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Meet the Team: QLer Piper Merriam

Piper loves solving problems.  Good riddles, logic problems or software bugs where he can get into the state of flow are his biggest vice.  Some of his favorite problems like the blue eyes took days or weeks of thinking and processing before arriving at the eureka moment.

In the world of software, Piper spends a lot of time thinking about how to write performant and maintainable software at scale and under real world constraints.  He’ll talk to you at length about these things if you let him.

In grade school, most of his time was spent programming his TI-85 calculator, writing software to do anything from doing his algebra homework for him to an epic text based RPG.

In the recent years he’s identified more heavily with maker culture.  Software can also be frustrating, with failures leaving little to show for your work.  In 2014 he began converting his garage into a wood shop.  Now he spends much of his free time creating artwork in the form of adult scale playground equipment.  His work can be seen every year Apogaea, a regional art festival similar to Burning Man.

His greatest adventure yet is just getting started.  Piper and his two year old son can often be spotted adventuring around Louisville, CO.  
 
Piper is a software developer working out of our Boulder office. 
 
Piper Merriam Quick Left software developer
 
1. Q. What is your favorite thing to eat?
A. Pizza

2. Q. If you could be any fictional or historical character, who would you be? Why?
A. Harry Potter, but not J.K. Rowlings version, but Eliezer Yudkowsky’s version from The Methods or Rationality.
3. Q. What is your favorite form of exercise?
A. Things that don’t register as exercise (because they are innately fun)
4. Q. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
A. Being a father.  Also the best thing I’ve ever done.
5. Q. If you had coined a phrase of wisdom, what would it be?
A. Always bring your headlamp.
6. Q. If you could give your 10-year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
A. Being an adult is way more fun than it appears to be.
7. Q. If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?
A. How to turn off the genes responsible for growing old or aging.
8. Q. If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be? Why?
A. Alan Watts.  I’m not sure I agree with his philosophy, but I could listen to him talk for hours.