People ask me what I do for a living. There are several answers to this question that, effectively, mean the same thing but differ based on audience:
* telecommunications — This is the quick answer that nobody questions. The typical response is “oh.” People figure it has something to do with the phone company.
* I design network routers — “little boxy things that let multiple computers talk to each other.” This usually prompts a little more conversation than the simple “telecommunications” answer. Most people come to the realization that this is some kind of hidden infrastructure at their work that someone else maintains–it lets them save their PowerPoint slides to the network share.
* firmware — “It’s like software, but in things you don’t typically think of as computers–things you don’t usually want to crash: cellphones, televisions, cars, and the like.” This usually prompts a prolonged question and answer session.
But now, I can provide a more visual demonstration of the sort of things I do at work. I visualize Matrix Code and create fireworks.
Okay, so what I do is actually a lot more boring than this, but I thought this was a fun demo of one of the more entertaining R&D projects I got to do recently.
P.S. that purple thing in the background is my yoga mat.