Bethany M. Soule

Master of SCIENCE

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bms2126@columbia.edu

734.904.0953

I want to build things that people use.   I want a programming position that gives me the chance to get really good at something, to master some domain.   I want to dream of electric sheep.

Education

M.S. Computer Science, May 2009

Columbia University, New York NY — 3.0 GPA

B.A. Russian, May 2004

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

Minor in Painting — 3.6 GPA

Skills

Programming

A programmer’s programmer who codes for fun and profit. I’m as proud of my own projects as the time I’ve spent working on others’ projects.

Web Design

A background in the visual arts makes for solid aesthetics and strong opinions on design and user experience.

Personal projects

Beeminder.com

  • Automatically graph progress towards a goal such as weight loss, number of pushups, or hours worked. Bugs you regularly for a number and updates your graph.
  • PHP, CSS, Perl.

Tagtime

  • Tracks how you spend your time by randomly sampling from you over the course of the day.
  • Java, Android SDK, SQLite.

Numbered IMs (NIMS)

  • An Adium plugin that implements a simple protocol to verify message receipt.
  • Objective C.

Taskbot

  • An instant message bot that acts as a group task manager.
  • Java, jYMSG API.

Technical

  • Javascript, PHP
  • XHTML, CSS
  • MySQL, WordPress
  • Ruby (on Rails)
  • Scheme
  • Perl, Python
  • Java, C++, C
  • OS X/Unix/Linux
  • Subversion, Git, Bzr

Experience

Beeminder.com

Co-founder and CTO

Nov 2010 – Present
Bethany is the resident Rails guru and does everything from the mongodb backend to the jquery frontend. She deploys daily.

FireDogLake.com

WordPress developer, freelance

April 2010 – Nov 2010
Single handedly launched my.firedoglake.com from implementing the theme, to writing custom wordpress plugins, customization of the BuddyPress plugin, large scale migration of user accounts and existing data for ~30K users into the new site, and addressing database scaling issues.

Soar Technology, Ann Arbor MI

Student Intern

May – August 2006
Learned the Soar programming language and contributed code to a large existing code-base for a military simulation project.

Literacy*AmeriCorps, Seattle WA

Technology educator

2004 – 2005
Managed the computer literacy program (Wired For Learning) at the Seattle Public Library, including: developing curriculum and course materials; teaching basic computer skills classes to low literacy level and non-native English speaking adults; and the management and training of approximately 25 volunteers.

About Bee

I think of biking a century as a fun Saturday activity and tied the age-group record of 178 miles in 12 hours at Ohio’s Calvin’s Challenge bicycle race in 2006. I’ve also been known to climb stairs competitively and hold a PR of 15:38s at Chicago’s annual Hustle Up the Hancock — that’s 104.4 stairs per minute, baby!

I’m also a little quantification obsessed. Check out this talk I gave at the NYC Quantified Self meetup in August.