My life recently has been an object lesson in extreme deviations from the norm. I got my teeth knocked out in broomball, but also landed an outstanding job in an arguably abominable economy where most of my peers have been struggling to find work and make ends meet. I’m now a software engineer at Vodpod, a web site oriented towards video aggregation and publishing. I love what I do, but how I got the job in the first place is also an interesting story.

Carleton College just started this new program called Engagement Wanted. As a graduating senior, you write a short “elevator speech” and post it on their web site. Here’s mine, in its entirety:

Looking for a year-long job while I apply to physics grad school. Physics research would be great, but I also have six years experience in IT, ops, and web development. Photographer, graphic designer, *nix admin, network guy, and open source software developer. If you know anyone who’s hiring (especially using Ruby), I’d love to hear from you!

I just finished my last undergrad assignment—Hector's E&M test. Got an A in the course, actually, which really surprised me. I'm now done with Carleton, and graduate in a week. I'll be living in Madison for a few weeks, and then moving out to San Francisco for my new job. Should be exciting!

Also, I ported Cortex Reaver to Innate and Sequel 3.0.0. It works, but things are a bit shaky still.

The Hidden Spaces project is going really well, and is responsible for the slew of new photos this week. I'm immersed in Carleton lore right now, digging through tunnels and Caucus to try and piece together a story about this campus and all the weird things behind the scenes. It's an incredible experience.

I've started having meetings with faculty and facilities in preparation for taking photographs for the next book. My goal is to explore hidden spaces at Carleton—rooftops, tunnels, basements, and secret rooms, recording messages left by past adventurers and to share the experience of discovering unseen infrastructure. Goal is to have a library of photos collected by week 6 or so, produce the book source by week 7, and have physical copies before I leave.

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