The Faces of Point2 – Ryan Buhl


RyanB1Title: Software Developer
Started at Point2: March 2008

Formerly fluent in Klingon, an avid Star Wars fan (which you pretty much have to be to work here), and a classical music lover, Ryan makes being a nerd look downright classy.

He puts his nerdiness to good use during the day, working with our development team to keep Point2 running smoothly.

He said “Software Developer” was technically his job title, but “Future World Emperor” was probably more accurate.

We asked Ryan to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your favorite type of music?

I listen to almost any type of music from AC/DC through Mozart on to ZZ Top.  If it has a good melody, I’ll usually give it an honest try.  The only real exception to this rule is Nickelback.  Something about their music just gets on my nerves.  My favorite composers are Wagner and Tchaikovsky.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

It’s pretty hard for me to narrow this down to just one movie, so I’ll list the three movies I watch at least once per year:
1) The Empire Strikes Back
2) Seven Samurai
3) The Great Escape

If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?

For free time, I like to head into my workshop and make something on my wood lathe.   I turn and sell a variety of pens and pencils, and really enjoy seeing the end product emerge from a block of wood, acrylic or stone.  I’ve recently started branching out into other projects like bottle stoppers and even made a goblet from a scrap piece of maple I had.

What kinds of food do you like?

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I love cooking and along with that comes a love of food.  I enjoy trying new foods and recipes.  But by far my favorite class of food would be Cajun.  I really enjoy the flavors of the various meats and vegetables, and I have yet to find a Cajun food I don’t like.  I also make a gumbo that so far is the only soup I’ve ever seen my kids go back for seconds and thirds of.

If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?

Albert Einstein.  Before getting into IT, I was a physics major in University, and I’d love to talk with him about all of the discoveries that have been made based on his theories.

What are the words you live by?

I actually have two thoughts that I try to apply in my life.

My main motto is: Veritas Liberabit Vos – the truth shall set you free.  I strive to be honest in all of my dealings with people, even when it’s not easy or popular to do so.

The second is actually from a Sci-Fi show I used to watch:

“If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, then the meal was cooked a long time ago”.  I always took this as meaning that if you immediately make a decision based on your assumptions, you close your mind to other possibilities.  I use this concept in everything from finding the root cause of bugs in software to dealing with issues regarding my children.

Do you speak any other languages, and which ones?

As a true geek, I used to be pretty good with my tlhIngan Hol  (that’s the Klingon language for all you Terrans), and Go’auld, but with all things, if you don’t use it, you lose it, and now I only remember a handful of phrases in each language.

What was your last Do It Yourself project?

My last project was a couple of work benches and a spray booth for my hobby room.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

I would like to have complete understanding and control of the fundamental laws governing the universe.  That way there would be no limit to what I could do/accomplish.

What’s something about you that few people know?

I’ve been building scale models for a number of years and every year I enter an international scale model competition.  Every year I’ve entered, I’ve won a prize for one of my entries.

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