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Profiles in Nerdery: Thomas Bishop, DJ and data miner

  • Astrological Sign: Aries, adventurous, energetic, quick-witted, accurate enough.
  • Time at the Nerdery: 7 months.
  • Area of expertise: Leading projects as a programmer and creating complex algorithms. I absolutely LOVE data mining (ex. clustering).
  • When people ask you what you do, how do you respond: My passion lies in planning and creating solutions to complex questions, whether it deals with programming, shooting an independent film, or DJing at a party.
  • Favorite kinds of projects to work on: Those that deal with analyzing and restructuring large amounts of data. I love working with seemingly useless data and transforming it into extremely wealthy results. Sounds boring but it’s awesome. Specifically, working with thousands of records of individual’s music collections to create amazing marketing worthy results.
  • What one thing about The Nerdery surprises people the most when you tell them about it: How relaxed it is: the dogs, flex time, casual dress, and freedom of project interest.
  • Seven dream Jeopardy Categories: 1. Chess Tactics; 2. Warcraft III; 3. Lovecraftian Mythos; 4. Things That Do Not Work in IE6; 5. Sub-genres of Electronic Music; 6. Japanese Horror Films; and 7. The Subconscious of Thomas Bishop
  • Favorite Fictional Nerd: Mouse from The Matrix.
  • According to the Wikipedia entry on Nerd, some nerds show a pronounced interest in subjects which others tend to find dull or complex and difficult to comprehend, or overly mature for their age, especially topics related to science, disambiguation, mathematics and technology. Do you know what disambiguation is: Of course I do.