Rather than writing about myself in plain form, I thought I'd answer some questions I imagine people might ask. (Your call on whether my imagination is ahead of itself.)
What's your backstory?
I was born in Moscow, Russia, to a family of career engineers. I moved to Atlanta with my family when I was ten, and liked it enough to stay for college (at Georgia Tech). I'm not entirely convinced that I would still get into Georgia Tech if I tried again now.
I've lived in Russia, Atlanta, Kazakhstan and now Seattle, and I've spent a decent amount of time in Spain and Moldova. I've visited most of Europe, and I'm hoping to visit many more countries in the next few years.
What's the deal with "Arcadiy"?
Arcadiy is a Russian name, and it's not all that rare there, though it's apparently waning in popularity in recent years. It turns out, though, that most people trying to convert it to English settle on another spelling. Like most immigrants, I get to struggle with having my name spelled differently in a bunch of different places.
Like, what do you DO?
By day, I am a program manager on Microsoft OneDrive. I've been heavily involved in various aspects of the service since it was a much smaller and less important place. These days I work on making our engineers as efficient as possible.
I'm interested in far too many things for my own good; I'm okay at many trades and a master of none. For fun, I read, watch foreign movies, and nerd out to bad European pop. I quite enjoy skiing though I'm not very good and don't go as often as I'd like to.
Bonus fun fact: I don't know how to ride a bicycle. But I can swim, dang it!
What do you look like, so I can say hi when I meet you in a tea shop?
Lucky you, here you go:
But how can I best stalk you on the internet?
I'm not entirely sure I'm glad you asked, but…
- LinkedIn, in case you are interested in connecting professionally. Note that I won't generally accept your request if we haven't interacted in a professional context.
- Shelfari, if you want to see what I've been reading and whether I liked it.
- Pinboard, which is where I save all the assorted articles I'm reading around the internet. Note that includes any links I favorite or retweet on Twitter.