I made my first computer when I was 4, and it had a really sweet form factor. It was a piece of paper folded in half with a keyboard and screen drawn in colored pencil. Since then, I've been immersed in the world that computers open up for us. Programming makes it possible to take an idea and quickly make it real with little overhead. It's like magic.
I grew up inspired by Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, stories that show how someone who seems small can change the world. Little Frodo can take the Ring to Mount Doom, and a farm boy from Tatooine can save the galaxy. I love that the internet is making this more of a reality every day. Anyone with an idea and dedication can have an enormous impact.
I studied the Near East in college, where I picked up Arabic and a little Farsi. I don't get the chance to speak it often now, but sometimes I'll browse Arabic Wikipedia to make sure I don't get too rusty.
I love woodworking. My latest project is a replica of a 5000-year-old board game: The Royal Game of Ur.