- I grew up in rural Sonoma County, where it's green, quiet and under-served by public transportation. One of my favorite police-log entries from my hometown described a burglar who climbed through a bathroom window, stepped into the toilet, and broke it.
- I received a degree in sociology from UC Berkeley. When I was there, Chunk from the Goonies was our student body president, the Naked Guy had recently made international headlines, and the UC Regents voted to end affirmative action.
- Early in my career, I worked for one of the first online music publications, Addicted to Noise, which was later bought up by MTV.com. I was also a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle's pop music section, where my editor was the legendary Joel Selvin and I interviewed celebs like Cyndi Lauper and Pat Boone.
- I ran my own BBS, and I've been on the Internet since 1992. The nickname I used on IRC is the same nickname I use now in Ingress.
- For three years I was Law360's only reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I covered the trials of Apple vs. Samsung (twice!), college athletes vs. the NCAA, and Ellen Pao's sexual bias trial against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. I know enough about patent law to bore just about anybody to sleep.
- I have lived in San Francisco since 2004. I have been to Alcatraz, but I've never stood in line at Tartine.