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How I Work

We at R.C. Brayshaw & Company are excited to introduce our Web Developer, Andrew Mueller. Andrew joined our team this summer and works out of our Warner facility. He has enabled the diversification of our web offerings and strengthened our Marketing Department.  Even after deciphering, and perfecting code all day, he can still be wonderfully agreeable. When we asked him to share a little about himself, he happily obliged.  We think you’ll find him as exceptional as we do!

In the vein of Lifehacker, I decided to write my bio this way.  Lifehacker.com is my favorite website, and I think this way of writing about myself is more interesting:

css-codeLocation: Warner, NH (yep, I live 5 minutes from work on the side of Mt. Kearsarge)

Current Gig: Web Developer @ R.C. Brayshaw

One word that best describes how you work: determined

Current mobile device: iPhone 5s

Current computer: iMac 27” for work and Macbook Pro 15” for home

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?

Good old email is something that I could not live without. It is my to-do list, and my ability to communicate with everyone I work with. It is the new communication medium, even though it is a 20+-year-old technology. And it is still the most effective way of advertising to anyone. I regularly receive marketing emails and subscribe to email newsletters that give me concise bits of information that I need in order to know what’s going on in the world and what’s for sale at my favorite venues. I don’t think email is going away any time soon.

Also, my leatherman. I cannot imagine not having a handy leatherman for the odd screw or string or packaging that needs to be cut.

What’s your workspace setup like?

We have an open-concept office space at R.C. Brayshaw so my boss sits right next to me, and our prepress dept and IT dept are all in the same space. I have a 27” iMac for graphic design work and heavily involved coding and a 15” Macbook Pro for when I need to take my work home with me or write/read articles.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

To get all of my morning prep work done the night before, e.g. making my lunch, laying out my work clothes, setting the coffee maker. Basically just reducing the friction of getting out of bed and out to work in order to start the day as smoothly as possible. I am not a morning person, but it might look like I am by how fast I can get out the door.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?

Solving problems. I can stick with a computer-related problem until it’s finished. I can either identify right away what the problem is, or find out how to fix something eventually. I have the grit for sticking with an impossible problem until I solve it.

What are you currently reading?

Rama II by Gentry Lee and Arthur C Clarke, and HTTP: The Definitive Guide from O’Reilly publishers. I am always reading a few different books at the same time.

Do you use an e-reader or do you prefer paper books?

Both. I use the Amazon Kindle app on my phone and iPad for light reading (fiction), and I prefer paper books for referencing programming languages and textbooks when I need to teach myself something.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ________ answer these same questions.

Brenden McGuire, our Wide Format Production Specialist

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

I have been told by many different sources over the years to put myself in someone else’s shoes or give them the benefit of the doubt. The best way I can describe my approach to life is to always assume that the person who cuts me off in traffic is trying to get to their dying loved one. Socrates believed that every person was good even if they did bad things; it’s just that they didn’t know enough to do the right thing. Everyone seeks the Good, but one’s conception of the Good might be wrong.IMG_0216.2014-10-12_014841

How do you recharge?

Every Saturday morning, I take my two sons out to the transfer station to drop off the trash and recycling, and then we go to a coffee shop to get donuts for them and coffee for me. It’s nice guy-time and just fun to drive around in the morning without having any place to be.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?

I have a more practical streak in me. I would take a Swedish fire starter for starting my fires, a pair of trusty Chippewa boots for at least a few years worth of foot protection, and a large kettle for cooking food.

What’s one thing that many people don’t know about you?

I apprenticed with an electrician for a summer, so I know a little about electrical work. I know enough to do my own small upgrades and also know when to call a professional for help.