programming and diy
by philip kelly

My Story

Hello there. My name is Philip Kelly and I'm a Software Engineer. I have a crush on Ruby on Rails, but I'm not monogamous. I've been using the pseudonym chatche online for some time, but people also call me pk. I grew up in the bay area with lots of computers, thanks to my father's job at IBM. My MS-DOS gaming career debuted the day he brought home our first 386 PC. I started programming in BASIC on my TI-86 calculator in high school and made my first graphical game in QBasic, called "Tic-Tac-Yo-Momma!"

I received a BS in Computer Science from CSU Chico in 2008. I enjoyed my time in Chico so much that I stayed and worked for Research Solutions, a small document delivery company. I learned a lot and wore many different technical hats: front-end developer, back-end engineer, sys-admin. However, in 2009 I began to tire of working almost exclusively on in-house applications, and leapt at the chance to intern with the interaction designers and strategists at ZURB. Working at ZURB was an awesome experience, but life had its way of catching up with me and I became a freelancer living the mercenary life with my girlfriend wife in Oakland. In August of 2012 I started working full time with the good folks at Spongecell. In 2014 my wife and I packed up our bags and moved to New York City to embark a new adventure. Laughs were had, friends were made, but the siren's call of California brought us back west in the summer of 2017. Travel and adventure are the names of our current game. At least for a little while.

My nanobrewery

Twin Trees Brewing Company is a nanobrewery in planning put together by my good friend Jimmy Sergi and I. If this kind of thing interests you, check out our site to sign up for our newsletter. Or if you're one of those cool kids who knows their way around facebook, check out our page there.

My Stomping Grounds

philip at the karaoke bar

If you wanna find out more about me, I leave internet footprints in lots of places. Words go on twitter, code on github, and pics on flickr. I love DIY projects, it's a great way to take a break from the computer. Check out my instructables.