- Art by Judy Schmidt

About Me and My Website

There is nothing more pleasing to me than to study and unravel the Universe — from the tiniest bits of matter and microbes to the vast and distant cosmos.

I was born in San Diego, California and spent my formative years in rural towns of California and Oklahoma. I currently reside in the borough of Queens, New York and I could see the Manhattan skyline if I climbed atop the roof of this simple townhouse. It's been an interesting dichotomy of left and right, closed an open, urban and rural, religious and secular. The list could go on. I hope to leave the city soon. The crowded, competitive life isn't for me. People have literally been killed over parking disputes in this place.

My work currently focuses on astronomical imagery. I earned an undergraduate degree in 2004 from OSUIT in Multimedia which is both completely unrelated to astronomy and wonderfully useful for this purpose and a broad spectrum of applications. No matter what you do or where you go, images are there. The fundamentals of design, color theory, and even typography have all been my steadfast companions, for better or worse.

The background of this website was created with the help of Stellarium, one of my favorite open source projects. If you know where to look, you might find a teapot.

What is a "Geckzilla"? Simply an amalgamation of the words "gecko" and "godzilla" into one. I've always been a fan of animals and when I was young my friend and her family even called me "animal girl" since I always took the time to stop and study them. In particular, reptiles and amphibians are among my favorites. Of those, geckos are my absolute favorite. I needed a nickname to go by when I began using the Internet and "gecko" was my first choice. Later on, it became apparent that I needed a more unusual nickname to go by since gecko was usually already taken. Someone once referred to me as "geckzilla" and the name has stuck ever since.

I have a Twitter account. Note my username there is SpaceGeck rather than Geckzilla. Despite my efforts, someone else out there got the name before I did.

You may find more up to date work at my Flickr gallery.

Latest revision: 2014 Aug 16