One way or another, computers have been an important and near-omnipresent part of my life. These days it’s difficult to imagine life without the tiny computers we carry in our pockets, but long before smartphones became ubiquitous I had an opportunity that not many my age had: my own computer.
As I’ve previously recounted, I made it my habit to spend a week or two every Summer at Boy Scout camp. I mostly enjoyed these trips, though it was certainly an abrupt shift for an indoorsy, nerdy kid primarily focused on computers, video games, and books. Suddenly, I was outside, with no video games orContinue reading “The Card Game”
When I was first hired at NetApp, my first job out of college, they made a lot of noise about how they didn’t do layoffs and they were such a great place to work. Then they had layoffs. It was a big deal. The CEO stood in front of the company and talked about howContinue reading “The Layoff Fakeout”
About a week or so after buying my first car, some friends of mine got a group of folks together to go on a camping trip over Labor Day weekend. The trip would be out in the Western part of the state, a four-hour drive away.
When attending a university program in Computer Science, the fundamental unit of misery is the project. Courses were generally laid out such that students would learn a concept, technique, or technology and then would be assigned a programming project in order to demonstrate understanding and familiarity with what has just been taught. Virginia Tech wasContinue reading “The Unfair Project”
One day, while working at my first job out of college, I was contacted by my friend Ashish. He was once again going recruiting up at Virginia Tech, and was looking for folks to go with him. Naturally, I volunteered.
My Sophomore year at university, I lived in a dorm called West Eggleston Hall. There were many charming features of said dorm — for one, it was constructed back when dorms were segregated by gender, so there were no women’s bathrooms. When I stayed there the dorm was co-ed by floor in order to workContinue reading “The Fire Alarm”
When I first applied for the high school Summer job at Subway, I applied to the one very near my parents’ house. While I was hired there, that particular location didn’t really need new hires. I was trained there, but Subway were planning on opening three new stores in the Knoxville area and I wasContinue reading “The Near Firing”
In 2010, an opportunity came up to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Miami. I had just one problem: at the time, I didn’t fly.
In 2013, I took my second trip to Haiti. This second trip was a partnership with the Orphan Education Foundation, and as such we spent much more time at the orphanage.