I am a carbon based biped who alternates 0s and 1s for money.
I was born in the summer of 1988 in Berkeley, California. The world was never the same. Mostly because everything changes all the time, but partly because of me.
When I was 8 years old, my grandma introduced to me to programming via Logo, and soon afterwards I had lego elevators ascending and descending.
In eighth grade I received my first graphing calculator, a TI-83+, and started abusing my thumbs writing programs in TI-BASIC.
I was introduced to PHP after taking two years of Comp. Sci. in high school and immediately scraped my favorite web comics into a single page (updated nightly of course).
Going to college I desperately wanted to know more about how both the universe and the Internet actually worked. So I studied Computer Engineering, with a focus on networks, garnering some cosmology and nucleosynthesis while I was at it.
My networking track led me to an internship with Cisco Systems, which was an invaluable lesson in office interactions and project & portfolio management software and practices.
For my senior design project my team designed and created micro synchrophasors, devices to measure the relative phase of the grid at standard outlets. I was responsible for connecting the device to the Internet and building a site to collect and display the data.
After graduating a friend and I created Tndrbox, a geolocated digital events board, but we moved on when we realized our friendship was more important than the business.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one."
- George R.R. Martin
Video games are most of what inspired me to investigate how computers and networks work. I vividly remember the awe I felt watching my brother play a LAN game (Jedi Knight) with a friend: how incredible it was for them to interact at a distance through such a beautiful medium.
I also enjoy the analog versions amongst friends, be it a pickup game of football or experimenting with new card games. I have settled many a Catan.
Courtney Blackburn gave me my first taste of Taiji when I was a student at UCSC. I haven't been able to get enough of it since. When I moved back to Oakland after I graduated I sought out whoever could teach me Chen style.
I was introduced to tea by my babysitter when she made me a hacked version of chai (one bag Cinnamon Stick, one bag English Breakfast, Milk, and as much sugar as you can handle).
In college Ben Brast-McKie taught me the gongfu tea ceremony and the wonder that is Puerh. These days I drink a pot of tea every day.