just sayin’.)
I prefer Chrome over Firefox, Linux over Windows, vim over…well, any other editor, and Android over iPhone. I prefer Coke to Pepsi even though I gave up soda in February of 2011. Dark chocolate to milk chocolate, pork to beef, and WASD to arrow-keys.
I remember when the internet was young and the coders were old. I’ve been online, actively, in one form or another since 1984. I remember dialing into an elite BBS using my friend’s blazing 9600 baud modem on a Commodore 64. Yes, really. I was telnet’ing from Emory University in Atlanta, GA to multi-user sites in February 1990, and got my first e-mail account in September of that same year. I’m a dino, in internet years.
If you would like to see a list of my recent speaking engagements, please check out my Speaking page.