Regarding this Page

About pages by definition are very self-centered. Their whole purpose is to let the author talk about him/herself. Given that, I am not going to pull any punches or be diplomatic in my declarations. No apologies. I’m not trying to sell myself here; I’m trying to give you an idea of who I am. Oh, and before you ask, yes, I’m a Millennial…barely.

Professional Background

I’m a software engineer who loves the web. Not just web technology, mind you; the very idea of the web. Over the last twenty years, it has changed the world. It’s my job and my passion to make it better.

I have travelled the world, lived abroad, and usually only ever lived in one place for a couple years. That changed when I moved to Minneapolis. Of all the places I’ve lived on this globe, Minneapolis has been my favorite. It helps that Minneapolis is turning into a tech hub with a wealth of interesting people doing interesting things with the web.

My particular focus in the professional world is DevOps. I love the idea of melding together operations and development into a kind of superdiscipline. Even better is how the philosophy of DevOps helps people help each other.

I started my professional career as a developer, not a system administrator. Now I’m an operations manager, and I love being able to help people make awesome things together.

Labels and Specifics

Politics: For the Americans out there, you can consider me so deeply liberal/progressive that Democrats are comparatively conservative. But really, politics goes well beyond labels for the discerning fan of democracy and the human condition.

Religion: I identify greatly with this quote attributed to late Czech statesman Václav Havel:

Seek the company of those who search for truth; run from those who have found it.

Causes I Care About: Gender equality, freedom of expression and identity, basic human rights

Favorite Musical Artists/Groups: Zedd, Boston, Inon Zur

Favorite Historical Figures: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Miyamoto Musashi

Favorite Historical Era: Sengoku Japan

Favorite Fictional Organizations: The Sith Empire, House Slytherin, Hydra (hey, they all have great style, if questionable ethics)

Favorite Hobbies: Singing, video games (esp. Overwatch), making music, random quirky physical games (e.g. kickball, laser tag, etc.), “strategic” board games (e.g., Game of Thrones)

Theme Song: Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears

Favorite Celebrities: Emma Watson, Alan Rickman (RIP), Alec Guinness (RIP), Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, George Takei, Robert Downey Jr.

Myers-Briggs Type: ENFP.

Languages Spoken: English (Fluent/Native), Japanese (Badly), German (Badly), Spanish (Badly), Korean (Very Badly), Polish (Very Badly), Toki Pona (Badly but Happily)

Social Networks Frequented: Twitter, Facebook

Countries I’ve Visited: USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Russia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Australia, China, Japan