the further adventures of

Mike Pirnat

a leaf on the wind

Bringing the goat at AGI Hack Day

About Me

Hey there, internet. Nice to meet you.

The Official Bio

I'm currently an Advisory Engineer at Cleveland's own American Greetings. Lately that means I'm doing a mix of architecture and personnel management, but I've done pretty much all aspects of everything at some point during my tenure--front ends, back ends, middle ends, third-party integrations, platform engineering, REST APIs, security and PCI, developer training, mentoring and coaching, leading teams of various sizes, and generally attempting to be a catalyst for cultural improvements like our annual Hack Day event that I co-founded and emcee.

I'm the author of How to Make Mistakes in Python.

I've enjoyed speaking at a number of conferences, including PyCon, PyOhio, CodeMash, and OSCON, presenting everything from brief lightning talks to full-day, hands-on tutorials.

The joy of conference speaking has evolved into the joy of conference volunteering and organizing. I enjoy volunteering at PyCon in various capacities. I am the semi-official photographer for PyOhio and have enjoyed facilitating its program committee and introducing a speaker mentorship program to the conference.

While it was still going, I was the showrunner, producer, and a host of From Python Import Podcast.

I have contributed to a few open-source things and have made a few of my own.

I spent a couple of years helping to establish, organize, and run Clepy, the Cleveland area Python user group. These days, I'm lucky if I have time to show up (but you should totally check it out if you're in town and want to hang with smart, friendly people).

Once upon a time, I hosted a freeform music show called Jedi Mind Tricks on WRUW-FM. Besides being on-air, I mentored new DJs and spent some time as the station's webmaster, including shepherding our very first audio streaming solution.

I graduated from Case Western Reserve University in May 1999 with a B.S. in computer engineering. Besides taking classes and doing radio stuff, I worked in the group that maintained the university's website and which produced the first online version of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. I also served one term as president of the CWRU Anime Society (which seems to have had its identity merged with Japan CASE).

I grew up in scenic Durango, Colorado; I couldn't have asked for better roots.

Social Network Presence

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