bspkrs (pronounced "bē spēkərs") is a 30-something father of 3 living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA. His nickname is an abbreviation of the words "briefcase speakers". He currently works as a software QA analyst performing data quality verification testing for an Oracle-based big-data analytics product in the healthcare industry. He enjoys shooting skeet, wasting time on IRC, occasionally writing code related to Minecraft, and otherwise embarrassing and annoying his wife by hanging out with "basement dwellers".
bspkrs started playing Minecraft reletively late in the game in November 2011 just after the official 1.0 release of the game. After putzing around with the vanilla game for about a month he tried playing with the Yogbox modpack and was instantly hooked on modded MC gameplay. This is also where he found some of his favorite mods: IngameInfo, FloatingRuins, StartingInventory, and, of course, Treecapitator. Playing vanilla MC never felt truly complete after that.
A few months later Minecraft 1.1 was released. Hooray! An update! bspkrs decided to go and download the latest Yogbox release for MC 1.1. Not surprisingly, the Yogbox hadn't been updated yet for 1.1. Crap. Undeterred, bspkrs did some googling and found the Minecraft Forum threads for his favorite mods to check for 1.1 updates. He came across the thread for DaftPVF's mods and found that although Treecapitator was updated, none of the other mods had links for 1.1 downloads. Hmm. Crap again.
Wait a second... isn't Minecraft written in Java? bspkrs went to college... for computer science even. He should just figure out how to update these mods himself. Maybe the guy who made them just isn't interested in Minecraft anymore (turns out that was the case). After messing around with MCP for a few days and getting the mods working, bspkrs posted a message on the forum thread asking DaftPVF if he could release his MC 1.1 updates of DaftPVF's mods. DaftPVF agreed! The rest, as the old cliché goes, is history...
For the curious, here is some unflattering photographic evidence that bspkrs is a human being (with helpful arrows to avoid confusion):
From the sailboat captaining days. In bspkrs' defense the sailboat's name was Ike Witt.