What’s all this about?

In my day-to-day life, I spent a lot of time learning. Sometimes, it’s really easy to find the information I’m looking for, but quite often it requires a lot of effort to find a reasonable answer. I’d like to share my thoughts and insights, on the off-chance that someone else has the same questions I do.

What sort of things do I learn about?

Academically, I’ve got an Electrical Engineering degree and a Computer Science degree. A lot of the things I learn about are related to one or both of these. I work in an environment where I’m exposed to a lot of different environments and tools, so there’s a pretty broad spread there.

I really enjoy cooking, so there’ll probably be recipes and … food-related thoughts. Recently, I’ve been more interested in the theory of cooking (that is, moving from “What recipe should I cook?” to “How/why does this recipe work?”)

I’ll also probably be talking about photography a bit. I’m definitely an amateur, but it’s really a fascinating topic for me.

Sometimes it’ll just be random thoughts too, although I’ll try to apply the “would other people find this interesting?” filter. There’s no point writing things that decrease the Signal-to-Noise ratio on the Internet… that’s what got me here in the first place.

What are you up to these days?

I’m at VendAsta Technologies, working on Online Reputation Management software called StepRep.  It’s web-based, and has only takes a minute to sign up for and try out!  This is my first adventure back into web-based software since high school, and I’m really enjoying myself.  We’re using Google App Engine to handle our load balancing, which warms my heart.  It also ties well into my undergrad research project involving distributed filesystem performance.

In the past, I’ve had a short stint at SED Systems, where I worked on ground-station software for a cool Canadian-based satellite project.  Before that, I spent a little more than a year at an EDA startup, Solido Design Automation, where I helped to develop an amazingly cool statistically-aware transistor-level design tool.

While I was still doing my undergraduate degree, I spent two summers working in Dr. Gray’s lab in the Biology Deptartment at the University of Saskatchewan, helping design software and hardware to assist in locust vision experiments. I ended up contributing to an IEEE paper: EMG spike time difference based feedback control.