My name is Nathan Stohlmann and I am a computer geek specializing in software build and deployment technologies and related engineering. Some might use the current hot buzzword “DevOps”. This is a skill set and focus that developed out of the 15 years that I’ve been using InstallShield, Wise, WiX, and various other products to design, build, and maintain scripted and Windows Installer based installation packages. Over time I took over the build automation for many of the products I was packaging and the logical next move was to do the end-to-end automation for the projects that did not require conventional installers as well. My current application expertise covers all of the installer specific tools already mentioned and also Ant, MSBuild, Powershell, TeamCity, uDeploy, C#, and a whole host of other things.
I am currently working for Pearson VUE and am relatively happy there. The shift of focus to general build and deployment has been a good one, and they do their best to make sure I know they want me around, but I sometimes wonder about what else is out there in this field.
I’m a fan of LEGO bricks and enjoy building with my modest (by some pretty odd standards) collection of parts. I am active in TwinLUG, a Twin Cities local LEGO User Group (LUG), and maintain the group’s web presence at twinlug.org. I once said I was primarily a Technic builder but over the past 6 years or so have spent most of my time working on contributions to Micropolis and maintain the official specification. I have also started another site, Virtual Micropolis, just to document me and my partner’s growing collection of modules.
I am an amateur musician. I formerly played Euphonium with the Calhoun-Isles Community Band and am trying to figure out how to add them or a different community band back into my schedule. I also sing Baritone with One Voice Mixed Chorus, a nationally recognized LGBTQA choir. You can also almost always find me at one or more TubaChristmas performances every year.
A note about spam that appears to have come from my domain, cavort.org. It appears that at least one spammer has been using various addresses @cavort.org as the purported sender of the messages. Please believe me when I say that if I could have that person in this room right now they would leave the room with an extremely funny walk. I do not send spam. This domain has never sent spam. It’s not me and I am terribly sorry if you got crap from those shmucks, but there is absolutely nothing that I can do about it at this point.
If you wish to contact me please use my first name at virtualmicropolis.com or through twitter.