Hi, I'm Dave King, a software professional living in Oakland, CA. Runner, backpacker, history buff.

Software person in the Bay Area. I moved out here in 2014 after living in Blacksburg, Virginia for five years, which I had moved to after finishing up grad school at Penn State.

I began programming when I was 8 writing text adventures in GWBASIC on my school’s computer. The day job tends to be some combination of JavaScript, Python, and Java - all objectively better technologies, all far less fun.

In my spare time I backpack, read, and program. A favorite personal project is to write programs that play chess and I’ve written two so far: one in C++ and one in Golang. Over the last year I’ve been trying to learn more abstract algebra and number theory.

Recent Blog Articles

Books I’ve Read This Year (2018)

  • Misquoting Jesus, Bart D. Ehrman
  • Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert
  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin
  • A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman
  • Why The West Rules For Now, Ian Morris