There's so much advice out there about how you might introduce yourself to someone you have never met, or perhaps, how you might reintroduce yourself to someone you know but only see infrequently. How do you answer that question - "What have you been up to?" or "What do you do for a living?" One school of thought is that you need to have an 'elevator speech', basically a summary of who you are that takes no longer to recite than a brief elevator ride. I have also heard this called a urinal speech which, when you think about it, is much more difficult as now you are facing a wall and talking. Try talking to someone without looking at them. The visual feedback is important even if it's just a nod that says, "I get what you're saying" or perhaps the WTF look? While I think the elevator speech has a time and a place, I prefer the pint of beer speech. I don't want to make a pitch, I want to establish a relationship.
Throughout my life I have focused on being on the forefront of technology. I like the bleeding edge, being an early adopter. Spending hours on getting something to work properly, which may be frustrating to many, is in my opinion time well spent as I get to break something down and understand how it works. This seems like a pretty typical attitude for someone that studied engineering. I worked on computer animations in the late 80s, started web programming in the early 90s as well as open source programming on BSD systems and later on with Linux. I've worked on designing and developing major websites such as the Cancer Survivors Network for the American Cancer Society which is many ways is a precursor to social media websites like Facebook.
In 2004, I took time off to be a stay at home dad for my three children. As the kids started school full-time, I also went back to school completing both a bachelor and masters of science degrees in economics at the University of Kentucky. Although I have not been working full time over the last nine years I have kept my technical skill set up by working a various small projects both in grad school and on my network at home.
My focus has now turned towards data science or "big data" which has become much more prevalent over the last few years. I enjoy working with and manipulating large datasets to tease out new insights and while a big data approach is not necessarily as rigorous as a full economic analysis, this approach can offer a jumping off point for a full analysis or at least identify relationships in the data which can then be examined in more detail.
More recently though, I have been doing a lot of photography and much of what I consider to be my best work is displayed here on this site. I'm hoping to share more of this work as well as some of the technology that goes into it. I hope you like it!