- quietly loving it all
There doesn't seem to be a name for the syndrome I've got. Although it's a rare condition, I know that others share this affliction: I love my work. I love developing iOS apps, love dabbling in modern scripting languages, love wrangling pixels in Photoshop, and I even love version control systems. (Well, hg & git anyway.)
And I love discussing these things, arguing amicably about how to do them best, and learning when I've got it wrong. I love standing in front of a wall with smart, passionate people and sketching ideas until we all go, "Aha!" I love following Scrum practices, the flexibility of communicating with pen on paper, the discovery of new open source projects I can join and/or leverage.
I can forget about meals while knuckling down, coding and creating solo. Better yet, sit me down for days on end next to people who are ready to knuckle down with me—joking and dreaming all the way—and I'll be in heaven. (Corollary: I don't mind hearing, "Nice work, Chris," but I'd much rather hear, "Great job, you guys!")
So now you know my secret motivations. Please don't take advantage. ;)
- ...and automate the rest
Theatre major in college; Singer/songwriter in my high school band; Builder of play structures for my daughter…
People tell me I'm creative, but I just think of it as problem solving, or, to put a cynical spin on it, a low tolerance for busy work. I'm sensitive to inefficient tools and inefficient processes, which means that I tend to be pro-change. Or at least, pro-progress, which is the same thing, only with some cost-benefit analysis thrown in.
I get excited not just by creating things, but also by collaborating to remove friction, whether it be friction in a toolset or communication friction. At work, these translate into a somewhat tireless evangelism for inertia reduction.
My favorite inertia reducers in 2011: DVCS, Scrum, co-located teams, and BDD.
- present and future
At present, I'm paid for coding and collaborating around iOS, which must mean that I'm pretty good at it. I also enjoy making apps for myself in order to continuously learn new Cocoa technologies.
Also, I'd give my left big toe* to work alongside some complete geniuses who want to teach me everything they know. Not just smart people—I'm surrounded by those already—Google-quality folks. The kind of person that makes you feel like the speed and quality of life has just gone up an order of magnitude.
Like I always never say, there's no point resting on one's laurels. They're too pointy anyway.
*Though not my left pinky toe. Apparently pinky toes are crucial for proper balance.
- “Home Again”
LeapFrog cut 50% of its SchoolHouse division in January 2007, so once again I took stock of my career and decided to transition from physical media to Internet-based products. Having been on the sidelines of the Web revolution, I took a position freelancing at Carol H Williams Advertising managing ad banners, micro sites, and sweepstakes projects. Before long, my attentions were needed more dramatically away from CHWA: we'd been living in an apartment while a contractor renovated our house in order to fit my mother-in-law on a new second story. When he abandoned the project, I took drastic measures.
Just before the economy collapsed, I became a full-time home renovator.
- “Seeds of Change”
2008-2009 is something of a blur that's hard to summarize in a paragraph. During this time, I:
Which brings us to 2010...
So far, life in 2010 has been flying by like a rocket. I've done both freelance project management and iPhone programming, have started development on both of the apps I designed, and have been doing volunteer programming for a fun mobile game which could become steady paid work, if Greg and Ian can score funding. Speaking of funding, I've also got a super secret mobile app idea freshly conceived that I'll tell you about if you're the adventuring capitalist type. Otherwise, I've been attending developer meetups regularly, reading and coding like mad, and loving every minute of it.