My name is Forrest Cameranesi. I am a self-styled "Geek of All Trades" from Ojai, California, currently working as the art director and graphic designer for a company that produces emblematic jewelry. Until recently I was also (and still occasionally am) a web designer and developer; and occasionally an independent consultant for computer support and tutoring too. I was very briefly a student teacher at an elementary school; formerly an all-purpose technical and administrative assistant; once co-founder and lead designer of a small, short-lived computer game company; and before that an Apple-certified Macintosh technician and salesperson. I have a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, with highest honors, from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an Associate's degree in Multimedia Arts and Technologies, also with honors, from Santa Barbara City College.
In my spare time I am an aspiring philosopher and author, legacies of lives I almost lived. On this site you will find the slowly-in-progress editions of my two magnum opera:
The Chronicles of Quelouva are a large series of interconnected stories set in the same fictional universe, involving an ancient alien empire, human mythology and future history, and the life of a virtual world. Most of these began as plots, settings, or backstories for computer games that never were, and in my dreams would be motion pictures and graphic novels as well, but are just an idle hobby now.
The Codex Quaerentis is my summa philosophia, a book describing my complete system of philosophy, arguing for my positions on virtually every subject under the philosophical sun and relating them to each other in a systematic way. This would have been my PhD dissertation if I had continued down that path, and progress on it has slowed greatly since it became just a part-time effort.
In another life I would have been a computer programmer as well (web programming doesn't count), and there would be a third section here for multimedia toolchain that I've long envisioned, but since I never walked that path, and never did the things I would have done if I had, I have nothing to show for it now. Maybe someday.
Here you can also find Eternal, the closest thing to a video game I ever released. It is an extensive mod for and expansion of Marathon, a '90s first-person shooter game from Bungie, the people who brought you Halo. I am a prominent old member of the Bungie fan community and help run both the Marathon and Myth sections of Bungie.org, the semi-official Bungie fansite. Someday my nancent Myth mod, Sovereigns of the Time Before, may find its way here too.
Aside from those things, my Resume & Portfolio contains my work and education history and examples of graphic, web, and print design, and some traditional arts, both from work and personal interest; my Stories are mostly fanfic ideas for reboots or spin-offs of popular media I'm fond of, but occasionally some more original writing; and my Essays are mostly old school assignments, mostly philosophy papers, but also contains some more recent essays on other subjects.
I don't have much spare time anymore, but I spend what little I do have mostly hiking in the beautiful nature that surrounds me. I used to sing karaoke (and people kept telling me I should sing professionally) but I don't have anywhere to do so any more. I also perform from time to time, now very sporadically, in the Rocky Horror Picture Show with Big Purple Onion Productions in San Luis Obispo, California. I used to play (and at one time was in charge of) a swordfighting game called Amtgard at the Shire known variously Feanga, Eternal Coast, or Silver Sun, in Santa Barbara, California; and I used to run a guild at the Renaissance, Shakepeare, and Pirate Faires at Lake Casitas in Ojai, California. I have a 3rd degree black belt in TaeKwonDo from the Ojai Valley TaeKwonDo Academy, though I'm many years out of practice now. And once upon a time, in another life, I was a young Boy Scout in Troop 501 of Ojai, California; but haven't been involved with that for even longer.
Projects & Creations
My philosophical magnum opus.
My mythopoeic magnum opus. (In progress)
A free mod for Bungie's classic video game.
Graphic and web design and development.
Opinions pieces and old university assignments.
Fan fiction and original short stories.