I, along with the rest of the development team, build and maintain the systems and tools used by TRICAST; meaning the auditing applications like AccuCAST and utility applications like the Tool Box application portal. Essentially I spend all day staring at my monitors full of text solving logic puzzles. I enjoy it.
What do you like about what you do for TRICAST?
Programming has been what I’ve wanted to do for a good long while (I learned my first programming language when I was around 10 or 12) so there is really not much for me not to like. I am doing something I love doing.
What’s your favorite movie?
This is one of those questions that it always feels like I don’t have a proper answer. To be honest the most correct answer, for me, is that it depends on the situation. With friends I love to watch this really horrible movie The Room, but most of that is that we all have a great time laughing at just how awful it is. With my girlfriend, on say a nice movie night in, you cannot beat a classic like The Princess Bride. There are movies that I would rate by far the best but I could forget the last 20 minutes (looking at you Serenity). So the proper answer is that it depends.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
A bit of this and a bit of that for the most part, interspersed with indecision on whether to do this or that in-between. I recently joined the Milwaukee Makerspace and have been spending a decent amount of time there and at home working on/hacking/making a variety of things including some 3D printing (I will be building my own printer soon) and making some furniture I have been meaning to since I moved into my current apartment.
Give us a Fun Fact:
I graduated with two degrees. One in Computer Science, as one might expect with my position, and one in Music with a focus in composition. I play piano, guitar, drums, mandolin, saxophone, ukulele, and I sing a bit when I am forced. Earlier this year I composed a piece for choir and piano. It was called A Clockwork Heart with words by Drew Williams, a friend of mine from the University of Chicago. It was performed by a sub-section of my school choir this past April.