Well, Friday has come around quickly again this week! It’s time to shine the Spotlight on another Globalite already! Everyone, Meet Ian.
What do you do?
I’m a Ruby Software Developer in the GlobalDev team. I help to make the software that over 10 million people have signed up for, scary stuff!
How long have you been with the company?
Just coming up to my 5th month and that’s flown by.
What did you want to be growing up?
While at school, I had a spell at the Air Cadets; not my proudest of childhood memories.
However, I did get the chance to take many flights in a De Havilland Canada DHC-1, also known as the Chipmunk, doing barrel rolls, circling clouds and trying to land, all before I could even drive a car! Flying interested me enough that I thought I might be a pilot, up until the day I got my first computer. I guess we can blame Commodore for me being here now!
How would your work mates describe you in 3 word?
Caffeine fuelled music_junkie (cheating I know, but used a little programming trick!)
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
The ability to freeze time, for everyone but myself. I would catchup on the stack of books of I have waiting for me, read the papers and “borrow” some money from the bank…. I may even use it to save people’s lives from run away cars and the like…
Biggest inspiration? (Excluding family)
No one single person stands out. Maybe someone like Stephen Hawking who can write a book about the universe-n-stuff, in such a way that even I understand it. Or like Richard Branson for his passion and drive in his visions for business.
Marmite. Love or hate?
Not a big fan. Is that an allowed answer? I can eat it, but wouldn’t choose to.
What are your 3 favourite websites and why? (Excluding us!)
GitHub – If I can’t find code for something on there, it doesn’t exist!
MixCloud – A good source of beats.
Google Reader – Bit of a cheat answer, as it contains a feed to tons of sites but it allows me to glance through interesting blog posts by some prominent people in the ruby/tech world.
A secret or fact that nobody at work knows?
I was once a qualified ski and snowboard instructor and did a spot of teaching at a local ski centre. Although I now no longer teach, I still like to fall down steep snow covered mountains, all in the name of fun.
What item at work could you not live without? (Excluding your computer)
Coffee. (Followed by more coffee.)
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