|A curmudgeon is a miser or an ill-tempered (and
frequently old) person full of stubborn ideas or opinions.
|i·con·o·clast||“Wouldn’t it be cool if…”|
|An iconoclast is someone who performs iconoclasm
— destruction of religious symbols, or, by extension,
established dogma or conventions. The term that has come to be
applied figuratively to any person who breaks or disdains established dogmata or conventions.
|cur·mud·ge·o·clast||“This sucks, but wouldn’t it be cool if…”|
The story behind the name
At RubyConf someone (sorry, I forget who) complimented me on my
tweets: that my grumbling and bitching was entertaining. I said
I tended to be a curmudgeon. He commented that he thought I was more
of an iconoclast, in that I often had something interesting/useful to
say. I tweeted this and Chris Hanson (@eschaton) gave the above
characterizations (and wikipedia provided the definitions). And so it
seems I am a curmudgeoclast.
Heh. That’s pretty cool.
I’ve always been a gamer to some extent. My earliest significant
gaming memories are of high school era with an Atari VCS as and later
my Apple ][+ and games like RasterBlster, Lode Runner, BurgerTime, and
the like. I went through a serious DOOM and Quake I/II phase. Diablo
II, and now Diablo III. WoW. iOS games, Nintendo 3DS.
I’ve worked for a company in the gaming industry (though not making games, making stuff for gamers) and am playing more (time and games).
Most recently I’ve gotten caught up in the Pathfinder TableTop RPG from Paizo.
I’ve been programming and hacking hardware in some fashion for about 30 years, on many systems in too many languages to remember. I’m the guy originally
behind the idea that turned into sSpec (for Smalltalk) and then rSpec. I’ve written books on extreme programming, and test
driven development. I’ve written articles, and spoken at conferences.
Mostly I like hacking on code and hardware and using software to solve problems.
Preferably hard problems.
I’ve been interested in food and cooking since I was a teen. I started
out by teaching myself to cook Chinese food using cooking shows and
cookbooks (Wok with Yan out of Vancouver… Steven Yan, not Martin Yan).
My culinary interest/involvement ebbed and flowed over the years. What
really kicked it into gear was working at Google, surrounded by
incredible chefs and passionate foodies. That and having to fill out a
kitchen more or less from scratch. More than anyone, kudos have to go
to chefs Brian Mattingly, Jean Claude Balek, Justin Lucke and their
My latest obsession is baking. I’ve always tended to stovetop cooking in various forms. I like tasting & fiddling as I go. Baking is chemistry: mix it up, apply heat, and hope for the best. Since becoming a rabid fan of The Great British Bake-off which is also shown on PBS as The Great British Baking Show. To guide me, I am working my way through Cookie Love by Mindy Segal of Chicago’s Hot Chocolate. Yes I’m diabetic so I try not to eat many cookies, but my Pathfinder group and the folks at work have enjoyed the results of my adventure.
Update (early 2017): As result of moving back to Canada and working in a distributed/remote engineering team, I no longer have “folks at work” or a all-in-one-room gaming group. So no more cookies. Suzanne has developed a passion for making whole/multi-grain breads which is awesome in many ways.