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PTL for Marconi (Cloud Queuing)
I hack on cloud stuff at Rackspace. I'm a dad, musician, and closet entreprenuer.
In spite of my sister's advice to the contrary (and to her complete bafflement), I spent my entire life savings on a programming book at the age of 12, and began teaching myself how to write DOS programs in the basement of my parent's home. One thing led to another, and a few years later I found himself starting an indie game company with a friend. Over the years I've had the oppotunity to work in a variety of roles at companies including Novell, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, and several startups.
Somewhere in there, I also managed to graduate with a Computer Science degree from Brigham Young University, much to the disappointment of my music professor.
I currently work as a principal architect and cloud hacker at Rackspace, focusing on web services, connected agents, cryptography, and performance.