Code, nerd culture and humor from Greg Knauss.

So I'm standing across the room from where Jeff and Lily are sitting, flanked by the bride's maids and groom's men. About a hundred and thirty people are looking at me and I'm completely and utterly terrified.

I adjust the mike and say "Ah" and it echoes around the room.

I can see Jeff and Lil watching me, and I rub my finger around the top of the glass I'm holding, and I take a deep breath and I plunge in:

"I've known Jeff and Lily for a long time now, and I've gotten to watch their relationship grow, almost from the beginning. I can't think of anything to add to what they said earlier today, except that I think they're two of the most wonderful people I've ever met and I know they'll have a long and happy life together."

I manage to raise my glass a little.

"Congratulations... you two wacky loons."

People laugh and salute and drink and look away, and I give a big exhale, right into the mike.

Hi there! My name's GREG KNAUSS and I like to make things.

Some of those things are software (like Romantimatic and Buzz Clock), Web sites (like the Webby-nominated Metababy and The American People) and stories (for Web sites like Suck and Fray, print magazines like Worth and Macworld, and books like "Things I Learned About My Dad" and "Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total Bastard").

My e-mail address is greg@eod.com. I'd love to hear from you!

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