Dave Tompkins is from North Carolina. His vocoder book, How To Wreck A Nice Beach, has been called a "mega-pill of mule-choking insights." Amazon named it entertainment book of the year. Tompkins will be presenting at the 2011 National Cryptology Symposium. An expanded paperback will be out in November. He is currently researching the sub-frequency Bass properties of seashells and a U-boat attack off the coast of Florida.