I’m a new employee at Microsoft. I live in Northern California with my wife, my two kids and my three dogs. I am a software architect. I take that craft seriously. I play with my kids for fun, but I also play chess, poker and games of all kinds including video (having recently beaten Mass Effect 2 four times). I love dogs and have an amateur interest in dog training. In terms of technology, I’ve always been a fan of the Microsoft platform. In the days before .NET, I worked on COM in ATL and C++. I’ve been studying machine learning a lot in recent years, but I’m studying platform as a service and cloud computing these days.