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Email: alan@alanhoyle.com
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"hoyle (n): the point at which a genius transcends our reality and becomes a madman" —Merriam Webster's Previous Favorite Words (Not in the Dictionary)

Yeah, it's the same old "Let's get to know me" page as everyone else. However, there is some original content here (see my Hearts page for example). Here are links to others named "Alan Hoyle" and other Hoyles . Here is a link to my bookmarks on del.icio.us.

There are also pictures from our 2007 wedding and a link to pictures of Chester.

Email me if you get bored enough.


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center - Bioinformatics group

I'm a programmer for LCCC's Bioinformatics group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here is my curriculum vitae.

What I do in my spare time:

Most of my hobbies fit into the category of "things that spin in the air." But my favorite by far is:

Ultimate frisbee

Ring symbol I played with Ring of Fire for several years. At the 2002 UPA Championships we finished in second place.

During the 2000 UPA Mixed gender series, I played with Spear. We won the National Championship for that division. In 2005, I played with Gorilla Foot. We finished 15th at the UPA Championships.

old Darkside symbol I was a founding member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Darkside Ultimate team when I was eligible in college. I was captain the first year and the team awarded me MVP honors our second year. The team has improved greatly since those early years and qualified for College Nationals multiple times.

I'm a member of the Triangle Flying Disc Association (TFDA) and I've played in the TFDA Winter League since the 1992-1993 season.

Here are a few pictures of me playing ultimate and here are some teams that I've played with.

(See my hobbies page for more about my ultimate experience.)

Card Games:

I was destined to play cards with the last name "Hoyle." Hoyle pronounced My favorites are:

the Ace of heartsHearts
This is a addictive trick taking game with lots of strategy and variations. (Original content alert!)
6 7 8 9 10
This is a variant of Contract Rummy. (Original content alert!)
This is a great game I learned to play on my PalmPilot. The Cribbage Forum is a pretty good resource.
Egyptian RatScrew
This is a fast-paced and fun game I learned at summer camp during junior high school. I play a slightly different variation than the one listed there or here. By the way, I never lose*.

Video Games:

I've played video games for almost as long as I can remember. I started down the path towards a collection of classic arcade games by purchasing a Gauntlet II standup arcade game at a local auction.

In January 2000, I traded it for a Star Wars arcade game. I have installed a multi-game kit to allow me to play The Empire Strikes Back on the same hardware.

Before you start down the same path, be warned...

Open Source Software

OperaHotlist2HTML: is a piece of software written in perl that will extract your Opera bookmarks file into an HTML 4.01 file. It is licensed under the GPL and was based on hotlist2xbel by Haakon Nilsen.

SourceForge LogoFreshMeat Logo Releases also available at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ophotlist2html/ and http://freshmeat.net/projects/ophotlist2html/

Opera for Linux!] This program was originally written for use with Opera for Linux, but will handle other platforms if you can get perl running on them. Opera isn't open source, but it's the best web browser I've used: small, fast, cross-platform, standards-compliant, and innovative.

My friends on the WWW...

My wife, Beth Gifford - Other friends: Cory Barlow - Katherine Brekke - Carl Erikson - Sarah Gates - Grey Hash - Gene Hoffman - Mur Lafferty - David Luebke - Chris Owens - Chris Rodning - Amelia Smith

Pictures I've taken


Roy Tanck's Flickr Widget requires Flash Player 9 or better.

my flickr photostream(feed)

2002 Hawaii (Other pics from that trip) - Lafayette HS class of 1992 ten year reunion - a moth and some ants. - Blacksburg Mountain High 2005 - Stick and Amy's wedding - a green grasshopper - a praying mantis on my shed - Lemurs! - Mike & Nicole's wedding reception - Halloween 2005 - Winter League 2005 week 2 - Stone Mountain Hike

Random info


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