I am a father, technologist, musician, and open source mechanic working for Datastax.
While attending university as a music major, I got into MUDs. I played Realms of Despair for about a year before I realized I really wanted to hack on them. I had done a little BASIC on Apple IIe in middle school, so I figured "how hard could it be?"
Since all I had at the time was a 486 running Windows 95, my first experience with C was via Cygwin. Someone recommended that I pick up a copy of Slackware Unleashed from the student bookstore and give it try. I did. A couple months later I emerged from my apartment with early signs of neckbeard and headed off to Detroit to start my career as a Junior Systems Administrator. Many things have changed since then.
Over the 15 or so years of my career, I have worked on everything from hacking Linux kernel drivers to HTML5 games, mostly from some kind of devops role.
As an evangelist for Cassandra and Spark, I do a fair amount of public speaking, as well as various experiments that usually end up being recorded on this site.
I am active on the usual social networks.
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