Revelry software engineer Stuart Page

Meet Stuart Page: Lover of All Things History, New Orleans and ChatGPT

Stuart Page is one of Revelry’s talented software developers. Get to know him…

How would you describe yourself in a few sentences? I’m British, interested in computers, video games and weight lifting. I’m easily distracted by cats and books. I like walks with my wife and singing at my cat. 

How would your best friend describe you? Probably using unprintable words. 

Where are you from? I’m from Buckinghamshire in the U.K., near a place called Milton Keynes. Not many people seem to know where that is, so I just point them in the direction of London and shrug.

What were you like in high school? I think some of the most used adjectives are ‘scruffy’, ‘disheveled’ and ‘untidy’. I never had my shirt tucked in. I was almost always missing some element of my school uniform (which included a blazer and a jumper sweater). 

Where did you go to school? The University of Nottingham for my undergraduate and master’s degrees, and Texas A&M (whoop!) for my year abroad in the United States. 

Favorite college memory? It’s probably a 10-way tie, but most of the activities involve getting into all sorts of mischief with my friends. Staying up so late that we could watch the Corps of Cadets doing their morning march. Meeting my future wife by impressing(?) her with the Running Man. Performing improv at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

What was the path that led you to Revelry? A long, windy one. I’ve had an interest in computers since my dad was blasting away Cyberdemons with me on his knee. I studied American history (which led to me coming to the States) and then psychology (which led to me being furloughed 😛 because of COVID-19). I figured it was finally time to develop my latent fascination from just upgrading my PC and installing mods into an actual career; and here I am.

Why Revelry? Revelry is such a cool company in so many ways. I actually feel like they give a crap about their employees and local New Orleans community, as opposed to the lip service I’ve seen in other places I’ve worked. The apprenticeship program shows off the symbiotic relationship that Revelry has tried to cultivate between the company and the community.

What do you do at Revelry? I try not to break other people’s stuff and try to build stuff that works. Software developer.

What’s the best thing about your job? That my brain gets a workout everyday! 

Tell me more about that one wild or wacky job you held. I worked as an assistant psychologist in the UK, which was wild. Most of the job consisted of taking patient histories over the phone or in person, and then synthesizing the responses into clinical categories. You really do hear everything.

Tell us more about your interests. I enjoy weight-lifting (although I’m on hiatus at the moment), but what I’m really into is learning – about pretty much everything. Not a single thing in this world isn’t fascinating when you dig deep enough, and there’s nothing I love more than a deep dive into a topic that previously held zero interest. There’s history everywhere, and nothing is really certain.

What’s your favorite Slack channel at Revelry? #wellness. I <3 Avery Jolly

What’s your favorite emoji in the Revelry Slack? When I get to use it, :old_man_yells_at_cloud:

What is your programming language of choice? Depends on what I’m working on! TypeScript is probably what I’m most comfortable in right now.

Which of your daily work tools is your favorite? Another Engineer here, PJ Dilorio, wrote a nice little Hammerspoon extension that gives me access to bunch of useful shortcuts – pasting my zoom link, opening addresses in Etherscan and TalkINg LIke THIS WHEN I neEd toO!

What is your favorite productivity hack? It’s gotta be Chat-GPT

What’s your favorite lesser-known tech to geek out about? I really like the magnetic stimulation of nerves! And the brain! It’s super cool, you can locally and crucially, temporarily, knock-out brain and/or nerve function by delivering a dose of magnetic simulation with a hand-held coil. Fun!

What mobile device do you use and what apps are on your home screen? Android! Spotify and BBC news

What non-digital product could you not live without? My bed.
Who inspires you? Why? My wife. She’s a badass who uses her incredible personal skills for good. I’ve seen her persuade airlines to delay flights for other people, sweet talk discounts and upgrades, and generally improve the lives of everyone around her.

What could you talk about for days if you climbed up on your soapbox? If politics is allowed, Brexit. If not, US history.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it? Severance. Someone told me I’d really enjoy it; I’d say they were right!

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes. Pink only became associated as a ‘feminine’ color in the 1950s. Before President Johnson flew into Austin, the Air Force would paint the grass green to freshen it up. The SR-71 Blackbird leaked fuel and rattled on the ground, and would only fit together properly when it was going faster than the speed of sound. Kennedy beat Nixon in 1960: partly because Nixon refused to wear makeup for the first televised debate, and subsequently looked rather ill. The guy who invented the lobotomy won a Nobel prize. I hope you didn’t know at least one of those!

Let’s talk New Orleans…Favorite place to eat in New Orleans? Bears Po-Boys

Favorite parade? Chewbacchus slaps!

Jazz Fest or Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras

Favorite thing about New Orleans? The people. Up in your business, in the best way possible.

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