Ok, Geva Perry tagged me so here goes:
1. After graduating from Umass/Amherst with a Mechanical Engineering degree, I worked at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, doing side-impact crashworthiness research for the NHTSA. We ran transient dynamic finite-element analysis simulations using LS-DYNA and rigid-body simulations with MADYMO3D. This is where I learned UNIX, because we ran the simulations on big SGI Origin compute servers, T3 Cray machines, Intel Paragons, and even AIX RS/6000s.
2. I’ve been playing guitar since I was about 13 years old, and after playing live many bluegrass, metal, jamband covers, and pop songs, I still can’t seem to do anything with jazz improvisation except faking it.
3. In high school I was a major gearhead, and tricked out all of my 3 1980s VW GTIs for extra horsepower. My introduction to automotive repairs was replacing the front left transaxle on my 1977 VW Scirocco in my driveway. This enthusiasm for cars also led me to be one ‘bad driving’ point away from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles seizing my license. (I drive slower now)
4. In 1999, I moved to San Francisco and after a short stint at Genentech, I went to work at Salon.com for Chad Dickerson, who continues to be my all-time favorite manager. I learned a lot from Chad, and am lucky enough to work with him at Yahoo!.