ALL ABOUT ME

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BIO

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If you prefer blurb-style bios, here it is: I grew up in the suburbs of Minnesota and have always made semi-annual trips to Turkey to visit relatives. I've spent a lot of my free time making music, running, and shopping for used records. After high school I spent the next four years at MIT, earning my Bachelor's degrees in computer science and music while living at a free-spirited frat called Theta Delta Chi. Next I was a Masters student at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

After getting my Masters I began my professional career at Euphonix, which made audio consoles for studios. They had a small engineering team, so I got to dabble in almost every aspect of our projects, mostly in C++ but some Python as well. Eventually I was tired of the commute from San Francisco to Palo Alto and wanted to specialize more, so I took a job offer from LucasArts in the Presidio. The actual position I applied for was Build Engineer- a job that many software engineers think is tedious and beneath them! I would say that such a task is only as jading as you make it; I turned it into a very development-heavy role, writing new tools in C# and Python, redesigning and developing our build pipelines, and specing out a new build server system used for all studio projects since 2009. At the same time I grew more involved with game engine and audio engine development, and by the end I was working full-time on the audio engine and related systems.

Unfortunately, Disney shut down our studio shortly after acquiring Lucasfilm, but by then I had several of my own project ideas that I was ready to pursue. Most of them required mobile app and web app development (with which I had little experience at that point), so over the next several weeks I worked through online tutorials for iOS and Rails development. I'm now making headway on a number of projects using both new skill sets, and you can read more about them on my linked-in or professional page. I've been in the Bay Area for 10 years now and have no plans to leave any time soon.



PICTURES

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Visit my flickr site for more pictures.

Pictures of friends and family:

the MN gang (more or less), middle school the MN gang (more or less), high school the MN gang (more or less), college me and Jonathan

the Sens the Sens and the Yargicis Senay, me, and my sister Buddy, the fifth member of the Sen family

Pictures from the frat:

my favorite room: 'the Gig' the Pub my pledge class on Mt. Chocura Rich and Rathana's wedding reception in Oregon me and Yates at Jellophilia

Manually-spliced panoramas:

Boston skyline from TDC rooftop from behind the Katterskill falls, NY

from ancient Roman lookout point over Black Sea (Amasra, Turkey) Sighisoara, Romania during annual arts & music festival Castel dell'Ovo in Naples, Italy

San Francisco skyline from my roofdeck

Çiragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey Steel Mill in Karabük, Turkey


MY RECORD COLLECTION

Here's a table of records I've been collecting since I was sixteen. The Twin Cities metro area was blessed with many Half-Price Books locations that had shelves of 50¢ LP's at the time. Soon I moved on to more expensive records and eventually turned into the vinyl fiend that I am today.

Since many solo albums are filed along with the soloist's original band- and sometimes vice versa- the filing title is grayed out and precedes the actual artist title in my list. EP's, 12" singles and notes are also marked in gray. Different pressings of a record are listed separately if the tracklistings differ. My records are listed in chronological order for the same artist, and divided into the following categories: