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Brian Lockhart

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You’ve found the personal homepage / blog of Brian Lockhart.  If by chance you were looking for a different Brian Lockhart, then you’re in luck because I am the one you *really* wanted.

What’s this for?

Personal ramblings, mostly.  I use this space to muse about things that interest me, typically revolving around technology, gaming, fitness, cycling / bicycle racing, and my family.  I try to reserve this place for medium to long-form writings, as opposed to more quick ‘n dirty entries on Twitter or Facebook.  If you want to see those, hit me up there (see links in the “Other” section to the side of the page).

What do you do with your life?

disclaimer: I’ll blatantly steal a concept from some friends of mine at Project 529 who divvy up their days into “work” and “nonwork” hours, and focus their fun on the latter half.

9am to 5pm:

Xbox Live - we won an Emmy award!

 I work at Tableau Software in Seattle, WA (on projects large and small) with a mission of helping people see and understand data. We’re a small but rapidly growing team of diverse individuals who love making it easy for people to turn the world’s biggest datasets into stories.

Prior to Tableau, I worked for 16 years at Microsoft in Redmond, WA  on missions ranging from large scale consumer websites (MSN, MSNBC) to video game entertainment  (Xbox, Xbox Live, Zune) to big data analytic services and high end supercomputing efforts.  I’m a huge fan of computing and distributed systems technology, and I love seeing them put to use both in mainstream consumer products and in massive scale computational systems.

I’m amazed looking back at how technology and global networks have evolved since I embarked on my career in the early 1990s.  I’m very lucky to have been part of such a transformational time in the technology industry.  In my early years during computer science classes at college, I assumed I’d graduate and end up working on mainframes for a large bank or a company like Sun, Digital Equipment or IBM.  I’d happily crank away on systems that had little to do with how most people lived their daily lives.  But the idea of personal computing for consumers was really catching on on at about the same time I entered the workforce.  So I got to be part of an exciting generation of workers that used computing technology to create brand new businesses and products that exploded in popularity and now get used by millions of people every day, both for work and for entertainment.  Seeing the work I do get enjoyed by other computer nerds is one thing, but when you see “normals” using your product out in the world you get a much bigger sense of having an impact.  For example – when I sat in computer science classes 20 years ago I never thought one day I’d hoist an entertainment award, now I’m able to say I’ve won an Emmy for the Xbox Live online gaming service!  Not bad for someone who can’t act, sing or dance.  It’s been an amazing time to work in my profession, and I’m glad I got to take part in the merger of the computer technology industry with every other major industry on the planet.

5pm to 9am

Post-victory photo with the family

I live in Kirkland, WA with my lovely wife MacKenzie, our beautiful baby daughter Cadence, and our ever-protective dog Maggie.  I love spending time with my small-but-growing family, settling into our happy suburban lifestyle on our way to meeting our quota of 2.5 children.  Marriage and parenthood have been good to me, my wife is the perfect counterbalance to my various idiosyncrasies and my daughter gives me a constant motivation to make the world a better place for her to grow up in. (at least our little corner of it, anyway)

Independence Valley Road Race 2010

When the Seattle weather isn’t too lousy I love getting out on my bicycles.  Bikes have been a lifelong passion of mine, one I stepped away from in my 30’s but am embracing once again in my 40’s.  I roadrace with the SCCA/Starbucks team all over the Pacific Northwest, and I love the fun and excitement of competing in (and occasionally winning) bike races.

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