Who is Kyle Neath?
Kyle Neath is a bit of an idiot. A designer. A hacker. A drummer. Some guy who lives in San Francisco.
Where and when did you start programming?
If you don’t count fooling around with QBASIC (never really did anything of value there) — sometime in middle school (around ’96). I was really into online games like [Utopia][u] and [Dominion][d]. Eventually I wanted to build my own, so me and some friends started writing up stories and started coding up a prototype in ASP 3.
What does your typical day look like?
I don’t have anything close to a regular sleeping schedule. Some days I wake up at 6am, others I’ll get up at 3pm. I threw out of my alarm clock a couple months ago and it was probably the best decision of my life.
After I wake up, I make a pot of French Press and sit down at the computer reading emails, catching up on twitter replies, and any support requests that come in. Most days I head to the office. I usually walk most of the way there (it takes me about 20 minutes) — I’ve found it’s a great time to clear my head.
When I get to the office I walk in and one of my co-workers probably screams out some obscenity about dick noodles or the like. I work for a while and head home. Some days I stop by the grocery store on the way home, other times I try and make dinner out of whatever nonsense is in my cupboard.
What do you do in your free time?
I hack a lot of crazy ideas that never see the light of day. I try to play drums fairly regularly (I have a practice studio downtown). I enjoy cooking. I wish I read more than I did.
Current favorite apps?
By far, my favorite set of applications is a fleet of OSX, Rails and iOS apps developed by my friend [John Maddox][maddox]. They’re not public (and probably will never be), but they’re amazing. After that, probably the usual suspects (Photoshop, Things, Chrome) and the Kindle apps. Being able to read on my iPad, iPhone and Mac all in sync without trying is mind blowing.
What OS do you prefer?
OSX and iOS.
Small picture for your Workplace?
At the office:
Favorite: Language, JS Framework?
Name something that has inspired you recently?
The Pixar Story (documentary).
What do you prefer (and why)? Freelance work or full time employment?
Full Time employment by a long shot. I can’t help myself from thinking about work all the time, and it’s super nice not to have to translate random thoughts in the park into billable hours toward a client.
What are your personal projects and goals for 2010?
I’m not really sure. I’ve been trying to make it a habit not to make yearly resolutions or goals because I’ve found how bad I am about following through. I suppose things I’m always working on that I’d like to be better at:
- My drumming skills
- Exploring new places
- (Re)learning Spanish
- Owning less stuff