Staff Spotlight: 20 Questions in 2 Minutes with Mike Ridinger
20 Questions in 2 Minutes is our series in which we interview Management Council staff members. This week’s guest is Mike Ridinger, Senior Web Developer, with the INFOhio team.
- What’s the best concert you’ve seen?
Newsboys, a Christian band. I also enjoyed Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
- What was your favorite subject in school?
Computer science. Pretty much anything in science.
- What show are you currently binge-watching?
The Expanse. It’s an original science fiction series on Amazon Prime. You have to give it a few episodes, but it’s really, really good. The writers thought more about the realities of space flight such as the absence of gravity and the reverse burn.
- If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
The Resurrection. I would have loved to have been there to see that and to witness His healings.
- What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?
I gave my wife a year of hour-long massages. She seemed to enjoy that. I get a lot of socks, which, eh. Several years ago, Rosanne and the girls bought me a subscription to Audible which I still enjoy. I now have more than nearly 800 hours of audiobooks. Of all of them, my favorite has to be Crucial Conversations.
- What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?
A yacht. A radio. An umbrella.
- What’s your favorite food?
My favorite food in general is Mexican. I LOVE Mexican food. But, I’d have to say Chinese food is a close second.
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut. By the time I was in high school, I wanted to code games, but I learned business coding instead. I think it would be awesome to write the code for self-driving cars, but I’d have to do my debugging differently I suspect.
- What’s something you find challenging about your work?
The biggest challenge is staying really focused. When you’re coding, you’re writing something really logical. Then all these Slacks come in, and I feel compelled to respond. I don’t mind, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy it.
- What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?
One of the most important trends I see is an increase in web security. The more things are secure, the more difficult it is to code to make sure things are authenticated properly. I can’t believe some of the things that web browsers are allowing, but they’re locking them down, which is good.
- What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I don’t really listen to music so to try and reference a song is tough. I heard “Let It Be” this morning. I like it because even though it starts out a little dark, the message is that it doesn’t matter how bad things get, let it go because it’s going to pass, and you’ll get through it. Another song that I really enjoy is “You Say” by Lauren Daigle. I like it because the message is that we are more important than what we think we are.
- Do you have any phobias? If so, what are they?
Spiders. When we moved into this house 18 years ago, I had to run cable through our crawlspace for our network. When I got to the point where I needed to run the cable through the floor, I turned on my flashlight and was surrounded by spiders. Ignorance is bliss sometimes. Since then, I can’t handle spiders. I can take pictures of them, but outside of that, I can’t handle them.
- What’s the most exciting part of your job?
I really like learning new things. It seems to be a constant challenge because just when you think you know something, you have to learn something else. Also, when you finally finish a project and see it in use, it’s very gratifying.
- If you could have a career in anything, what would it be?
Right now, and I’ve told my girls this, if I were to do it over, I would want to be a medical researcher or a physicist at a university. I would want to be a scientist coming up with breakthroughs and studying things people have never seen.
- If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Jesus, of course. I’ll see him at some point. Another person I’d like to meet is the sitting president. It doesn’t really matter who the president is. I’d just like to meet a U.S. president while they are in office.
- What three traits define you?
Forgiving, I can’t imagine holding a grudge. Worrier, which makes it hard to leave the job behind because I’m always thinking about what’s stacking up. Taking days off is the worst. I don’t like it. Problem solver, I like solving challenges. Attention to detail, I really have an attention to detail.
- What is your personal philosophy?
It is to always treat other people the way you would like to be treated. If you want someone’s respect, just respect them. Respond to people in a way you would appreciate if you were receiving the message. Try to stay positive.
- Describe a “win” from the work you’ve done over the last four weeks.
The work we’re doing for remote learning is a big win for our organization. Knowing that the web tools and resources we are building will be vital to those learning from home makes all of our successes, even the seemingly small ones, important right now.
- How do you define success?
Success is when you do your job well, love what you do, and enjoy those you work with.
- What is your favorite thing about working at the Management Council?
The people. I would have to say that my favorite thing is to talk with others across the different groups we have. I enjoy the opportunities we have to spend time together as a group. I cannot wait until we can all meet face-to-face again. Second, as it relates to my work, I enjoy learning new things. My work requires I learn something new all the time, so I really enjoy what I do.