Not Invented Here syndrome (NIH) is the guilty pleasure that tempts engineering teams into creating bespoke approaches to problems that have already been solved. Even having your eyes opened to the temptation doesn’t immunize you from it. So, how do you know whether a bespoke solution warrants the effort or if it’s just plain hubris?
Meet Matt Viggiano! Matt joined Alley in 2017 and loves to figure out what makes things tick and how to make them work better. He also loves to work with new technologies and find new ways of visualizing data. Matt is based in St. Louis, and here he shares three of the varied locations inside his house from which he works.
Do you have any pets?
My partner and I have two cats – Nico (pictured above, at left) and Rémy – who are rescues from the same litter. They have very, very distinct personalities – Nico is the sweeter of the two and would never hurt a fly but is slightly more wary of strangers, while Rémy gives his love willingly to anyone and everyone while still having a bit of a mischievous streak. They’re both very social cats, usually wanting to be around people far more than to be away from them. Each of them bonded to one of us as they grew up – Nico to my partner and Rémy to me – and almost always sleep on the same sides of the beds with the human they’re bonded to. My partner and I always tell each other: “I love you, but not as much as I love the cats” – they are the light and soul of our lives.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
“A Wolf At the Door” by Radiohead if I’m feeling weird; “Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi” also by Radiohead if I’m feeling slightly less weird (but still pretty weird); “The King of Carrot Flowers (Part 1)” or “Oh Comely” by Neutral Milk Hotel if I’m feeling REALLY weird, or “Green Light” by Lorde in the likely event that the karaoke machine doesn’t have any of those songs.
List two pet peeves.
Light switches that aren’t aligned (like when both sets of lights are off, but the switch positions don’t match) and loose hair floating around the bathroom (ewwwww).
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
“FRAGILE: Handle with Care”