autobiografia

I was born in northeastern Ohio near Lake Erie. I’m a digital native from the BBS and Cleveland Freenet era. I am varied in my interests and knowledge and so I studied a healthy mix of literature, psychology, math, and history at Miami University and the University of Illinois. I moved to the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the century and have been here since. I am father to Dante and partner to Laure.

Solving problems

Pragmatism, flexibility of method, order without rigidity, data-driven decision making, and esprit de corps are common threads in my work. I’ve worked in UX, business analysis, development, QA, project management, and operations. I call myself an aspiring expert generalist because there is always more to be learned.

I dwell at the intersection of production and project management, data and business analysis, and team leadership. I brake for unusual maps, flat visualizations that evoke the 1970s, a teammate needing help, and work that is innovative and full of challenge.

Some of my favorite tools are XFCE or KDE for desktop environment, Manjaro as a rolling release distribution, and pandas and seaborn for analysis. I use Salesforce and OpenAir for sales operations and resource forecasting, and JIRA or LiquidPlanner for production. I prefer Hugo for static site generation.

things I like

I like running west at dusk, reading speculative fiction, and tracking developments in cognitive psychology, data science, privacy, and open source. I abandoned brewing beer in favor of making mead. Bees are wonderful creatures. I’ve a ginger metheglin that has been over two years in the making and should be ready soon.

I am an avid player of European board games that involve economies of production, territories and technology trees, variable player powers, and multiple paths to victory. Favorites include Trajan and Through the Ages and Race for the Galaxy.

I prefer two wheeled vehicles. I ride a 1996 BMW R1100RS. For human-powered gettings about, I’ve a late 1990s bonded aluminum Alan cyclocross frame with a flip-flop, single-speed hub. I’ve also a bombproof chromoly 1980s Nishiki frame that indeed feels like steel.