As we’re always trying to make Pikimal Blog a more fun, interesting and engaging place to be, we’re going to start introducing our newest employees, our veteran employees, our interns and maybe even the man who started it all, Pikimal’s founder! I really enjoyed interviewing Kat because it allowed me to get to know little things about her that I otherwise might not know. I love getting to know quirky little things about people, and I hope you do too!
When did you start working at Pikimal?
February 7, so a week and a half ago.
What do you do at Pikimal?
I was going to write, “I make awesome software” and then I got distracted by the fact that we have an actual working miniature helicopter in here. So, I make awesome software and crash tiny helicopters, apparently.
What are three things you’d say to describe yourself?
Adventurous and creative. And independent.
Mac or PC?
Linux by preference but Mac in the office. It’s an experiment and I hear it has better Ruby development tools.
Who is your style icon?
N/A I guess…I kind of make up my own.
If you could donate to any charity, what would it be?
That one’s easy – I donate to charities that rescue stray cats and dogs and find homes for them. I’m particularly into a couple of organizations that advocate a “trap, neuter, return” strategy for feral cats. Basically it means that you take care of a colony of strays that are too old to be socialized and adopted; getting them vaccinated and fixed means they don’t produce more unwanted kittens and keeps down the spread of disease in the population of both strays and pets (I have two cats who are both ex-strays).
What is your favorite thing about winter?
It’s not my favorite season, but I grew up in the desert (New Mexico) and so I get very excited about snow and winter sports, like sledding and ice skating, stuff that was always a rare treat when I was a kid.
What band would you most want to see live?
David Bowie. No question. But in a tiny, intimate venue – I hate those enormous stadium shows.
What is the last gadget you bought?
For a tech person, I’m actually not very gadget-y. I tend to find things I like and hang onto them for a long time. The last significant one must’ve been my Nexus One (my first smartphone), which I got almost a year ago.
What is your favorite television show right now?
I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t even own a TV. I actually got into football this past year, so I was watching that religiously every week, but the season’s over now, so I’m back to my strange non-TV habits. Though friends keep trying to get me into Doctor Who, which is pretty cool. I’m bad at committing to something like TV shows – movies are much easier, you just have to make time for it once. I waste plenty of time with Internet and video games, though, believe me. It’s not like I’m at home reading Dostoevsky all the time or something.