Max Kanat-Alexander

Hello, everybody! I'm Max.

Here's a short autobiography, full of totally random facts:

I was born in Los Angeles, California in 1981. I went to various Preschools, and then went to Hollow Hills Elementary School for Kindergarten, and First and Second Grade. I recall very clearly that that was where I had the first crush I'd ever had on a girl--her name was Melissa! She had a mean friend named April or Summer or something like that, who actually accused me of liking Melissa, and of course that was just unacceptable, when you're in first grade. ;-)

When I was about 8, my family moved to Orlando, Florida. Actually, we lived in a little suburb called Winter Park. Have you ever seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Winter Park is kind of like that, although there were a few less-weird folks, too.

In Winter Park, I first went to a public school called Domerich, and then to a private school called Park Maitland School, which had the excellent initials "PMS." We were, of course, too young to appreciate the joke, but looking back on it is always amusing.

Then we moved to Belleair, Florida, where we lived in a beautiful Victorian home built in the 1890's, which my mother spent about two years renovating back to its original Victorian beauty. (When we bought it, one of the prior owners had lowered the ceilings, installed shag carpet over the wood floors, etc.)

In Belleair, I originally went to a school called T.R.U.E. School, then briefly to new school called Renaissance Academy. Then, for seventh and eight grade I went to Country Day Academy, where I made some great friends, and had some great teachers. I still remember Mr. Reilly, who taught history and creative writing, and Mr. Swift who taught science. It's the teachers that tell the truth that have had the most effect on my life, I think.

Then for a year, I went to the Tampa Preparatory School, for 9th grade. I have a few strong memories from that time that stand out:

  1. I had a HUGE crush on a girl named Sarah H. My mom gave me a box of chocolates to give to somebody for Valentine's Day one year, and after finally working up the incredible courage required to present them to Sarah, she informed me that...she was allergic to chocolate! I think I looked so depressed that she felt bad, because she eventually accepted them anyway, saying that she could always share them with her friends.
  2. Sarah was sitting on the floor, one day, in P.E., and I walked up to her and helped her stand. Being fully unaware that there was anything wrong with the statement, I said, "Oh, you're heavier than you look."

    Of course, if you've ever known a girl, this is the wrong thing to say. Nowadays, I would tell you: yes, obviously, stupid thing to say. But at the time, it seemed like a totally innocent observation. I thought she was a goddess--totally beautiful. That she could ever be imperfect had never crossed my mind. Of course, that was the implication she took from it, and I think she didn't talk to me for weeks. We stayed friends after that, but that little period was definitely a tough time!

  3. There was a very pretty girl named Kelly who sat across from me in Spanish class. One day she was staring at me very intensely, and she says, intently, "I want to pluck your eyebrows." I of course explained that I was a man, and that as a man, I was generally averse to eyebrow-plucking. She insisted, but I had to decline.
  4. I remember, a few days before school ended, meeting Kristen Jones, a girl who was to become my best friend and stay that way for quite some time, even after I had moved away from Florida.

It's funny, the things that stick with you, eh?

Anyhow, after that we moved back to California, and I went to Redwood High School in Marin County. Redwood was a good school, educationally, and I of course had a wonderful time in the Theater department. I had my first actual girlfriends at this point, mostly wonderful people who I would still be happy to spend time with to this day.

Of course, one of the strange things about Redwood that I didn't realize until I left was that I made very few lasting friendships. There's nobody from Redwood who I still hang out with, even though a lot of them live within easy driving distance. I wouldn't say I dislike them, just that we never got really close, for the most part.

I went to college at UCSC, and lived at Porter College, which was a blast. I made a lot of great friends at UCSC, particularly at Porter.

After graduating I had a job at a network security software company for about two years, as the lead Technical Support engineer. Then I went and founded BugzillaSource, and that's been going great ever since. My mother helps me with the business, and it's a lot of fun and we're doing very well.

I have a tech blog called Code Simplicity, and I'm currently working on writing a book about software design. I actually post the work I'm doing for the book as blogs, to get feedback from a broad audience. It's been pretty helpful so far!

My other major blog is called Theta Code, and it's about how Scientology can be applied to computers and computer programming. If you're a technical person or a programmer, I encourage you to check it out and see what you think!

Anyhow, that's a bit about me! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at max at kanat-alexander dot com. I won't respond to any angry or unfriendly stuff, but I'll respond to anything else!

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