As a Cascadian, what's your favorite local activity?
We're spoiled for choice. I do some hiking, biking, and skiing, but my favourite is simply walking the Seawall here in Vancouver on a sunny day. Despite rumours to the contrary, we do indeed have sunny days here.
What does your usual work day look like?
I wear enough hats that every day is an unusual work day, which is the way I like it. Depending on the day, I do a mix of design, client meetings, support, project management, coding, and the random stuff that it takes to keep a software studio shipping good stuff.
Who in the industry consistently blows you away with wonderful work?
The fine folks at &yet. They're always experimenting, always learning, and always thinking about the people.
Have you worked in industries other than the web?
Not really. My first job I was hired to do customer support at an ISP, but before long I was developing their intranet. My second job I was hired to do QA on a Palm OS app, but before long I was developing web apps there. My third job I was hired to build web apps, though I did end up doing a lot of native iOS development. And now at Steamclock, we do both web and native apps. The web has always been part of my work life, and I don't see that stopping any time soon.
What does your dream job look like?
That's a deep question when you run your own studio, since in theory I should have my dream job - I created it myself, right? The more companies you work with and the more people in the industry you meet, you start to see every potential job as a set of tradeoffs and challenges, and the idea of a perfect job kind of fades away. That said, I get an extreme amount of enjoyment out of shipping great new products. The more we're doing that, the more it feels like a dream job.
Do you knit, play the banjo, make beer, climb rocks or do anything that isn't on a computer?
I play guitar, do theatre, and play on a hockey team of programmers. I also have a lot of little side projects that aren't my job but do to some degree require computers, like podcasting, running meetups, writing, teaching, and collecting endorsements on LinkedIn for "HTML7".
Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
One time when I was a kid, I made a game in BASIC that eventually would no longer run because QBASIC didn't allow more than 100KB of code in a function.