Rod Van Meter's Personal Home Page

You can check out either my home page at Caltech or my home page at ISI; the former has more politics and personal stuff, but basically they're similar.

Interested in mass storage systems, parallel & distributed operating systems and file systems, HDTV, and Asia. Often looking for a game of basketball, volleyball or go to watch or play.

Ask me about my time in Japan, my trips to Nepal and Thailand, and my opinions about Tibet.

My World Wide Web Pages were black for 48 hours to protest second-class treatment from the US Government for free speech. Read about it at this WWW page.

The Center for Democracy and Technology

March 10th is the anniversary of the 1959 insurrection in Lhasa. Free Tibet! Urge the Chinese government to conduct a substantive dialog with the Tibetan Government in Exile.

Join the Blue Ribbon Anti-Censorship Campaign!

I helped wire a school on Netday '96


Now back at USC/Information Sciences Institute as a computer scientist working on the Netstation project, which is part of the High Performance Computing and Communications Division. Greg Finn's my boss, and he's published papers about Netstation in Computer Communication Review and Interop '94 (more info available on the Netstation project page).

Maintainer of the FAQ.



Caltech BS '86, E&AS, Lloyd House
USC MS '91, Computer Engineering

Fun Stuff

Warning! The Internet Movie Database is an infinite time sink for those who like movies!

The Japan Today Film Festival ran Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 1995 in Santa Monica.

Places I Surf

Isn't it egotistical of me to assume you're interested in things, just because I am? At any rate...

Geek Stuff

There are many good pointers scattered throughout my FAQ. Here are a couple of the better ones:


I studied at the Kichijoji Language School while I was in Japan, and I highly recommend it. The head of the school, Yamaguchi-sensei, is an especially good teacher.

If you're into Japanese-style taiko drumming, listen to KODO or visit


The 1996 Cotsen Open was held at the New Gardena Hotel, September 21 and 22, 1996.

The set of Web go pages is rapidly becoming fully interconnected. This is as good a place to start as any. An especially useful one here in L.A. is this one.


If you don't watch sumo, you don't know what you're missing. A good starting place is Jerry Chih-Yuan Yang's page at Stanford. You can also reach some interesting sites in Japan through there.

Recent Quotes

"Rod, one of the things I love about you is you're excited by everything." Ted Faber, about me, 11/96.

"Rod does not have a normal capability for acquiring textiles like most people ...

... having never actually purchased any clothing from a store. All clothes having either been purchased by someone else, or by Rod from some convention table, event booth, or mail order."
Steve Hotz, 11/12/96

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"The prime fact is that all humans are puffed up by their extreme self-satisfaction with their own brute power. Unless some creature more powerful than people arrives on earth to bully them, there's just no knowing to what dire lengths their fool presumptiousness will eventually carry them." Natsume Soseki, _I am a Cat_

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