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Meet Trace, Our Software Engineer

Meet Trace Norris, our Software Engineer !

Trace Norris

What did you get your degree in and where?

I’ve got two bachelors, one in philosophy and one in pure mathematics.

What is your favorite ‘fun food’?

I’m not sure what a “fun food” is, but katchapuri is pretty “fun” to eat I suppose.

At which store would you most likely max out your credit card?

Home Depot. Not just because it would be easy to do. But If I’m spending a ton a money, it’s probably in pursuit of some large project.

What is it that drives you to be successful? 

There’s a lot to unpack in that question… Unstated assumptions about “drive” or “being driven" (even the need for...). What are we defining as “success”, etc...I suppose that I just enjoy learning new things, and solving interesting problems. Having that inclination has served me pretty well in being successful I suppose. I don’t know that I’d frame my efforts at life as a “drive to be successful” though.

What are you most passionate about?

Learning new things that challenge me. That could be challenging my understanding or assumptions, or challenging me in some novel physical way as well. When I learn some new bit of information that causes me to look at something from a completely different angle, I really dig on those moments.

Who inspires you?

My wife, she has a level of compassion for other people that’s inspiring. I’m trying to be less ascorbic.

What made you want to work for Macrostax?

The great work environment, the interesting problem space, and the potential to do work that would directly impact peoples lives and health. 

What style of workouts do you gravitate towards?

I’m a big fan of strength training. My cardio is admittedly terrible. Right now I’m trying my best to learn/practice the historical strength training techniques of various cultures before what I’d generically call “standard barbell” become the default methodology for strength training the world over. Things like the Indian Gada, Iranian Meel, etc…  I also love combat sports stuff. I ran the Fencing club in college for 4 years, and I train no gi BJJ. If I had the time (I’ve got 3 kids) I’d train Muay Thai again and take up HEMA.

Outside of working out and counting macros what are a few things that Macrostaxers would find you doing in your free time?

Probably researching/learning something new. I’m researching Japanese carpentry right now with the end goal of building out an Onsen, and I’m going to go take a class to learn to sail on my upcoming vacation.

Can you play any instruments?

Bass (upright/electric), Guitar (electric/flamenco), drum kit, Tabla, Didgeridoo, cedar flute, throat singing. In college I played bass viola de gamba in the early music ensemble, and I apprenticed as a Luthier for 2 years where I picked up some violin. Right now I’m teaching myself the concertina mostly on a lark. I’ve also got a pair of bagpipes that I’ve never properly spent the time to get decent at, sitting in my closet judging me right now.

What is one of your staple foods that you couldn’t live without?

Meat, I’m not sure what I’d do if meat wasn’t on the table.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

I don’t have a bucket list so I’m not quite sure how to answer… So picking three things off the top of my head: A proper Mensur bout, visit another planet, and go back to grad school for mathematics.

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