This is my personal space where you’ll find me writing about software engineering, leadership, productivity, meditation, whiskey and just about everything else.

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James Carr and Family at Disney World

About Me

I am a leader with over 20 years of experience in engineering across multiple fields. If I count the days of hacking BASIC on a Tandy Color Computer 3 way back in 1989, connected to a black and white TV in my bedroom, my experience is even longer. Ever since then, I have been obsessed with making computers do more work automating the world. As I transitioned from a hands-on engineer to management, I have kept that as one of my core values.

Fun Facts in No Particular Order

  • Favorite programming language? Elixir.
  • Favorite Final Fantasy game? Easy… Final Fantasy VI.
  • First job? Corn Detaselling when I was twelve years old.
  • What’s your hobby? Building Gundam Wing models.
  • Favorite whiskey? My current favorite is Starlight Cigar Batch Bourbon.
  • Favroite Fiction Book? American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
  • Favorite Non-Fiction Book? Radical Candor by Kim Scott is a favorite as of this writing. “Care personally. Challenge directly.”
  • Favorite movie? Dark City is one classic that still sticks with me after all these years for sure. I think when it comes to my favorite it is a close tie between Dark City and Brazil.
  • Favorite Board Game Settlers of Catan.
  • What is your favorite workout? Deadlift, despite how much difficulty it gives me post-40.
  • Favorite TV Show? Tough one, I don’t think I have an all time favorite. I really enjoyed Battlestar Galactica, the Witcher, Severance. Ted Lasso gave me a good laugh and looking forward to the new season.
  • What would you do if you weren’t in the engineering field? I have a real passion for history, anthropology and archeology. I listen to ancient history podcasts regularly and if I could, I would be a Late Antiquity history professor in a heart beat.


Here are some quotes that have resonated with me over the years. These should give you some insight into more about me and who I am.

“Consistency before intensity. Start small and become the kind of person who shows up every day. Build a new identity. Then increase the intensity." - James Clear

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” - Marcus Aurelius

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” - Carl Jung

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