What is your hometown?
I was born and raised in Hattiesburg, MS–home of The University of Southern Mississippi. Sometimes people don’t believe I was born in Mississippi because I lack a Southern accent, but that’s because both of my parents are from out west. However, it’s there; you only have to listen for it, and the farther away I get from Mississippi, the thicker it gets.
Share a bit about your family.
My wife, Dr. Rebecca Mullican, works with children with special needs. She is currently a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and is also starting her own business – the Jackson Autism Center. We volunteer with groups like Top Soccer and Challenger League when time permits. We have one dog, Samson, who did quite well in obedience school, but I’m pretty sure it’s because the instructors were training us, not the dogs. We also have a cat, Toby a.k.a Toby Wan Kenobi, who couldn’t care less about anyone or anything but himself and an adequate supply of food and water.
What are your hobbies? What’s your passion?
I like technology in just about any form, except for fax machines and printers. Everybody hates fax machines and printers. I like working on old computers and making them a useful part of my collective, much to my wife’s dismay of course. However, we have an arrangement; as long as I keep everything from spilling out beyond my own space, I’m good.
I also love code. I like writing a piece of code and getting something to work. It’s an awesome feeling, but especially when rewriting it cleaner, faster, shorter, and getting some older code to work even better. Then, as they will tell you around here, I like to take code and re-write it all over again from scratch. To me clean well-written code is a beautiful thing. It is my Kung Fu and my Kung Fu is strong. I like teaching people about what I do or know. I enjoy imparting my knowledge to others. Whether they want it is another story. I like watching movies, playing soccer, playing video games (PC or XBOX). I also love to travel with my wife to places I have never been.
How did you hear about Mad Genius?
My first experience with Mad Genius was in 2008 when I was working elsewhere and I had a client that was working with Mad Genius. I thought to myself, ‘This place seems pretty cool.’ Who knew at the time I would find myself working for them the following year?
Tell us about your first day at Mad Genius.
My first day was pretty simple. Our Interactive Director, Robert “Rube” Rubinoff, said to me, “Here’s your desk. Start coding.” I coded several websites in my first few weeks on the job. I barely ate or moved from my chair that first month. This was how I got some of my Mad Genius nicknames at that time: “the robot” or “droid”.
What’s your greatest accomplishment (or what have you enjoyed most) at Mad Genius?
That’s easy. Winning the 1st Annual Mad Genius Table Tennis Tournament. That day. like so many others here at Mad Genius, was a lot of fun.
What Genius memory(ies) stand out?
For me, it’s Mad Genius’ special days like Cartoon/Pajama Day, Cinco De Pie-O, Crawfish Boil, Mad Avengers, and, of course, the 1st Annual Mad Genius Table Tennis Tournament, which my teammate Rube and I won.
What’s your most NON-Genius moment at Mad Genius?
Showing up for work…not once, but twice…when the office was closed for a holiday. The first time it happened I thought it was an elaborate prank, which people at Mad Genius love to devise. I waited outside for quite a while for “the reveal.” It never came. The second time I definitely felt NON-Genius like.
What is the one thing no one really knows about you?
When I was a kid I was like Jeff Corwin or Steve Irwin. I wanted to be a Herpetologist. I would wade through creeks, crawl though sewers, and was perpetually covered in mud.
Of all the world’s geniuses, whom do you most admire?
Linus Torvalds. Linux Kernel. Git. Enough said.