My personal creed

“My life is simple, my food is plain, and my quarters are uncluttered. In all things, I have sought clarity. I face the troubles and problems of life and death willingly. Virtue, integrity and courage are my priorities. I can be approached, but never pushed; befriended but never coerced; killed but never shamed.” - Admiral Yi Sun-shin, Last letter to an old friend.

What I do at Google

I help developers learn and use Firebase via support channels, docs, and conferences. I talk a lot about Firebase culture and community, and how to help developers succeed. At every opportunity, I write code to solve real problems our developers face.

What I do outside of work

I am a wordsmith. I’ve written six novels and dozens of shorts. I’ve won awards but am not agented. My most beloved work is a prose titled, Speak Not Softly of the Sword, which begins: You say the pen is mightier. And another favorite is I Dream in Code.

I am a father. I have three daughters and a son. I coach soccer, and spend a lot of time teaching children about the world, technology, theology, and martial arts.

I’m a black belt. I’ve studied various martial arts since I was little. I have a black belt in Kung Fu and a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu. I have honorary belts in Jeet Kune Do and Tae Kwon Do. My greatest martial arts experience, outside of quite literally beating my black belt off of a kung fu instructor in order to earn it, was grappling with Fabio Santos.

I have hobbies. Lots of them: Ones I endeavor every day, like teaching children, writing, soccer, martial arts, commūnicāre, logical thinking, and magic (illusion); ones I frequent whenever I can, like cardistry, painting, woodworking, hiking, engaging my community, and tabletop games. My oddest hobby is collecting ticket stubs whenever I travel, go to the movies, or attend events; I have movie stubs as far back as 1992.