CoMo Tech: Glenn Rice


Who are you?

I’m Glenn Rice. You might have seen me around. I’ve lived here since 1983 and have been involved in all sorts of shenanigans during those years. I’m married to Tracy Greever-Rice, the smartest person I know and my best friend. I currently have a long beard that made an appearance on the Beards From Below blog a few months ago.

What do you do for money?

My full-time job is developing websites, applications and other web-related stuff for the MU Division of IT. I do web and DB development on the side (cash, trade, or in-kind) for RagtagSycamoreTrue/False, and whoever else will hire me. I sometimes sell salvage on eBay, and have a couple other moneymaking schemes that I’d rather not talk about. Also, Tracy and I own several rental properties, but there’s not much cash flow in that business, let me tell you.

What do you do for fun?

I go out on the town with Tracy, hang out with friends, go to shows. In the warmer months I enjoy riding my motorcycle (Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Deluxe) on back roads, swimming at the Quarry. In the winter I like to cook, make schnapps/liqueurs, and tinker in my man-cave. I used to enjoy getting involved in local government, but that dog don’t hunt anymore. I’m trying to learn to play the ukulele. I’ll float any river, any time of the year. Tracy and I try to travel somewhere interesting every year.

I would characterize my relationship with technology as:

“It’s complicated.” I’m immersed in technology at my job(s). I love to write code because it’s like solving puzzles and exercises my mind, but as any developer will tell you, it gets harder and harder to keep up, all the time. If you look at what I do for fun (above), none of it’s particularly tech-oriented. (I do enjoy messing with electronics and with old technology [like my motorcycle] and can fix almost anything.) To me, technology is tools. I appreciate a well-made, useful, beautiful tool, and may enjoy using it for its purpose and learning how to use it well — but that doesn’t mean I like all tools, or want to spend all my time using them.

Smart or dumb phone? What kind? If smart, what are the three apps you use most?

Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S2.

Mac or PC or Other?

Like many web developers, I use both, but primarily Windows. I have Linux on a laptop in my man-cave, but it seems like I turn it on only to install the update packages.

I use Twitter for:

All kinds of stuff. Professionally, I use Twitter to stay in touch with my colleagues in the higher-ed web development community (who tend to be early adopters of this kind of thing) and also for news from the development world in general. Personally, my tweets are all over the map. Weird stuff, photos, short drunken rants, local politics & culture, design, men’s health, random thoughts. I complain a lot, especially about CoMo City government and politics (which is a big mess). I had a lot of fun on Twitter with the whole Sarah Palin – Glen Rice (basketball player) affair.

I use Facebook for:

Not nearly as much as I use Twitter. Facebook is just for fun. I recently did a little social experiment where I changed my birthday on Facebook. Some people knew right away; others sincerely wished me a happy birthday (which actually made me feel like a schmuck for fooling them), others got angry. Weird that you can change your name with impunity, but change your birthday and you’ve stepped way over the line.

Do you write a blog? What’s it about?

I recently wrote a piece for this blog, but otherwise no. I have lots of ideas, though I doubt I’d have time for it anyway.

Do you read any blogs? What are some of your favorites?

I read lots of blogs. Among my favorites are:

Sorry, that’s way more than three.

Go-to menu item and restaurant in CoMo?

Courtyard sandwich, 9th St. Deli, or maybe the #16 on the Vietnamese menu at Chinese Wok Express.

What is your favorite beverage?

Water (although I also like beer and whiskey).

Friends are visiting from out-of-town. You’re for-sure taking them to:

Shakespeare’s, but not usually by choice. Most of my out-of-town friends used to live here, and they always have to go to Shakespeare’s for old times’ sake when they visit. That’s fine, I like the place, but it’s annoying because it’s like they think absolutely nothing new of interest has come along since they left town all those years ago.

My favorite city/town/hamlet/state/country/province in the world (after CoMo, of course) is:

Upper Jack’s Fork River, Missouri Ozarks.

Thanks, Glenn!

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