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.

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.

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 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 went great for about six years. My mother helped me with the business, and it was a lot of fun and we did very well.

Nowadays I work for Google, doing internal developer productivity stuff, which is just about the best job in the world.

I have a tech blog called Code Simplicity, and I wrote a book that's published by O'Reilly Media called Code Simplicity: The Fundamentals of Software.

My other major blog is called Theta Code, and it's about how Scientology can be applied to computers and computer programming. There's a lot of very interesting stuff there.

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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