Frederick J. Ross received a classical education from his parents while growing up in the wilds of Virginia, then worked in physics, mathematics, microbiology, and statistics in the US and Europe before leaving academia. He has played violin for twenty some years, written some fiction, and apparently annoyed a lot of people. Now he lives on an island in the Salish Sea with his wife and children, and takes a boat into Seattle every day to work on cybersecurity at SignalSense.