You know the Trust Insights team for the work we do. Did you know that there are humans behind the machines? Believe it. We thought you’d enjoy getting to know us on a more personal level. Here are some things you might not know about Co-Founder Christopher S. Penn:
Do you believe in ghosts?
Conceptually yes. Life is a form of energy and thus must obey the laws of thermodynamics. Something happens at the end of life with that energy – it has to go somewhere. Remnant energy, therefore, could fit the broad definition of “ghosts”. Does it look like Ghostbusters CGI? Probably not.
How many bones have you broken?
Mine or other people’s? I broke my wrist once, and I shattered about 75% of the bones in a person’s arm from their fingers up through the elbow joint once. It was surprisingly quiet.
Do you eat Oreos as a sandwich or do you open them up?
I don’t eat Oreos. They’re terrible.
Dogs or Cats?
What super power would you have?
Based on canon, I’d take the powers of a speedster from the DC Cinematic Universe – specifically, the Flash. It’s been proven in canon that speedsters heal insanely fast, age at a very slow rate, and can rewrite time itself (with consequences).
Twizzlers or Red Vines?
Don’t know, I don’t recall having Red Vines.
One little-known fun fact about you?
I practice – very badly – card magic, and I read Tarot cards. I read Tarot cards all through graduate school to help pay Boston’s astronomical rents!
Go to Karaoke song?
What is your spirit animal and why?
If we’re talking legit Native American lore, the raven. At least that’s what I was told by someone who was a practitioner in that tradition. Ravens are the guardians of magic.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Where I am now, the metro Boston area.
What do you do on your days off?
What days off? I’m a co-owner in a startup. There are no days off.
They’re not really a secret, but as part of my martial arts practice, I throw knives and do fast-draw archery.
Do you speak any other languages?
Computer or human? I speak R competently, PHP fluently, SQL fluently, Python incompetently, French poorly, Japanese very poorly, Spanish poorly, and Latin poorly.
Lots of pleasures, but none are guilty. One of my favorites is watching various versions of The Voice from many different nations. It’s amazing, when you see different cultures, just how similar we all are.
Favorite band/genre of music?
Genre – instrumental. Hans Zimmer, Jason Hayes, etc.
One article of clothing you can’t live without?
Technically, as long as the climate is appropriate, you can live without clothing, period. That said, I prefer wearing clothing. None are important enough to be irreplaceable.
Favorite weird word?
Least favorite food?
Anything that involves the primary spices of curry, such as cumin, turmeric, and fenugreek. I can’t stand the smell of it.
Biggest pet peeve?
There are so many, but topping my list is needing to explain the exact same thing multiple times because the other person wasn’t paying attention.
Favorite celebrity encounter?
I can’t recall any. I have some awkward ones, like doing a meetup and photo shoot with Hannah Storm and not really having any idea who she was.
So many to choose from, but one that makes me feel amazing when I read it is Christopher Alexander’s A Timeless Way of Building. https://amzn.to/2JPpL2w
I have a page full of them. https://www.christopherspenn.com/quotes/
How do you like your eggs?
Do you collect anything? If so, what?
Knives, keyboards, and headsets.
Best thing about working with Katie and John?
No BS. We all want the same thing, we’re all on the same page.
Any last words?
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