About Me

If you’re looking for my resume, look no further.  (If you’re one of those benighted heathens who insists on everything in Microsoft Word format, well, you need to look only a little further.)

I was born in the early months of 1975 to a small-town lawyer and his former-schoolteacher wife.  My early years were spent on an Iowa farm, suffering from brutal hay fever and wishing I could get off the farm.  I’m a farm kid at heart, but don’t mistake that for wanting to go back.

Dad went on to have a rather august career in law, which was both good and bad.  It afforded me opportunities I’d otherwise never have had, but he also casts a very long shadow.  Part of my life has been spent staking out a much different career path — computer science — so as to be out of that shadow.  Now at age forty-four I find I’m in the weird place where I’m casting some shadow of my own.  It’s strange the way things turn.

I graduated from Cornell College in 1998 with a degree in computer science.  Cornell was an important, pivotal part of my growing up and I’d recommend it to anyone.  You can get a genuinely first-class computer science education at a small liberal-arts college, if you have the grit to apply yourself and take advantage of opportunities.  (And without those things you won’t get a first-class education anywhere, even if you’re attending MIT.)

I spent the next four years bouncing around the telecommunications sector and start-ups and Silicon Valley before returning to Iowa to pursue graduate school in computer science at the University of Iowa.  Those were interesting years.  I left UI after completing the coursework for a Ph.D. in computer science, but without completing a thesis.  I have no regrets about that.

Since 2008 I’ve been living in the Washington D.C. metro area.

All in all, it’s a good life.  I like it.

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