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I sing with the Chorus of the Genesee, a barbershop chorus. That also makes me a member of SPEBSQSA, the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. "It's great to be a barbershopper!" I'm also singing in a quartet called Fever Pitch.
I derive a great deal of enjoyment from driving, pinball, and roller coasters. I've got a few sims on my machine, but nothing compares to the real thing. For year-round rollercoaster-esque enjoyment, I've now got a Chaos Tower.
I used to have an unhealthy obsession with good web implementation. (Now it's a healthy one.) I wanted to be a web mender, someone travelling the country making the suggestions that push web sites from junk to not junk. It hasn't worked out as a business venture, so I tried turning it into a blog. See ramblings on imperfect sites at WebMender.com.
As if that isn't geeky enough, I love numbers and math. I've solved more than fifty of the Project Euler problems, mostly with Python. I take pictures of my odometer when it hits cool numbers. I even wrote a prime factors clock because a webcomic hinted at it.
And because enough of my friends were doing it, I started keeping a LiveJournal. I particularly enjoy the cross-blog tools and the comment system, which would be quite difficult to implement on my own site.
For a few years, I was a big movie buff. I wrote up a few hundred movie reviews during that phase. I don't watch movies nearly as often any more, and most of my writing energy goes elsewhere.
I also enjoy unusual clocks. I've got three clocks from Chronoart, and I'm usually on the lookout for other artistic ones to add to my collection.
I've been employed by Allworx since May 2008. I'm in the consulting division, which means I get a lot of variety. I've already done some driver development and worked on the guts of a box that runs Linux, but whose only UI is a USB port. Before Allworx, I spent ten years in a research department at Xerox.
I grew up in the Pittsburgh area, and lived there through high school. I spent my undergraduate years at the University of Rochester in Rochester NY, majoring in the then-new Computer Science program. I graduated in May of 1997, and never left town.