What’s a normal day like for you?
It’s always about solving problems, whether I’m writing web applications or fixing website errors. The steps are the same: identify the problem, model potential solutions with your available tools, choose one to apply and see what happens. When I’m working on web apps, those steps would involve working with a client to understand the business problem they want to solve, designing a technical solution, and then writing code to make it happen. Other times I’m just trying to figure out why a website doesn’t load, and the fun part is just figuring out why. Also I’m a bicycle commuter, so I get to start and end every day with a bike ride!
What drew you in to the technology field?
I had an Atari 2600 growing up, and the fact that this machine could let me control what was happening on a TV blew my mind. This led to a lifelong interest in computers and computer graphics. Following that, growing up, it was typically my duty to help my parents with their computer problems, so when my mom started a web development business in the 90s, my skill set had to adapt accordingly. To this day, I’m the only person I know who gets calls from his mother asking to help debug PHP errors.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
What’s your favorite/most rewarding part of working at Novus?
I get to solve problems and help people by playing with computers and being creative. What’s better than that?
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like board games, working on bicycles, and I’ve been writing a computer game that I swear I’ll finish someday.
What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled? / Your favorite place on earth?
I’m partial to the White Mountains in New Hampshire, and I try to go hiking or camping out there at least once a year. However I think the single coolest place I’ve been to is probably a stretch of shore I discovered along Lake Champlain in Vermont. The area was made of steps of shale, with bits broken into palm-sized slabs, and every piece of rock I found was covered in Cambrian-era fossils. I took a trilobite home!
What’s a guilty pleasure of yours?
Empire-building and management computer games: Civilization, Stellaris, Dwarf Fortress. If I put in an hour I put in twelve.
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I have a white eyebrow. I think that’s pretty fun.