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Who’s the Neon Tapir?

Photo on 2011 06 30 at 20 24

I write computer programs for a living. I bring a strong test-driven and domain-driven design ethic to my work. I do my work in multiple language like C#, ASP.NET MVC, PowerShell and SQL, because I’ve found different languages suit different problems. I thrive in an agile environment, am a certified Scrum master, and have catalyzed the adoption and dispersion of Scrum and Lean practices at a number of companies. I excel at creating technical communities of practice: leading book clubs, brown bag lunch sessions and mentoring junior programmers. My résumé is available upon request.

Over the course of my life, I have studied several languages: German, Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish, Esperanto, to name a few. Maybe it’s my mathematics bent, but I’m continually fascinated by the whole idea that I can smack some blocks with my fingers, the hammering form glyphs, and you, who might be half a world away, can discover something about what I’m thinking. Or, that I can whisper and be heard a thousand miles away. Language is so powerful, and technology just magnifies its effect a thousandfold. A googlefold.

I hold a second degree black belt (II Dan) with the United States Taekwon-Do Federation, though I don’t train actively these days. I’m looking for a physical activity that’s more gentle on my body. I do enjoy hiking, geocaching and playing backyard sports with the kids.

I play many board and card games. These days, Settlers of Catan, Power Grid, Dominion, Forbidden Island, and Pandemic are perennial favorites. I was a demo rabbit for Looney Labs games at local conventions.

I enjoy tabletop roleplaying games, too. I have been a gamemaster for over 30 years, though I’ve been dormant as of late. My last big campaign was set in the Firefly/Serenity universe, and it used FATE as presented in Spirit of the Century for its game rules. That gaming group that consisted of a dozen folks, some of which I’d known for a long time and others I only know through gaming.

The nickname “neon tapir” came from a meme game on LiveJournal a long time ago when I was tiring of my old nickname. While I adore tapirs and think the nickname evokes a bit of a cyberpunk feel, I feel like it’s time for a change. I haven’t yet hit upon the right one, though, so “neontapir” endures.

Please toss a comment into a post and say hi! Do let me know who you are, what you liked, and what you’d like to see! You can also get a hold of me on Twitter, where I am @ChuckDurfee.

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