Who is Arthur Hovinc?

I call myself Arthur Hovinc, and I am the author of this blog.

Along with writing and drawing out of love, I have been paid to be an engineer and a software developer. I have a degree in electrical engineering that I don’t use. (I know V=IR and all that, when it’s necessary.) I minored in art history and I think I use those skills of observation and attention to detail more in my daily life. I am studying computer science via techyourselfcs and the awesome continuing education classes with my employer. I am a lifelong student of life.

I like to volunteer. I used to commit my Saturdays to dressing up in goggles and a lab coat and slinging fake robot goods where proceeds benefit 826michigan. These days I spend my Saturdays working with high school students who want to make real robots. In 2017, the students I worked with won a district championship for FIRST Robotics with their robot. In 2018, the students I worked with and their robot ranked 4th out of 41 teams in a FIRST district competition. There are some good photos of me jumping four feet in the air out of joy.

Below is the only picture I want associated with me. It’s a caricature of me from 2006. I look only somewhat like this.

Photos - Profile - M. Lau Caricature

I spend a lot of time looking out windows. If a balcony or porch is available, I like to sit there and look out. I prefer cool, gray days while looking out. (Related: I love a temperature between 50 °F and 70 °F on these gray days.) I’m very happy to work near a window these days, at work and at home, where my bamboo plant seems happy.

I think walking is meditating, and I prefer to go alone. Walking is also my favorite form of exercise, because you don’t need to change into a new outfit to do it. I also find tranquility while running, and especially afterward while stretching. My arms are longer than my height by a few inches. I sometimes knock things over accidentally.

I love driving in my car, a hatchback. I have a book titled Epic Drives of the World that inspires ideas for future road tips, and reminds me of the awe-inspiring road trips I drove in 2014 and 2015. Sometimes I drive to get away from it all. Sometimes I hang out in my car when it’s parked, or sleep there when I can’t afford a hotel room.

I’m pretty good at eating leftovers.

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