I first met Chris at the Twin Cities Code Camp pre-party in the Spring of 2008. Since then, it seems like I've run into him everywhere... Iowa Code Camp, TechEd, Codeapalooza, etc... This guy really gets around. Fortunately, he was able to pause long enough to answer these NINE Questions. Unfortunately, he did it over a month ago and I promptly lost it. So now I give you, The Lost NINE Questions interview, with Chris Sutton:
1. Where are you from?
Brazil, Minnesota, Florida, Missouri, Colorado and now Iowa (and in that order). I've lived quite a few places, but I grew up in northern Brazil for half of my life close to a city called Manaus.
2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product?
I recently worked for New Horizons of Cedar Rapids for 2 1/2 years. They are a great technical training company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Their product is their classes and they always seek out top notch instructors for their classes. They sincerely want their students to go back to work ready to make a positive difference with a deeper understanding. I'm currently in between jobs as I pursue going back into more full-time development.
3. What brought you to your current employer?
My most recent employer was New Horizons of Cedar Rapids. I had just moved from Colorado at the time and was looking for some change from full-time development. Over the years teaching had always interested me and this was the perfect fit. I could teach 1/2 of the time and consult the other 1/2 through the same company.
4. I know you from TechEd and Twitter, but that's just one side of you. What's something the world doesn't know about you?
I was bitten by a piranha in grade school when I was fishing. I've also eaten just about every kind of wild meat in Brazil.
5. You went to TechEd2008 (Developers) this year. Was it your first time, and what did you think? Worth going back again?
It was my first time at TechEd. I worked the Hands-on-Labs area for 32 hours of the conference and got to present an Instructor Led Lab (ILL) to about 80 people 2 times. You know, I worked so much of it I barely got to see the conference. Sure I'd go back, if just to see what I missed the first time.
6. Lots of folks find equal or greater value in the networking, rather than the sessions. Would you agree? Did you have a favorite session or event?
I would say that networking, the parties and talking to product teams are the most valuable parts. I actually made it to only two sessions: Jeffrey Palermo's design talk and D'arcy Lussier's MVC/Webforms BOF session. They were both interesting and informative.
7. I followed a lot of folks on Twitter during TechEd, and it seems like the way to go when out of town. What's your take on Twitter?
It's a bizarre combination of a flaky service that techies seem to need and want. It is a great tool for self-organizing groups at conferences.
8. Any non-technical hobbies? What are they and why?
Hiking, biking and snowshoeing. I just like being outside. Plus, I spend so much time inside since I'm in tech work that I need to get outside to relax and unwind. I also like to read and learn about linguistics whenever I have time.
9. Last of all, any tattoos?
My son gave me a dinosaur tattoo, but it washed off a couple days later for some reason. :)