A Douche-Free bio

17 Feb 2016

I’m following along with this tutorial.

How did you arrive at running this business? What path brought you here?

Well, I have been a geek for as long as I can remember. I went to college because I thought that was what everyone was supposed to do, and I tried to major in Physics, thinking that it would be fun, but of course I would be spending the rest of my life with computers. However, I was not smart enough or dedicated enouh to succeed in physics, and so I switched to Mathematics. My small-liberal-arts-college did not have a Computer Science major, unless you created one yourself out of the self-designed-major options, and I didn’t have the grades or the gumption to do that. Graduating college I thought that people would hire me. I went into depression as I realized that people thought of me as having “no skillz”, and that I could have tried to work as a programmer for four years instead of going to college, and I wouldn’t be indebted, and I would have some work experience. Eventually though a few companies did hire me, and I’ve been working as a programmer ever since.

What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?

I have been working in a particular team, in a particular company, doing hard-real-time embedded linux programming in C++ and Lua, for the last TEN years. Time flies. I watched closely as a junior programmer as the first generation of this product line (so-called Catalyst Dx) was created, and I acted as the senior software designer of the second generation (so-called Catalyst One) of this product line, and led a team to do some delicate and specific rework (so-called Total T4) back in the first generation.

In every case, my strengths have been in expanding the circle of “real programmers” by bridging programming languages, first maintaining the C++ to Lua bindings, and later introducing Ceu, a synchronous/reactive programming language.

What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your clients? What do your ideal clients say about you?

I really have no idea; maybe they say that I’m broadly knowledgeable about programming and computer science? That I’m intensely interested in code quality, particularly version control, unit testing, and modularity? hg p

Who have you worked with in the past? And what have you done for them?

I was briefly at a high-frequency trading startup, and I wrote a custom wavelet decomposition for them. I was at IDEXX for ten years as I said before, doing hard-real-time embedded linux C++ and Lua software design and development and maintenance (SO MUCH MAINTENANCE!). I’ve worked a little bit for my sister, who owns a wordpress-and-php consulting business.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?

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What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

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Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

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How long have you been doing what you do?

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Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?

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Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about?

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Any nonprofits you love, & why?

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Any awards or medals, or even medallions? Personal okay, too.

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What would be impossible for you to give up?

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Why would someone not want to work with you?

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How do you want to be remembered?

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Anything else you’d like to tell people about yourself?

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