Work

I work remotely, with lovely folk over in San Francisco. I currently work for Heroku, part of Salesforce.com, where I own all of the public web properties that represent the company and its products, and the teams that create and manage them. This includes the main marketing sites, sign-up, product documentation, product marketing and ops.

San Francisco

Play

I love ideas, and discussing them. I suspect I'm happiest when eating with friends, learning interesting things. Particularly about human behaviour, evolution, genetics and related fields. I've put together a list of interests below, and I very infrequently write about a few of them on my blog. I occassionally program too. I once wrote a book about Enterprise Java, and now dabble in Ruby and Swift.

A lemon polenta cake I made

Photography

I have an odd relationship with photography. On the one hand, I quite enjoy taking photographs. On the other, I sometimes suffer from vemödalen, the "frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist." I revisit my personal photographs reasonably often, as memory aids, and I now think that photographs that have people in them, are the most important.

You can find my public photographs on Flickr, and my current attempt at documenting weekly life, on Instagram. Here are some of my favourite photographs:

Interests

Here are some of my interests, in no particular order:

Human Behaviour

We're so pliable, stubborn, tribalistic and susceptible to all sorts of in-built biases. Sometimes, so narrow minded, and so ignorant of those outside of our circle of empathy. Society, culture, nature vs nurture.

Genetics

I've had my DNA genotyped, learned and written a little about CRISPR, and am always in awe when learning how our genes helped shaped us. I'm even more in awe of Darwin and Wallace to have conceived of evolution without knowledge of our genes. Viruses fascinate and frighten me.

Evolution

The descriptive power and reach of evolution leaves me in awe. From dinosaurs to man-made nucleotides. Natural selection, sexual selection, evo-devo, abiogenesis. So much life.

Mathematics

I've always had a love of mathematics, unmatched by an ability. I hope to spend some time, soon, learning more about bisimulation and co-induction, in order to investigate further the semantics of lazy functional programs.

Travel

Traveling makes me feel insignificant. It reminds me (and I need the reminding) of how small I am, of how many ways there are of being, of living, of navigating life. This is a relief. I do find not being able to communicate, a little stressful - however this is balanced with the new history, food and culture.

History

I've come late to history, so to speak. How insignificant we all are - how little we leave behind - and how many mistakes we repeat. It's bleak, yet filled with humanity. It is who we are, what we were.

Cognition

How we think. How we think that we think. That we think we have free will, but have none. How we are many, and how fabricate a self from that. How we reason, and fail to be rational.

Information Technology

It's the world many of us live in, and the world I work in. It's incredible to think how it has changed our culture, for good (connecting people) and for bad (attention deficit), how it enables new forms of business, and crushes others.

Mental Health

I care about mental health - my own, and those around me. I have friends who help me see the wood from the trees, and friends I try and help. I have an internal operating system set of rules I try and follow to help me navigate my brain. "Spectrum's everywhere", is one such rule (reminding me not to be black & white).