☆ in Chicago ☆
My name is Matthew F. Gilboy. Welcome to to my /about-me/ page. I live in the land of Chicago, Illinois. I'm originally from a rust belt city called Youngstown, I cut my professional teeth in Columbus Ohio working for a statewide, elected agency of more than 800.
I have drafted subpoenas for discovery of evidence and prosecution, requests for proposals that subcontract audits, and design reports based on custom metrics for my company's administrative staff. My interests are SQL, graphs, charts, tables, relational databases and learning non-relational ones.
In prior work, our office needed a team member to work directly to solve problems for vendors, register them, and explain large changes that were implemented to our competitive bidding system. Leadership chose me to manage this effort, in addition to maintaining professional contact with clients and vendors while competitively bidding the contracts for Columbus Region audits.
We also implemented a series of internal changes to different user systems within our office. It was my pleasure to be involved in end behavior discovery, user testing/QA, training, and implementation. I have found that the challenge of developing an empathic conversation with your user is what really makes for effective delivery; whether you are talking about a content heavy-site, one that is feature-rich, or one where the user wants the minimum of interaction. The second key component to success when trying to improve (or even solve!?) is ensuring that the people working on the issues have the authority to maintain momentum while organizational oversight is maintained through regular interaction with results.
My work has involved analyzing and assessing workflow, designing improvements, software testing and training end users, and managing clients and vendors in statewide bidding procedures.
I am a cook, I love cooking, and I forget things a lot so it's imperative that I write things down, with pictures and words. Anyway, my recipes are typically rambling collections of how cooking a dish made me feel. In most cases they do not include a list of ingredients, a numbered list of steps and instructions, or a particularly good picture. Although I would love to improve on this, lately I've been lucky to get one Apron post up per month so the motivation to modify that process is up in the air.
I have a bad habit of using block quote interchangeably to call out a block quote or just to offset takeaway text. CSS & headings would probably be more appropriate, it has been said.
As for my various sundries, most of my geekery can be found on Stackexchange. I am most active in Cooking and have found answering and asking questions a great resource for learning new things, trying new things, and polishing up on my communication skills.
My recipes are all vegan now. October 2011 I switched my diet to an animal free one. If I needed to have a discursive reason, I would say that the economic and social sustainability of the omnivorous diet is dubious and I am doing my part to lower the strain on resources. I am not the kind of person to argue animal rights or health or even specifically environmental concerns. As a cook though, my reasons are more straightforward;
In the same way that some people really like and enjoy cooking and eating Italian or Indian or Mexican food, I really enjoy Vegan food. As a cook, I do want to say that cooking Vegan is great for getting up close and personal with your food. You are cooking real things and transforming them into new, real things.
I am a friend to the stove, the sauce pot, dutch oven, the mortar and pestle, the regular oven/broiler combo, the food processor, the pizza stone, and the coffee pot. I also like popcorn poppers, insofar as their utility in air-roasting your own green coffee beans goes.
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