About me

My full name is Thomas Michael Shea, but most of my friends call me Tom. On the Internet I occasionally use the alias thristhart. I was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States, by a librarian and a sysadmin, and was raised with an unhealthly love of all things computers.

I taught myself programming (with tips from my brother) from as young as 10 years old. I've experimented with everything from BASIC to C to Ruby and Javascript. I went to Thomas Edison High School of Technology, where I studied Network Operations, and am now a certified CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Linux+ engineer.

I currently attend the University of Advancing Technology in Arizona, studying Artificial Life and Robotics. I am particularly interested in emergent behavior and the applications of advanced artificial life to games and interactive mediums. I take part in Ludum Dare gamemaking competitions, and you can see my entries here.



Ludum Dare

Planet Discover - LD#19, Discovery A Colorful Man - LD#20, It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This Upset - LD#21, Escape Assault Squad: Zombie Tactics - LD#22, Alone Brevity - LD#23, Tiny World



  • Work in the software industry
  • Get a Bachelor of Science in Artificial Life
  • Get a Bachelor of Science in Robotics and Embedded Systems
  • Future

  • Work at Valve
  • Work at Google
  • Work at Bethesda
  • Travel to a foreign country
  • Long-term

  • Change the world
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    Articles I've written

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