found drama

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About the Author

Hello. My name is Rob Friesel. But for the most part, the web has me down as @founddrama.

Software by day…

From 2003 to 2019, I was at, most recently as the User Experience Architect for the ControlCenter platform. I helped Product and Engineering teams build world-class software by stitching together user narratives so that those ergonomics don’t get buried under business requirements and technical constraints. Before assuming this role, I was a Technical Lead, and had focused most of my engineering career on user interface work. (I am something of a JavaScript pedant.) Before that, I started my career in technical support and customer service; those experiences were formative and gave me important insights that have guided my craft along the way.

Believe it or not, my liberal arts background has been brought to bear in some unexpected ways and places. I wrote the PhantomJS Cookbook and have contributed as technical reviewer or editor on several others, including: The Joy of Clojure, Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (3rd Ed.), Principles of Object-Oriented Programming in JavaScript, and Functional JavaScript.

I’m taking the summer of 2019 off to spend time with my sons while we transition from Vermont to Seattle. But once the school year starts up again… time for the next adventure.

Science Fiction writer by night…

When time, energy, and children permit, I labor away on my childhood dream of becoming a novelist. Science fiction is where I’ve found my strongest voice, and so that’s where I dabble the most. I have a few irons in the fire there, with a couple drafts ready to be polished as soon as I make them the priority. I tend to be long-winded (hence the novels) but nevertheless found my first publishing success with a short story: “Where the Air is Sweet and the Clouds are a Different Shape”, which appeared in Angela Palm’s Please Do Not Remove.

In the meantime, if you happen to be attending or visiting my alma mater, you may find my senior St. Mary’s project bound in the “St. Mary’s Collection”.

Weekend homebrewer…

After a life-long desire to give beer-brewing a whirl, I did just that in August 2014. That first beer took second place in a very small competition. Since then I’ve brewed at a cadence of… oh about twice a month. I’ve also ventured into making mead, and won “Mead Maker of the Year” in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competitions. (The 2019 winner also took 3rd place in the first round of NHC in Boston.) Perhaps my biggest accomplishment though was winning the first Corral Cup at the 2019 Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Competition and getting to brew my bière de garde on the Stone Corral system.

To make myself a better brewer, I also got involved in the BJCP to help judge homebrew competitions. I passed the tasting exam in 2018 with a score of 84 and managed to earn enough points to get my Certified ranking before the close of that year.

Directory Assistance

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Friends, family, supporters, and well-wishers: feel free to make donations or order up presents from my Wishlist, here. And of course, you should buy a book or two:

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