The short version: Male, Salt Lake City, Utah, 32, happily married with an adorable little girl and a bouncing baby boy. I'm originally from Michigan, and am a big Michigan football fan. Graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, got an M.S. a few years later from the University of Utah.
Nowadays I spend my time with my family, and as much time as I can hacking away on personal projects. I spend a fair amount of my free time hacking on Zyzzyva, a program I am writing to help myself study Scrabble words. I spend a fair amount of time playing in Scrabble tournaments and at the Utah Scrabble Club.
These days I'm trying to use Ruby where I would normally use Perl. But I haven't done enough programming with it to get used to it yet, and I find myself using Perl anyway. Heard this funny quote from someone on Slashdot the other day:
Perl is like my ex-girlfriend... I used to be all over her^H^H^Hit but am now fawning over the knockout redhead Ruby. Unfortunately, I had several children with my ex that still need to be cared for -- feature improvements, bugfixes, restarts. Hopefully one day they'll grow up and leave the house so Ruby can have me all to herself.
I like to participate in the lighter side of programming, so whenever I have time I take part in Perl golf, or write the occasional JAPH. My all-time favorite JAPH is here: Just another JAPH.
I use OpenPGP and here is my public key.
Behold the Big XP Baby button! Never fear, XP babies, it doesn't actually affect your XP.