June 08, 2012

Geek of the Week: Meet Bryan

What's your name?
Bryan Anderson
Ed. note: I've dipped back into the familial pool—Bryan's my brother-in-law!

Where are you from?
Ashland, Oregon, living in Portland.

What does it mean to you to be a geek/nerd?
I identify more with the geek persona than the nerd. To me, geeks adopt new technology quicker than the average person and are passionate about it, usually self-identify as a geek, and are socially competent ... less awkward that a nerd. I hope that I don't offend anyone by saying that.

What are 2–5 things you're particularly passionate about?
I'm a Web Developer and really enjoy my job and programming in general. I love food ... to eat and to make. Anything with the cooking channel or food programs almost instantly have me hooked. I'm also really enjoy glass blowing and lampworking. About 3 years ago I got my first torch and have been addicted to melting glass ever since.

Why are you passionate about these things?
Programming: It's my job, and I honestly feel that you shouldn't do something for a living unless you really like it.

Food: I've always been interested—from an early age helping out with making food at home. When I moved in with my then girlfriend, now wife, I took over the roll of cooking for us and just kept doing it. I'm horrible at creating new dishes, but I'm good at following recipes.

Glass: I've always loved glass, started just searching on the Internet and found that lampworking was a reasonable, cost-efficient way of working with small-scale glass at home. I watched and read every tutorial that I came across, and convinced my wife that for my first father's day I really wanted a start kit for working at home. Needless to say I ended up getting it. Then I had an opportunity to go blow glass and that was amazing. Plus you get to play with fire.

Do you have any special or hidden talents?
This might come as a shock, seeing as that I'm overweight, a programmer, and enjoy food, but I can bowl. Started in element school leagues continued into high school. Then stopped for awhile once I got out of high school joined a adult league and bowled with friends. I had a pretty good average at hovering right around 240, not to brag or anything.

Also I can tie a cherry string into a knot with my tongue.

What was your favorite book/movie/TV show/other from 2011?
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

What book/movie/TV show/other are you most looking forward to in 2012?
The sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Do you have a "go-to" karaoke/Rock Band song? What is it?
"Baby Got Back"
Ed. note: I can attest to the fact that Bryan knows all of the words to—and all of the noises in—this song. (It was played at my wedding.)

What are three websites you like to visit every day?
Reddit, stupid videos, gmail. I really like the fact that I work online all day long, but it doesn't leave much desire to go online when I'm off work. So my daily sites are boring.

Do you have a blog/website/Twitter name/etc. that you'd like to share?
You can find me on Twitter @Rhetorical.

Any additional comments or thoughts?

Bryan's bonus questions:

What's a favorite recipe of yours to make for your family?
Breakfast ... Doesn't matter what it is, but usually french toast or waffles. My daughter can help and knows the ingredients. Not only that but if I'm making breakfast it means I'm at home and not working.
Ed. note: Bryan makes a mean biscuits and gravy. Both Colt and I really enjoy visiting the Andersons—we eat very well. (I guess they're OK to hang out with, too.)

What kind of things do you enjoy making with your glassblowing?
I don't have that powerful of a torch so my stuff is smaller, but one of my favorite things is a masked layered bead. It's where there's generally a dark background and a light color that are layered, with there being no real definition between the layers, so that it doesn't appear to be layered, more so like the lighter color is allowing the darker color behind it to show through.

Thanks, Bryan, for being a Geek of the Week!

If you'd like to be a future GotW, please email me.

1 comment:

  1. I will second the biscuits and gravy comment. That was a delicious breakfast.