About Gabe Emerson:
I’m currently living in St. Paul MN. I went to grad school at the University of Minnesota and have a Masters of Computer Science. I got my BS in Computer Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I’m interested in Geographic Information Systems, computer security, digital forensics, and related fields.
I grew up in a small bush community in Southeast Alaska, where my family fished commercially. Both my sister and I were homeschooled until 8th Grade. My hometown, Funter Bay, is about 20 miles from Juneau. A mining and cannery ghost town, it was home to about 10 year-round residents during my childhood, with the population increasing in the summer.
My interests include climbing, hiking, piracy, caving, electronics and amatuer radio, and industrial archeology. I’m some kind of redneck hippie and love saving or fixing useful things that others would throw out, hence the name of this site (see more details below).
About the Website:
Why is it called “saveitforparts” you ask? Well apparently when I was quite young I had a habit of saving all my broken toys, and on several occasions when my mom would try to throw something out I would yell “No no! save it for parts!” This behavior probably had its roots in the Alaskan attitude of never throwing away anything potentially useful.
Even today I hate to throw anything away, and often find that I suddenly have a use or need for something that I just pitched. I also salvage spare parts from electronics whenever possible, even if I have no idea what the parts are. If it looks like something I can use later, I’ll take it out before throwing away that stereo or TV (so I have boxes and boxes of little motors and colored wire). In other words, I’m a total packrat. This comes in handy for projects like my halloween props.