About Me

I’m a software engineer living in Seattle with my beautiful wife, lots of plants, and some birds.

After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy and a stint teaching English abroad in Turkey, I came back to the U.S. wondering what to do with my life. Then one day a friend of mine dropped a huge book on my desk with a picture of a camel on it. As I flipped though the pages, it was suddenly obvious to me what I had been missing: I wanted to build things with logic! Shortly after that, I installed my first Linux operating system, Red Hat, read The GNU Manifesto, and fell in love.

After pursuing a round-about path to becoming a software engineer, starting first as a software project manager, I eventually went back to school in Computer Science, became an independent contractor, and then a full-time employee.

For a change of pace, and to energize my career, my wife and I moved from Sacramento to Seattle in 2014, where we have been living ever since. After working for a couple software companies in the area, I’ve finally had the chance to flesh out what a completely open source software stack would look like for personal and small-to-medium sized business needs.  That’s what this website is about.

Unfortunately, since the concept of free and open software is sometimes at odds with the the capitalist ethos of maximum profit, it is not always possible for me to devote the majority of my time working on open source software.  So while I plan to devote as much time as possible supporting open source software and this website in the coming months – I will likely, before too long, have to return once more to being a marionette of the 1%.