About

I’m one of the founders of Ars Technica, which we sold to Conde Nast in 2008. I’ve also worked for Wired (the website, but I did do a cover package for the magazine once), most recently as the founding editor of their Cloudline blog.

Back in 2007, I wrote what I intended to be a popular, accessible introduction to computer architecture: Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture. The book has done well, I hope to do a second edition at some point, soon.

Since 2008 I’ve been on leave from a PhD program at the University of Chicago, where I was at the Divinity School studying New Testament and Christian Origins. (My focus was on early Christian and Second Temple Jewish apocalyptic literature.) Prior to that, I got an M.Div. and a Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School. I did an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, where I majored in computer engineering and minored in mathematics.

Since leaving Conde Nast, I’ve done one startup that failed, but it was a great ride and I learned a ton of lessons from it. I also learned a ton of ruby on that project, which is serving me well in my current project. Speaking of which, I’ve spent the past two years building a distributed web scraping platform that runs on jruby + sidekiq + AWS + rails + redis. Once I’m ready to do a full-blown launch, I’ll be able to talk more about it.