Hi. My name is Chris. We’ll see how this goes.
Currently, I work as a product designer at Jive Software. In the past I’ve worked at HZDG, Siteworx, Clearwired (my company: 2004-2009), MVP Sport Systems (my company: 2007-2010) and Stancorp Financial Group (safest place I could think to be in 2009).
I’ve lived throughout the United States and Europe. I currently live in Portland, Oregon. Prior to moving to Portland I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was born in Massachusetts and spent my university years in the Washington D.C. region.
When I’m not working I’m designing and building something in code or in wood. I love high, snowy, wind-swept places where the only sound is the wind and my heart thumping in my chest.
I’m also here:
- http://github.com/clearwired (some public code here, mostly private repos)
- http://about.me/chrisrivard (that’s pineapple pass in Snoqualmie, WA)
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/100293438@N04/ (public photos here)
- http://slideshare.com/clearwired (I spoke at EuroIA in 2013)
I can be reached at: clearwired @ gmail
The blog title is named after the lyrical work by Gaston Rébuffat, the late French alpinist and mountain guide. The header image is a photo that I took of a painted Cusqueña advert in Puno, Peru in 2013.
Rise early. Fix a time-table to which you must try to keep. One seldom regrets having made an early start, but one always regrets having set off too late; first for reasons of safety-the adage ‘it is later than you think’ is very true in the mountains-but also because of the strange beauty of the moment: the day comes to replace the night, the peaks gradually lighten, it is the hour of mystery but also of hope. Setting off by lantern-light, witnessing the birth of a new day as one climbs to meet the sun, this is a wonderful experience.
- Gaston Réfuffat