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Get To Know Us! Meet Senior Web Developer Eric Hedden

Michelle Ross

We sat down with each of our Ario teammates for a serious Q&A session to get to know one another beyond the office space. Here are a few fun facts about Eric Hedden, our senior web developer, who also loves mindfulness meditation and woodworking. He designed his first computer animation when he was five-years-old on an Amiga 1000, happens to live one mile from the first house he’s ever lived in, and has performed songs at cathedrals in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Italy.

What incredibly common thing have you never done?

I've never broken a bone. 

What scene in a movie always gives you goosebumps every time you watch it?

There’s this scene in Sunshine (2007) where Mace (Chris Evans) willingly sacrifices his life to save the mission (and thereby all life on Earth). He is freezing to death inside a tank of sub-zero coolant and is unable to pull himself out. He chatters, "Do it, Kappa! Do it!" into his com. Great scene. Wonderful writing. Powerful acting. I love it.

Where do you feel the most present?

Holding my daughters.

What has taken you the longest to get good or decent at?

Woodworking is surprisingly difficult to do correctly without proper guidance from an expert. 

What subjects should be taught in school but aren’t?

Real Life 101… a basic intro to the credit system, health  insurance, writing a resume, buying a car, etc. 

When is the most interesting period in history?

The history of human spaceflight has always fascinated me. The surge of progress in the eight years between Gagarin's first human spaceflight in 1961 and Apollo 11's landing on the moon on July 20th. The year 1969 is a monument to what our species can accomplish when we set our minds to it.

What do you rebel against?

People who insist that the plural of LEGO is LEGO. 

How did you get that scar of yours?

Trying to peel an orange with a table knife when I was 8 years old. 

What wastes the most time in your day to day life?

Context switching.

What do you resent paying for most?

Processing fees on automated systems. 

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