Profile

Cover photo
Verified name
Mark Atwood
Works at Hewlett-Packard
Attended University of Utah
Lives in Seattle, WA
5,778 followers
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
There needs to be a better antonym to "interesting". And "boring" and "uninteresting" are not it.

There are categories of narrative that not only do I not care about, I will get angry if it is presented to me anyway.

For example: scandalous revelations of the sexual behavior of minor public figures.
2
Adam Black's profile photoMatthew Ringel's profile photo
6 comments
 
Bothersome
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
The  Asana task and todo service is pretty awesome.  Except when I am braindumping todo lists across multiple projects and accounts all at once.  Then it kinda sucks.
1
Jason Joseph's profile photo
 
Im curious ( as Im setting up my company on it) how does it suck?
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
I know it's overdone to post photos of food, but this mocha leaf pour with whip is a work of art.
7
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
I have a new residential address in Seattle.
Message or email me to get it.
1
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
A book well worth reading, about the history and events leading up to the US Declaration of Independence:

"As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution" by Richard Archer, from Oxford University Press.

The people today who sneer about the US revolutionaries being selfish 17thC rich white slavers are doing nothing more than illuminating their own ignorant biases.  The US revolt did not come out of nowhere, and the British king and government mishandled it at every junction.

http://www.librarything.com/work/9466238

#4thofjuly  
1
Rebecca Ore's profile photo
 
It was an alliance between New England and the South, which had been horrified by a British ruling that freed any slave who ended up on British soil.  Muy complicado.
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
I first started working with people from India in 1992, and I had to practice saying their names several times, slowly, before I could say them without embarrassing myself too much. Indian names were odd and strange to me, with patterns of sound and spelling I was not at all used to.  Now 23 years later, there are so many excellent people from India flooded into the tech scene, and I've had so many Indian coworkers, I can usually pronounce names on first reading, and their names do not feel "strange" at all.

That is actual "diversity" in action.   My world gets bigger and richer, while the world itself gets smaller and richer.
14
Elias Mårtenson's profile photoMark Atwood's profile photoMatthew Ringel's profile photo
4 comments
 
That's what I thought. 
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
5,778 people
Tweneboah Oppong's profile photo
Patrick Wagman's profile photo
Noorderhaaks Noorderhaaks's profile photo
Emerson Ferreira's profile photo
Esbella John's profile photo
Dario Franco's profile photo
Pradeep M.S's profile photo
Stephy Shenk's profile photo
Christina Heikkila's profile photo

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
When Silver was looking at the schedule grid for OSCON Kid's Day on Sunday, she complained that there were 3 different sessions she wanted to see that were all on at the same time.

My blurted out reaction: "Welcome to my life!"
1
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
I've been pondering the OPM data breach.

I fail to imagine how the US government could have more utterly betrayed every single one of it's Praetorians in single careless thoughtless stupid (but after the fact, completely unsurprising) way.

In civilizations past, a leadership class that made that category of mistake was swiftly faced with the choice between graceful suicide or being killed by their own enraged bodyguards.
3
Susan Sons (HedgeMage)'s profile photoFlorian Haas's profile photo
2 comments
 
By that same logic all governments that the NSA considers legit targets (i.e. governments of all countries except one) have utterly betrayed their citizens. You'll notice that not all the world's governments have been swept away.
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
I've heard it said that when writing a novel, the manuscript can usually be improved by throwing away the entire first chapter.

I'm spending the day reviewing abstracts for speaking proposals to a technical conference, and appears that the same rule of thumb holds true. Most short abstracts are improved by throwing away the entire first sentence, and longer abstracts are improved by throwing away the first paragraph.
3
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
2
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
Food for thought: pull up a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, and read it with the following thought in mind: is there any item on the list of grievances that the current government of the United States does not now routinely do.  Have you ever justified them?
4
1
Alistair “Cerebrate” Young's profile photoséain Gutridge's profile photo
 
Ah, but these days we're violating ourselves , which makes it magically better. Or so I keep being told.
Add a comment...

Mark Atwood

Shared publicly  - 
 
The snarky ragefest that is #askeljames exists, because very few are willing to admit the truth about the success of Fifty Shades.

It's so much better to blame it all on her:  It's her fault that it's poorly written.  It's her fault that it's a terrible example.  It's her fault that it upholds an abusive relationship.

It's her fault it's her fault it's all her fault.

It is not, in the slightest degree, her fault.

There are hundreds of thousands of pages of slashfic and abusive erotica on the internet.  Much of it written by women, and much of it enthusiastically, if mostly secretly, read by women.

Fifty Shades just happened to be the one that randomly bubbled out of that environment, at the moment when technology made it possible.


If it had not been her as the author, it would have been someone else very much like her.

If it had not been Anastasia, it would have been a character very much like her.

If it had not been Christian, it would have been another character very much like him.

There was no conspiracy of publishers that plotted together and plucked this work from obscurity.

Fifty Shades of Grey was made possible because e-books made it possible to have an overnight runaway bestseller without having an acquisitions editor having to admit to liking it.

Fifty Shades of Grey was made possible because e-readers made it possible to have an overnight runaway bestseller without having to schedule very expensive presses months in advance.

Fifty Shades of Grey happened because it appeals.  It appeals to a lot of people, and it appeals deeply to them

It appeals in a way that is incorrect.  It appeals in a away that is deemed unhealthy.   It appeals in a way that is deemed immoral.

The judges of what should be correct, of what should be healthy, and of what should be moral, may very well be correct.

In this particular case, I'm inclined to agree with the judgements of incorrect, unhealthy, and immoral.

But still, it appeals.

It appeals to the readers.  Tens of millions of readers, who willingly and intentionally and mostly by word of mouth bought a copy of these books, and read them, and enjoyed reading them.

Anastasia Steele appeals to readers, who see themselves as her, and wish and dream of having her adventure.

Christian Grey appeals to readers, who wish and dream of the attention of someone like him.


Fifty Shades happened because individual people found it, read a little bit of it, enjoyed how reading it made them feel, read it all, and told their friends, who read a little bit of it.

And that truth, is what is enraging people.


Me, I think it's hilarious.
4
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
Director of Open Source Engagement for HP, Resident of Seattle
Introduction
I meet interesting people and learn interesting stuff, and then introduce them all to each other.

I regularly commit autodidactism.

I have demolished a house with a crowbar while wearing a business suit.

I am an introverted people watcher, yet I enjoy public speaking.

I pay attention. I listen, I watch, and I learn.

I drink red wine, green tea, and dark beer.

I love the feel of a smooth nib against good paper, because thoughts and images have to go into books, as well as come from them.

Work
Occupation
Open Source & Open Standards Advocate
Employment
  • Hewlett-Packard
    Director, 2012 - present
  • Red Hat Software
    Developer Evangelist, 2011 - 2012
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences ranging from small users groups and meetups and classrooms, up to conference audiences of thousands of attendees. I helped develop relationships with other technology projects and open source projects. I wrote demos and created blog content. I marketed the power of open source practices internally and externally, and helped external community members make useful contributions to open source projects.
  • Eucalyptus Systems
    Community Manager, 2010 - 2011
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences and conferences about the Eucalyptus cloud-computing technology. I managed and promoted recognition and engagement with the the project's community of users and developers.
  • MySQL
    Senior Professional Services Consultant, 2007 - 2008
    Professional Services consulting for users of MySQL, concentrating on custom storage engines, specialized server patches, and MySQL User Defined Functions. I travelled extensively to clients' worksites. I worked closely with client web developers, DBAs, IT staff, and project managers, often under conditions of high stress. I worked in a remote distributed manner, while collaborating via email, IRC, phone, Skype, Wiki & XMPP Instant Message.
  • Digeo
    Senior Software Developer, 2001 - 2006
    Responsible for networking features for a Linux based networked consumer appliance (security, iptables, PCMCIA, USB, hotplug). Implemented key parts of a IPTV client (HDTV MPEG over multicast IP). I drove the configuration and management of a custom computing Xen-based grid running DistCC.
  • F5 Networks
    Test Engineer, 2000 - 2000
    Complex, automated, and ad hoc testing of an internet appliance. Wrote new automation test frameworks. Wrote network fault injection and simulation plugins for Linux iptables. Added protocol dissectors to Ethereal Wireshark.
  • Ampersand
    Software Developer, 1996 - 1999
    Wrote SNMP subagents. Wrote a translator for a proprietary telephony control language into Java. Designed, implemented, tested, debugged and documented large software systems. Very large, complex, and advanced Perl development environment. Held a US DOD clearance.
  • HomeStar Communications
    System and Network Administrator, 1996 - 1996
    Provided short-term and long-term expertise for customers on maintenance contracts and on a billed per-hour basis. All aspects of WAN/LAN integration, UNIX, X-Windows, TCP/IP, routers. Customers included ISPs, Internet Transit Providers, and business offices running UNIX, Windows, and Netware. Experience in crisis situations, rapid troubleshooting, telephone and remote network support, and customer relations. Innovated interfacing Web servers and SQL servers in 1995. Installed, configured, and administered Oracle8 and Sybase. Programmed using Oracle OCI, Perl modules, Delphi C/S, CGI, and custom modified HTTP servers. Ran seminars, one on one training, press interviews, and pre-sales for customers, executives, and the press in "internet", "web servers", and "HTML".
  • A&M Networking
    Principal System Administrator & Architect, 1996 - 1996
    Provided short-term and long-term expertise for customers on maintenance contracts and on a billed per-hour basis. All aspects of WAN/LAN integration, UNIX, X-Windows, TCP/IP, routers. Customers included ISPs, Internet Transit Providers, and business offices running UNIX, Windows, and Netware. Experience in crisis situations, rapid troubleshooting, telephone and remote network support, and customer relations. Innovated interfacing Web servers and SQL servers in 1995. Installed, configured, and administered Oracle8 and Sybase. Programmed using Oracle OCI, Perl modules, Delphi C/S, CGI, and custom modified HTTP servers. Ran seminars, one on one training, press interviews, and pre-sales for customers, executives, and the press in "internet", "web servers", and "HTML".
  • WBK Controls
    Lead Software Developer, 1992 - 1995
    Implemented several embedded systems, mostly for USAF military contracts. Responsible for all phases of software specification and design. Primarily responsible for all custom software, including design, coding, testing, and documentation. Participated in formal design and engineering reviews. Adhered to formal standards, including MIL-STD-2167A. Languages used were Ada, C, and assembly (68HC11) on UNIX workstations and embedded processors. User interfaces to automated test control systems. Very low level hardware interfaces, timing and bit twiddling.
  • Sun Microsystems
    Senior Technology Advisor, 2008 - 2009
    I participated in design and value reviews of existing and proposed internal and external technologies, and their usefulness in Sun's cloud technology initiatives. I reported directly to the Sun Cloud CTO. I contributed work to a number of open source projects, with the goal of integrating them with Sun's offerings.
  • Gear6
    Director of Community Development, 2009 - 2010
    This was a director level position. I directed all aspects of community management for the company in general, for the company's contributions to external open source projects, and for growing the community of those projects themselves. I worked with non-employee community developers, and with the developers and staff of other organizations that were engaged in the same projects. I helped manage publicity and tech press engagement for the projects. I interacted directly with PR firms, event organizers, well-known reporters and editors in the technology press, spoke at conferences, and participated in relevant online forums. I also managed the flow of bugs and patches between the company fork and the community versions of the Memcached. I drove the successful and profitable effort to port the company's products to Amazon Web Services.
  • Sun Microsystems
    Professional Services Solution Architect, 2008 - 2008
    Professional Services consulting for users of MySQL, concentrating on custom storage engines, specialized server patches, and MySQL User Defined Functions. I travelled extensively to clients' worksites. I worked closely with client web developers, DBAs, IT staff, and project managers, often under conditions of high stress.
  • Eucalyptus Systems Inc.
    Community Manager, 2010 - 2011
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences and conferences about the Eucalyptus cloud-computing technology. I managed and promoted recognition and engagement with the the project's community of users and developers.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Seattle, WA
Previously
Boston, MA - Salt Lake City, UT - Alaska - Kings Mountain, NC
Contact Information
Work
Phone
+1 360-212-9721
Mobile
+1 206-473-7118
Email
Address
701 Pike St, Ste 900 Seattle WA 98101