Hello esteemed Familab folks!
My name is Joe, and a friend once gave me the nickname referenced above -- I was never quite certain whether it was meant to be a compliment (that I'm extra magical) or a constructive critique (that mayhaps I should talk less). In any case, I enjoy it.
I'm what you'd call a generalist. I've worked primarily in software and haven't done much that requires "tinkering" with physical objects, but as it turns out, there's only so far software can get you -- eventually, something in the physical world must sometimes occur... so it's time I learned to embrace the technologies on the hardware side as well.
I've a decided interest in 3D printing, learning to solder (properly -- please don't ask to see any of my previous results, as they'd only serve to embarrass me) and weld, to animate objects utilizing mechanical and hydraulic/pneumatic systems, etc. The reality is that if it's a skill that can used to tell stories, I'm probably going to be interested in, because that's what I like to do.
What I bring to the table are software skills (in a variety of languages), a sense of story and how to leverage technology to serve the needs therein and a rather expansive vocabulary. I have show control programming experience as well as a background in lighting, audio and pyro. I'd be very interested in helping to contribute additional equipment to keep the lab growing and to help enable us to do more cool stuff.
I live and work in Winter Garden, so Longwood is a bit of a trek, but good people and the ability to connect over making something meaningful makes distance a small price to pay. I plan to attend the open house tomorrow (barring any urgent changes due to work) and look very forward to meeting with some of you there and talking to all of you here!