I'm Eric, I do scientific research on a bunch of different topics. PHP is mainly for fun outside of work projects. I did do some hacking on an off-site install of sourceforge almost two years ago for about a year. Just finished Master's degree in CS.
Been programming since 2nd grade (text-based, adventure games in BASIC back then), did the whole BASIC->Pascal->C/C++->Java->Scheme->PHP bit. Currently playing with Python for work and fun. Not listing the myriad of other little languange used for just a semester in school. I'm a Debian GNU/Linux person myself. (No I don't normall say GNU/Linux, but the Debian guys like it so if I'm typing the whole thing I'll do it their way...), got tired of being the office expert on MS Office so I hid my skills there and play dumb in Windows.
My main PHP project is CompInaBox
and on-line planning/registration service for collegiate ballroom dance competitions. Been trying to motivate myself to finish the web-based configuration tool for a while now, but its un-interesting work... hence I split my time working on designing/implementing a new database system and contributing to existing ones... (They really mess with your head
When I'm not working or coding for fun, I'm probably dancing.
I'll most often answer threads that involve sessions, cookies, security, OOP, or database design. I tend to avoid straight PHP questions as I know there are lots of people here who can answer them.