About Me


Self Portrait Greetings, restless Internet surfers, clients, family members, or brethren and sisters of the one church, my name is Adam Humphreys and I’m 30 years old. I have an older brother and sister, but I’m more or less an only child. If I seem to have neglected updating this page, let me know (don’t let the dynamically updated age fool you).

What’s your religion?

I don’t work to promote my religion because I don’t have one. I’m a New Testament Christian as defined in the Bible and was baptized Sept. 7, 2003. There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. (Ephesians 4:4-6) See the Gospel Broadcasting Network, Apologetics Press, and/or Royse City Church of Christ for more details.

So, is there more about you?

Well, my name is Adam L. Humphreys and I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with my BA in Arts and Technology in May 2012. I have modeled, textured, and rigged characters in 3D and enjoy electronics.

Concerning the work of the church, I maintain my home congregation’s website, try to record all the sermons/lessons, and also serve to deliver the Lord’s supper or collect the offering. For my home studies, I try to read an average of 80 verses a day. When I reach a certain point in my Bible readings, I’ll then start reading some recommend material for a time and go back to my regular reading.

I’m an animation buff, always looking for good cartoons/movies to watch, old/new, local/foreign, 2D/3D. Sadly, most of todays’ are either shallow or convoluted and/or overtly crude. But there’s some decent things around, and then there’s fairly wholesome gems like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. (It’s almost like they take a Bible verse and build an episode around it, at least up until Season 3.)

Being quite familiar with electronics, I’m always looking to learn more since there’s always something more to learn in so many various categories. If something breaks I’ll try to fix it if I think it’s economically efficient to. I also collect light bulbs as a hobby, antique or special but usually incandescent or neon. Light bulbs are also my medium for physical art.

I like to consider things objectively without being swayed by subjective feelings. I understand that a lot of things, particularly “art” is subjective in nature concerning meaning/perception. Nevertheless, I thank God giving us an objective standard, the Bible, that can be understood and who’s authenticity is verified through prophecies, secular history, archeology, and natural observation (Rom. 1:20).

I’m kinda like a male Fluttershy/Twilight that shares traits of Pinkie and Applejack (at least according to the “Bronyland Pony Personality Quiz”). …Which is to say I’m not very social and don’t speak unless spoken to. Ironically, if a conversation is started, I’m always willing to continue it if I can. Another irony is my web presence. Though I’m on YouTube, deviantART, etc., I don’t care to hide who I am behind aliases and such.

What do you like?

  • Wholesome Biblical preaching and teaching
  • Faithful Christians
  • Freeware
  • Watching cartoons
  • Fixing electronic things, if/when I can
  • Keeping thing organized, categorized, and if necessary, cataloged in a nice spreadsheet. :D
  • Big salads with whole raw pieces and no dressing. …It’s weird for some, but that’s me.
  • Freeware
  • Tootsie Rolls
Music: Classic Rock, Big Band & Swing (Yes I like that really old 30s and 40s stuff!), Celtic, some Country, some Techno… I like a little bit of every genre.

I’m sure I missed a bunch here, but oh well. For those of you who shun freeware, you’re missing out on a lot.

What are your pet peeves?

  • Above all, I hate false doctrine concerning the Bible, and anti-Biblical doctrine.
  • Foul language. I hear it nearly every day, but I still despise it!
  • Being harassed or nagged. To be clear, I’m not making a blanket assumption about the opposite sex here. I don’t know of anyone who would like anyone to nag them. The problem is, the more I’m told something repeatedly in a short period of time, the more I hate hearing it and want to put it out of my mind, which achieves the inverse of the desired effect.
  • Falsified assumptions.
  • I despise every false ad that contains the words “Click to win a free...” or similar. If that product was really going to be free, THEN EVERYONE WOULD HAVE ONE!
  • Big government.

Minor Dislikes

  • Whole pieces of food left uneaten. It just dampens my spirit and that’s how I was raised, to eat everything on the plate (or take it to go which is just as good though I rarely do it).
  • Cell phones interrupting things. I generally never keep a phone with me. (Not that I’m against cell phones per se, I just don’t want to have one on me unless it’s necessary. :D)
  • Computers and technology not doing what I expect or being inconsistent.
  • Not being able to park in a garage because the garage is filled with junk.

I’m sure I missed something here too, but oh well.

What are your favorite verses or hyms?

It seems most of my favorite verses come from Proverbs because I’ve either witnessed or experienced their applicability. I love the whole book, (and of course the entire Book), but I’m only going to list a few, otherwise I could probably write all day:
  • He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. (Pro. 13:24)
  • The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil. (Pro. 15:28) …This is why I love e-mail, I can think about how to reply, but it usually takes me forever.
  • He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him. (Pro. 18:13) …I guess all I can say here is “People, Y U No consider whole?”
  • Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die): Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches—Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God. (Pro. 30:7-9) …A good example of balance.
  • Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, Lest he become weary of you and hate you. (Pro. 25:17) …Instant communication tends to have a similar effect in some cases.
  • Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil. (Ecc. 12:13-14)
  • O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. (Jer. 10:23) AND The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jer. 17:9)
  • For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. (2 Thes. 3:10)

What about hymns?

  • Jesus is Lord
  • Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?
  • Sing Hallelujah to the Lord
  • The Battle Belongs to the Lord
  • Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord

Why do you use anthropomorphic art?

As far as my interest in anthropomorphic beings, let me explain my position concerning the matter. I don’t consider myself a “furry” based on how loosely the term may be defined with the many available negative connotations or any other perceived definition. I propose that my ties to the “furry community” are limited in their perspective and deserve explanation:

Childhood Exposure

I like anthro characters because they are more visually interesting apart from humans and animals. This probably results from the animated movies I grew up watching. (See “Moves” below.) I like the animation and the stories behind them. I even like the Danger Rangers! I also enjoy games such as Sly et al, Jak and Daxter et al, Ratchet and Clank et al, Spyro et al (the new series doesn’t seem that good, but I’ve only played “A New Beginning”), Legend of Kay, and even the Darkest Faerie.

What is a “furry?” Aren’t most of them perverted?

Does being a “furry” or “furrie” mean adopting a way of life centered on anthropomorphism? I don’t know, nor do I wish to try and define the term. I simply enjoy the concept of an anthropomorphic character for the purposes of aesthetics, but certainly not illicit or otherwise.

Unfortunately, by portraying humans and human activities through anthro, some may subscribe to the atheistic or theistic evolutionist view that we evolved from animals. Generally, I think the commonly held idea with these views, (or the logical conclusion, especially by those called “furverts”), is “we’re a bunch of animals, it doesn’t matter if we [you name the sin].” I conclude this based on the multitude of anthro art portraying some sort of sensual seduction with lack of proper clothing. Much art of this nature seems to downplay morality and Biblical standards too often. Although certainly not all anthro art is like this, and this is why I have chosen the genre of “furry” art to portray the things I do.

As I said on the ArtSpots forum:

“I don’t usually use forums of any kind except on very rare occasions. The only Internet communication I really use is e-mail, and I don’t get very many messages. That being said, usually when I do say something, it’s about something significant to me.

I’m glad this subject was brought up. To throw in my own 2 cents, I simply consider myself an individual who in their artistic efforts likes to employ the usage of non-human characters for their unique visual interest. Nearly every game I own only uses non-human characters, simply because they’re more visually interesting. Humans on the other hand, well, you see them every day. I suppose I also like the fantasy elements.

I remember when I first discovered this type of art. Someone e-mailed me a question. (My first response was “wow, someone e-mailed me and it wasn’t junk!”) They asked me if I did “anthro art.” My response to that: “What’s that?”

It is also very good to know that many are aware of the negative connotations that can be attached to such a simple adjective as “furry.”
-ALH”

When did you first start getting into graphics?

I think it all started back in 1998 when my dad bought a brand new top of the line Gateway with a ripping Pentium II @ 400MHz, 16MB of memory, 10GB hard drive, 16MB video card, ISA modem, Windows 98, 17” CRT monitor, Boston speaker set complete with 5” sub (still very nice speakers), printer, scanner—all the stuff you could want. It can still run today with Windows XP (with the right amount of memory). My first interest was icons for some reason—the little pictures that represent programs, files, and shortcuts—then cursors—the mouse pointer.

My First HTML

Later on I found this fansite of my favorite movie. It totally blew my mind. For some reason or the other I wanted to have my own. My very first web page was produced in Microsoft Word 97 (won’t make that mistake again)! The images were offset and that bothered me, so I popped it into Notepad to see what was behind the scenes.* I didn’t understand much at all about what I was looking at in my first HTML file, but I could tell certain things were definitely wrong, so I fixed them.

My First Website

My first site was first hosted by Ann Davis, one of my high school teachers in a computer science class. Later I found a free place at Netfirms with a 20MB storage limit (though at one point I was able to store 80MB of photos on it).

I made art and content for my fansite, but after a while it got old and I moved on. About the same time, I got my own domain registered with 1&1 Internet Inc. It was pretty simple for the longest time, but in late 2006 it got a face-lift. Before then, this page didn’t exist! I was really to myself, but now I want people to know about me so people actually know the person behind this site. My site got another major face-lift in early 2008 using a div layout and more CSS.

What is your computer/OS preference?

I regularly use a PC for everything, but Macs are fine too, if you like special hardware provided by a sole vendor. The idea of having all the hardware inside a single piece is very disturbing. Another reason why I don’t think I’d want a Mac is because people might associate me with pride or think higher of me than they should because too often people associate the Mac with high class. This is, after all, what the lame PC vs. Mac advertisements from Apple imply. All-in-all, owning a Mac tower would be okay with me, but buying one... not gonna happen.

I do use Microsoft Windows just because I’m used to it and there’s so much available for it. I’ve read the claim of one who uses PCs and Macs saying “I create in a 100% Microsoft free development environment using Adobe products, OSX, Linux, FreeBSD, Apache, MySQL and PHP 4” and wonder what merit could possibly be applied to that! If you have a problem with Microsoft, then you should also have a problem with Adobe, Google, and others. Although, maybe this person doesn’t have a problem with Microsoft but thinks it as a plus for his business for those that do. I think it goes back to the pride issue. What if I said “I create in a 100% Apple free development environment,” would that be any different? There’s no merit there! I think there would be merit if you worked in a 100% Adobe free environment—that would be impressive since there aren’t too many programs up to snuff with Adobe, especially since they bough Macromedia.

The only thing I really hate and absolutely despise about Windows is that sorry click sound!! I mean, as if the mouse alone doesn’t make enough noise. I just go straight into the media directory under the system and delete it.

What software do you like to use?

Generally, I’m a BIG fan of freeware. Photoshop is too expensive, but luckily I was able to get it under retail price. I don’t understand Photoshop in that it carries such a high price tag, yet it doesn’t even support icon .ico or cursor .cur file formats! Lame.

Games

As a general rule, I’m a very cheap gamer since I got back into them. I’ll try to get it for little or nothing, both the games and the console. As another general rule, I don’t play games all the time. Usually I’ll play a bunch of games at once then get back to being productive.

I first started with a SNES with Super Mario World—my favorite 2D game. Eventually got a Playstation with a few games, then at a point it all stopped. I think it stopped in 1998 (hey, the same time my dad bought a computer for the family). Started back at about 2004 when I got a PS emulator for my computer. Bought the rest of the Spyro the Dragon collection, but I wanted to proceed. Asked around for a PS2 at high school and luckily got one that was broke with the infamous “disc read error.” I looked up how to fix them on the Internet, went to it, and then I had a PS2. At some point I also got a GBA from someone at school as well, and got all the Spryo games for that. With the PS2 I started with Spyro a Hero’s Tail. Later I bought the Ratchet and Clank, Sly, and Jak and Daxter collections for $20 a piece along with a few others. (Its was nice not waiting for the sequels, but now I do.) If its new, I’ll see if someone I know has it so I can borrow it. Otherwise, I’ll wait until its $20. I did buy a new game used once, but I don’t see that happening again.

I also got a Nintendo DS for my graduation in 2005. I got Spyro Shadow Legacy for $30 and later got Brain Age. However, I really wanted it for Organizer Plus, but it never really manifested, so I looked into homebrew programs for it and found DSOrganize—just what I wanted! I eventually stopped using it, then later I started using it again in 2010 and decided to trade it in for a DS Lite. Then I got an Acekard2 i. Now I can run several programs on it. Too bad I don’t use it that much now.

Footnotes

* - Notepad reminisce: I’d often pop files into Notepad no matter what type of file it was. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Sony Interactive Sampler Disc Vol. 9 that came with the original PlayStation, open DEMO.DAT in the SPYRO directory using Notepad and you’ll know exactly what I mean! It’s similar to what you see on the splash screen of the demo except it’s represented in special characters. Maybe Insomniac Games didn’t think anyone would catch that, but I did some time ago.