🎒🌎👁🔑Backpacker, Web developer & open web enthusiast, privacy and encryption advocate. Recovering techno-utopian. Idealist.
In ‘04 I was employed by a series of technology concerns doing business as a software engineer, as a specialist in the production of web and mobile applications. I begin experimenting with Bitcoin toward the end of 2012, where I divided my time between taming web applications and analyzing Bitcoin. I attended M.65 Blockchain Technology class at the MIT Media Lab in the autumn of 2015. About a year later I agreed to give all of my time to FinTech; and shortly afterwards I left Nara Logics, and moved over to Cinch Financial in Boston. I have been there ever since.
I was married in July, 2014, to my wife, whom I had met while living in Somerville, in 2010.
Occasionally I get away from Boston for a few days, to attend the meeting of some Meetup society or for a trip to the mountains. Regularly during the spring and summer and fall I get “up river” or into the woods on weekends and holidays to make up for the hours which I have to waste in the office and workshop.
I never have had time nor strength to take any part in public life, but I have managed to do a good deal of open source development work in connection with technical problems on the web and with the occasional rabble-rousing with various social justice groups. Once in a while I publish an article on my blog or on Medium.com. I belong to twitter, as well as to others online, and I am also a member of the Ember.js Meetup Group of Boston. Social clubs do not appeal to me.
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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do you live?
Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts USA.
- What do you do for work?
I’m a software engineer building web and mobile apps for a startups in Boston. I enjoy building things for the internet.
- What hardware do you use?
Apple MacBook Pro. At home I’m productive on battle-hardened
Early-20118,2 (w/ SSD & ram upgrades). At work I use a Mid-2015; the last of the good MBPs. I sometimes travel with a Samsung Chromebook 3, and find it more useful every day. I ride a 2006 Fuji Track bike daily. I carry a Google Pixel 5”. I’ve been a long fan of Google hardware having used the HTC Dream/G1, Nexus S and Nexus 5. I always leave home with whatever book I’m reading at the moment paired with a Moleskine notebook for note-taking and writing rough drafts. At work and home, I have a customized Kenisis Ergo Advantage keyboard with Cherry MX brown switches and keytravel reducer o-rings.
- What Software?
macOS Sierra, Android and Chrome OS. iTerm2 and RXVT terminals get a ton of use. Firefox is my primary browser and Chome for development. I use neovim for development and writing. ProtonMail for email. Signal for text messaging along with Twitter. I use Git quite a lot. Transmission and Resilio Sync for file transfers. For getting shit done, my homebrew manifest will tell you the regular tools I use. Otherwise, Fuck Facebook, Fuck Dropbox. On Android i like Todoist for ToDos, Strava for logging miles, Betterment for saving/investing, Goodreads for reading, and Pocket has a great text-to-speech mode that makes it easy to listen to my reads while working out or running. I listen to podcasts with Player.fm.
- When did you start web development?
In high school back in 1996, shortly after I got on the internet. I made a fake “web consulting” agency website, and companies started hiring me to build their websites.
- What would be your dream setup?
A VR system like the Oculus or Google Daydream (with higher resolution) and complete support for the desktop environment inside VR. If someone would implement vim in the VR space, that would be killer. The idea is to have a complete development environment with just a smartphone, keyboard and VR headset. This would eliminate the need for the desktop monitor and I could use my desk for books and writing on paper. Oh, and a fireplace, I love fireplaces.