My name is PJ Cabrera a.k.a. Dread Pirate PJ. My college friends and I are great fans of The Princess Bride, so the nickname has nothing to do with pirating per se. But I’m a bit melodramatic, so I like to use it. You may contact me by email at pjcabrera AT pobox DOT com, on MSN Messenger as dreadpiratepj AT hotmail DOT com, AIM as DreadPiratePJ, Jabber and GoogleTalk as dreadpiratepj AT gmail DOT com. Don’t send email messages to the hotmail or AIM accounts, I only use them for messaging. I don’t check for email sent there.

I am a developer with over fourteen years of experience, developing software for internal and external use of Fortune 1000 companies, as well as a few startups. The bulk of my experience has been with Java Enterprise Edition, but for the past five years I’ve worked as a freelance Ruby on Rails developer, and making and maintaining a few iPhone apps for the last couple years. I am not very particular about which tools I use for my work – other than not using those which are total crap. :-)

I am an advocate of open source solutions for development where warranted. I am equally comfortable with GUI and web development in Java, Python, PHP, or Ruby. I could even use C# for .Net development. But if so, I am going to be advocating deploying on Linux with Mono instead of on Windows with .Net Framework. I break out in hives when I come in close contact with Perl, I have a high sensitivity to bullshit, and I can tolerate Lisp if given enough advance warning.

This weblog is about my life, my hobbies, my friends, my likes, and my dislikes, in no particular order or subject distribution. The entries are going to be about shows or movies I’ve seen, places I’ve visited, food I’ve eaten, and whether I liked or disliked those things. It’s also going to be about tech and gadgets, software and hardware development, open source and free culture, indie music, internet video, and other personal media.

And if I get a cat, I might even post pictures every Friday. :-)

So there you go. That’s what this is all about.