My name is Christopher Turner (but call me Chris). I’m a forty-something geek in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, a Christ-follower, husband to Kelly, dad to Davis, Samuel, and Nathaniel, podcaster, writer, and Mac geek. I love college football, baseball and hockey.
I worked in the tech sector doing support for more than a decade and a half. In addition to my time at GTE/Verizon Directories in the late 1990s and early 2000s (back when people still used the Yellow Pages), I did a stint with a local company helping support the Apple retail stores worldwide. I later found myself in the company of those who have been down-sized, and am now a full-time stay-at-home dad.
I grew up in Baton Rouge from the age of five, and still consider it my hometown. I attended LSU, where I met Kelly.
Projects and Endeavors
Two of our three boys came to us through adoption. As a result, I’m keen to assist foster and adoptive parents in our roles of helping kids from hard places; and all foster and adopted kids are kids from hard places. I’m also a total nerd: I was a band geek in middle and high school; I’ve read science fiction and fantasy since elementary school; I’ve collected comic books since I was six; I started playing Dungeons & Dragons when I was in the sixth grade (WAY before it was cool); and I’ve been into computing of one form or another since I was 11.
To those ends, I currently host two podcasts:
- The Empowered Parent Podcast: The Empowered Parent Podcast with Kayla and Ryan North is a trust-based, trauma-informed, connected parenting resource, hosted by yours truly.
- The Big Fat Geek Podcast: I co-host this podcast with my friends Nathan and Dallas. We wanted to offer a podcast for folks like us: casual nerds interested in movies, comics, science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and other aspects of geek culture, but who are balancing marriages and kids with their passion for geeky things.
For the past two years, I have had the privilege of hosting Tapestry Conference.
One of the ways we maintain ties to Rwanda, the homeland of our youngest, is through Imana Kids, a non-profit devoted to helping orphans and street kids in Kigali. We aim to meet the basic needs of all the kids we sponsor—food, water, shelter, and love. We strive to provide the best possible education for each of them. In 2018, we began the Hope Village project, where we seek to provide a trauma-informed educational and healing environment for these young men and women who have been left behind by Rwandan society.
I began working as a copy editor for About This Particular Macintosh in June 1998, and “rose through the ranks” to become Managing Editor from February 2003 until we ceased publishing in May 2012. I made lifelong friends through that volunteer publication.
Nerds love tools, and we always want to know what everyone else is using, too. My daily driver is an iPhone XS. When I’m in the home office, a 27-inch, 2017 Retina 5K iMac is front and center. When I need a portable Mac, I go with my 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which rides in a GoRuck GR1.
While I’ve tried lots of writing tools, I keep coming back to BBEdit, which I first began using around 1995 with BBEdit Lite 2.5. I supplement that with Bear and Drafts for cross-device compatibility.
What’s a Retrophisch?
retrophisch (re-tro-fish), n.
Living organism which is placed in the auditory canal of intelligent life forms. Used as a universal translator.
Disadvantage: Translates to pure Anglo-Saxon English, hence the prefix “retro.”
No, seriously, what’s a Retrophisch?
During my time at GTE/Verizon Directories, my dear friend and co-worker Francisco had to babysit some systems one Saturday while they tested automated processes. To pass the time and engage his mind, he starting noodling with the names of his coworkers to see if he could find any decent anagrams. Out of my first name, he came up with “retrophisch”.
Co-worker Brian agreed with my assessment that retrophisch sounded like an off-shoot of the babelfish of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fame. From that conversation, he provided the above definition.
Since that time in the fall of 2002, this has been my online moniker.
In addition to the online persona he graced me with sixteen years ago, Francisco, aka FranX, has also produced both of the logos I’ve used on this site. He took my rough sketches and turned them into designs which far exceeded my original ideas. The use of the shark, the OG “retro fish”, in the latest version was inspired, and I cannot thank him enough for all he’s done for me in this regard.