This is a place to write about all the articles, documents, and books that have piled up to create a rather large (virtual and actual) reading stack. My hope is that writing about the material I read will help me to synthesize ideas and learn more purposefully. I will try to summarize, provide insights, and make connections between threads of information wherever possible.
I am a Senior Research Engineer at PNNL, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. I work as a software engineer and computer scientist (see research publications) in support of scientific and national security projects. One of the most interesting roles I fill is chief software architect for the Signature Discovery Research Initiative. My current research and engineering interests include software architecture, model-driven development, middleware, and data integration for emergency management. Nascent interests include informatics and the business of technology.
Prior to working at PNNL, I attended Western Washington University where I received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science (2005). WWU is located in the city of Bellingham (which is incidentally home to one of the greatest mountain bike destinations in the state: Galbraith Mountain). While at WWU, I focused my graduate studies on distributed systems and did a research project to improve the information sharing algorithms in openMosix, which was an open source, Linux kernel-based distributed operating system. It was fun hacking around in the Linux kernel! Before graduate school, I worked in ecommerce as a UNIX System Administrator for the Walt Disney Internet Group and in web operations for Amazon.com. I am still a UNIX and Linux Geek at heart.
In a previous chapter of my life, I received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Vermont (1996), then worked for the US Forest service in the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska. There my title was Biotechnician, which involved collecting data for Forestry and Ecology Studies. (I have a few cool bear stories, if you are interested). I have done a decent amount of traveling in Central and South America: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and I’d like to visit as many Central and South American archaeological sites as I can. The best I have been to so far is Tikal, although hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was close second.
This site follows my reading and writing workflow. Items at different stages of the workflow show up on the right-hand side of the site. The workflow is as follows: Start with reading articles, mainly using Google Reader. From there, I share items that I find interesting, but don’t want to comment on extensively (see “Shared Articles” section). Items that I might want to write about or that I need more time to dedicate to reading, I post to Instapaper (see the “Articles - to read” section). Research papers that I come across get posted to citeulike and show up in the “Papers - to read” section. Books I am (usually very slowly) reading are shared via goodreads. Then, as I finish reading significant items, I write about them in the blog.
This blog is implemented as a static site, generated by a tool called hyde. All content is created in plain text form using a regular text editor, then hyde applies a set of templates to generate the set of html pages. For more details on this setup, see this post.
The opinions expressed on this web site are my own and do not represent those of my current or past employers. Likewise, none of the information contained in this site pertains to any work I have performed at my current or past employers, unless it has previously been officially released and published.