Q: Where are you originally from? Do you still have family there? Do you have any siblings? If so, what do they do? Any significant/insignificant others? Pets?
Patrick: I was born in New Jersey, and I’ve lived there my entire life. Most of my family is still there too, but a few have scattered across the country. I have one older brother; he does medical insurance consulting. I don’t have any pets right now, but I grew up with three cats.
Q: Where did you go to school, and what did you study there?
Patrick: I went to Ramapo College of NJ, which is located in Mahwah. I started off studying international business, but realized I didn’t like the field as much as I thought. So I flipped it with my minor in Information Systems.
Q: How did you find out about Pixafy? What do you like best about working here?
Patrick: I found Pixafy through Craigslist while hunting for my next contract job. I had been working as a independent developer after college. I knew I’d be sticking around the moment I walked into the office and saw the giant Mario stickers on the wall, but it was the great people and interesting work that really make this a great place to work.
Q: Any mentors/other people who’ve been particularly instrumental in your career? In your life?
Q: How did you first get interested in digital interface development work?
Patrick: As I mentioned above, it started as kind of a hobby. This was around the time I entered high school.
Q: What did you do before you started working at Pixafy?
Patrick: I was a freelance developer doing mostly front-end development work.
Q: Hobbies/interests outside of work?
Patrick: While figuring out some of the coding techniques is still a hobby for me, I also do lots of reading, I like to cook, and I enjoy manga/anime and video games when I find the time.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
Patrick: Whatever is currently playing on my iPod. It’s an eclectic mix.
Q: Qualities you most admire in others (non-Pixafy employees)?
Patrick: Trustworthiness, thoughtfulness, kindness, and a strong drive to improve.
Q: Any pet peeves? Any peeved pets?
Patrick: I am a very relaxed person, but one of the only things that bother me is when things are not clean by my standards. I’ve also been told I become crazy when people don’t use coasters lol
Q: You’ve been programming for over ten years; how did you first become interested in computers/learning computer languages?
Patrick: I wanted to build a forum for my friends to talk about animes like dragon ball z. So I created one and learned how to customize it.
Q: You studied International Business in college – what did that involve? Any chances to do “field work”?
Patrick: International business is not all it was cracked up to be. There was far too much paperwork involved for me to enjoy it.
Q: One of your stated goals is to build a total immersion User Interface (UI). For the uninitiated, what is that, and how would it work?
Patrick: Think of the movie Minority Report. But I also think we are moving more towards voice interaction interfaces, so that is a direction I have been exploring. For web purposes however, voice controls are still in their infancy.
Q: You like reading comics – are you more a fan of modern comic strips or the classics? Which are your favorites? Do you also collect comic books? Have you ever attended a comic book convention?
Patrick: I do read some Marvel and DC comics when I get the chance, and I really like to visit Midtown Comics in Time Square. I enjoy anime and manga (Japanese cartoons and comics) even more than American comics. For the past 2 years I have attended NYCC (New York Comic-Con).
Q: Your bio mentions that you like any kind of puzzle game. Narrow it down a bit for us: what are three of your favorites?
Patrick: Angry Birds, Scrabble, and Blockus.
Q: If you won the proverbial lottery, what would you do with your windfall?
Patrick: Well a few of us have a saying in the office: “All we need is the first million,” because if properly invested, a 5% return every year on one million dollars yields $50K per year. That’s plenty to be able to travel and do more things that I want to do.
Q: What advice do you have for people considering working as a digital interface developer?
Patrick: Learn and use XHTML all the time. You have many fewer IE (Internet Explorer) problems that way.
Q: What’s one thing that no one at Pixafy knows about you (until now)?
Patrick: I’m a very open and forward person, so I don’t really have many secrets. Maybe the fact that I played baseball from first grade until college.