Sometimes there are these moments of almost complete focus—long after the beginning, when you're not sure how to start, maybe you don't even know what research you should be doing to understand how to start, or maybe even after you've failed a few times to start, and are only now choosing which strategy to take—when magically the entire shape of the thing becomes instantly obvious, and it almost feels as though your strategy is choosing you, instead of the other way around, and all that remains is the doing of it. Finding and then staying inside those moments of pure purpose is so compelling a feeling for me that it might explain almost everything else I do professionally.
Like many people who do what I do, I found it when I was young. I always liked toiling away on some small project, off in some corner somewhere, and I have always been good with electronics and computers. None of the flaws that I have as a person seem to get in the way in this particular field, and I feel grateful to live in a time when something so introverted and bookish became professionally in demand. If you had asked me as a child to describe what my most special day would look like, I might have described something very similar to my current work day.
I'm inspired by the people who manage to keep everyone in the fold, the nucleus of the community, through missteps and criticisms, who don't lose track of the bigger picture. I am very often not one of those people, but I wouldn't be here without them. It must take a lot of courage to keep a whole community moving forward, as fragile as a community can sometimes be—without gratitude much of the time—and "inspiring" is definitely the right word for those who do. They make you want to be at your best, if only to make the whole big thing a little easier.
I once met Gary Busey while grappling with a masked intruder in my home. Just kidding. Something you might not know about me is that I tell jokes when I'm nervous.
I would do exactly what I do now, but from a great big recliner.