Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Steve (11/12)

Steve Whiskeyman,
Co-Founder and President

This is the 11th installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews are conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.

Steve sits at his comically large desk, trying intently to convince me that the U shaped desk he’s working on, which spans 2 walls and consumes 75% of the room, is “not that big of a desk.” He then explains that the space came pre-furnished. He sits behind a laptop, wearing his fabulous collared Simpatico shirt, doing important things, probably.

VM: How would you define the Steve Brand™?

SW: Jill stole my word. The answers I’m going to give are going to sound a lot like Jills. I am completely irreverent, as in I don’t revere by default what other people think should be revered. But I’m not cynical. Well… I’m sometimes cynical.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

SW: I feel like that’s a question you should ask people around me. He turns to Jill Whiskeyman. What do you think?

JW: Sarcastic.

SW: …I didn’t ask you. I asked Ver.

JW: How about contemplative?

SW: I guess… In the world stage, there are writers and there are actors, and I’m a writer. I like to think about things. I don’t like to instantly react. I’m also compulsive minter. I love Icebreakers.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

SW: He chuckles. I’m really weird with music. It’s the score from Avengers: Infinity War; in particular, the part where Thor enters Wakanda. It still gives me goosebumps.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

SW: My instant reaction isn’t yes and maybe that’s your answer. I’m too much of a perfectionist. One of our client’s partners is expecting their first child, and we got their baby girl a little welcome bag, with a onesie and newborn baby Uggs. I have fun shopping for that kind of stuff.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

SW: Well as Jill said, we teach classes together. We do everything together. I just taught one last spring. Have I taught the class I’ve always wanted to teach? No, but the last one we did felt very close.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

JW: She snickers from her seat at the table. I know.

SW: No you don’t.

JW: Yes I do. Quantum Leap, followed by the Simpsons.

SW: What can I say? I love sci-fi and satire.

JW: I forgot South Park.

SW: Yes, South Park is the height of satire.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

SW: Only one? But there’s so many good things that have happened recently. In the past week we’ve on-boarded 3 new clients, all of whom have promise.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

SW: Well, I’m gonna cheat a little bit. My favorite thing that I’ve ever written is my Master’s thesis, which I don’t consider a finished piece by any stretch, but it’s the first long form manuscript that I completed. I also wrote a feature length film script and I’ve dabbled in game coding.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

SW: I don’t love Steve. I wouldn’t be Steve, if I could. When people come up with the guy who is the butt of the joke, they always pick Steve. I mean–why?

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

SW: Suddenly forgets everything he’s ever known in his life. Um… our cat Oscar was named after a character in my thesis manuscript! And I survived cancer. You can put that.

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Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Jill (10/12)

Jill Whiskeyman,
CEO and Co-founder

This is the tenth installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews are conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.

Jill sits at her table, which acts most of the time as her desk, that resides in her and Steve’s office, across from their little couch, which also frequently acts as her desk. At her side is her trusty Dunkin’ Iced Tea. She asks me if it is all right for her to multitask during this interview.

VM: How would you define the Jill Brand™?

JW: I would probably describe it as “A Tale of Two Redheads.”

Steve Whiskeyman, from his desk three feet away, joins the conversation.

SW: Who’s the second redhead?

JW: It’s me.

VM: Who’s the first redhead?

JW: Still me. She laughs. I guess what I mean is I am equal parts introvert and extrovert. People energize me, but I am fiercely independent. I think there’s a bit of dichotomy there that you don’t often find in one person, which I chose to define by my most outwardly given feature: my hair color.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

JW: Perfectionism, but also an easygoingness. My general disposition is to be happy and positive, but I’m also extremely irreverent, which definitely catches people off guard at times.

SW: …That was my word…

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

JW: My favorite song at the moment is City Lights by Sara Bareilles. I’m generally obsessed with that album; it’s an oldie but a goody. And Gorgeous by Taylor Swift. Can’t get it out of my head.

Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue starts playing in my head.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

JW: She takes a long pause. Ok. So I’m not sure if I actually live up to being a good gift giver (that’s up to the receiver), but I love to give gifts. I gave wanderer bracelets to my sister and our best friend Chelsea. They’re the coordinates of the childhood street we grew up on, so we never forget where we came from.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

JW: Well I taught a class at Lebanon Valley College on entrepreneurship and advertising. If I had my say, it would’ve been specifically for women. Women in advertising has, unfortunately and fortunately, been given a spotlight since the advent of Madmen. We’re carving spots in a male dominated industry but we are not yet keeping pace with women executives.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

JW: My all time favorite is Dawson’s Creek. If I had to do a hands down, that’s my hands down.

She then went on to list Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and The Affair on Showtime as some other notable guilty pleasures.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

JW: There’s been lots of good lately. I think something that stands out for me is getting to go away for a long weekend with friends. I was reminded that we have such wonderful people in our lives.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

JW: My mind initially went to arts and crafts, but I actually think it’s the Christmas after my mom passed away. It was a tough one for our family. I digitized her thumb print and name from my wedding guest book, and my dads, over a picture of them on their wedding day. I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would have on everyone, but it was wonderful.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

JW: Whats a good sailor name? ‘Cause I curse like a sailor. I’m gonna look it up.

SW: Captain Jill Sparrow

JW: We could go with Cordelia… or Catalina… I can’t pick!

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

JW: I broke my own finger in the fourth grade by—shockingly—talking to someone down the hall in school. I closed the classroom door on my pinky finger and broke the growth plate.

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Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Laura (9/11)

Laura Halsel,
Production Designer

This is the ninth installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews were conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.

Laura sits at her new desk upstairs in the art department with Braxton, Craig, and Jules. Laura has no previous knowledge of these questions, as she began her first day at Simpatico only the day before this interview.

VM: How would you define the Laura Brand™?

LH: Quirky? Bright? Colorful? Warm? Fluid? I dunno. Never been asked that before.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

LH: Oh gosh… I’m a lesbian? She laughs. Oh, and I’m adopted.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

LH: It’s called Feeling by Phantom. It’s not indie, it’s like… sort of techy? I don’t know. It’s just really chill music. It’s mood music.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

LH: Yes. I gave my girlfriend flowers, just to remind her I appreciate her.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

LH: It actually would be on dogs; the behaviors of dogs and training them. I love dogs, but it’s frustrating seeing how owners treat their dogs. Not just abusing them, even small things like keeping them in the house all day. I’d pick pets over people any day. She chuckles.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

LH: As of right now, I’d say The Middle (or Spongebob).

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

LH: I got this job. I also actually moved out my parents house. My parents are moving to Oregon. I live in Hellertown now, down the street from their current house.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

LH: How long has it been since I’ve done something with my hands… My friend and I made this go kart out of wood. It wasn’t very good, but we made it. It was awesome. It broke, but, you know. I miss those days. I feel like life gets in the way of being imaginative or creative. It’s sad.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

LH: Something hardcore like… Payton. No, that’s a cute name… ummm… I don’t know. Something cool. Not american either. I think something Thai. It would be cool to have a Thai name.

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

LH: This is easy, my favorite color is red.

Jules, from her desk, chimes in.

JF: C’mon. Try a little harder

LH: My teeth are fake—no, I’m kidding! I went skydiving two years ago. I have a tattoo of the vintage apple logo on my ankle. Any of those work?

VM: Yeah, I think you’re good.

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Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Julianne (8/11)

Get to know the Simpaticrew – Julianne (8/11)

This is the eighth installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews were conducted during Jule’s first week by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.

Julianne Feldman, Senior Graphic Designer

aka Jules, aka Spooky Mulder

Jules sits at her brand new desk that she’s only been at for a few days, sitting in the big comfy leather chair that’s all for her.

VM: How would you define the Jules Brand™?

JF: Probably minimal. Definitely some quirky, unique aspects tossed in there. Very punny.

VM: Do you make a lot of puns?

JF: I do. I try to. They’re usually very bad.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

JF: First and foremost, I would have to say the pink hair. She gestures to her ombre pink hair. It’s kind of become a thing. Sarcasm. And if I were to ask my friends and family, they would probably say quirky which I think is just a nice way of saying strange.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

JF: So this was really tough, but I went with Diana Ross’s I’m Coming Out. I really like to sing and make a fool of myself when I’m driving in my car, and it’s one of my favorite songs to put on.

She then went on to sing a bit for me, and it was killer.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

JF: I do. When I’m giving a gift or making a gift, I try to  be very thoughtful. I gave a cookie jar shaped like a stack of donuts to my friend Suzie, who loves donuts.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

JF: So I chose a cooking class, because I’ll use any excuse to be around food.

VM: Would you say food is very important to you?

JF: Absolutely. All kinds. I’ll try anything once.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

JF: All right, this one was so tough and I couldn’t do just one, so I have three: Parks and Rec, X Files, and Lost.

VM: I LOVE THE X FILES.

We share a soul-bonding geek-out moment over the iconic master piece that is the X Files.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

JF: This was the easiest question, and the answer is getting this job, for sure. I do really like it. It’s so refreshing from my last job. Totally different spectrum.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

JF: All right, so my favorite thing I ever made was a gift, and no one will know what it is unless they’ve seen the first season of Dexter. I bought my ex-boyfriend a watch and I recreated the arm in the ice block from Dexter to display the watch on when I gave it to him. I got fake acrylic nails and painted them and everything.

VM: That’s hella creepy and I love it.

JF: Thank you.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

JF: So this was tough. Honestly, probably just have to go with my nickname Jules. I think Julianne has too many syllables.

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

JF: Okay so when I was three, my grandfather took me to church for the first time. It was the part where you go up with the holy water and I had never been to church. I didn’t know what to do, so I cupped the water in my hands and took a sip. I’ve never heard my grandfather yell until I drank the holy water. He refused to ever take me back to church again. #blessed

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Get to know the Simpaticrew – Barb (7/11)

Get to know the Simpaticrew- Barb (7/11)

This is the seventh installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews were conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.

Barbra Paul, Client Services Administrator

aka Barb

Barb sits diligently at her post at the front desk, minding the door. She’s in a classically-Barb pink outfit, complete with pink sandals, pink nails, and pink hair.

VM: How would you define the Barb Brand™?

BP: Opinionated. Sweet (nope, I take that back. That’s not true). Strong willed. Kind to the right people, if they deserve it. Hard working.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

BP: My pink! She points the the pink streak in her hair. My mouth (the sarcasm part of my mouth). I love to be sarcastic. I love the response.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

BP: I gave that a lot of thought. I love all country music, but I swear, the national anthem makes me cry every time I hear it. That would be my favorite.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

BP: Oh yeah. I gave two weeks of my entire soul to my family during Meema Palooza (when my grandchildren stayed with me). It was my heart, my soul, and my potato hole. It was all of me. I love to give memories, have memories, and keep memories.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

BP: Common sense, because people don’t have it. And it’s not taught in the home anymore. Don’t give out your credit card number to people on the phone. Don’t put your finger in the electrical socket. Come in out of the rain, unless your bathing. Common sense isn’t so common these days.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

BP: Big Bang Theory! Sheldon is my favorite character. He’s so awkward and perfect.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

BP: Squints suspiciously at me. I must have missed that question in the list you gave us. Good things happen to me all day, everyday. If I wake up in the morning and I’m not dead, it’s a good day. She laughs.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

BP: A quilt.

VM: What kind of quilt?

BP: Fabric.

We have a staring match until Barb yields and tells me more about her quilt.

BP: I knit, crochet and sew. But I sewed a fabric quilt. My favorite one is a basket made from retro fabric from the 50s. That one was for recovering from cancer the first time. That was in 2000, but that’s my favorite. I got up every day, a little bit longer each day, to sew. That’s what got me out of bed.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

BP: Johnathan.

VM: Didn’t even have to think about that, huh?

BP: No! It’s my favorite name and I wanted to name one of my kids that but it didn’t work out. So I would be Johnathan.

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

BP: You should know everything by now, I’ve been here long enough!

VM: It doesn’t have to be about you.

BP: She sighs. I don’t know what you don’t know! You probably know everything, you’re a reader and a writer.

She thinks a little bit more. I went to kindergarten when I was 4! And I graduated from college when I was 55! Did you know that?

VM: I did not!

BP: Well there you go.

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Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Braxton (6/11)

Get to know the Simpaticrew – Braxton (6/11)

This is the sixth installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews were conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.

Braxton Kocher, Senior Account Planner/Producer

aka Brax

Braxton sits on the couch in the conference room, relaxing as he does his work. Though he was quite busy on this day, he made time for me and this interview in his jam-packed schedule. He kicks off the conversation by asking me if I know anything about how angler fish reproduce, so I can tell it’s gonna be a good one.

VM: How would you define the Braxton Brand™?

BK: If I had to define the Braxton brand, I’d say that it’s slightly edgy, but not enough to be an edgelord. We moved away from edgelord a while ago. Now I’m trying to have fun, but also trying to work hard and live my life with as many dogs around me as possible.

He then went on to describe several amazing dogs in his life, including his lovable mutt, Shadow, Simpatico’s own Tucker, and his parent’s new puppy.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

BK: So, a couple things: pop punk music and emo music, because they try to be edgier than they actually are. I feel like cheese is characteristically me because I make a lot of cheesy jokes and eat as much as of it I can. As much as I hate to admit it, I think cats are as well because if they were D&D characters, they would be rogues and I am always a rogue. In fact, once I was a cat-rogue and it was great.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

BK: See, now we’re getting to the hard questions, because I could go on for hours about my favorite songs. If I had to pick one for right now, it’d be Dendron by Hotelier. I’ve just been listening to it a ton lately.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

BK: Absolutely not. I am terrible at giving gifts. It’s not because I want to be bad or feel people don’t deserve gifts—I just usually forget. I did take my little brother to The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Lancaster City for his birthday recently, which is his favorite musical. So that was nice.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

BK: To be completely honest, I would teach how to be an adult. I found growing up that I had to figure out a lot of stuff on my own. It was very easy stuff that any of the adults in my life could have taught me but never really did, and I think it could be useful for other young adults.

We then compare the gaps in our knowledge of real-world skills necessary to being a functioning adult that have conveniently been left out of our education, like doing taxes or changing a tire.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

BK: See, this is one that depends on era. I’m gonna go with a tie between the anime The Devil is a Part-Timer (about the devil working at a knock-off McDonalds) and Digimon.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

BK: My parents got a puppy and that’s really exciting. My dog Abby of 13 years died in April, and Shadow has been terribly lonely and sad. I think it will be a really good thing to have another puppy in the house. I want Shadow to be happy.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

BK: One summer,  my grandfather wanted to build this waterfall that led into a short stream which fed into a small pond. Nothing crazy, but still large enough to be complicated. It was grueling work; the rocks were heavy and the tarp was stupid, but it’s still standing today and it’s so beautiful. I’m really proud of it.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

BK: I wish that I was scandinavian, because I think Celtic names are really cool. So probably something that is Celtic or Gaelic. I know that’s vague, but to be honest, I can’t think of any off the top of my head.

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

BK: Snickers. So let me tell you about angler fish. Hear me out.

Braxton then went on to scar me for life by describing the horrible process by which angler fish reproduce.

VM: Why did you do that to me.

BK: I regret nothing.

(Real life footage of an actual dinosaur)

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Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Craig (5/11)

Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Craig (5/11)

This is the fifth installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews are conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.

Craig Anderson, VP of Production Services

aka Big Cat, aka Craigers

Craig sits at his rather large desk, in his rather blue shirt, extremely prepared for this interview he did not want to do. He is holding two pages worth of notes that he wrote up and printed special for this occasion, single spaced.

 

VM: How would you define the Craig Brand™?

CA: Well, it’s funny you ask. He says, reading off his pre-printed notes. I once took a tour of the Jack Daniels facility. I learned how they make whiskey. It’s filtered through 12 ft of charcoal, collected at the bottom and aged for 8 years. Like whiskey, I am well aged, sophisticated and handcrafted.

VM: Handcrafted? Who handcrafted you?

CA: …My mom. He chuckles.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

CA: Looks again at his pre-written answers. That’s a very good question; I’m glad you asked that. Like my big desk, I’ve always been big in size. I’m a dedicated employee. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but if I have to, I have always been very creative. I’ve been artistic as long as I can remember.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

CA: That’s a hard question. I love classic rock and anything 80s. There are so many songs I listen to daily, but there’s always one I crank up, and thats Hells Bells by AC/DC.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

CA: Well I might, but you’ll have to ask the receiver. I think I’m a decent gift giver, and if I know when someone likes something, I am good about remembering it and storing it in my brain for special occasions.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

CA: Looking over his notes with a furrowed brow. Uh oh, here we go… teach a class… You know, this was a question that was hard to answer at first. I know a little bit about everything and I’m not really a master at any one thing, but I would teach how to properly landscape a lawn. Things like how to pick the right plants and flowers for different heights or when’s the right time to prune stuff ,etc.. How’s that? He laughs.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

CA: There’s so many, but one that I always have to stop and watch is Seinfeld. It’s literally a show about nothing and it cracks me up and I can quote whole episodes.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

CA: Well so much happens; each week is different. This particular week, I applied and got accepted for a permit to carry a gun license and joined a gun club. I’m looking forward to target shooting.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

CA: When I was in college, my parents moved to where they are now, and after I worked all day and came home, I would take my dad’s truck and collect field stone. I’d take it back to their house and I built and cemented a retaining wall with it. Whenever someone comes by they always get compliments on it. I think it would be that.

(An image of Craig’s magnificent retaining wall.)

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

CA: It would definitely be Big Cat. It’s a name that was given to me in high school by some teammates and it’s stuck with me. I would legally change it to Big Cat.

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

CA: You might know it, but other people don’t. I really like history and wars. Over the years I’ve collected a bunch of military memorabilia. I just love military stuff. I’ve got several relatives that have served.

 

After finishing the interview:

VM: How was that? Not too bad, I hope.

CA: It wasn’t bad, but if I didn’t have these notes I probably would’ve died.

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Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Megan (4/11)

Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Megan (4/11)

This is the fourth installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews were conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer.

Megan Gryziec, Production Coordinator

aka Responsible Person™, aka Meg

Craig went to lunch during his allotted interview time, forcing Meg to do hers first—but not before psyching her out about ‘how hard it’s gonna be’. Meg sits at her newly minted desk that she’s had for a little over a week. She is thoroughly nervous and thoroughly prepared for this interview with thought-out answers and a Let’s Get This Over With attitude.

VM: How would you define the Meg Brand™?

MG: It would definitely be inclusive. The best of both worlds…sweet and spicy. ‘Cause I was thinking about how, me personally, for an example, I’m very particular about certain things and then very carefree about others. I don’t think if you don’t like one thing, you can’t like another. You don’t need to have a reason why you like things.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

MG: Little antique stores that you run into, a greenhouse on the side of a road, a dessert tray at a restaurant. Flowers, herbs, plants. A 90s sweatshirt with cats on it.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

MG: Houses in Motion by Talking Heads. I’m also really into the Micro Therapy station on Spotify. It’s very comforting and relaxing while my brain is working super fast.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

MG: I do. I really like giving gifts. I like to see the person’s reaction; it makes me feel good. Most recently, I bought my boyfriend a gigantic lego set of the Apollo space station. It made him really happy.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

MG: Integrating alternative healthcare practices into everyday life, like aromatherapy or adaptogens. I’ve been really into that stuff since I lived in New York. I’m always looking for something new that I haven’t found a remedy for yet. It’s neat to see what works and what doesn’t. I’ve put some things into practice and they’ve helped me. I would share that knowledge.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite TV show?

MG: Twin Peaks, because I love David Lynch. There’s just something about that show. It’s all-encompassing.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

MG: This isn’t kissing ass, but the best thing to happen recently is getting this job. I was really looking for some purpose in the workforce. I can’t just take a job for the money. I feel good about what I’m doing now. Definitely the best and most recent development in my life.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

MG: That’s got to be a black and white picture that I developed myself in a dark room. I developed the film to print the image and everything. It’s something they don’t teach anymore, so it’s special to me that I had the opportunity to do that. I have all these prints I can say I made.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

MG: I would definitely pick something fun. When I was a child, I loved Ginger from Gilligan’s Island and it was the name of my first pet rabbit, so I would go with Ginger.

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

MG: Well, I just found out that otters like to juggle rocks and scientists don’t really know why. It’s pretty cute to watch.

Meg later revealed to me that she is also a passionate bird watcher, which I thought was pretty rad.

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Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Richard (3/11)

Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Richard (3/11)

This is the third installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews were conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer. Enjoy.  

Richard Hain, VP of Operations & Finance.

aka Rick, aka Ricky

Ricky sits in his magnificent leather chair upstairs in the art department. His desk is overflowing with an insurmountable number of ruled legal pads and receipts, as well as several different calculators.

VM: Are you ready?

RH: I’m ready!

VM: How would you define the Ricky Brand™?

RH: So—

Ricky is immediately interrupted by Steve Whiskeyman’s voice, shouting up to us from the bottom of the stairs.

SW: Hey Ricky, did you order post-it notes?

RH: Yeah?

There is a loud thump.

SW: Well they’re on the stairs.

RH: Shaking his head with a grin. If I had to sum the Ricky brand in one word, it would be random. I’m kind of all over the place, but in a good way. And I guess maybe laid back. I try not to stress people out. I like to make things easy. Random and laid back. That defines it.

VM: What are some things that are characteristically you?

RH: He chuckles. Always saying what’s in my head even if it doesn’t make sense.

Jill Whiskeyman’s voice appears from the bottom of the stairs.

JW: What happened to the post-it notes?

RH: Steve. Steve happened to the post-it notes. He turns back to me. I don’t like talking about myself… So there’s that. He says as he swivels back and forth in the chair.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

RH: Bagback by Vince Staples. That song just pumps me up ever since seeing Black Panther. I also like 70s and 80s rock and rap. But right now that song is everything I listen to.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

RH: I think I’m good at thinking of people, but I never get them the right thing. I usually end up asking “Would you like this?”, so I get it right, but that ruins the surprise.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

RH: I would love to be a youth coach and teach kids how soccer is played internationally, rather than the way we play in the US. There’s no expression here, but internationally there’s a lot of creativity in it.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

RH: This was the hardest one for me. I am a big TV and movie person. I really like Firefly and I really like Fringe—

VM: I LOVE FRINGE.

RH: I can’t pick one. Firefringe. Fringefly.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

RH: Oh uh… I guess it didn’t happen to me, but my mom is off of insulin now which is awesome. Being off insulin should add years to her life.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

RH: Hmm… I haven’t made a whole lot of things… Well that’s not exactly true. I made a mini catapult for a physics project that was a lot of fun to test.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

RH: I think I’d like to shorten it to R. Make it easy. My dad’s middle name is just M. I could take a page out of his book and just do R.

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

RH: When I retire, I want to found a comic book-cafe-library-thing.

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Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Becca (2/11)

Get to Know the SimpatiCrew – Becca (2/11)

This is the second installment of interviews with the Crew members of Simpatico Studios. The interviews are conducted by Veronica Mattaboni, your kindly narrator and interviewer. Enjoy.  

Becca Hachey, Senior Developer

aka White Hacker, aka The Wiki Witch of the West

Becca sits in her swivel chair at her hacker station (aka desk) that contains not one, not two, but three different computer screens that she works off of on the regular. She sips from her BB8 coffee mug, mentally preparing herself for the onslaught of questions that awaits her.

VM: So, how would you define the Becca Brand™?

BH: Hmm… Quirky, creative, problem solving. Quirky covers the weird awkwardness, creative because it’s a lot of what I do here, and the problem solving is why I like developing.

VM: Steps out of interviewer-mode for a moment. Is this weird?

BH: Kind of? I’ve never been interviewed before.

VM: Back in interviewer-mode. What are some things that are characteristically you?

BH: I love science and programming and computers… Darn it, I had other things about me that are… Eh, no. Let’s just leave it at that. She laughs.

VM: What’s your favorite song right now?

BH: My favorite song right now is Real MVP by Siya. It’s basically like rap, but with more R&B, sort of. It’s hard to describe.

VM: Do you consider yourself a good gift giver and what was the last gift you got someone?

BH: Makes a definitive ‘No’ face. No I don’t think so. Though I did just get my mom a necklace for her birthday. It was a heart-sort-of-loop thing with three gems in it for each of her kids.

VM: That doesn’t sound so bad.

BH: I guess. I try to tend to think of things people want to use, rather than just want. I usually give things that are more utilitarian. I like to give them things they’ll actually use in their daily lives.

VM: If you could teach a class on literally anything, what would it be and why?

BH: I would teach a class on python programming, because I think it’s important for people to be programming literate. It’s a general purpose language. You can use it to do anything. It’s very accessible.

VM: What’s your all-time favorite tv show?

BH: Enthusiastically. Buffy the vampire slayer: 1) Because Willow is super awesome and a badass witch. 2) Because I started watching it with my friend who moved away and it was a way for us to keep in contact.

VM: Describe one good thing that happened recently.

BH: I got to have breakfast with my friend Deepa while Simpatico was in Boston for DIA, who goes to school at University of Alberta in Edmonton. I haven’t seen her in a long time, and she’s doing an internship in Boston, so we had a chance to catch up.

VM: What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made with your hands?

Steve Whiskeyman, upon overhearing our conversation from the hall, pops his head in the room.

SW: MAC AND CHEESE. She’s made mac and cheese and it’s her favorite.

He vanishes as quickly as he appeared, ever an enigma.

VM: Laughing. Is it mac and cheese? It’s okay if that’s your real answer.

BH: Also laughing. No no… It’s this black and white painting I did of a rainy intersection in my hometown that I made in high school. I just really like that painting. I’ve had it in my living room ever since I moved away from my parents.

VM: If you had to pick a new name for yourself what would it be?

BH: Thinks hard. …Marcella. It’s a strong name.

VM: Tell me something I don’t know!

BH: I’m a WNBA fan. I like the Washington Mystics. Elena Delle Donne is one of my favorite players.

Becca was also awarded Most Valuable Crew Member for the month of July! Congratulations Becca and thank you, as always, for all your amazing hacking and web-sorcery.

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