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This is, and I’m, obviously, Chris Metcalf. Here I blog about my life, technology, making stuff, and anything else that I happen to find interesting. Early Foredeck Work Thanks for visiting, and feel free to drop me a note if you’re so inclined.


  • is an independent website and is unaffiliated with my employer.
  • Frequent topics of discussion include:
    • making stuff, DIY, and other projects
    • digital SLR photography
    • software development
    • personal productivity
    • and the occasional political rant

      About Chris Metcalf

      Chris was born in upstate New York, and spent his childhood in the small rural town of Owego, NY. He spent his formative years in front of a 386 exploring BBS’s and generally trying to find ways to abuse to his parents’ phone bills. After stints in a couple of other states, Chris found himself attending high school in Troy, MI, just outside of Detroit. By then he’d traded in the BBS phone lists for IRC chat rooms, HTML, and a stack of Slackware Linux install floppies. Slackware was later traded for Redhat, and eventually BeOS. In 2000, Chris enrolled at the University of Michigan, and was thrown headlong into the world of C++ programming and hash tables and red/black trees. By then, Be had gone out of business and he’d settled in nicely with Debian. After 4 years of the usual college hijinks, including an 8 month adventure working for IBM in California, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering. Michigan was followed up by a whirlwind 12 months of graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. C++ was traded in for process management, software architecture, and risk management. Here Chris received his Masters of Science in Information Technology - Software Engineering. Chris then relocated to Seattle, WA to work for, a small e-commerce website that sells books and such, as a Software Engineer. After a year or so he found himself as a Senior Software Engineer, and when he finally discovered that he was spending more time telling other engineers what to do and how to do it, he became a team lead and eventually a Technical Project Manager. After 2 years, 7 months, and 7 days at Amazon, he moved on to Socrata, a small startup just down the street, to become a Technical Program Manager. Depending on the day of the week, the phase of the moon, and how much coffee he had to drink in the morning, Chris can be found hacking around with Ruby code, performing system administration, experimenting with new web technologies, chasing down bugs, or actually even managing projects. Outside of his professional life, Chris enjoys racing sailboats, skiing, and photography. Recently he’s taken up surfing, but in reality the ocean wants to kill him and has successfully prevented him from becoming all that good at it. He has also fallen deeply in love with his Apple MacBook Pro and Apple TV, and could probably be considered a fanboy.


      Like most people these days, I seem to leave my fingerprints all over the internet:

  • LinkedIn for business contacts and career opportunties
  • Facebook for general friend-networking
  • Github for social version control
  • Flickr for photography
  • Twitter for random, inane commentary
  • Amazon Wishlist in case you feel like buying me something