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About the author

I was born in 1981 to two native Bronxites who fled the decaying borough to Long Island, where I grew up first in New Hyde Park and, since 1987, Syosset. I have two younger brothers, Adam and David.

Most of my family came to the U.S. in the early 20th century. My grandparents were all born in the U.S. and my parents both grew up in New York, but now my family is spread across the country and the world: Pennsylvania, Washington, California, Israel, and even some distant cousins who still live in Italy.

I graduated from Syosset High School in 1999 and enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh that fall, where I majored in computer science with a minor in Japanese. In the summer of 2002, I lived and studied in Tokyo.

After graduation I began working at CombineNet, a startup software company based in Pittsburgh. Three years and some 80 new hires after I originally joined, I took a headhunter up on his offer and moved out to Seattle, taking a software engineering position at Amazon.com's Email Plaform team at the end of May 2006. After nearly four years developing the systems that send Amazon's e-mail to customers, I transferred to the Kindle Content Store in April 2010.

I'm a trivia buff, constantly pestering anyone who'll listen with various obscure nuggets of knowledge. I also follow the Yankees and the Steelers, and I'd love to visit every stadium in Major League Baseball. If you're in Seattle and looking for a good crowd to watch Steelers games, check out the Seattle Pittsburgh Steelers Meetup Group, which I started to run during the 2017 season.

In my spare time I enjoy exploring the fast-growing neighborhoods of Seattle on foot, reading, watching movies old and new, and nursing the coffee addiction that I picked up shortly after moving here. I also enjoy travel, including trips to France, Italy, Hawaii, Japan, and destinations in the great Pacific Northwest. I've also taken an interest in local Seattle history as a member of the Capitol Hill Historical Society.

About this site

This site, which went live April 14, 2013, is served entirely from within Amazon Web Services. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) hosts the content and Amazon Route 53 provides the Domain Name System (DNS) hosting and domain registration. Fastmail handles inbound and outbound e-mail.

All of the content on this site is served as static resources. I generate pages using Jekyll, which runs in Ruby, on my home PC and I upload the content using S3cmd. The source is backed up to a private S3 bucket.

The theme for this site is based heavily on Jekyll Bootstrap, which in turn is based on Twitter Bootstrap.