Bio/General

Background

About me: nerd, geek, iconoclast, queerish straight guy, scientist, engineer, athlete, diversity and justice advocate, and part-time evil capitalist. I grew up in Boise, Idaho, in a very adventurous and athletic family, and will spend my whole life struggling to be as cool as my parents. I've pursued a lifetime interest in science and engineering, always tempered with athletics and outdoor activity.

I live in Pasadena, California.

Academics

Career

I am currently working in software development and startups. I founded and am the majority owner of Logical Reality Design, Inc., a contracting firm that specializes in startup development, particularly in Ruby on Rails. I also founded Provectis Music, Inc., a now-defunct software firm that built a neat tool for visualization of musical pitch.

Publications

Ph.D. Thesis (2005)

Universal biosignatures for the detection of life

My thesis won an award for "Best electronic dissertation" from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). Here's a video of my acceptance speech.

Papers

Presentations

I present regularly on topics of software development in the Los Angeles Ruby / Rails software development community. A few of them can be found on the web in one format or another...

Fun Stuff