Just your typical preterite* immigrant combat veteran with a literature degree.

* In Pynchon's religious sense, not the grammatical one.


Hi. I’m Joe.

I live in a little, old house in Portland, Oregon with my lovely wife Bev and our son Zeke.

I’m a “software” “engineer” for AppNexus, Inc.

Like any good Portlander, I enjoy drinking good coffee, eating well, and commuting by bicycle.

In my free time I try to read, write (both prose and code), and climb rocks whenever I can.

Me, Bev, and Zeke


I was born in Seoul, S. Korea, but immigrated to the US at two months old.

In September of 2002, I enlisted in the US Marine Corps Infantry. I served two tours in Iraq, and one in the West Pacific.

I earned my B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle on the Montgomery GI Bill.

about this site

I built this site with Clojure and ClojureScript.


I’ve been writing code for at least several weeks now. I have an opinion about punctuation in JavaScript.

This is my dotfiles repo. There are many like it but this one is mine.

I generally work in Vim in a tmux session running in Zsh in iTerm2 on a Mac.



I write about various (mostly nerdy) things on my blog.

I’ve also somehow managed to get a few pieces published on The Atlantic’s Technology Channel.


As a Comparative Literature major, I did a lot of writing. Here’s some of it:

  • Problems in the Publication of In-Flight Magazines2009-01-01
    Reflective essay on internship experience at a small publishing company.
  • A Hospital Visit2008-06-01
    Final paper for a Narrative Journalism course, winner of the Deb Kaplan Narrative Journalism Award 2008 for "Story that Illuminates an Important Public Issue."
  • Achilles' Armor and Identity in The Iliad2008-03-01
    Final paper for an Epic Tradition course.
  • Concrete and Abstract Adaptation in Adaptation2007-09-01
    Critical essay on the film Adaptation (2002)


I kept a blog during most of my enlistment as a U.S. Marine Corps infantryman.

I collected posts from my second deployment here.

The final entry was published in the University of Washington Comparative History of Ideas Department Publication The Anthology Project (June 2007).