Get to Know: Software Engineer Jim Kraai

Visionary Services Published by: Visionary Services Published on: Thursday, September 30, 2021


Start by telling everyone about yourself:

I think, and I know things. I have a wife, two sons just out of the house, two old cats, and a middle-aged dog. I studied Math & Computer Science at the University of Northern Iowa. My resume is “rich and varied.” I bought my first Instant Pot in 2013.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

  • Amateur field geology, especially agates.
  • Creating original, savory ingredient and dish recipes.
  • JavaScript gymnastics.

What have you enjoyed about Visionary so far?

The sincere, effective people and the flexible, realistic pandemic accommodations.

What is your favorite place to eat in Des Moines?

Thai fusion at DeRice in Johnston.

What is your favorite season and why?

Spring, when winter has broken, frogs are looking for love, and rockhounding is easy.

What is the best book or blog you’ve read lately?

Cixin Liu's Remembrance of Earth's Past series.

What is something you could not go one day without?

The unambiguous serial comma — or is that the unambiguous, serial comma?

Words to live by:

Growth and decline are each the result of holding yourself to different standards than yesterday.

What are you loving at the moment?

Finding straight hedge apple branchlets to fashion into hiking sticks.

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