Employee Profile: Luke

Employee Profile: Luke

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Luke is a seasoned member of the Smart Furniture IT department. He helps develop a lot of the personalization tools on SmartFurniture.com, as well as taking care of the nuts and bolts of the website. Doing that kind of stuff gets very involved and complicated. One time I looked over his shoulder at some code he was writing and a little piece of my brain exploded. And yet, despite his brainy abilities, Luke cannot keep track of a ping pong score to save his life. 

We caught up with Luke a few days ago to ask him the most important questions we could think of. 

SF: Why do you have 27 computer monitors at your desk?
Luke: Twenty Seven, huh? That is a bit excessive.  I only have four.

SF: Have you played around with our new SmartSpace yet? It made the Times Free Press, after all.
Luke: That thing is pretty cool!  I have probably spent more time “playing” with it over the last 5-6 months than I have spent with my very lovely wife.  The SmartSpace has been what I’ve devoted the majority of my time to here at Smart Furniture lately, and man – it’s been fun!  I love that I get to work at a place where I get to do exciting projects like this.

SF: You’re known for communicating via animated gifs in email threads. Could you show us a few of your favorites? Commentary welcome.
Luke: They are really spur the moment things. Here are a couple, though:

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Yes, that is a cat dressed as a shark riding a Roomba chasing a baby duck.

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This is the internet.

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Nice kick!

SF: You used to teach karate. Is that how your calves got so big?
Luke: It was Tae Kwon-do and yes, probably so.  Although, they’ve gone down in size a bit over the years since I’ve gotten a desk job.

SF: What is the coolest kind of karate?
Luke: Well, I’ve never taken Karate so I wouldn’t know, but Tae Kwon-do is what I have the most experience in.  I’ve also dabbled in Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Kenpo.  All have taught me things and all are pretty great.

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SF: What are you better at: writing haikus or playing ping pong?
Luke:
Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, SLAM!
Poetry that’s in motion,
Much like the Ping Pong.

SF: What do you want to work on next?
Luke: This is a tough one.  One of the great things about this job is that it’s never boring and we are always working on something new and exciting!  I can’t say much about my next project, but I will let on that it involves the customers being able to feel the textures of products through their computer screens!

Matt Wood

My name's Matt. My Facebook page says I'm a "Web Stuff Guy" at SmartFurniture.com, so that's about as precise as I can get. I've lived in Chattanooga about 5 years and spent most of them with Smart Furniture.